Introducing The Anthem Awards

Brought to you by The Webby Awards, The Anthem Awards honors the purpose & mission-driven work of people, companies, and organizations worldwide. By amplifying the voices that spark global change, we’re defining a new benchmark for impactful work that inspires others to take action in their own communities.

In light of this critical mission and to celebrate the launch of this new award platform, Pharrell Williams was presented an inaugural Anthem Achievement Award at this years Webbys ceremony in order to honor his dedication to philanthropic work in education and entrepreneurship. Read more about his work in the feature below!

Features

We are proud to highlight the Sacramento Kings history of fighting for meaningful social change. In 2018, the Kings and Milwaukee Bucks launched Team Up for Change as a space for NBA/WNBA teams to unite off the court and confront local issues, inspire leaders in addressing racial justice and to activate their communities to promote education, inclusion, health and economic development.
Rewrite the Future is an initiative by NRDC that leverages Hollywood to tell stories around climate change. Climate stories have been scarce at every level of the entertainment industry and this initiative offers a fellowship to help fund climate stories as well as experts to consult and advise on how to approach climate storytelling in a way that’s both entertaining and impactful. Read our Q&A with Daniel Hinerfeld, Director of NRDC’s Rewrite the Future to learn more about why storytelling is such an important aspect of advocacy work and a powerful tool to move culture.
Managing Director Jessica Lauretti hosted a virtual informational session to introduce the latest initiative and platform from The Webbys, the Anthem Awards and answered questions from the audience.
The Anthem Club is a professional networking and convening space for folks who work in the social impact community. Held by humans across non-profits and digital organizing, as well as journalists, documentary filmmakers, creatives and marketers, the Anthem Club is a digital and offline squad that comes together to share what’s working on the ground and inspire each other to build new dynamics for a better future.
“It’s truly amazing to see entries continue to come in, day after day, from some of the most impactful companies and organizations all around the world. Momentum is building to change what we as a society deem worthy of an award, and it’s an honor to be a part of this platform where we’re amplifying this work and inspiring others to join us.” – Jessica Lauretti, Managing Director
Hunger Action Month is a yearly campaign by Feeding America, launched in 2008 and happening each September, to drive awareness and inspire action to help end hunger in America. This year, the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the challenges of reaching many people in need of help and has brought to light the health disparities and additional structural barriers that communities of color are facing. Read our Q&A with Elizabeth Nielsen, SVP Digital & Direct Marketing at Feeding America on how they are responding to the pandemic by accelerating their work and to learn more about how to take action today to help end domestic hunger.
The deadline for the first annual Anthem Awards has been extended to Friday, November 5th, 2021. Champion your purpose & mission-driven work today.
The Anthem Club is a professional networking and convening space for folks who work in the social impact community. Held by humans across non-profits and digital organizing, as well as journalists, documentary filmmakers, creatives and marketers, the Anthem Club is a digital and offline squad that comes together to share what’s working on the ground and inspire each other to build new dynamics for a better future.
To celebrate the inaugural season of The Anthem Awards, we're excited to launch an ongoing series which highlights brands and creative agencies from around the world and over the years, who are working on diverse causes and issues through their business practices, products, services and platforms. Check back each week for a new campaign or initiative to be featured.
We are proud to be partnering with the Ford Foundation whose mission is to build a world where everyone has the power to shape their lives. For our partnership, we’re featuring their Vanguards of Justice Series, which aims to amplify voices challenging inequality in the pursuit of social justice. Read more below, where we spotlight social justice leaders working across diverse issue areas and geographical locations.
Entering The Anthem Awards is your chance to establish your brand as a purpose-driven leader, showcase your important work on a global scale, reach new partners, clients and audiences and help set the standard for best in class impact-driven work around the world, and demonstrate your values on important social issues.
The Anthem Club is a professional networking and convening space for folks who work in the social impact community. Held by humans across non-profits and digital organizing, as well as journalists, documentary filmmakers, creatives and marketers, the Anthem Club is a digital and offline squad that comes together to share what’s working on the ground and inspire each other to build new dynamics for a better future.
Thank you again for attending “Mental Health is Health” on September 15, 2021. You can watch the video of this important conversation here.
To celebrate the inaugural season of The Anthem Awards, we’re excited to launch an ongoing series which highlights documentary films, which have the power to cut through the noise, connect a spectrum of global identities, and change the world. Check back each week for a new documentary to be featured.
The Anthem Club is a professional networking and convening space for folks who work in the social impact community. Held by humans across non-profits and digital organizing, as well as journalists, documentary filmmakers, creatives and marketers, the Anthem Club is a digital and offline squad that comes together to share what’s working on the ground and inspire each other to build new dynamics for a better future.
