Call for Entries Deadline:

This program is now closed.

Learn more about current programs here.

Employees are the most important asset of any organization and are a main driver of organizational reputation and bottom-line success. Human Resource and employee wellness executives understand this and are on the front lines every day ensuring that quality, productivity, employee health and morale are at its highest.

As with most careers, though, women in HR and employee wellness strive for recognition within their organization. They both champion pay equity, employee wellbeing programs and initiatives and seek this for themselves. They aspire to leadership roles and career advancement. That’s why Ragan is recognizing the Top Women in Wellness and HR to shine a spotlight on the outstanding contributions by female HR and employee wellbeing professionals at all stages of their career.

Ragan’s Top Women in Wellness and HR are those leading the charge when it comes to employee health (financial, mental, physical and social), performance management, diversity & inclusion, organizational development, talent recruitment and retention, compensation and benefits, human resources information systems, training and development, coaching and corporate leadership.

A Top Woman in Wellness and HR inspires those around her—she is fearless and an indefatigable contributor. You likely work with her. It might even be you.

As the leading information resource for internal communicators, Ragan has been chronicling for more than 50 years the challenges and opportunities for those communicating with employees across the organization. These awards are a recognition of the blurring lines between Internal Communications, Employee Wellbeing and Human Resources and the role that they all play in organizational growth.

Tell us about your Top Women in Wellness and HR so we can showcase the best of the best. To enter this awards program, we are leaving it up to you to use the 500 words wisely in the entry form to highlight each Top Woman in Wellness and HR. Judges will select multiple winners for each category, creating the industry’s premier go-to list of leaders.

Help us highlight the accomplishments of your peers—or yourself—and shine a spotlight on organizations that support female advancement and leadership. The entry deadline is July 22, 2022. There is a late deadline on July 29, 2022, but additional late fees apply.



 Hall of Fame

The entry should describe specific measurable achievements and/or examples of the nominee’s impact within her department and beyond. We are not looking for women who are just doing their job; we are looking for women who go above and beyond, and have challenged the status quo.

 Rising Star (age 30 or under)

She is an up-and-coming comms pro, primed to climb the ranks quickly.

 Bridge Builder

She forges internal and external connections like a master.

 Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Leader

She takes action to ensure her organization promotes a workplace that champions diversity, equity and inclusion.

 Dynamic Do-er

She rolls up her sleeves and gets it done. And then some.

 Environmental Champion

She does her part to make a positive impact on the natural world and its condition.

 Executive Coach

She works with leadership to gain achieve their full potential, accomplish their goals and more.

 Financial Wellbeing Leader

She offers guidance and support for helping employees create a financial plan to maintain financial stability and achieve long-term goals.


She stays ahead of the curve and finds new and creative ways to achieve goals or deliver messaging.

 Lifestyle Coach

She offers guidance and support for helping employees achieve and maintain a healthy lifestyle.

 Mental Health Leader

She ensures employees’ mental wellbeing is a priority at her organization and offers support and resources for workers.


She takes future leaders under her wings and teaches them how to fly.

 Physical Health Leader

She supports physical activity among employees to maintain overall health.

 Rewards & Benefits Leader

She knows employee satisfaction is essential to a successful business and offers guidance and support for her workforce when it comes to rewards and benefits.

 Social Wellbeing Leader

She ensures employees feel a sense of belonging within the organization by championing their diverse ideas and backgrounds and leading with respect.


She always has a plan in place and knows how to achieve her goals.

 Team Leader

She leads with confidence and empathy, and her team looks up to her.

 Technology Whiz

She embraces the benefits of digital tools and makes them work for her—and her organization.


She creates a new path that others want to follow.

 Wellness Coach

 Workplace Culture Leader

She ensures her organization is a place where anyone would love to work and grow in their careers.

 Workplace Safety Leader

Safety is always top of mind for this top woman—and employee safety is her top priority.


Tell us in 500 words about yours or your nominee’s accomplishments in the previous 12 months; Hall of Fame entries honor lifetime achievements. The winning list of Top Women in Wellness and HR will be those who have distinguished themselves among their peers with meaningful achievements. Choose a category that best describes the nominee and submit your short essay along with any supporting materials you feel will be helpful to the judges. Ragan’s panel of judges will select multiple winners from each category and reserves the right to place your nominee in the category that best fits her accomplishments.

Self-nominations, as well as nominations on behalf of clients, colleagues or your peers.

We will recognize women who are champions of the employee, who build bridges between internal departments and stakeholders; HR and employee wellbeing professionals whose passion contributes to a great workplace; who roll up their sleeves and get more done than imaginable; women who lead with purpose; women who have developed better mouse traps; women who lead great teams.

Supporting documents that can’t be uploaded to the system should be mailed to:

Brendan Gannon
Ragan Communications
10 S. LaSalle St., Suite 310
Chicago, IL 60603


  • The nominee must work in a human resource or employee wellness role or spend at least 50% of her time in employee wellness or HR.
  • You can nominate up to 10 women from your organization.
  • You can self-nominate or nominate a client or peer from your organization or another organization.
  • Hall of Fame entries honor lifetime achievements. All other the entries reflect the nominee’s successes in the past 12 months.
  • The time period: July 2021 – July 2022.
  • This is a global award; nominations are accepted from all countries.

If you have questions, or need help entering, contact Brendan Gannon at 312-960-4407 or

This year’s program is open to any work executed between July 1, 2021, and July 29, 2022, inclusive.


The price of each entry is $425.

For entries submitted between July 23 and July 29, 2022, there will be a $199 late fee added per entry.

Payment in full must accompany the entry. All entries are non-returnable and non-refundable.

W-9 Form / Tax ID Number Request

Frequently Asked Questions

Why should you apply?
It is increasingly important to recognize the important role of HR and employee wellbeing within an organization. This awards program allows you to prove your value. A Top Woman in Wellness and HR reflects on the entire organization. Winners will earn publicity for their brand and their work across our websites and social media audiences, a custom write-up about their work and a trophy.
Who can enter?
Entries may be submitted by organizations worldwide. The only requirement is that entries be submitted in English. This awards program is open to corporations, agencies, nonprofits, associations and government organizations.
What does it take to be a winner?
We look for clearly articulated submissions that showcase why the nominee is deserving of this honor. Supporting materials, such as testimonials, examples of the nominees’ work are helpful. Please look at our past award winners to see what gets recognized and rewarded. We encourage you to submit the nominees to multiple categories, if you feel they are relevant. Doing so increases your chances of winning.
What are the entry requirements?
The entry form requires that you submit a synopsis of the honoree, including her current role, achievements in the past 12 months, and justification for why she should receive an award from us. Hall of Fame entries reflect lifetime achievements.
Why are some deadlines extended?
We extend deadlines based on applicant needs and upcoming promotional opportunities.
When will I find out results?
We try to announce winners about three to four months after the final deadline. Each announcement will be made with a headline on our website, in our daily email newsletter and on our social media platforms. Emails notify entrants of these announcements. As deadlines are extended, so are expected announcement dates.

Additional Questions

If you have any questions about the program or problems submitting your entry, please call Brendan Gannon at 312-960-4407 or email

Sponsorship Opportunities

If you are interested in sponsoring this awards program, please contact Hannah Lavelle at

Ragan Communications is not responsible for international shipping fees related to trophies or certificates.