Grand Stevie Award Winners Announced in 2020 Stevie Awards for Great Employers

Posted by Maggie Gallagher on Mon, Aug 31, 2020 @ 11:56 AM

Bank of America and Tata Consultancy Services Names as Top Winners

Gold, Silver, and Bronze winners in the 2020 (fifth annual) Stevie® Awards for Great Employers, an international competition, were announced on August 18. The awards recognize the world’s best employers and the human resources professionals, teams, achievements, and HR-related products and suppliers who help to create and drive great places to work.    


It has been announced today that the organization that won the Grand Stevie Award for Most Honored Organization of the Year is Tata Consultancy Services, worldwide, which earned 40 points with six Gold, eight silver, and four Bronze Stevie wins. Organization of the Year goes to the organization with the most award points, with each Gold Stevie win counting for three points, each Silver Stevie win for two points, and each Bronze Stevie for one-and-a-half points.

The Grand Stevie Award for the Highest-Rated Nomination of the Year goes to The Academy at Bank of America, the Gold Stevie®-winning nomination for Best Strategy for a Corporate Learning University from Bank of America, Charlotte, North Carolina USA.

More than 700 nominations from organizations from 23 nations were evaluated in this year’s competition. Winners were determined by the average scores of more than 90 professionals worldwide, acting as judges. The Stevie Awards for Great Employers recognize achievement in many facets of the workplace. Categories include:

  •     Employer of the Year
  •    HR Achievements
  •    HR Individual Awards
  •    HR Team Categories
  •    Solution Provider Awards
  •    COVID-19 Response
  •    More than 50 New Product & Service Categories

The awards are presented by the Stevie Awards, which organizes several of the world’s leading business awards shows including the prestigious International Business Awards® and American Business Awards®.

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Announcing 2020 Women|Future Conference Keynote Speaker & Top Sessions

Posted by Nina Moore on Thu, Aug 27, 2020 @ 12:11 PM

We are excited to announce the 2020 Women|Future Conference opening Keynote Speaker - Chief Executive Officer of AT&T Business, Anne Chow!

Anne will kick off our conference on Thursday, November 12 at 8:00 am, EST. Her session is titled “Today’s Leadership, Tomorrow’s Future.” She will discuss how COVID-19 is changing life as we know it - how we work, how we live, and how we communicate. As leaders we must be mindful of our current environment, which is now marked by a global pandemic, economic recession, and social injustices, but we must also simultaneously drive forward and build a better tomorrow. Anne will be discussing leadership lessons from 2020 and her view of leading into the future.

With decades in the industry, Anne has led many global organizations through major transformations, developing and executing innovative growth strategies while building role model relationships. She's passionate about education, diversity and inclusion, advancing women in technology and cultivating next generation leaders.

Anne was appointed Chief Executive Officer of AT&T Business in September 2019. She and her organization of over 30,000 employees are responsible for serving nearly 3 million business customers in upwards of 200 countries and territories around the world. She is the first woman to hold this position and first woman of color CEO in AT&T’s history!

WFC_Social_TW FB AnneAnne is speaking among 100 talented, transformative women leaders from around the world. The Women|Future Conference agenda features virtual sessions, panels, and workshops that address today’s trending topics and current issues in areas such as technology, sustainability, career and financial planning, diversity in the workplace, leadership, crisis management, and much more. Our speakers are a diverse mix of female CEOs, Founders, Entrepreneurs, and Senior Management and Directors from Amazon, Cisco, Deloitte, Microsoft, Girl Scouts of the USA, HCL, Roku, PayPal and more. View the full speaker lineup.