Love it or Lose it is a campaign by World Wildlife Fund developed with a unique message for the environmental space — to draw attention to our deep connection to and love of nature. Leading this campaign with the heart creates a sense of real world urgency and puts the emphasis on how much we stand to lose from the problems facing our natural world. Read our Q&A with Terry Macko, SVP of Communications and Marketing at World Wildlife Fund on how to learn more and take action on the climate crises today.
Join top global brands like Accenture, Deutsch NY, Hilton, Huge, Microsoft, Purpose, United Airlines, WW and more and enter today for your chance to be recognized by The Anthem Awards! Final deadline is October 1, 2021, enter today!
To celebrate the inaugural season of The Anthem Awards, we're excited to launch an ongoing series which highlights artists and artwork from around the world and throughout the ages, created to speak out on important social justice issues and with causes and impact in mind. Check back each week for a new piece of art to be featured.
The Anthem Club is a professional networking and convening space for folks who work in the social impact community. Held by humans across non-profits and digital organizing, as well as journalists, documentary filmmakers, creatives and marketers, the Anthem Club is a digital and offline squad that comes together to share what’s working on the ground and inspire each other to build new dynamics for a better future.
#BeKind21 is an annual campaign by Born This Way Foundation, developed as an invitation to practice kindness toward yourself and others each day. Happening each September, the initiative aims to build kinder, more connected communities that foster mental wellness. Read our Q&A with Mitu Yilma, Born This Way's Digital Director, on a movement of over 200 partners, 7 million participants, and 160 million pledges of kindness, on a mission to build a kinder, braver world that affirms and celebrates everyone for who they are.
Find all the info you need on how to enter the Inaugural Anthem Awards in this video from the event including the award process, partners and judges as well as important dates and deadlines. We will also review some of our frequently asked questions from the audience.
When leaders and people of influence use their platforms to support a social issue, the world notices and others are inspired to do the same. To honor this impact, we’re celebrating the people using their cultural positions to amplify important causes in our Anthem Leaders series.
The Anthem Club is a professional networking and convening space for folks who work in the social impact community. Held by humans across non-profits and digital organizing, as well as journalists, documentary filmmakers, creatives and marketers, the Anthem Club is a digital and offline squad that comes together to share what’s working on the ground and inspire each other to build new dynamics for a better future.
Love Has No Labels is a movement by The Ad Council to promote diversity, equity and inclusion of all people across race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age and ability. Read our Q&A with Heidi Arthur, the Ad Council’s Chief Campaign Development Officer on the team behind LHNL collaborates with partners to combat implicit bias.
How brands can put social impact at the core of their business to lead the future, by Jessica Lauretti, Managing Director, The Anthem Awards.
The Anthem Club is a professional networking and convening space for folks who work in the social impact community. Held by humans across non-profits and digital organizing, as well as journalists, documentary filmmakers, creatives and marketers, the Anthem Club is a digital and offline squad that comes together to share what’s working on the ground and inspire each other to build new dynamics for a better future.
The Anthem Club is a professional networking and convening space for folks who work in the social impact community. Held by humans across non-profits and digital organizing, as well as journalists, documentary filmmakers, creatives and marketers, the Anthem Club is a digital and offline squad that comes together to share what’s working on the ground and inspire each other to build new dynamics for a better future.
From conducting groundbreaking research to creating new resources for agencies, GLAAD’s Visibility Project is working to increase LGBTQ representation in the ad industry. Read our interview with GLAAD's President & CEO, Sarah Kate Ellis.
An artist, philanthropist, entrepreneur and advocate for racial equity, Pharrell Williams is using his platform to empower a new generation of leaders.
Take a look at the full list of Anthem Award Categories, all of which are organized to honor work across seven key causes: Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Education, Arts and Culture, Health, Human & Civil Rights, Humanitarian Action & Services, Responsible Technology and Sustainability, Climate and Environment.
The Anthem Club is a professional networking and convening space for folks who work in the social impact community. Held by humans across non-profits and digital organizing, as well as journalists, documentary filmmakers, creatives and marketers, the Anthem Club is a digital and offline squad that comes together to share what’s working on the ground and inspire each other to build new dynamics for a better future.
"I am honored to lead the Anthem Awards and be a part of this shift of what we as a society deem as valuable and worthy of an honor." Read the full letter here!
“NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council), Mozilla, GLAAD, The Ad Council, World Wildlife Fund, XQ Institute, and Born This Way Foundation, set to advise Anthem Awards as it aims to elevate the people, companies and organizations creating positive impact globally.”

