ASAE is proud to recognize the following 2019 Power of A Silver Award winners for their work to address industry and professional advancement.

American College of Cardiology – Shifting the Global Paradigm of Care

Heart failure (HF) affects approximately 23 million people worldwide. From bench to bedside, over the past 5 years, thanks to ACC, there is new energy and revitalized spirit re-imagining HF treatment and care management processes. At the center of care is the front-line HF nurse who, the evidence shows, is integral to component to better care and smarter spending. In 2016, the ACC with funding provided by Novartis, developed a learning education initiative that empowers international HF nurses by stretching their understanding of etiology and pathology of heart failure. The program offers international learners lessons online as priming education before attending a two-day deep dive into HF patient care. By the end of 2019, this program will reach over 900 HF nurses in nine countries, including Colombia, Saudi Arabia, Australia, Philippines, UAE, Kuwait, South Korea, Taiwan, and Malaysia.

American Physical Therapy Association – Developing Visionary Educators

The mission of the APTA Education Leadership Institute (ELI) Fellowship is to develop innovative, influential, and visionary program directors of physical therapist and physical therapist assistant education programs. ELI is a 13-month learning program with curricular content, mentorship, leadership development, and projects that address the current and future needs of the fellow, higher education, and the profession. The ELI Fellowship helps enable participants to connect leadership theory and educational practice and directly apply knowledge learned to their role in higher education. Fellows complete a yearlong higher education leadership program that consists of nine online learning modules; three face-to-face interactive mentorship sessions; monthly ongoing mentorship; implementation of a personal leadership development plan; and implementation of an institution-based leadership project.

National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors – Transforming to Improve the Member Experience

In mid-2018, NAIFA volunteer leaders agreed to transform the association’s structure from one national organization plus 500 state and local associations to one national organization plus 90 state and local chapters. A key goal of this transformation was to improve the member experience with the delivery of quality programming, no matter where in the country they lived and worked. In January 2019, NAIFA launched NAIFA Live which consists of in-person chapter meetings/programs hosted by a rotating state chapter each month. Members who live near the chapter may attend NAIFA Live in person or virtually. Members who live outside of the area have the option to meet attend a NAIFA Live “watch party” organized by a chapter in their region.

Public School Employees of Washington – Advocating for Paraeducators and Their Students

Paraeducators (formerly known as teacher’s aides) currently provide over half of all instructional hours to kids who are struggling. This is especially true for students who have behavioral issues, disabilities, or whose first language is not English – yet paraeducators receive virtually no training, with minimal state standards for employment. PSE members have focused their efforts in lobbying the State Legislature to implement state standards and a training program for paraeducators. In 2017, the organization’s efforts paid off when House Bill 1115 passed almost unanimously, granting $1.9 million in state funding for a paraeducator board and grants that would develop curriculum for the new program. During the 2018 and 2019 legislative sessions, PSE continued to work alongside elected officials to provide additional funding for special education and English Language Learner (ELL) online training modules, as well as assistance for districts to implement the program.

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.