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Women|Future Conference Sessions Include:

  • Business Chemistry! Using Science to Improve the Art of Relationships Workshop by Deloitte
  • Overcoming Personal Adversity
  • Conquer Crisis. Train Like a Triathlete. Body + Mind + Business
  • Balancing Motherhood + Business: for "Mompreneurs" and Working Moms
  • Financial Wellness: Your Relationship with Money
  • Diversity & Inclusion: The Importance in Your Workplace
  • Building Your Dream Network for Introverts
  • Competent but Not Confident: Scientifically Why So Many Women Limit Their Own Potential - and Everyone Else’s
  • Redefining Success in the New Normal: Knowing What You Want, Why You Deserve it, and How to Get it
  • Disrupt the Imposter Syndrome; Let the Real You Shine Through!
  • Women Driving the Future of Tech: How AI, VR, and Robotics Will Be the Norm
  • Create Joy in Your Career on Your Own Terms
      ...and many more

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Chetu Grows Exponentially On Their 20th Anniversary with Award-Winning Leadership

Posted by Hailey Roos on Tue, Aug 25, 2020 @ 02:33 PM
  • Chetu rings in its 20th anniversary in software development industry
  • Executive team helps the organization’s revenue and employee numbers skyrocket
  • Experienced technology partner sets new records for sustainable growth in the software development industry

About Chetu

Chetu is a global, custom software developer with nearly 20 years of experience in offering innovative technological solutions and support services to clients in more than 40 different industries. With nearly 1,800 developers around the world, Chetu leverages industry-specific knowledge to provide customized software solutions to startups, small- and medium-sized businesses, and Fortune 5000 companies.

Exponential, Sustainable Growth 

2019 was perhaps the greatest year on record for Chetu, which is in its 20th year of operation. The executive team, which consists of the founder plus other members with well over 10 years of leadership in the organization, has experienced sustainable growth that is not often seen in such well-established technology companies. As an example of this success: Under the founding leadership of the company, Chetu recorded its second year of double-digit growth — 18.19% in 2019 — and brought in over $56 million in revenue. 

To achieve this growth, leadership has been firing on all cylinders and expanding every department of the company to keep up with and create demand in custom software development. In 2019, the total employee count at Chetu is nearly 1,800, including more than 100 new software experts. This includes a 21% growth in the company's sales team and 24% growth in the marketing department. 

To accommodate this increase in personnel and customer expansion, the leadership team officially opened its first office in the United Kingdom, making it the company’s 14th office. Located in the growing tech hub of Birmingham, England, the new office not only houses the expanded UK marketing team but also serves as the home base for all European and Middle Eastern operations.

Award-Winning Leadership Team

As a privately-held organization, the success of Chetu cannot be mentioned without the guidance and vision of the leadership team. Their role as advisor and teacher, while still steering the company into the direction of growth and success, is a true measure of the incredible work this company is doing and intends to continue doing well into the future. 

The leadership team helped expand the current partnership statuses by helping Chetu become an Autodesk Service Provider Select partner, UiPath Certified partner, and BigCommerce partner to further help develop Chetu's capabilities and relationships in the tech development industry. Additionally, Chetu's founder and CEO Atal Bansal was inducted into the Forbes Technology Council for his years of experience and insights into the leading tech platforms of today and tomorrow. 

In 2019, the Chetu and the leadership team completed construction on the company's new, state-of-the-art headquarters in Plantation, Florida. This stunning new HQ at University Professional Center will allow Chetu to continue to expand and improve not only the growing, local technology scene in South Florida, but also expand custom software development on a global scale.

Recent Accolades 

  • Accepted into the Forbes Technology Council
  • Received the Transatlantic Growth Award for the UK office
  • Recognized as one of India’s top e-commerce development companies by The Manifest 
  • Launched their new Channel Partners Program to enhance customer engagement
  • Hosted their first Closing for Cause campaign, from which a portion of all deals closed during the first half of May go toward charityCelebrated its 20th anniversary as a leading provider of custom software solutions

Chetu won the Silver Stevie for Founding Team of the Year - Business Services Industries in The 2020 American Business Awards®.