Featured Judges

Sarah Kate Ellis

President and CEO of GLAAD

Sarah Kate Ellis was named President and CEO of GLAAD in early 2014 after a successful career as a media executive. In short order, Ellis refocused GLAAD’s crucial advocacy to accelerate acceptance of the LGBTQ community through various compelling and effective initiatives, campaigns, and programs.

Reshma Saujiani

Founder of Girls Who Code

Reshma began her career as an attorney and activist. In 2010, she surged onto the political scene as the first Indian American woman to run for U.S. Congress. During the race, Reshma visited local schools and saw the gender gap in computing classes firsthand, which led her to start Girls Who Code. Reshma is also the author of Brave, Not Perfect–a movement rooted in her experience, TedTalk, book, and podcast encourging women to live their bravest, fullest lives.

Heather McGeory has been working on climate change issues with business, governments, foundations, non-profits and multilateral institutions for the last 20 years. Learn more about her and her inspiring work in our latest feature.
Erika Soto Lamb’s background is a mix of politics, cause and corporate work. Learn more about her and her inspiring work in our latest feature.
Liana Douillet Guzmán believes that for a project or campaign to cause real-world change, it needs to be authentic and tied to real world action. She gets to work on that mission in her role at Skillshare, where she is responsible for helping to shape their long-term strategy, and overseeing their brand, communications, and partnerships. Learn more about her and her inspiring work in our latest feature.
Noopur Agarwal believes that when we use the power of stories to educate and inspire people, we can meaningfully shift perceptions and move our audience to action. Learn more about her and her inspiring story in our latest feature.
Shanita Brackett started her career as a chemical engineer before turning her work to operations, which she believes is a commonly unseen yet highly effective and impactful role at any mission driven organization. Learn more about her and her inspiring work in our latest feature.
Henry Donahue believes that to get to real-world change, national organizations need to listen and learn from partners on the ground in local communities and then co-create plans for development there. Learn more about him and his inspiring work in our newest feature.
Nimo Awil believes that communications professionals are more than capable, but in fact responsible, to do good in their world with the skills they have. Learn more about her and her inspiring work in our latest feature.
Ezinne Okoro believes it takes honesty, collaboration, and a fearless mindset to cause real-world change. Learn more about her and her inspiring work in our newest feature.
Before Maria Choi became the Founder & CEO of Raise for Good, she worked at major organizations on strategy, fundraising and marketing. Learn more about her and her inspiring work in our newest feature.
Rachel Hill has been working to fund social movements and safety net programs for almost two decades. Read more about her and her inspiring work in our latest feature.
Dev Sethi believes that context, timing and understanding the pipes of how distributed media works, is equally important as making great content. Learn more about him and his inspiring work in our newest feature.
Stephanie Ellis-Smith, originally trained to be a lab scientist but found herself instead serving as a trusted advisor to philanthropic individuals and families around the country to help them make meaning and social change from their giving. Learn more about her and her inspiring work in our newest feature.
Juliana Uribe grew up in Colombia during an active war conflict and always wanted to work to change that reality. That’s why she started Movilizatorio, a citizen engagement and social innovation Lab for Latin America. Learn more about her and her inspiring work in our newest feature.
Kirstyn Nimmo is a social impact strategist who believes that in order for campaigns to cause real-world change, they need to be based on deep understanding of the community they aim to serve, and include actionable ways for others to take part. Learn more about her and her inspiring work in our newest feature.
