ASAE is proud to recognize the following 2019 Power of A Silver Award winners for their work to support and sustain a stronger global workforce.

American College of Cardiology – Developing International Conferences

The vast majority of deaths today are attributable to non-communicable diseases such as heart disease and stroke that may be avoided or managed through lifestyle changes and proper care. These diseases account for roughly 70% of deaths, and mortality rates are rising quickly, particularly in low- and middle-income countries. Understanding that the key to transforming the quality of cardiovascular care is through collaboration, the ACC developed the ACC International Conferences. Built through strategic partnerships with international sister cardiovascular organizations in Latin America, Asia Pacific, and the Middle East, the conferences deliver cardiovascular education through live and digital learning platforms on topics such as heart failure, prevention, arrythmias, coronary artery disease and valvular disease customized for clinicians to where they live and practice. The conferences bring together master educators, scientists, and researchers to deliver an engaging forum to critically examine evidence-based strategies as well as contemporary best practices and clinical decision-making with the common objective of improving heart health of patients with cardiovascular disease around the world.

American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges – Illustrating Why Diversity Matters

Veterinary medicine has the dubious distinction of being labeled by a major magazine as the “whitest” health profession. This has profound implications for a society that is becoming more and more diverse in terms of race and ethnicity, gender identity and sexual orientation and other ways. Social scientists have made important strides over recent years in understanding a very important fact: diverse and inclusive environments enable people and groups to make better decisions and perform at a higher level. The AAVMC’s DiVersity Matters program was created to help member institutions recruit and retain underrepresented persons as students and faculty and staff members, share best practices and inspire and recognize programs in member institutions and develop broader awareness throughout the profession and society about the need and the value of creating diverse and recruit environments within the profession.

IEEE – TryEngineering Together

TryEngineering Together introduces young students to STEM concepts and careers, builds their literacy skills and helps them prepare for more advanced study. The program was developed through a partnership between IEEE and Cricket Media, a trusted education company that creates award winning learning experiences. The initiative aligns with the association’s goal of Improving the Community and Society, as it is a focused response to the urgent need to inspire and educate our future generation of engineers through an online e-mentoring program. STEM professionals and enthusiasts provides students with support and role-model relationships. The result is students who become confident in their ability to learn and enjoy STEM topics in a safe, powerful learning platform. The program specifically addresses the needs in under resourced areas, with all participating teachers and students coming from Title 1 schools.

Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nurses Society – Digitally Educating the Workforce

The WOCN Society recognizes that WOC nurses and other healthcare professionals have limited time during, and even after their working hours, and the organization is dedicated to finding new ways to help support their members and encourage increased positive outcomes among those they serve. They rolled out new digital education resources including a new podcast channel, WOCTalk, WOCN Society Clinical tools, rebroadcasted education sessions, and bite-sized learning courses. Each of the educational resources affords members and other healthcare professionals the ability to learn more about the advocacy, education, and research that supports the practice and delivery of expert healthcare to individuals with wound, ostomy, and continence care needs.

Women in Trucking Association – Preparing the Next Generation of Females for the Industry

Part of the mission of Women In Trucking Association is to encourage the employment of women within the trucking industry. Currently, women only make up 8% of the industry, and the program is an ongoing effort to encourage young girls to consider a career in the industry. The program has three components — the WIT doll, the Girl Scout/WIT Transportation Patch program, and the “Scouting for Cookies” activity book. The doll, named Clare, is a truck driver. When girls play with the doll, they can imagine being in the industry, whether that is driving a truck, making the truck, or owning the truck. Approximately 1,500 girls have earned Girl Scout transportation patches. The fun day is a way for girls and their families to learn more about the industry and the exciting careers that lie within. “Trucks are for Girls” events have taken place all over the U.S. and Canada. And, the WIT Girl Scout Activity book features a young girl who takes the reader through the cookie supply chain, starting in a wheat field and ending with the consumer. The book features fun, educational activities and can accompany a Girl Scout event or distributed on its own. Even if the girls do not end up in the trucking industry, the association’s hope is the program empowers the girls to strive for a career they are passionate about, regardless of their gender.

A complete listing of Summit, Gold and Silver winners can be found here. Thank you to all who entered, and congratulations to all the winners.  Nominations will open in January for 2020 recognition.