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2014 Alliance for Workplace Excellence Award Event

When: May 20, 2014

The Alliance for Workplace Excellence is proud to announce our 15th annual workplace excellence awards celebration and luncheon. Please join us for a day of learning, networking, and celebration. The morning will begin with Panel Discussions between 10:00 AM – 11: 30 AM focused on Equality and Empowerment in a Diverse Workforce. Our annual awards luncheon will begin at 12:00 PM to recognize the outstanding workplaces that employers have built aroundThinkFest the nation and within our community.

PRESENTATION:

Maureen Gormley
Keynote Speaker
Leon Harris
Emcee


WHERE: Bethesda North Hotel and Conference Center,
5701 Marinelli Road, West Bethesda, MD 20852

REGISTRATION: Click Here

SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES: AWE is a proud non-profit organization. We want to thank our amazing sponsors for helping us to make our awards event possible. If you are interested in learning more about our 2014 Award Event Corporate Sponsorship Opportunities, please click here.

IMFORMATION: For more information contact Jennifer Ashley at jashley@excellentworkplace.org or (301) 633-9903.




AWE Recent Events
2013 Alliance for Workplace Excellence Award Event

May 15, 2013

AWE’s Panel Presentation kicked off the day on how to build the best possible workplace followed by our annual award luncheon whith great food, fun prizes, and networking opportunities.

ThinkFest

Keynote address by Carol Evans, President of Working Mother Media








ThinkFest

Our event emcee was Nicol Turner-Lee, Ph.D., President and CEO of The National Association for Multi-ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC).









PHOTOS FROM THE EVENT:

Luncheon Round Table Discussions The Winners

Where: Bethesda North Hotel and Conference Center,
5701 Marinelli Road, West Bethesda, MD 20852



AWE & Greater Washington DC WorkLife Network
—Quarterly Brown Bag Meetings
ThinkFestAWE partnered with the Greater Washington DC WorkLife Network to bring HR professionals an opportunity to network and learn about the latest HR trends. These quarterly brown bag meetings took place at the locations below. The first hour was a meet and greet networking opportunity and the second hour was dedicated to a specific HR issue as outlined below. 
 


2013 Events Schedule:

May 17th, 2013 11-1pm
Theme: World Café Roundtable of W/L resources, service providers
Host: George Washington University, Washington, D.C.

August 9th, 2013 11-1pm
Theme: Strategies Relating to an Aging Workforce
Host: Marriott Corporation, Bethesda, MD.

October 18th, 2013 11-1pm
Theme: End of Year Recap/ National Work and Family Month Celebration
Host: Discovery Communications, Silver Spring, MD

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Past events include:

February 8, 2013
KPMG LLC, K Street NW, Washington DC
Topic:  Leadership/Management Engagement in Work-Life Initiatives

May 11, 2012
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Topic: Lactation Programs/Support within organizations (includes a tour of USDA)

August 3, 2012
George Washington University
Topic: Health & Wellness and how it connects with other components of work-life

October 26, 2012
Discovery Communications
Topic: National Work and Family Month - new programs and innovativations for 2012




Alliance For Workplace Excellence
13th Annual Award Event

June 11, 2012—The Alliance celebrated workplace excellence for its thirteenth year! The day began with a panel discussion on Leading Practices in Diversity and Inclusion. Panel Moderator, Debbie SmithThinkFest Rayford, Smith Rayford Consulting, led the discussion among D & I experts. AWE recognized ten local firms for their outstanding leadership in Diversity and Inclusion through: Products and Services, Communication, Suppliers, Philanthropy, Recruitment and Retention, and CEO Commitment. These ten leaders in the field, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Booz Allen Hamilton, Calvert Investments, Inc., Carroll Hospital Center, Holy Cross Hospital, JBS International, Inc., KPMG LLP, Marriott, Montgomery College, and SRA International helped preview AWE’s inaugural 2013 Diversity and Inclusion Application.

In addition, AWE awarded 66 winners for Workplace Excellence, 45 as Health & Wellness Trailblazers, and 28 for EcoLeadership. A select group of 19 companies were triple winners with eight organizations honored for all four recognition awards. The winning companies represent over one million employees from organizations of all sizes and all sectors including private, public, and nonprofit companies.

The debut of the AWE Networking Café was a grand success and allowed guests to greet old friends and meet new colleagues. Dan Beyers, Founding Editor of Capital Business, emceed the luncheon. Dan Henry, Chief Human Resource Officer for Bright Horizons, provided an invigorating Keynote Address proposing recommendations on sustaining employee’s productivity through the resiliency of the workplace. Not to be outdone, Juliet Rodman, EVP for Wellness Corporate Solutions, had everyone out of their seats as she led the attendees in Tabata—a high intensity exercise program. In an eight-minute workout, lunch was almost burned off.


PHOTOS FROM THE EVENT:

Luncheon Panel Presentation The Winners

For more information contact the Alliance at 301-229-7555 ext. 105 or alliance@excellentworkplace.org.


Amerprise Breakfast on February 2, 2012
ThinkFestAWE and Ameriprise Financial Adviser Brian Thoms hosted a FREE breakfast meeting in Gaithersburg, MD. All participants received 1 hour of Continuing Education Credit in addition to learning how Ameriprise’s Free Employee Financial Seminars can benefit their organization. 









