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Anthem Awards

February 15, 2022 less than a minute read



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Winners to gather at Anthem Voices event on Monday, February 28th with Actor and Activist Jay Ellis to host at anthemawards.com


NEW YORK February 15, 2022 — The Anthem Awards, the new honor launched by The Webbys to recognize social impact work across the globe announced today that Nat Geo, Sandy Hook Promise, LIFEWTR, Forbes, RuPaul’s Drag Race, Google, Daymond John’s Black Entrepreneurs Day, Planned Parenthood, GLAAD, Color of Change, Morgan Stanley, Stanford University, American Red Cross, ViacomCBS, CNN, Participant Media’s Judas and The Black Messiah, Freeform, charity: water, NAACP, Disney’s The Lion King, Mark Ruffalo’s Solutions Project, and World Economic Forum are named winners of the Inaugural awards. All Winners will be honored at the Anthem Awards hosted by star of HBO’s INSECURE, the upcoming film Top Gun: Maverick, and host of The Untold Story: Policing podcast, Jay Ellis on Monday, February 28, 2022, the virtual experience goes live at 1 pm PT | 4 pm ET at  anthemawards.com.

“It’s a tremendous honor to host the first annual Anthem Awards,” said Jay Ellis, host of The Anthem Awards. “As we enter the third year of a global pandemic that heightened serious disparities around the world, this important award presents an opportunity to celebrate work that has had real impact from industry leaders making a difference in their communities and globally”


In its very first year, The Anthem Awards will honor individuals for their outstanding contribution and work to make an impact on society with Special Achievement Awards. This year’s Special Achievement Winners are:


  • Anthem Athlete of The Year – Naomi Osaka for claiming her third grand Slam title while igniting a conversation about mental health, racial injustice, and police brutality.
  • Anthem Entertainer of The Year – Adam McKay for holding up a mirror to society through his work, challenging the status-quo, and for the powerful messages that he compels us to hear.

“It is our distinct honor to recognize the work that brands, organizations, and individuals are all making to create an impact in their community. We launched this platform to show the world that all corners of our culture, from sports and entertainment to business leaders and celebrities, are all standing up to say, it is time for systemic change and that social good is what we value as a society,” said Jessica Lauretti, Managing Director, The Anthem Awards.


In advance of the star-studded ceremony – at 10 am ET | 4 pm ET – Winners will convene together for Anthem Voices a first-of-it’s kind virtual conference featuring fireside chats from winners including; Monica Lewinsky (The Epidemic), Reshma Saujani (The Marshall Plan for Moms), David Heath (Co-Founder & CEO Bombas), Michele L. Jawando (Senior Vice President of Programs, Omidyar Network) along with presentations from over 50 social impact leaders and activists from the non-profit, business, entertainment, sports, and advertising industries on one stage to share their efforts to make an impact on society. Tickets to the conference are on sale now at: anthemawards.com.

Anthem Award Winners are selected by the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences. A diverse group of industry leaders who judge work across Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion; Education, Art, & Culture; Health; Human & Civil Rights; Humanitarian Action & Services; Responsible Technology; and Sustainability, Environment, & Climate. Members include; Lisa Sherman, President & CEO, Ad Council, Mitchell Baker, CEO & Chairwoman, Mozilla

Ashley Judd, Author, Actor, and Social Justice Humanitarian, Daniel Dae Kim, Actor, Producer Activist, Christopher Miller, Head of Global Activism Strategy, Ben & Jerry’s

Marc Ecko CCO & Board Member, XQ + Emerson Collective, and Shayla Tait, Director of Philanthropy, The Oprah Winfrey Charitable Foundation.

The Anthem Awards were launched in response to the importance of social good within the national conversation and cultural zeitgeist. The inaugural competition received nearly 2,500 entries from 36 countries worldwide making it the largest social impact award in the world with entries from; National Geographic, PepsiCo, Verizon, Warner Media, AARP, BBDO, International Rescue Committee, UPS, Droga5, NBC Universal, Google, The Atlantic, NASA/JPL, Action Against Hunger, UN Women, Planned Parenthood, GLAAD, and NAACP. By amplifying the voices that spark global change, the Anthem Awards are defining a new benchmark for impactful work that inspires others to take action in their communities. A portion of program revenue will fund a new grant program supporting emerging individuals and organizations working to advance the causes recognized in the inaugural Anthem Awards.

Fans can watch the show and experience all winner’s Call-To-Action Anthem Speeches at watch.anthemawards.com on Monday, February 28 starting at 4 pm ET.


See the full list of Anthem Winners at anthemawards.com.