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Artificial Intelligence Helps Major New York Hospital

Posted by Maggie Gallagher on Thu, Aug 20, 2020 @ 02:05 PM

-GAVS Tech’s ZIF platform prevents 50 to 80 cyberattacks per day for major NYC hospital 
-Zero Incident Framework improves doctor-patient relationships by increasing productivity and decreasing technological disturbances
-Award-winning artificial intelligence helps organizations become incident-free

About GAVS Technologies

GAVS Technologies | MDM & Data Governance New York 2019 ...

GAVS Technologies is a global IT services provider committed to improving user experience and reducing resource utilization by bringing meaningful, actionable insights to speed up network fixes and by providing real data as quantifiable justification to adopt strategies that foster business improvements. GAVS’ primary focus is their new platform, Zero Incident Framework (ZIF), which enables proactive detection and remediation of incidents and increases uptime, helping organizations drive toward a Zero Incidents Enterprise. 

Zero Incident Framework

ZIF is an award-winning artificial intelligence based technology operations (AIOps) tool developed by GAVS Technologies, powered by advanced patent-pending machine learning techniques including AI-based predictive analytics, BOT-based remediation, and monitoring and virtualized desktop infrastructure that could be deployed individually or as an integrated solution. 

ZIF Improves Doctor-Patient Relationships

GAVS’ ZIF platform was implemented at BronxCare Health System, which is the largest voluntary, non-profit health and teaching hospital system serving the South and Central Bronx. They have infused more than $300 million into the Bronx economy through various capital projects including their Health and Wellness Center for outpatient care and their Life Recovery Center for chemical dependency services. BronxCare Health System is among the largest and busiest providers of outpatient services in New York City, with more than one million visits annually. 

The hospital deals with 100 different vendors, and they had approximately 50 to 80 direct cyberattacks every day. The target availability of infrastructure and systems was around 99.99%. The need for high availability, greater precision of prediction, IT infrastructure, mission-critical application support, and a cost-effective solution was imperative given their deep reach and incredible service to the community.

GAVS Technologies' ZIF platform was selected as part of the hospital’s digitalization journey for end-to-end IT managed services and operations analytics. ZIF enabled proactive detection and remediation of incidents, helping the system drive toward high availability. Implementing this technology helped the hospital to move from a reactive model to a proactive, preventive, predictive, and prescriptive model of governance with almost 80% accuracy. With the recent adoption of AIOPs, the hospital has disrupted the clinical operations in a positive way - they’ve enhanced the patient experience with the doctors by being able to spend longer time together. Previously, doctors had to spend more than half of their very short consultation time feeding in information onto the system (usually 6 out of their 10 minutes were spent entering patient data into the system). Further, the implementation of AI for malware threat detection has improved the hospital’s overall cyber-secure environment. 

The improved productivity not only served to uphold the name BronxCare Health System has built for themselves, but it also helped increase revenue realization due to more handling capability. ZIF’s contribution to the BronxCare Health System not only stands as a testament to GAVS’ innovative work in AIOps, but also to their commitment and perseverance in serving the community.

Recent ZIF and Bronxcare Accomplishments 

  • Moved operations from a reactive model to a proactive model, thus preventing outages and data disasters 
  • Achieved 80% accuracy with system learning continuously through Reinforcement Learning Algorithms
  • Increased time spent with patients up to 50%
  • Increased revenue realisation due to more handling capacity
  • Enhanced resource planning
  • Prevented 50 to 80 cyberattacks per day

GAVS Technologies won the Silver Stevie Winner for Best Technical Support Solution - Computer Technologies in The 2020 American Business Awards®.

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Topics: American business awards, artificial intelligence

Tips from an IT Professional That Made Him an Industry Leader

Posted by Maggie Gallagher on Wed, Aug 19, 2020 @ 05:11 PM
  • Technology expert and senior software developer of Dynamic Enterprise Solutions has over 100 certifications 
  • Boguda’s expertise is sought after by Fortune 100 companies and prestigious institutions.
  • His influential pro bono work empowers global organizations and leaves a positive impact on the world and on the future of technology.

