Engaging Pittsburgh: It's All About the People! Awards Celebration
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When: Thursday, April 16, 2015
11:30 AM until 1:00 PM
Where: DoubleTree by Hilton - Green Tree
500 Mansfield Avenue
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania  15205
United States

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 (formerly the People Do Matter Awards)


 Now More than Ever, Companies Prove that Pittsburgh is all about the People!

MedExpress, LunaMetrics and Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens received the 2015 Engaging Pittsburgh: It’s all about the People! Award on Thursday, April 16, 2015, at the DoubleTree by the Hilton – Green Tree.  The Engaging Pittsburgh: It’s all about the People! Award recognizes regional employers that are implementing exceptional people practices. “Whether they are attracting talent, training tomorrow’s leaders or rethinking the way they organize work, the nominees have all demonstrated that investing in people is a key component of business success,” said Elizabeth Lamping, Executive Director of the Pittsburgh Human Resources Association.  The accomplishments of all 10 of the nominated companies were announced by Bill Flanagan, Executive Vice President and Corporate Relations for the Allegheny Conference on Community Development.

The finalists’ initiatives announced on April 16th offered best practices in categories such as “Help Them Thrive,” “Magnify Their Success” and “Make Them Fearless.”  Jennifer Ploskina, PHRA’s VP/Engaging Pittsburgh, notes, “We only hope that more organizations in the region are inspired and motivated to consider such programming in their own workplaces to encourage, appreciate and develop employees to be the best version of themselves.”

The overall award recipient was MedExpress, in the award category “Make It Cool: Workplace experiences that embrace fun, cool ideas that excite.  MedExpress is committed to the health of their communities. Their ability to deliver Genuine, Caring and Friendly service in a warm and welcoming environment for their patients comes from creating a warm and welcoming environment for their employees, as well. In 2014, as part of their continuous desire to meet the needs of their workforce, the MedExpress Human Resources Department embraced a Core 4 Strategy to intentionally focus Capability, Talent, Culture and Technology in order to capitalize on the investments MedExpress has made in a learning management system, a recognition program, distinct hiring tools and its existing workforce. The largest impact comes from the collective results; hiring the best possible people, developing talent so they can promote from within, providing more efficient training delivery mechanisms, and embracing recognition as a way of life not only strengthens their position as a national leader in the urgent care market, but also helps make their vision of providing each and every patient in their communities with Great Care. Fast.® a reality.


LunaMetrics and Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens were the runners up for the ceremony this year.  LunaMetrics was honored for their nomination in the “Help Them Thrive: Supporting employees for personal and professional well-being” category.  LunaMetrics seeks to increase employee retention and motivate individuals by focusing on key improvements in the areas of Education, Information, and Environment. Education – Employees are encouraged to enhance their professional and personal skills through company sponsored learning and through internal programs like LunaVersity – an after-hours employee-led initiative. Information – Through transparency and frequent updates, employees are made aware of how important each one is to the company’s overall goals. Teams communicate in ways that encourage collaboration and skill-sharing. Environment – With NERF guns, board games, a fun working space, and great attitudes, LunaMetrics encourages positive communication and collaborative successes. Employees plan and participate in frequent team-building activities. The results have been phenomenal – positive growth for revenue and employees.


Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens was honored for their nomination in the category “Don’t Kill the Meaning: Strategy or programming tied to the purpose of the organization”. The Center for Sustainable Landscapes (CSL) has helped to create a healthier future for generations to come by contributing to the restoration of their ecosystems and providing a place of beauty and inspiration. The CSL mimics nature’s processes by creating all of its own energy on site through sun, wind and earth, while also cleaning and reusing all of the water captured on site. As a result, staff members are engaged in learning about and incorporating sustainability into their daily lives and are united under this common focus. The CSL is a model and learning tool, helping to inspire a connection to nature as a means to live more sustainably now and into the future. As a project that will continue to be refined and studied for years to come, the CSL and its staff are plotting a course for the workforce of the future – one in which the natural world is integrated into the workplace as a medium to promote health and productivity. Thanks to the CSL, the Phipps mission – to inspire and educate all with the beauty and importance of plants; to advance sustainability and promote human and environmental well-being through action and research; and to celebrate their historic glasshouse – has become a way of life for our staff.


Congratulations to all of the 2015 nominees: Carnegie Mellon University Professional Development Services, EDMC, Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council, LunaMetrics, MedExpress, Meyer, Unkovic & Scott LLP, MRTSA, Medical Rescue Team South Authority, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, UPMC (University of Pittsburgh Medical Center), World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh

This event is possible due to the generosity of its sponsors, BI WORLDWIDE, Delta Dental, Geneva College, GENEX, NOVA Chemicals, Peak Performance, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Sagewell Partners and St. Vincent College's Master of Science in Management: Operational Excellence.

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