ASHA Honored by The Alliance for Workplace Excellence

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Wins Awards for Leadership in Diversity, EcoLeadership, Health and Wellness, and Overall Workplace Quality

June 8, 2018

(Rockville, MD)  

For the nineteenth year in a row, the Alliance for Workplace Excellence (AWE) has honored the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association with its employer awards.

The annual AWE awards program honors employers for their exemplary commitment to building excellent places to work in Montgomery County, Maryland, and throughout the United States. ASHA has earned AWE’s Workplace Excellence Seal of Approval since the award was first created in 1999. Also, ASHA has annually received each of the other awards now in AWE’s program since their inception.

"We at ASHA are proud to once again be honored by the Alliance for Workplace Excellence," said Arlene A. Pietranton, PhD, CAE, Chief Executive Officer of ASHA. "To be recognized for our commitment to diversity, wellness, and social responsibility is not only a testament to the values we champion in our office but also a reflection of the principles that guide the audiologists and speech-language pathologists who comprise our membership."

ASHA earned the following awards:

Workplace Excellence Seal of Approval—Applicants undergo a comprehensive evaluation process in order to be considered for this award. The winners demonstrate outstanding commitment to balanced leadership and the overall success of their workforce. They are assessed in the following areas: innovative corporate culture and management practices; family- and employee-friendly policies and programs; strong health and wellness initiatives; employee growth and learning opportunities; commitment to corporate, social, and civic responsibility; diversity and inclusion practices; flexible work environment; and safety and security.

Diversity Champion Award—Diversity champions are employers committed to creating a diverse and inclusive workforce. These champions recognize the value of diversity in every aspect of the workplace. Applicants are recognized on the basis of many components, including leadership, workforce demographics, and diversity in products and services.

EcoLeadership Award—Award-winning employers demonstrate commitment to environmental sustainability in the following categories: waste minimization, water conservation, pollution prevention, environmentally conscious travel, and energy efficiency. To be considered for the award, businesses must complete a comprehensive and rigorous assessment process led by an independent review panel of academics and business professionals.

Health and Wellness Seal of Approval—Employers that earn this award provide innovative programs for employee health and wellness. These programs may include health risk assessments; employee health fairs; support for physical activity and healthy eating programs; on-site fitness facilities; healthy options at food facilities; employee access to nurses, coaches, and other professionals; educational sessions on healthy lifestyles; and incentives for participation in wellness programs.

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About the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)
ASHA is the national professional, scientific, and credentialing association for 198,000 members and affiliates who are audiologists; speech-language pathologists; speech, language, and hearing scientists; audiology and speech-language pathology support personnel; and students. Audiologists specialize in preventing and assessing hearing and balance disorders as well as providing audiologic treatment, including hearing aids. Speech-language pathologists identify, assess, and treat speech and language problems, including swallowing disorders.

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