About Dynamic Enterprise Solutions

Dynamic Enterprise Solutions partners with clients to provide business-savvy enterprise solutions from blueprinting to production support.

SatishKumar Boguda

Dynamic Enterprise Solutions’ senior software developer SatishKumar Boguda is a technology evangelist and a multi-award-winning international researcher who continues to live at the nexus of people and innovation. With such a broad spectrum of inventive experience and competencies, Mr. Boguda applies award-winning innovation abilities and has made a number of contributions to the information technology industry by supporting clients in the oil and gas, research, development, manufacturing, supply chain, sales, finance, transport, and energy divisions.

Mr. Boguda is primarily a specialized technical advisor on system upgrades, complex IT environments, intelligent applications, interfaces, solution design, and data migration methodologies for a wide range of technology and business groups. He collaborates with numerous CTOs to review the latest technological developments. With his knowledge and expertise, he helps Fortune 100 clients take full advantage of emerging innovations by incorporating new technology trends, addressing complex issues, delegating duties thoughtfully, and managing time appropriately.

Satish Boguda

He simplifies the journey of Digital Transformation and he achieves this with an imposing resume of awards and achievements:

  • Gold Winner of the Information Technology Professional of the Year, 2019 - Globee Awards.
  • Gold Winner of the Outstanding Developer on the Planet - One Planet Awards.
  • Gold Winner of the Best White Paper, Advanced Technology Solutions - Golden Bridge Awards.
  • Silver Winner of the Most Valuable IT Professional - Golden Bridge Awards.

Mr. Boguda has indeed been honored by influential leaders, prominent organizations for his competence, dedication, and outstanding contributions all across the technology sector. He serves as a member of the advisory boards for numerous international conferences, journals and highly respected organizations.

Stevie Awards - What really is the driving force that keeps you inspired or tends to make you hit the ground in the morning?

SatishKumar Boguda – It is the whole percentage of my passion, integrity, and optimistic approach, which really are the energy boosters that tends to keep me focused and at the same time empowers me to achieve more and further. And again, being in the footprints of a technology evangelist, I generally make each endeavor to think about the future and keep myself unlocked to new opportunities by moving in a positive direction to collaborate with innovative people and energizing projects. This very well explores me to different potential outcomes for implementing modern technological advancements which truly influence and the benefits it continues to offer to an individual or may be an organization in their everyday undertakings.

At the end of the day, the success mantra is all about a continued efforts and strategy to deliver something productively, and the value it continues to bring back to the technology and research community truly makes a significant difference.

Stevie Awards - As someone at the pinnacle of your profession, what suggestion do you have for companies which are attempting to implement modern technological innovations?

SatishKumar Boguda – Well, in a strategically competitive business world, organizations really do have to serve customers in real time by offering top-notch products and services anytime and anywhere in the global economy. To support today's fast-changing market demands, businesses are making every effort and are on a mission, in implementing the advanced technology innovations such as Artificial Intelligence, Block-chain, 3D Printing, Virtual Reality, and so on. which will fundamentally transform how businesses function and operate more efficiently in order to survive in the digital world.

That being said, companies need to fully understand that just by introducing modern technology trends and having to implement them into their enterprise landscape will not produce the desired outcome. Business leaders have such a crucial role to play and truly need to comprehend that "Organizations need a strong business strategy to implement emerging technologies."

Strategic management is an important part of any business organization that continues to maximize the return on investment - ROI and below directions makes it possible.

  • Identify what the business is trying to accomplish and figure out where do you stand.
  • Pinpoint the trends and developments and forecast the real worth it tends to bring to your organization along with the strategy on how it could be implemented.
  • Have transparent objectives and targets in terms of time, cost, and assets.
  • Plan to bring research to each and every phase of the process.
  • Accurately assess, eventually, to quantify the outcomes.

Stevie Awards - What career advice would you give for young people starting with Digital Technologies?

