The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) has been honored with the Workplace Excellence, Health & Wellness Trailblazer, and EcoLeadership awards for 2011 by the Alliance for Workplace Excellence.
ASHA and other winners will be honored during the Alliance's 13th Annual Award Luncheon at noon on Monday, June 11, at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center. More than 500 attendees are expected at the ceremony honoring 73 Washington-area organizations.
The Alliance for Workplace Excellence, a nonprofit organization founded by Montgomery County, Maryland, and Discovery Communications, Inc., provides a portfolio of services that allow employers to build excellent places to work. The Alliance will recognize ASHA's commitment to promoting professional fulfillment as well as personal wellness at work, at home, and in the community and for demonstrating commitment to environmental sustainability.
"ASHA is thrilled to be honored for its efforts in the workplace and community," says ASHA Executive Director Arlene A. Pietranton, PhD, CAE. "We take tremendous pride in making wellness a part of our employees' everyday lives and sustaining an environmentally friendly work environment and community we can all be proud of."
The Workplace Excellence and Health & Wellness Trailblazer awards highlight businesses that promote professional fulfillment and personal wellness at work, at home, and in the community.
The EcoLeadership Award honors companies that recognize the importance of environmental sustainability by demonstrating commitment to conservation of energy resources, energy-efficient building operations, and more. ASHA was the first nonprofit association in Maryland to be recognized with a Gold LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified green building designation.
New this year, ASHA is being recognized as a leading practitioner in diversity and inclusion practices. Vicki R. Deal-Williams, ASHA's chief staff officer for Multicultural Affairs, will participate in a panel discussion on Leading Practices in Diversity and Inclusion at 10:00 a.m. Deal-Williams will speak to how ASHA's advances in program and product development are enhancing ASHA members' work with diverse populations. "ASHA is committed to providing our 150,000 members with resources to increase their cultural competence," says Pietranton.