About The Anthem Awards:

The Anthem Awards, the Webby Awards newest initiative, was developed to recognize the breadth of social good work (online and offline) around the globe by honoring the organizations, brands, and people creating long-lasting impact; including, Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion; Education, Art, & Culture; Health; Human & Civil Rights; Humanitarian Action & Services; Responsible Technology;  and Sustainability, Environment, & Climate. By amplifying the voices that spark global change, the Anthem Awards are defining a new benchmark for impactful work that inspires others to take action in their communities. Founded in partnership with the Ad Council, Born This Way Foundation, Feeding America, Glaad, Mozilla, NAACP, NRDC, WWF, and XQ. Hopin is the Official Event Partner of The Anthem Awards. Anthem Voices is Sponsored by Omidyar Network.


About The Webby Awards:

Hailed as the “Internet’s highest honor” by The New York Times, The Webby Awards is the leading international awards organization honoring excellence on the Internet, including Websites; Video; Advertising, Media & PR; Apps, Mobile, and Voice; Social; Podcasts; and Games. Established in 1996, The Webby Awards received more than 13,500 entries from all 50 states and 70 countries worldwide this year. The Webby Awards are presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS). Sponsors and Partners of The Webby Awards include Verizon, WP Engine, YouGov, Brandlive, Canva, NAACP, KPMG,  Fast Company, Wall Street Journal, MediaPost, Podcast Movement, and AIGA.


Find The Anthem Awards Online:

Website: anthemawards.com

Facebook:  facebook.com/anthemawards


Instagram: @anthemawards

LinkedIn: The Anthem Awards

YouTube: wbby.co/anthem-youtube


For a selection of winners, see below:


Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion


  • United Nations, UN Research Roadmap for the COVID-19 Recovery
  • Google, Search Black-owned
  • Impact BBDO, New National Anthem Edition
  • BBDO New York, Color of Change: Pedestal Project
  • Tool of NA, Bubba Wallace – Progress Owes No Apology
  • HBO Max, “See Us”
  • FleishmanHillard, Tillamook County Creamery Association’s (TCCA) “All For Farmers” Social Impact Campaign
  • Media.Monks/Google Brand Studio APAC, Stories of Courage
  • Revolt, LIFEWTR – Life Unseen
  • In The Know x Black Girl Podcast Present: Enter the Chat
  • FOLX Health, West 4th Subway Station Takeover
  • McKinsey Global Publishing, Black representation in film and TV: The challenges and impact of increasing diversity
  • Forbes, The State of Black Entrepreneurship
  • m ss ng p eces, Glass Ceiling Breaker
  • WarnerMedia, Mastercard One Billion, and Beyond
  • 72andSunny, Adobe Diverse Voices – When I see Black
  • ViacomCBS, RuPaul’s Drag Race “Say Love” PSA w/ The Trevor Project
  • Work & Co, Work & Co Fund
  • Partizan Entertainment, Nike’s FM (Future Movement) Broadcast
  • Netflix, Visions of Us: Groundbreaking Moments in Queer Latine Representation
  • The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, Trevor Noah: The Daily Show
  • TBWA\Chiat\Day LA, QuickBooks x Compton Girls Club: Business G.IRL Incubator
  • Curb Free with Cory Lee, Curb Free with Cory Lee
  • Medium Rare, Daymond John’s Black Entrepreneurs Day
  • IFundWomen, Fund Black, Queer, Latinx & Hispanic, and AAPI Women Founders
  • Cut+Run, The New York Times – Megan Thee Stallion
  • Al Jazeera Digital, Shoaib Parliament
  • Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Be Seen
  • Sesame Workshop, Coming Together
  • Malala Fund, Assembly, a digital publication and newsletter from Malala Fund
  • Cerebral Palsy Foundation, Just Say Hi Inclusion Program in Schools
  • GLAAD, Social Media Safety Index
  • Color Of Change, Puma Sponsorship of Gwen Berry
  • Marshall Plan for Moms, Reshma Saujani x Marshall Plan for Moms
  • BBC, 50:50 The Equality Project – BBC
  • AIDS Healthcare Foundation/iN-Hale Entertainment, All Boys Aren’t Blue
  • Born This Way Foundation, Born This Way Foundation’s #BeKind21 2020 Campaign
  • National Geographic, In Conversation: Reframing Black History and Culture
  • Black Girl Ventures, Black Girl Ventures Foundation


