Ragan’s 2023 Workplace Wellness Awards: Honorees and finalists announced

Discover the honorees and finalists making work a better place for all.

Ragan's Workplace Wellness Awards

Employee wellbeing continues to grow in importance, and the workforce is taking note. Prioritizing the whole employee — their mental, physical, social and financial health — is no longer a nice-to-have organizational practice — it’s a business imperative. Ragan’s Workplace Wellness Awards are the benchmark of excellence for high-performing organizations that take employee wellbeing seriously.

The awards program is open to organizations worldwide, and offers them the opportunity to recognize their HR, wellness and communications initiatives and the hard-working people behind those programs.

Ragan is pleased to announce the 2023 Workplace Wellness Awards finalists for initiatives and programs and the people and places honorees working hard to create healthy workplaces. Take a look at the organizations making employee wellness a cornerstone of their work across industries like financial, healthcare, manufacturing, education, technology, retail, PR and more.

We’re also pleased to announce the People and Top Places of the Year honorees, such as Carlos Sánchez-Luis, AVP of AstraZeneca Latam and VP of AstraZeneca Brazil. Sánchez-Luis has been at the forefront of developing several high-impact strategies and initiatives that prioritize employee wellbeing, while also emphasizing the importance of maintaining a healthy work-life balance. He and the leadership team in Latin America promote a strategy called The Power Is Within You, which includes various activations that communicate the company’s vision and priorities, along with initiatives that inspire employees to set new goals and pursue professional development opportunities. After six months, the new program saw 97% employee participation.

Among the Top Places to Work for Employee Wellbeing honorees is information technology company Wolters Kluwer. Its global wellbeing program, Together We Thrive, focuses on resilience as a key part of overall wellbeing. Resilience comprises skills to face stress, uncertainty and change effectively, including strategies to manage through to positive outcomes. One of the key initiatives in 2023 is the first annual Global Well-being Week, a new offering of the Together We Thrive program. Every day of the Global Well-being Week, Wolter Kluwer highlights a wellbeing dimension through activities like webinars, training, mobility challenges, healthy eating suggestions and more. Overall, 88.5% of participants rated the event excellent or good.

Peruse our honorees and finalists below, and keep an eye out for the full list of Workplace Wellness Award winners, which will be announced in April 2024.

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Honorees: People of the Year

CEOs & Presidents of the YearHR Leaders of the Year

Honorees: Top Places to Work for Employee Wellbeing

Large OrganizationsSmall & Midsize Organizations

Finalists: Wellness Programs & Initiatives

Outstanding Total Rewards ProgramsDE&I & ESGDigital CultureEmployee BenefitsEmployee Engagement • Employee ExperienceFinancial WellnessHR & Communications CollaborationLearning & DevelopmentMental Health Initiatives Physical Wellness Professional Wellness Social Wellbeing Strategic HRWork/Life Balance

Before announcing the finalists for wellness initiatives and programs, we’d like to acknowledge the people and places honorees who have a dedicated eye on wellness. The 2023 People of the Year are leaders who have demonstrated exceptional commitment and direction in fostering a healthier and more holistic work environment, positively impacting the wellbeing and productivity of their employees and colleagues. Similarly, the 2023 Top Places to Work for Employee Wellbeing organizations offer comprehensive and innovative programs that promote mental, physical, social and financial wellness for their employees. Ragan salutes our Class of 2023 in these categories.

Honorees: People of the Year

CEOs/Presidents of the Year

Steph Lund: M&C Saatchi Sport & Entertainment

Ted Murphy: IZEA

Carlos Sánchez-Luis: AstraZeneca

HR Leaders of the Year

Gianna Driver: Exabeam

Shannon Estreller: EvolveMKD

Robyn Jordan: DriveTime

Christy Pambianchi: Intel Corporation

Kara Ruchti: Kalahari Resorts

Honorees: Top Places to Work for Employee Wellbeing

Large Organization (more than 1,000 employees)



Bank of America



Koch Industries

Lincoln Financial Group

Wolters Kluwer

Small and Mid-Size Organizations (Up to 1,000 Employees)

Array Behavioral Care

Caliber Corporate Advisers


FormAssembly, Inc.



M&C Saatchi Sport & Entertainment North America

Marathon Strategies

Finalists: Wellness Initiatives/Programs

Finalists in the Workplace Wellness Awards have created initiatives and programs around DE&I, employee engagement, Total Rewards, professional wellness, mental health initiatives and much more. Whether they are employers offering exceptional services and programs to families and working parents or measuring the effectiveness of their wellness programs across the board, all of these finalists stood out amongst the entries. Winners will be announced in April 2024.

Outstanding Total Rewards Programs

Dollar General: Dollar General’s Outstanding Total Rewards, Training & Development Programs

G2: Reach Your PEAK


Array Behavioral Care: Desire’ Stasen

Mavenir: Mavenir ESG Program

Digital Culture

Clutch: Wellness Initiatives & Programs

International Monetary Fund: ‘UNWIND’ Series: A Virtual Platform for Mental Health and Wellbeing

The Lifetime Value Company (LTVCo.): Fostering Engagement and Presence in a Dispersed Workforce: LTVCo’s Remote Work Strategies

Employee Benefits

Northwell Health: 2024 Open Enrollment

Employee Engagement

Array Behavioral Care: Desire’ Stasen

AstraZeneca: The Power Is Within You

Carestream Health: Carestream’s Health and Wellness

Department of Culture and Tourism: Samia Al Ameri

The Cigna Group: Global Wellness Challenge

Employee Experience

Adventist Health Tillamook: Associate Well-being

Baystate Health: Employee Prosperity Fairs

BMO: BMO’s Wellness Program

CarParts.com: CarParts.com

Clutch: Wellness Initiatives & Programs

Food Lion: Healthy Foundations


PAN Communications: Employee Experience at PAN

Renown Health: Leading with People First at Renown Health

Financial Wellness

ADP Retirement Services, ADP Achieve Retirement Success Series

Bank of America, Bank of America

HR and Communications Collaboration

CarParts.com: HR Team and Communications & Culture Team Collaboration

City of Temple – Communications & Marketing Department: New Employee Toolkit

Goodwill of North Georgia: 2023 Open Enrollment

Learning & Development

Clutch: Wellness Initiatives & Programs

Ellucian: Ellucian Learning and Development Team

Johnson & Johnson: Johnson & Johnson Learn

KWT Global: KWT U

Mental Health Initiatives

AllTrails: Trail Day

BMO: BMO’s Wellness Program

Cox Enterprises: “Reach Out. We’re Here.” Mental Health Campaign

Fahlgren Mortine: YOU Matter Mental Wellness Program

International Monetary Fund: ‘UNWIND’ Series: A Virtual Platform for Mental Health and Wellbeing

Lincoln Financial Group: Be Well Program

M&C Saatchi Sport & Entertainment North America: M&C Saatchi Sport & Entertainment North America

Physical Wellness

AdventHealth West Florida Division: Wondr Health Success

Goodwill of North Georgia: #GoodwillTrains

NYU Langone Health: Colorectal Cancer Screening Initiative

Professional Wellness

Baystate Medical Center: Healing the Healer

PAN Communications: Professional Wellness at PAN

Social Wellbeing

Clutch: Wellness Initiatives & Programs

Project Lifesaver International: Project Lifesaver Program

Strategic HR

Food Lion: Healthy Foundations

Work-Life Balance

1Milk2Sugars Communications: Work-Life Balance

Baystate Medical Center: Healing the Healer

Clutch: Wellness Initiatives & Programs

Exos: Readiness Culture Code


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