Jessica Lacombe is a seasoned and award-winning creative who focuses on inclusive and accessible design, brand and identity systems, collateral and content design, event and environmental design, and audience mobilization and engagement. Learn more about her and her inspiring work in our newest feature.
Before Ruchika Tulshyan wrote a book about gender inequality in the workplace, she was a business journalist and worked in the tech industry. Those experiences inspired her to work in service of the idea that workplaces should be inclusive, innovative, free from bias and harassment. Learn more about her and her inspiring work in our newest feature.
Before Chloe Barnes was a social entrepreneur, facilitator, and DE&I advocate she was a former Division I Women’s Basketball player. Learn more about her and her inspiring work in our newest feature.
Gabe Reilich, Head of Content & Innovation at Good | Upworthy believes the next great idea that leads humanity to a more just, inclusive, and sustainable future is out there. Learn more about him and his inspiring work in our newest feature.
Before Jennifer Sengupta was Global Manager of Digital and Social Communications at Mars, she spent a decade building social and digital marketing strategies for the CSR and non-profit arms of large consumer companies, including National Geographic, Verizon, and AARP. Learn more about her and her inspiring work in our newest feature.
Before Jeff Nelson was CTO and Co-Founder of Blavity, he was a serial entrepreneur with a professional background as a Software Engineer. Learn more about him and his inspiring work in our newest feature.
Elizabeth Nielsen has been raising awareness, driving engagement, and raising funds for nonprofit organizations for more than 20 years. Learn more about her and her inspiring work in our newest feature.
Before joining NRDC in 2014, Michelle Egan worked in a variety of fields including architecture, graphic design, journalism, education, and product development. Learn more about her and her inspiring work in our newest feature.
The Honorable Alexis M. Herman is Chair and Chief Executive Officer, New Ventures, LLC as well as Member of the Boards of Directors of Entergy, MGM Resorts International and the Coca-Cola Company. She is also the former Secretary of Labor. Learn more about her and her inspiring work in our newest feature.
As the founding Executive Director of Solve, Alex Amouyel has built and oversees a fast-growing team whose mission is to drive innovation to solve global challenges. Learn more about her and her inspiring work in our newest feature.
When becoming President & CEO of Ad Council, Lisa Sherman brought together her media and marketing experience with her desire to make an impact on the culture by using the power of communication to create real, lasting change. Learn more about her and her inspiring work in our newest feature.
Born This Way Foundation is using innovative campaigns and programming to help young people learn about mental health and connect with the vital resources they need.
Since becoming GLAAD President & CEO of GLAAD in 2014, Sarah Kate Ellis has worked to turn the organization from a media watchdog into one of the most influential cultural agents across media. Learn more about her and her inspiring work in our newest feature.
The Mozilla Project supports the open, innovative web and ensures it continues offering opportunities for everyone. As CEO of Mozilla Corporation, Mitchell Baker is focused on accelerating the growth levers for the core Firefox browser product and platform, while investing in innovative solutions to mitigate the biggest challenges facing the internet. Learn more about her and her inspiring work in our newest feature.
World Wildlife Fund's mission is to build a future where humans live in harmony with nature. As Senior Vice President of Communications and Marketing, Terry Macko manages a supporter base of one million members and over 11 million activists. Learn more about him and his inspiring work in our newest feature.

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