SatishKumar Boguda – Certainly, if you take technology in terms of direction, the world keeps on changing day by day in light of the fact that, a ground-breaking new innovation is coming onto the market, making traditional methods of solutions obsolete.

From my standpoint, no matter where you come from or what your background is, always follow your passion and do something you are excited about and make sure you generally follow a disciplined approach. Regardless of whether if you intending to take a shot on Next Generation Artificial Intelligence Robotics or Quantum Computing or Autonomous Vehicles or Block-chain, etc., always think about the future and find a way to work with somebody who is consistently smarter than you, because that really continues to push and transforms you towards the next level of new opportunities.

Keep in mind, it is only you who could choose what you really wanted to do and where to invest your time and energy. At the end of the day, it is all about one innovative idea which can unlock the power and revolutionize the world in the way that we have never imagined.

Stevie Awards - With such a profile of achievements and accolades, where do you see your professional career going in the next three to five years?

SatishKumar Boguda – Directionally, I could perhaps tell you about my drawn-out vision, just as what I plan to accomplish in the next five years is to remain at the forefront of technological innovations and continue offering advanced digital solutions to government bodies and organizations to help overcome challenges and bring benefits.

Day in and day out, I wanted to quantify long-term competitive market dynamics and stay ahead of technological advances and have a clear vision of what I am trying to achieve and remain true to it. In particular, my intriguing mind gets the energy when I try to work with high-quality individuals and initiatives, and by and large, I wanted to create new business models that could really augment the endless possibilities of the digital world to the extension of our minds.

Remember all the great achievements only happen when you start believing in yourself and maintain that sense of energy over a long period of time with the confidence to do anything.

SatishKumar Boguda of Dynamic Enterprise Solutions won the Bronze Stevie for Technical Professional of the Year in The 2020 American Business Awards®.

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Winners Announced in the Fifth Annual Stevie® Awards for Great Employers

Posted by Maggie Gallagher on Tue, Aug 18, 2020 @ 09:00 AM

Winners in the 2020 (fifth annual) Stevie® Awards for Great Employers, an international competition, were announced today. The awards recognize the world’s best employers and the human resources professionals, teams, achievements, and HR-related products and suppliers who help to create and drive great places to work.    

Among the organizations with the most Stevie-winning nominations are IBM Corporation, worldwide (18), Tata Consultancy Services (18), Cisco (10), Bank of America (nine), and Cathay United Bank, Dell Technologies, DHL Supply Chain, Globe Telecom, Pan American Energy, and QNB FINANSBANK, each with five.

For a full list of winners by category, visit

SAGE 2020 winners release

All Gold, Silver, and Bronze Stevie Award winners will be celebrated at a virtual awards ceremony on November 5. Tickets are now on sale.

More than 700 nominations from organizations from 23 nations were evaluated in this year’s competition. Winners were determined by the average scores of more than 90 professionals worldwide, acting as judges. The Stevie Awards for Great Employers recognize achievement in many facets of the workplace. Categories include:

  •     Employer of the Year
  •    HR Achievements
  •    HR Individual Awards
  •    HR Team Categories
  •    Solution Provider Awards
  •    COVID-19 Response
  •    More than 50 New Product & Service Categories

Stevie Award placements in the 31 Employer of the Year categories were determined by a unique blending of the ratings of professionals and the votes of the general public. More than 30,000 votes were cast by members of the public for their favorite employer this year.

The awards are presented by the Stevie Awards, which organizes several of the world’s leading business awards shows including the prestigious International Business Awards® and American Business Awards®.

Want an Innovative Workplace? Foster Individuality; Avoid Groupthink

Posted by Maggie Gallagher on Wed, Aug 12, 2020 @ 04:32 PM

Bill Swann is a professor of Social and Personality Psychology at the University of Texas, based in Austin, Texas, United States. He wanted to study the effect of employee diversity on a work group’s overall performance.

