Humana, Inc., Heifer International, and Analog Devices, Inc. among global organizations celebrated as leaders in community management.
The winners of the fourth annual TheCR Awards were announced Tuesday, September 24, 2019 including innovative community leaders from Pearson, BMC Software, World Bank Group and Humana. The Community Roundtable, the leading global resource for the community management industry, presented the awards at their annual conference in Boston, TheCR Connect. As the recognized leader in community management research, training and thought leadership, The Community Roundtable is uniquely qualified to evaluate and reward individual and organizational contributions to the industry.
TheCR Awards recognize excellence in community management across four categories: Outstanding Community ROI, Outstanding Center of Excellence, Outstanding Community Change Agent, and Best Recognition & Reward Program. Members of TheCR Network – the world’s premier resource for community professionals – were recognized in six individual categories. Two additional awards, Community MVP and Outstanding Community Achievement, were awarded based on peer nominations. In total, 14 organizations and individuals were recognized for outstanding efforts in community management.
“We see how community leaders are impacting the success of their organizations by empowering individuals,” said Rachel Happe, Co-Founder and Principal at The Community Roundtable. “These leaders are changing how their organizations engage and in doing so, changing business models to be more inclusive and powerful.”
The winners of TheCR Awards 2019 are:
TheCR Network Detective: Caroline Sekar, Manager, Community and Community Programs, Cisco Meraki
“TheCR Network Detective” awards the member who helps source group knowledge and expertise by regularly asking thoughtful and meaningful questions in TheCR Network.
TheCR Network Explorer: Oonagh McQuarrie, Content Creation &Engagement Manager, Massage Envy
“TheCR Network Explorer” awards the member who charts new territory in the community management industry. They take best practices, research, and community models to experiment and advance the industry.
TheCR Network Pack Leader: Peter Broadley, Manager, Community Development and Engagement, CSA Group
“TheCR Network Pack Leader” awards the member who consistently leads the most discussions, online, in-person, and on virtual calls, and shows leadership around a topic or initiative in TheCR Network.
TheCR Network Journaler: Maren Beckman, Community Manager, Pearson
“TheCR Network Journaler” awards the member who works out loud the most regularly and with the most depth.
TheCR Network Power User: Christopher Detzel, Community Manager, Imperva
“TheCR Network Power User” awards the most active member in TheCR Network who contributes on a regular basis in a wide variety of ways, from sharing their expertise to supporting and encouraging other members.
TheCR Network Rookie of the Year: Amy Rood, Online Community Manager, Ounce of Prevention Fund
“TheCR Network Rookie of the Year” awards a Network member who has fewer than three years of industry experience, is new to TheCR Network, and is a power user – regularly collaborating and contributing inside the Network.
Outstanding Community ROI: BMC Software
The “Outstanding Community ROI” award recognizes the community that best demonstrates significant ROI for their organization/business unit through innovative community management practices.
Outstanding Community Change Agent
The “Outstanding Community Change Agent” recognizes a community program or initiative that supported the cultural transformation in a large or small way at their organization.
The Outstanding Community Change Agent was awarded in three distinct categories in 2018: Individual Change Agent, Program Change Agent and Organizational Change Agent:
Outstanding Community Change Agent – External Community Program: Analog Devices, Inc.
Outstanding Community Change Agent – Internal Community Program: Humana, Inc.
Outstanding Center of Excellence
The “Outstanding Center of Excellence” award recognizes a community center of excellence that makes a measurable impact on their organization.
Outstanding Center of Excellence – External Community Program: World Bank Group
Outstanding Center of Excellence – Internal Community Program: CSA Group
Best Recognition + Reward Program: Heifer International
The “Best Recognition + Reward Program” award recognizes outstanding community recognition, reward, and gamification programs that increase engagement, drive participation and contribute to the overall positive health of your community.
Community MVP: Dina Vekaria, Community Manager, Pearson
The “Community MVP” award recognizes excellence in community management – including outstanding efforts, willingness to share with peers, achievements and excellent community results.
Outstanding Community Achievement: Jeff Ross, Community Strategist, Humana, Inc.
The “Outstanding Community Achievement” award recognizes someone who has dedicated much of their time and effort to successfully managing communities, furthering the industry, and helping their peers through sharing experiences, knowledge, and general support.