Ragan honors the 2022 Diversity Awards in NYC: list of winners

Winners were celebrated at a special awards luncheon in New York City on July 14.

The 2022 Diversity Awards highlighted the best teams, communicators and campaigns across industries, honoring winners who built allyship with their communities internally and externally, made equity strides in their hiring practices, initiated innovative partnerships and alliances with other organizations, and much more.

Ragan Communications and PR Daily hosted an awards luncheon July 14 at New York City’s storied Yale Club in the heart of Manhattan, where attendees were thrilled to gather, network, and dine.

“Communicators are not only sharing the stories of DEI progress with stakeholders, but they are also helping set strategy and holding their organizations accountable for transparency and real change,” says Diane Schwartz, CEO of Ragan. “We are excited to shine a spotlight on their achievements.”

Ragan gave a special honor to Shelley Spector and her team at The Museum of PR, who took the stage to highlight the work that their institution has done fostering public dialogues and conversations with a diverse array of communications leaders from cultures and backgrounds still largely underrepresented in the industry.  After pointing out that inclusion means including everyone, she explained how the PR industry is still largely dominated by women.

“We’re not attracting enough young men into the field,” Spector said. ” So I hope that maybe next year’s event there’ll be an award-winning program about bringing the guys back into the fold.

Ragan Communications and PR Daily congratulate this stellar group of DE&I winners and advocates.


2022 Diversity Awards winners


DE&I Professional of the Year

Lanett Austin: Curaleaf

Vincent Chee: Bevel

Jennifer Rojas Clouse: McLane Company

Ted Nguyen: Orange County Transportation Authority


DE&I Team of the Year

Bazaarvoice: DE&I Taskforce

Clyde Group: IDEA Working Group

McLane Company: DEI Council

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP: Skadden DEI



Bospar: Outliers’ Ally

ChristianaCare: Serving Together With Love and Excellence for Inclusion and Diversity

IEEE-USA: Women in Engineering Book Series


CEO Communication

BETAH Associates: Michelle Taylor

Bloomberg Industry Group: Communicating on DE&I At Bloomberg Industry Group – The CEO Setting The Tone


Community Relations and Engagement

Beyond Celiac: Voices of Celiac Disease

Cohen Veterans Network: DEI Engagement for CVN’s Remote Work Environment

Johns Hopkins Medicine: COVID-19 Vaccine Equity Campaign

Mars Food: Introducing Ben’s Original™ and A New Purpose

OCTA & FSB Public Affairs: OCTA Diverse Communities Trust Building Campaign

PTC: 22K Push Up Challenge


Cultural Celebration or Event

Color Of Change: Black History Now Awards

Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA): Tết Events for the Lunar New Year


Diversity: Equity and Inclusion Commitment

Acronym: Acronym’s DE&I Commitment

Hy-Vee, Inc.: Hy-Vee’s Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

LinkedIn: Sparking Equal Opportunity via #ConversationsForChange

Mars Food: Introducing Ben’s Original™ and A New Purpose

Maximus Corporate Communications: DEI at Maximus

Sandia National Laboratories: Sandia Labs’ Social Media: Celebrating diversity, elevating inclusion

Santa Cruz Community Credit Union: SCCCU Commitment to DEI

Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA): SEPTA Diversity, Equity, and Belonging: Where Differences Power Innovation

SPS: DE&I Communications

T-Mobile: Equity In Action


Employee Resource Groups (ERGs)

Baystate Health: Black Employees Connecting Business Resource Group

BMC Software: BMC’s Employee Resource Groups

Criteo: Diversity Equity Inclusion and Sustainability Team at Criteo


Event (Virtual or Live)

Department of Culture and Tourism: Living the Values Initiative

Florida Realtors: What’s Cooking in Canada and with our Global Partners?

SHE Media: Inclusive Future

Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA): SEPTA Open Book Series, a DEB initiative


Global Diversity: Equity and Inclusion Commitment

Alorica: Alorica’s Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Cision: DEI at Cision

Criteo: Diversity Equity Inclusion and Sustainability Team at Criteo

Florida Realtors: Kiss Bow or Shake Hands: Diversity Equity and Inclusion A Comparisons of Cultures


Hiring Practices

Cardinal Health: DEI Recruiting Program Enhancements

McLane Company: Warriors to Wheels

Town of Queen Creek: QCPD’s 30×30


Inclusive Language Initiative

AccuWeather: AccuWeather Inclusive Journalism Taskforce

LinkedIn: Inclusive Language in Marketing


Industry Partnerships/Alliances

American College of Allergy: Asthma and Immunology with Allergy & Asthma Network, Eczema in Skin of Color

PRSA/FINN Partners: PRSSA/FINN Partners Mentorship Program

Renown Health: Leaders in Health Equity & Inclusion


Marketing Programs

Mars Food: Introducing Ben’s Original™ and A New Purpose

SHE Media: Meaningful Marketplaces


Social Justice Campaign

CEO Action for Racial Equity: CEO Action for Racial Equity

Deilight Consulting (UK) Ltd: Ian Clarke

H&S: The Pedestal Project



Alcon: ALCON D&I Training

Cohen Veterans Network: CVN Launches Innovative Diversity Training to Mental Health Providers at No Cost


Congrats to all the honorees for 2022!

For more information on our winners, check out their profiles here.


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