He, along with his colleagues, signed up 400 MBA students for the study. They split the students into groups of four to six members, ensuring each group contained students with diverse backgrounds. The members of each group had to work together over the course of their first semester, and their performances at the end of the summer were used as an indicator of the group’s effectiveness.

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At the end of the study, they found there were groups where members freely expressed their individuality and groups where members downplayed their identities in order to align with the rest of the team. Diversity notwithstanding, groups where members expressed their individuality emerged more successfully.

"Our research indicates that expressing personal identities in groups seems to have beneficial effects. Those who express themselves are more likely to feel known and understood because they actually are better known and understood," Swann said in a ​conversation​ with ​Inc.​ "Feeling known and understood causes people to open up, which can foster creative solutions to problems confronting the group."

As you can see, diversity in workplaces is important. But if you want to build a truly innovative workplace that not only survives but thrives in this competitive landscape, you have to work on fostering individuality.

Groupthink Out, Individuality In

You cannot talk about individuality in workplaces and boardrooms without also talking about its antithesis: groupthink. Groupthink is what affected the groups that didn’t perform so well in Swann’s experiment.

Imagine an organization where the team dynamics seem great. The thoughts of the team members align, everyone agrees with everyone else, and they are all working together to achieve the same goal. Sounds like a great workplace, right? Unfortunately, an organization like this could be the perfect example of groupthink.

An ​article​ on ​Forbes ​defined groupthink as the tendency for members in a given group to gradually drift toward the same beliefs and styles of thinking. This can be destructive. It creates forced conformity, illusions of unanimity, fewer rational decisions, and a narrower range of opinions and options.

Joe Gerstandt, an adviser on diversity and inclusion, conducted a ​webinar​ for the AICPA on the consequences of groupthink, and he spoke in support of individuality.

“No one intends to participate in groupthink,” Gerstandt said. “Rather, it occurs because people are uncomfortable with conflict and differing opinions. Welcoming differences is one key to preventing groupthink.”

How to Encourage Individuality and Build an Innovative Culture

Building an innovative work culture is not an overnight job, but it can be done. Organizations should start by building an environment where the ideas, skills, knowledge, and potential of every employee is respected. Team leaders should be trained to identify their team members’ strengths and weaknesses, and they should know how to help those employees amplify the former and provide support for the latter.

Employees should feel comfortable at the workplace, confident when voicing their ideas, and accountable for their work. Everyone should give credit where credit’s due and push for honesty, openness, and collaboration.

Organizations must also work actively on diversity inclusion, meaning individuals feel free to be themselves regardless of race, age, geography, or gender. When respect for individuality drives an innovative organization’s culture, it shows. This is the case with Qulix Systems, a software development, testing, and consulting company based in Minsk, Belarus. What started in 2000 as a quality assurance service company now also provides software development, system analysis, DevOps, blockchain and cryptocurrency, and machine learning and artificial intelligence services.

“We respect uniqueness in the way people do business, think, and act,” says Daria Zakharenkova, head of PR at Qulix Systems. When it comes to breakthroughs, individuality makes all the difference.  We hire and cultivate the best talent. We take pride in our teams. Constantly upgrading their skill sets and keeping them happy are our top priorities.”

Qulix Systems won a Bronze Stevie® Award at The 2019 ​International Business Awards​® in the Company of the Year - Computer Software - Medium-Size category.

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Creative, Experienced, Gritty Public Relations Team Helps Combat Discrimination in Media

Posted by Hailey Roos on Tue, Aug 11, 2020 @ 10:38 AM
  • 1903 PR partners with tech-based companies and startups in nearly every industry. 
  • This team secured media coverage for clients who were being discriminated against by the media because of race, gender, or sexuality. 
  • Despite the pandemic, 1903 PR has doubled in size and secured over 200 pieces of top-tier media coverage for their clients. 

