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Applications being accepted for the iwin Innovative Workplace Award

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 13, 2013) — The University of Kentucky Institute for Workplace Innovation (iwin) is now accepting applications for the 2014 Dr. Lee T. Todd Jr. Workplace Research to Practice Award. The award will showcase a Kentucky company committed to improving the bottom line, employee health and work-life fit.

Organizations applying for the award are evaluated on the nine dimensions of iwin’s Innovative Workplace Model. The recipient will receive a year-long free membership to the Innovative Employer Roundtable effective May 2014, which will include attendance at the May 2014 and October 2014 Roundtable meetings as well as other Roundtable Partner-exclusive events throughout the year.

Fazoli’s Restaurants, a Lexington-based organization, was the 2013 award recipient.

“Fazoli’s is honored to be recognized as the recipient of the 2013 Dr. Todd Award. Being founded and headquartered in Lexington for the past 25 years makes this award especially meaningful,” Fazoli’s CEO Carl Howard said after receiving the award. “We’d like to thank The University of Kentucky’s Institute for Workplace Innovation for partnering with Kentucky employers and setting the bar high for future workforce development in the Bluegrass.”

Dave Craig, vice president of Human Resources at Fazoli’s, said the company will  join the Roundtable in 2014 and is excited to continue gaining value from the many benefits and services offered to Innovative Employer Roundtable Partners.

Organizations currently on the iwin Innovative Employer Roundtable represent diverse industries, sizes and geographic regions of Kentucky. Roundtable partners access research from national experts and leading thinkers and learn about emerging global trends and promising workplace practices while networking with fellow partners about critical workforce issues. In addition to learning best practices from leading Kentucky organizations, Roundtable Partners have the chance to influence and participate in iwin-led research projects that directly affect their organizations.

The award application and additional information can be found at iwin.uky.edu – click on the Todd Award details on the homepage. Award applicants may self-nominate or be nominated by a current Innovative Employer Roundtable Partner. The deadline for applications is February 1, 2014.

To be eligible, applicants must have employees based in Kentucky and cannot have been a previous Roundtable partner. Applicants may be for profit or nonprofit, of any size, and may represent any industry. Recipients of other workforce related awards/recognitions will be considered.

For more information, please contact Stephanie Shaw at [email protected], call (859) 257-6767, or visit http://iwin.uky.edu.

Current Innovative Employer Roundtable Partners are: 3M; Anthem Blue Cross & Blue Shield; American Water Co. (Kentucky American Water and Tennessee American Water); Baptist Health Lexington; Bingham McCutchen; Brown-Forman; Central Bank; Commonwealth of Kentucky; Community Action Council; Community Trust Bank Inc.; CVS Caremark; Darley America; Dinsmore & Shohl LLP; EKCEP: Eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program; EQT Corp.; Fazoli’s Restaurants; Gallatin Steel; General Cable; Gray Construction; Harper Industries; Hilliard Lyons; Innovative Mattress Solutions; KentuckyOne Health; LG&E and KU Energy; Logan Aluminum; Neace Lukens; Paducah & Louisville Railway Inc.; Papa John’s International Inc.; Pefetti Van Melle; R.J. Corman; Sturgill, Turner, Barker & Moloney PLLC; Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing, NA; University of Kentucky; and University of Kentucky Healthcare.