On June 13, 2011 more than 450 Greater DC, Maryland and Virginia business executives joined AWE for a day filled with information, celebration and recognition. The theme for this year’s luncheon was "Workplace Excellence: The Way to Success."  
Workplace Excellence: The Way to Success

Between 12:00 noon and 2:00 pm AWE held a luncheon celebration recognizing the winners of our 2011 awards, Workplace Excellence, Health & Wellness Trailblazer and EcoLeadership at the Bethesda North Marriott and Conference Center.  Sixty-three Greater Washington, D.C., including Maryland and Virginia area businesses were honored at the event.

The Alliance has recognized the Greater Washington, D.C. area’s best places to work for the past twelve years. The winning companies represent more than one million employees from organizations of all sizes and in all sectors—private, public, and nonprofit.  

In 2011:
• 57companies were recognized as the Excellent Workplaces
• 38 companies were recognized as Health & Wellness Trailblazers
• 22 companies were recognized as EcoLeaders

Entertainment was provided by Bill Williams, a local musician, who had crafted a one of a kind performance recognizing all the best and unique aspects of the winning companies.  The Keynote Speakers were Katherine Kallinis and Sophie Kallinis, also know as the Georgetown Cupcake Sisters. AWE was thrilled to welcome back Kimberly Lohman Suiters as the 2011 event emcee.  In addition AWE welcomed MD Congressman Chris Van Hollen and Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett. Their congratulatory comments were inspiring.

PHOTOS FROM THE EVENT:

Photos of the 2011 Winners Photos of Panel Discussions Photos of Our Speakers Award Luncheon

For more information contact alliance@excellentworkplace.org or 301-229-7555.

Breakfast with Congressman
Christopher Van Hollen

On June 22, 2010 at 7:30 am AWE hosted a very special breakfast meeting between the 2010 AWE winning companies and Congressman Van Hollen. The Congressman spoke about current government programs and policies as they affect business.  He answered questions from the floor and mingled with the winners. The event was a huge success and AWE is most grateful to the Congressman and winners for spending their early morning with AWE. 

View photos of the breakfast

Alliance for Workplace Excellence
11th Annual Award Event

June 1st, 2010—600 Greater DC business executives joined together for a day filled with information, celebration and recognition. The Alliance has recognized the Washington, D.C. area’s best places to work for the past eleven years.  This year, AWE also honored 22 Mid-Atlantic region businesses that demonstrated their commitment to environmental sustainability.  The 67 winning companies represent more than one million employees from organizations of all sizes and in all sectors—private, public, and nonprofit.  

ThinkFestIn 2010 61 companies were recognized as the Excellent Workplaces, 33 companies were recognized as Health & Wellness Trailblazers, and 21 companies were recognized as EcoLeaders.

The theme for this year’s luncheon was "AWEsome Leaders Celebrating Workplace Excellence."  Entertainment was provided by Bill Williams, a local musician, who has crafted a one of a kind performance recognizing all the best and unique aspects of all the 61 winning companies.  Our emcee was Kimberly Lohman Suiters, a news anchor with NBC4.

The day began with a series of 6 ThinkFest discussions.

ThinkFests are an innovatThinkFestive opportunity to gather in a small group of 8 to 10 people with a moderator, to discuss the most recent and current trends affecting business today. ThinkFest topics included: Best in Class Practices and Current Trends in Wellness, presented by Emily Kolakowski, Wellness Corporate Solutions; Virtual Workplaces and the Next Generation of Flexible Work Arrangements, presented by Judy Ashley, Caring Matters; Social Media as a Tool to Employee Engagement, presented by Janet McNichol, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association; Workplace Excellence: How Diversity and Inclusion Make a Workforce Stronger, presented by Bridget Atkinson, GTSI Corp; Total Rewards and Recognition-The Key to Employee Engagement, presented by Tobie Hollander, Holy Cross Hospital; and Health Reform-Impact on Employers, presented by Take Care Health Systems.

AWE will be compiling all the data from the ThinkFests and creating a report highlighting what works best, what doesn’t work, how to craft new programs, how to engage employees and all the key content developed from the ThinkFest discussions. This final report will be available to all event attendees in early July.


PHOTOS FROM THE EVENT:

View photos of the winners View photos of our VIPs View photos of Thinkfest


An extra special thanks to the AWE Staff and Event Volunteers!


For more information contact alliance@excellentworkplace.org or 301-229-7555.

Watch This Space for the
Share and Compare Breakfast Gatherings
Schedule

AWE would like to invite you to participate in our Share and Compare Breakfasts. Please join us as we gather monthly, between 9 am and 10 am, to discuss the latest hot topics affecting you and your organization. Topics, dates, presenters will be announced.

To attend, simply contact Liz Sobrino at alliance@excellentworkplace.org, or 301-229-7555, ext 105, with your name and contact information. Space is limited. Sign-up today. There is no fee and a light breakfast will be served.
 
Your topic suggestions are welcome for a fall series of meetings. Tentative Ideas include: Workplace Excellence: More Important Than Ever to Keep Employees Engaged, How to Create a Sustainable Workplace Wellness, Beyond Flu Shots, What You Should Do For Your Employees All Year Long, Creating Leaders, Planning, Creating and Sustaining Organizational Change. Contact Liz Sobrino with your suggestions at alliance@excellentworkplace.org or 301-229-7555 ext. 105.



Request for Speakers
The Alliance for Workplace Excellence is always looking for dynamic speakers on topics related to Workplace Excellence, Health and Wellness and EcoLeadership.  If you are interested in being considered as a speaker for our workshops, Breakfast Seminar meetings, or our annual award event, please contact Liz at alliance@excellentworkplace.org.

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