About 1903 Public Relations

1903 Public Relations partners with companies that are driving innovation in their industries and propels them to the next level through creative strategic communications. They transform ideas into messages that influence markets and impact the bottom line. 


Strategic Communication to Challenge Discrimination

In 2019, 1903 PR spearheaded the communication strategy for Bitwise Industries’ Series A funding announcement. This is the largest Series A ever raised by a Latina woman-led company. The story had huge implications in terms of bringing visibility to the Latinx business community, women in tech, and LGBTQ+ founders. Because this was the first announcement of its kind and the largest in magnitude, there was no blueprint to follow. With a two-person team, 1903 PR refined the narrative for the company and its founders to create a story that was authentic, compelling, and relatable. 

After the first day of media outreach, the team noticed that reporters who would typically cover a $27 million Series A without question were either hesitant to accept interviews or pushed the story to colleagues who cover women’s issues—instead of covering it as straight-business news. 1903 PR had the idea to strip the feminine pronoun from email correspondents in order to get the reporters to engage in and accept interviews before bringing the larger narrative into the conversation. By correctly assessing the problem, addressing it in a way that took reporters’ bias out of the equation, and inserting messaging on diversity and inclusion into the interviews, 1903 PR was able to secure coverage on Bitwise’s funding on a national level. This plan required well trained spokespeople, effective messaging, and excellent media relations. On the day of the funding announcement, Bitwise saw a 721% spike in web traffic, amounting to a reach of 4 million. The announcement also received nearly 40 unique pieces of coverage. 

Following the funding announcement and the success of 1903 PR in accomplishing Bitwise’s business goals, this team has become the tip of the spear for all new markets. Instead of what would have been 15 minutes of fame, Bitwise has been able to use 1903 PR’s strategies in a way that contributed to their company’s bottom line, ethos, and ongoing success. 

Recent Accolades

In the past year, 1903 PR has doubled the size of their team, expanded relationships with existing clients, and added new clients to their roster. Despite the challenges of the pandemic, the team has secured over 200 pieces of earned media coverage for their clients. This volume of coverage includes features in top-tier outlets like CNN, The Associated Press, Los Angeles Times, and key vertical press such as GovTech, AGDAILY, and Retail Customer Experience. 

1903 Public Relations won the Bronze Stevie Award for Startup of the Year - Business Services Industries in The 2020 American Business Awards®.

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Topics: American business awards, Startup of the Year

Grand Stevie Winners Announced In 2020 Asia-Pacific Stevie® Awards

Posted by Maggie Gallagher on Wed, Aug 05, 2020 @ 09:42 PM

The Stevie® Awards, organizer of the world’s premier business awards programs, announced the winners of five Grand Stevie® Award trophies in its seventh annual Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards. The Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards are the only awards to recognize innovation in the workplace throughout the entire 29-nation in Asia-Pacific region. All organizations in the region are eligible to submit nominations.

Gold, Silver, and Bronze Stevie Award winners in the various categories were announced on 8 July. Those awards were determined by the average scores of more than 100 executives worldwide acting as judges in May and June. Winners will be celebrated during a virtual awards ceremony on Tuesday, 22 September at 2 pm, KST. Tickets for the event are now on sale.

The 2020 Grand Stevie® Award for Organization of the Year goes to SM Prime Holdings, the Philippines, owner of SM Supermalls and Shopping Center Management, which earned 56.5 points from three Gold, 11 Silver, and 17 Bronze Stevie wins. SM Supermalls also won this honor in 2019.