Education, Art, & Culture


  • Hello Monday, American Society for Deaf Children: Fingerspelling with Machine Learning
  • POPSUGAR, POPSUGAR’s Girl Talk: Knowledge is Our Superpower
  • The New York City Department of Youth and Community Development/Show the Good, Step it Up NYC: Black Lives Matter
  • The Door, Listening Lab
  • The Black Light Project, The Black Light Project
  • National Geographic Society, Storytelling For Impact
  • Inc Arts UK, Inc Arts UK Speak-Listen-Reset-Heal & Unlock
  • The Iconoclast Dinner Experience (IDE), The Iconoclast Dinner Experience (IDE) by The Dental Kidz Foundation
  • Stanford University School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences, #StanfordEarthCelebrates identities series to promote awareness and inclusion across the Stanford School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences
  • First Americans Museum, OKLA HOMMA: Tribal Nations Gallery
  • James Madison University, Here + There: Exploring Multi-layered Identity through Photography




  • dentsuACHTUNG!, Malaria No More, Draw The Line Against Malaria
  • DDB Group New Zealand, Sperm Positive: The World’s First HIV-Positive Sperm Bank
  • Google, Forward Rhythm
  • The Public Works, First Descents
  • BBDO New York, Sandy Hook Promise, Teenage Dream
  • Nightjar, NextStep – Making Sense of Mental Health
  • Women’s Health, Women’s Health’s Instagram Fitness Community
  • 72andSunny, Sports United: MLB, MLS, NFL, NHL, NBA, WNBA, ATP, WTA, NWSL, USGA, NASCAR, Activision, EA, WWE, Sports United: #TheRealHeroes Project
  • Purpose, The United Nations, Verified: Fighting COVID-19 Misinformation
  • ViacomCBS, Mental Health Action Day
  • Deutsch LA, Ad Council, Do It for Me, COVID-19 Vaccine Education Initiative
  • Jet Propulsion Laboratory, VITAL Ventilator
  • Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Planned Parenthood’s Chat/Text and Chatea/Textea


Human & Civil Rights


  • Media.Monks, Reporters Without Borders Germany, The Uncensored Library
  • BUCK, Netflix “We The People”
  • Swell Creative Group, Re-Imagine L.A. Coalition
  • Droga5, The New York Time: 1619
  • ViacomCBS, Vote Early Day
  • Al Jazeera Digital, Still Here
  • Zealous, a fiscally sponsored project of Tides Center, Silenced: Solitary Confinement
  • NAACP, Unmasked COVID-19 Town Hall Series
  • Elle Communications, National Immigration Law Center and Resilience Force, Immigrants Are Essential
  • It Gets Better Project, Out in Front: Queer Youth Changing the World
  • World Vision International, Syria’s Lost Generation


Humanitarian Action & Services


  • Droga5, Red Wing Labor Day On
  • Zillow Group, Zillow, and Housing Connector partner to increase housing security
  • CNN, Champions for Change
  • Blue State, UNHCR UK— The UN’s Refugee Agency – Worlds Apart (Winter Appeal)
  • Innocence Project, Innocence Project Presents “Happiest Moments”
  • Airbnb.org, Airbnb.org Commits to Provide Free Housing to 20,000 Afghan Refugees
  • charity: water, charity: water Tiny Heroes Campaign
  • Mayors for a Guaranteed Income, Mayors for a Guaranteed Income (MGI): Abolishing Poverty Through Direct Cash Payments
  • World Food Programme (WFP), The World Food Programme Innovation Accelerator
  • World Vision International, Refugee Phone Takeover
  • NDPI Foundation, For the Good of All: Three Partners for Peace Stories
  • Sesame Workshop, Ahlan Simsim
  • Global Citizen, Global Citizen Live
  • USA for UNHCR, Refugee Youth Storytellers Celebration
  • Mothers Against Drunk Driving, In Loving Memory of Andrew McMorris
  • American Red Cross, Clara, the Multilingual Disaster Response Chatbot
  • International Rescue Committee, Leadership In Times of Crisis


Responsible Technology


  • BBDO New York, Monica Lewinsky, The Epidemic
  • Google, A CODA Story
  • DoorDash, Project DASH
  • IBM, Call For Code – Activating Global Developers to Solve Society’s Pressing Challenges
  • Accenture, Advancing Race Equity in VR (Tory’s Home Visit)
  • LaunchSquad, The Trevor Project’s Crisis Contact Simulator
  • Columbia Journalism Review, Columbia Journalism Review: The Disinformation Issue


Sustainability, Environment, & Climate


  • Ubilabs GmbH, Timelapse in Google Earth
  • Morgan Stanley, Audrey Choi
  • National Geographic, Nat Geo’s Earth Day Eve 2021
  • The Solutions Project, The Solutions Project
  • World Economic Forum, What Future Do We Want?
  • Citizens of the Great Barrier Reef, Citizens of the Great Barrier Reef: The Great Reef Census