ASWA Founder Wins 2020 International Women in Business Awards
Angela Derks, Founder CEO of the Australasian Sustainable Wellness Academy (ASWA) has been announced as the winner of the 2020 International Women in Business Silver Stevie® Award in the Most Valuable Corporate Response category for her leadership and commitment to ensure the well-being of employees, customers, and community during Covid-19.
The Stevie Awards for Women in Business honour women executives, entrepreneurs, employees, and the companies they run – worldwide. More than 1,500 entries were submitted and Angela won the Silver Award for the Most Valuable Corporate Response for ASWA’s Pay it Forward Covid (Coronavirus) Initiative. Working with our industry and community partners, over 1,000 wellbeing programs valued at over AU$250,000 were donated to individuals in a variety of community care roles ranging from domestic violence service providers to the mental health and aged care sectors.
“The wellbeing of our team, individual and business customers and the community are what we are here for. As soon as we started hearing of the negative impact of Covid on our clients and the community, we immediately thought ‘Who can we help most now and how? With our hearts and our resources of skills and training programs, we mapped out what we could do and it formed the basis of our response plan.” says Angela.
Particularly during isolation and social distancing, ASWA’s Wellness Within program for individuals and teams included peer support that helped keep people connected, safe and well. All participants needed was to have a computer or a mobile phone and they now have lifetime access and support to take control of their own wellbeing with relevant tools such as the ASWA Wellness Tracker. Recipients were located across Australia and Asia-Pacific, UAE and Africa and many have expressed that they have been enabled to support, not only their own wellbeing, but also that of others, from the skills and strategies that they have developed through their program.
“I felt less alone and am very grateful to have been gifted this training course to learn and practice personal skills in wellbeing. Having Angela facilitate the online group also gives me a greater sense of purpose and a safe space to connect with others. I don’t know how I would’ve got through this challenging year without my Wellness Within and ASWA.” – Lauren Adams
More than 1,500 entries were submitted this year for consideration from Australia and across the globe. As a training and consulting organisation that reads loads of submissions from participants in our accredited Diploma of Wellness qualification for workplace wellbeing professionals, we can appreciate the immense time and effort from the judges in reading all of those submissions!
Judges of the awards commented:
“This is an initiative that aims to impact more people than they have done in “pre Covid 19 times”, understanding that the new normal impacts women and girls disproportionately particularly in areas directly linked to the wellbeing and safety of them. It’s admirable to see how they turned current programs/ platforms into available sources of support for free and using the power of the networks to reach the ones that might not be immediately seen. Congratulations!.”
“A compelling cause with excellent execution. An excellent example of a purpose-driven impact with the potential of long-lasting positive effects on individuals’ lives and organizations.”
Research shows that when individuals collectively thrive in a workplace then organisations are more likely to thrive. At no time has this been more relevant than during 2020 when unprecedented challenges have continued within our workplaces and lives. Here at ASWA, we are committed to bringing our 25 plus years’ experience to deliver the award-winning holistic ASWA Wellness Approach to positively impact lives and workplaces.
Aligned with the Australian Government’s Future of Work Strategy, wellbeing skills are of particular relevance to strengthen individuals and teams as part of a sustainable workforce strategy. Our work with private and public organisations that value the wellbeing of their team members is highly rewarding and we couldn’t have won this award without the support of our awesome industry partners.
About the Stevie® Awards
Stevie Awards are conferred in seven programs: the Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards, the German Stevie Awards, The American Business Awards®, The International Business Awards®, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business, the Stevie Awards for Great Employers, and the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service. Stevie Awards competitions receive more than 12,000 entries each year from organizations in more than 70 nations. Honouring organizations of all types and sizes and the people behind them, the Stevies recognize outstanding performances in the workplace worldwide.
About the Australasian Sustainable Wellness Academy
The Australasian Sustainable Wellness Academy is an Australian training academy specialising in building and strengthening manager and leader development capabilities in wellbeing.
Four strategic objectives of ASWA are to increase the level of awareness with tools and resources for daily life and work harmony; develop competencies of managers and leaders with innovative training solutions and support; to provide wellbeing mentoring and strategic solutions for organisations through influential and engaging strategies; and to contribute to the wellness of the environment and the broader community through collaborative and strategic alliances with industry leaders. Learn more about the Australasian Sustainable Wellness Academy’s award-winning qualification, the nationally recognised Diploma of Wellness Leadership Program.