SM Supermalls

Grand Stevie winners also include those with the highest-scoring nominations in the four nations that submitted the most nominations:

Australia: OnAIR by EventsAIR - the Virtual/Hybrid Event Solution, Gold Stevie winner for Award for the Innovation in Technology Development > Computer Industries          

China: Application of IoT Technology to Demand Control Ventilation in Carpark at Three Garden Road, Hong Kong, Gold Stevie-winning nomination for Award for Innovation in Technology Management, Planning & Implementation > All Other Industries submitted by Great Eagle Holdings Limited

Philippines: CultureCX Fuels Employee and Client Success, TTEC's Gold Stevie Award-winning nomination for Award for the Innovative Use of Technology in Human Resources > All Other Industries

South Korea: Kyoung Gu Kang, Team Leader, D.TRIBE, Gold Stevie winner for Most Innovative Marketing or Advertising Professional of the Year

The 2020 Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards have recognized organizations in 20 nations including Australia, China including Hong Kong and Macao, India, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Maldives, Myanmar, New Zealand, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Vietnam. More than 1000 nominations about innovative achievements in the 29-nation of the APAC region were considered by the judges this year.

“Though 2020 has had more challenging times than anyone expected, the Grand Stevie Awards winners prove that through determination, resiliency, and innovation that it’s still possible to succeed during rough times” said Maggie Gallagher, President of the Stevie Awards. “We commend this year’s Stevie Award winners for their achievements, and we look forward to celebrating them on 22 September.”

Details about the Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards and the 22 September awards ceremony, and the list of Stevie Award winners, are available at


Sponsors and partners of the 2020 Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards include adobo magazine and PR Newswire Asia.


Topics: Grand Stevie Winner, Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards

Shattering the Stigma

Posted by Hailey Roos on Mon, Aug 03, 2020 @ 04:12 PM
  • This nonprofit health care organization provides truly life-changing mental health services.
  • Unlike physical health care where there is a commonly agreed-upon remedy for any given ailment, mental health care doesn’t have a common treatment, and Centerstone is doing the work to improve the clinical treatment model.
  • Centerstone helps hundreds of thousands of patients nationwide and has changed national policy to break the stigma surrounding mental health issues and substance use disorders. 

About Centerstone

Centerstone is a nonprofit health care organization that provides exceptional mental health care and substance use disorder services. They provide mental care, addiction treatment, and community education across the United States. 

By using a shared-service model of departments, Centerstone’s dedicated teams are always there to help out fellow staff, no matter when, where, or how. Unlike physical health care where there is a commonly agreed-upon remedy for any given ailment, mental health care doesn’t have a common treatment. That’s why, through countless studies, experiments, technological advancements, and evidence-based practices, Centerstone is constantly working to provide that clinical model while simultaneously crafting each individual patient’s unique path to success. 


Changing National Policy

Centerstone does much more than provide for the individual; they are reshaping national policy in America. Just this year, the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act was passed, which will help thousands to fight addiction. Centerstone’s national policy team, alongside many other mental health care providers, have had countless meetings with Congress members and Senators. Fighting the opioid epidemic and achieving better mental health care has to be a collaborative effort. A win for anyone is a win for all. Centerstone’s scientists, researchers, and academics are all experts devoted to growing mental health care through innovation. Whether it’s through developing smartphone apps that let their clients communicate with their counselors or making breakthroughs in medication-assisted treatment, Centerstone’s dedicated researchers are changing the world for the better. 

Mental Health Care Funding

Since the inception of Centerstone’s grant writing team just under 15 years ago, they have secured over $250 million in public aid. This is an unprecedented amount for a nonprofit of any size, especially for one in mental health care. These funds directly impact Centerstone’s ability to provide life-changing services to our more than 150,000 clients and improve the research within the mental health care industry as a whole. 

The Future of Mental Health Treatment

Centerstone’s providers are on an unending quest to better themselves and improve the care they give to those that seek their help. They have an entire team leading this cause—the Center for Clinical Excellence—because there’s always room for improvement. By the end of 2020, Centerstone plans on having another Center for Clinical Excellence entirely devoted to depression, one of the most widespread forms of mental illness in the world. In addition, Centerstone is always searching for ways to expand their care, whether by adding new services, by widening the range of locations, or by working with new partners in every community. 

Centerstone won the Gold Stevie Award for Best Annual Report - Non-Profit Organizations in The 2020 American Business Awards®.

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