Elisa Juárez, ChenMed’s first director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) and Melissa Spain, ChenMed’s first-ever Brand Love Manager were both named to Ragan’s Top Women in Communications Awards List for 2022. Ms. Juárez was recognized as a “Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Champion,” and Ms. Spain was named a “Rising Star.”

Ragan’s Top Women in Communications Awards celebrates the female communications professionals whose dedication and contributions to the communications industry are making a significant impact in their day-to-day job and career, advancing the profession while accelerating growth for their organization.

Ms. Juárez’ vision to create a culture of inclusion and create a sense of belonging at ChenMed helped earn her a spot on the Ragan’s list. As a Latina leader, Elisa brings a unique approach to creating space for listening and giving a voice to team members. These insights paved the way for more inclusive company wide benefits including parental leave, and two additional paid holidays. Her efforts have led to the origination of a platform to honor and celebrate cultural moments and heritage months for team members across the country.

Ms. Spain’s work is centered on love, a core value that is at the heart of ChenMed overall. As a member of the ChenMed culture team, her role is to inspire team members, patients, and communities by telling their stories, recognizing unsung heroes and building brand love. Some of the stories she played a role in elevating are ChenMed’s emergency response to Hurricane Ida in New Orleans and ChenMed Cares, an employee relief program that allows team members in need to reach out for financial help and resources.

“We are so proud of Elisa and Melissa, and they work they do to help ChenMed team members feel a sense of belonging at work,” said Stephanie Chen, chief legal and culture officer for ChenMed. “The fact that two of our employees were honored for their commitment to inclusion and love is a testament to the incredible talent we have serving our team members, our patients and our communities”.

Ragan held a special award celebration on June 16 in New York City to recognize all the winners and their impressive work. The event featured a special keynote presentation from CBS Mornings’ executive producer, Shawna Thomas.