Health and Well-being Awards

The HERO Workplace Health and Well-Being (HWB) Awards honor dedication and commitment to the field, and acknowledge outstanding leadership, research, and practice of HWB. Honorees are asked to share their experiences in HWB with their peers at the HERO Forum during the awards presentations throughout the week. The HERO Forum23 on Doing Well by Doing Good: How Responsible Organizations are Addressing Societal Challenges will be held September 26 –29, 2023 in Salt Lake City, Utah.


Learn more about the 2022 Award Recipients. HERO pays tribute to individuals in the field of HWB with our awards. The HERO HWB Awards honor leaders in five categories.

Awards Nomination Process

  1. Nomination forms are reviewed by HERO.
  2. Eligible candidates may be asked to provide additional information.
  3. All nominations are reviewed by the HERO Awards Committee.
  4. Award recipients are notified.
  5. Recipients are required to accept their award in person at HERO Forum.
  6. Nominees who do not win remain eligible for consideration in the following calendar year.

To nominate someone for this award, visit our Forum23 submission portal.

Important Dates

  • Nominations are received on a rolling basis.
  • The call for nominations opens February 6th, 2023 and continues through April 30th, 2023
  • Awards presented throughout the HERO Forum: The Forum23 will be held Sept 26-29, 2023 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Definition of Terms for the HERO HWB Awards

Workplace Health & Well-being (HWB): A set of organized activities and systematic interventions, offered through corporations/worksites, managed care organizations, and governmental/community agencies, whose primary purposes are to provide health education, identify modifiable health risks, and influence health behavior changes.

Healthy Workplace: HERO acknowledges that currently many tools exist to measure the existence of a healthy workplace. The HERO HWB Awards will accept the HERO Scorecard, the National Business Group on Health’s Wellness Impact Scorecard, WELCOA’s Well Workplace Survey, or the Organizational Risk Assessment by HealthScan Solutions as credible tools for this assessment.

Leadership Position: An elected, appointed or earned role in a recognized organization or committee affiliated with a recognized organization.

Organization contributing to or affiliated with advancement of HWB: Employers that have offered and promoted a robust suite of prevention-oriented health management services for more than five years; providers of prevention-oriented health management solutions for the workplace and beyond; consulting firms that specialize in the design, facilitation, and/or delivery of prevention-oriented health management solutions.

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the nomination process open?
Nominations are accepted on a rolling basis, with an open call for nominations beginning February 6, 2023.

When is the nomination deadline?
April 30th, 2023

What is the cost to apply?
There is no cost to apply.

When and how are awards distributed?
Award winners are asked to accept their award in person at the HERO Forum. The awards are presented through the course of the Forum.

Are there company size requirements?

2022 HERO Hall of Fame Award Winners

2022 Award Winners

HERO Workplace Health and Well-Being Awards

Bill Whitmer Leadership Award

Bill Whitmer

As the co-founder and former CEO of HERO, Bill (and HERO) issued a loud Wake Up Call for America that our nation was in the midst of a perfect storm of poor health, an aging population and rising health care costs. Bill spent years bringing together leaders in the HWB industry: employers, researchers, providers, payors and consultants and insisting that together, we represented a powerful force with the ability to positively impact the health of our nation. Today, HERO’s membership and its voice and power as an agent for change have more than doubled. The Bill Whitmer Leadership Award is shaped by and honors the decades of hard work and vision in the field of HWB by Bill Whitmer.

Bill Whitmer Award Criteria

Submit a Nomination for the Bill Whitmer Award






Bill Whitmer Leadership Award Hall of Fame

Mark Dundon Research Award

Mark Dundon

Mark Dundon contributed to the advancement of HWB for the decades he spent working in the healthcare industry. Best known within the ranks of the HERO membership as the co-founder and former Chairman of the Board of HERO, Mark’s contributions to the field of HWB research and the healthcare field include running a three state health care system in Kentucky, and providing the seed money for ground-breaking research. Each year at the HERO Forum, the Mark Dundon Research Award is presented to a researcher who embodies his dedication to advancing HWB research.

Mark Dundon Award Criteria

Submit a Nomination for the Mark Dundon Award




Mark Dundon Research Award Hall of Fame

Jerry Noyce Executive Health Champion Award

Jerry Noyce

As HERO advances its journey as a premier HWB resource organization, it is important to recognize the corporate leaders who make the meaningful execution of HWB possible. This award is presented annually to a person of senior leadership status (CEO, CFO, VP) who has made an outstanding contribution towards the advancement of HWB within their company. We wish to recognize individuals who have been largely responsible for the success of their company program through professional dedication and a personal commitment to creating a culture of health.

Jerry Noyce Award Criteria

Submit a Nomination for the Jerry Noyce Award




Jerry Noyce Executive Health Champion Award Hall of Fame

Heart of HERO Award

herologo_blue-01HERO recognizes health and wellness practitioners that have directly impacted the health of their organization and the associated outcomes. This award will be presented to a person directly involved in the day-to-day operations of HWB (Wellness Directors, Health Managers, Human Resources) who has made an outstanding contribution towards the advancement of HWB within their company.

Heart of HERO Award Criteria

Submit a Nomination for the Heart of HERO Award



Heart of HERO Award Hall of Fame

Healthy HERO Award

2022 Sponsor

HERO is building on a long-standing awards tradition by establishing a national awards program to recognize individuals who are actively engaged in their own well-being through participation in a company-sponsored health and well-being program, have achieved and maintained their health goals for at least two years and who may also be providing leadership as a volunteer wellness champion for their organization. The Healthy HERO Award Program enables sponsoring organizations to highlight the successes of individuals who participate in their health and well-being programs.


Healthy HERO Award Sponsor Details

Healthy HERO Award Hall of Fame

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