2018 Winners

Ryan Terry

For dedicating countless hours to give back to children and adults with Type 1 Diabetes.

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For devoting nearly 6,000 pro bono hours to 130 unique nonprofit organizations worldwide in 2017.

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The Spirit of the HME Humanitarian Awards

As we celebrate our 27th year, we continue to be amazed by the many ways the people and companies in our industry give back. As a way to acknowledge this giving spirit, we share these inspiring stories through our annual Charity Issue and present the Annual Humanitarian Awards, now in our 5th year. We invite you to participate. Nominate a deserving colleague or company. We encourage you to nominate yourself too – what a great way to give your favorite charity exposure plus a $500 donation if you're a winner!


To recognize both an individual and company who make a positive impact on the welfare of humankind through their contributions, time, actions, and dedication.


Humanitarian service is defined as actions beyond the responsibilities of one’s profession that have helped to improve the welfare of humankind, including significant contributions benefiting an individual and/or one’s community. (For the purposes of the HME Humanitarian Awards, a person or company performing charitable activities directly related to business conducted by an individual or company will not be eligible.)

HME Individual Humanitarian Award – This award is presented to an individual who:

  • Dedicates time, energy, and effort to take care of others.
  • Impacts and improves the well-being of another/others who are underserved, disabled, impoverished, ill, or otherwise in need of a helping hand.

HME Company Humanitarian Award – This award is presented to a company that:

  • Cultivates a culture of giving back to individuals and/or communities by harnessing the talents and efforts of their employees to do good for another/others.
  • Demonstrates focused effort to benefit, enhance, improve the well-being of an individual or group of individuals.
  • Gives to an individual or community not for recognition or a reputation of good will, but with a sincere desire to better the life/lives of another/others.


The nominee must be currently employed in the healthcare marketing industry, including pharma companies, ad agencies, or service suppliers.


A committee of judges will determine the winners by evaluating the entries anonymously.


Submitted stories will be included in the November issue of HEALTHCARE MARKETER’S EXCHANGE, both in our hard copy and online magazine editions, as well as through social media platforms. Winners will receive a $500 check assigned to their charity of choice.

Note: Since all submissions will be published in print and online, we strongly encourage you to include details that will bring life to your submission. The human element is what makes your stories so impactful...and often influences others to support your efforts.


Who doesn’t love a great story? That’s what THE EXCHANGE is all about – connecting people in our industry by sharing stories that move, matter, and motivate.

In keeping with HME’s first-person narrative content, we encourage you to submit your nomination including as many facts as you can, as well as what moves this company or individual to commit so much of their time and energy to this charity, cause, or individual. Take a look at last year’s Humanitarian Awards stories here for some inspiration.

4 pointers to help you make your submission stand out:

  1. Share the Personal Connection – Behind every passionate effort to support a charity or individual, there is usually a personal connection. Tell us what motivates your nominee to support their (or your) chosen charitable effort – a friend or family member, a colleague, personal history or encounter?
  2. Use quotes – It’s powerful to hear from those who have benefited from the time, effort, and money that have been invested. AND it’s also impactful to hear from the nominee. What moved them to act? How has the nominee’s work touched them personally?
  3. Pictures and Press – Send any press or pictures that support a demonstration of charitable efforts in action.
  4. Cast the Vision – What is the nominee’s specific hope, goal, aim in supporting the chosen charity(ies)? To wipe out a particular disease? To dramatically change specific lives? Why are they supporting this charitable effort?

Every Submission Should Answer These Questions:

  • What exactly does the nominee do to serve?
  • Why do you think the nominee should be awarded the HME Humanitarian Award? What makes this nominee outstanding
  • Does the nominee serve directly, lead others in serving, or both? How does the nominee serve?
  • What charitable organizations are being served/donated to and in what way (Please include website)?
  • What kind of specific charitable activities are involved?
  • How much time and effort is involved?
  • Any additional information that can help us understand the Who, Why, What, Where, and How of your nomination?


Submission Deadline is October 15, 2019

Please write as much as you like about why you, your company, or another individual or company deserves the HME Humanitarian Award. Give us the powerful story behind the individual or company so the judges understand what motivates the individual or company to give so generously and the full impact of their humanitarian efforts.

If you prefer to write your story in a Word Doc, please email to

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