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The University of Kentucky Institute for Workplace Innovation (iwin) is now accepting applications for the 2014 Dr. Lee T. Todd, Jr. Workplace Research to Practice Award. The award will showcase a Kentucky company committed to improving the bottom line, employee health, and work-life fit.  Organizations applying for the award are evaluated on the nine dimensions of iwin’s Innovative Workplace Model.  The recipient will receive a year-long free membership to the Innovative Employer Roundtable effective May 2014, which will include attendance at the May 2014 and October 2014 Roundtable meetings as well as other Roundtable Partner-exclusive events throughout the year.

Fazoli’s Restaurants, a Lexington-based organization, was the 2013 award recipient.

After receiving the award, CEO of Fazoli’s, Carl Howard said, “Fazoli’s is honored to be recognized as the recipient of the 2013 Dr. Todd Award.  Being founded and headquartered in Lexington for the past 25 years makes this award especially meaningful. We’d like to thank The University of Kentucky’s Institute for Workplace Innovation for partnering with Kentucky employers and setting the bar high for future workforce development in the Bluegrass.” Dave Craig, Vice President of Human Resources at Fazoli’s says they will join the Roundtable in 2014 and are excited to continue gaining value from the many benefits and services offered to   Innovative Employer Roundtable Partners.

The organizations currently on the iwin Innovative Employer Roundtable represent diverse industries, sizes, and geographic regions of Kentucky. As part of the Innovative Employer Roundtable, Partners access cutting-edge research from national experts and leading thinkers and learn about emerging global trends and promising workplace practices while networking with fellow Partners about critical workforce issues. In addition to learning best practices from leading Kentucky organizations, Roundtable employers have the chance to influence and participate in iwin-led research projects that directly affect their organizations.

The award application and additional information can be found at Award applicants may self-nominate or be nominated by a current Innovative Employer Roundtable Partner. The deadline for applications is February 1, 2014.

To be eligible, applicants must have employees based in Kentucky and cannot have been a previous Roundtable Partner. Applicants may be for profit or nonprofit, of any size, and may represent any industry. Recipients of other workforce related awards/recognitions will be considered.

For more information, please contact Stephanie Shaw at stephanie dot shaw at uky dot edu, call (859) 257-6767, or visit

Current Innovative Employer Roundtable Partners are: 3M; Anthem Blue Cross & Blue Shield; American Water Company (Kentucky American Water and Tennessee American Water); Baptist Health Lexington; Bingham McCutchen; Brown-Forman; Central Bank; Commonwealth of Kentucky; Community Action Council; Community Trust Bank, Inc.; CVS Caremark; Darley America; Dinsmore & Shohl, LLP; EKCEP: Eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program; EQT Corporation; Fazoli’s Restaurants; Gallatin Steel; General Cable; Gray Construction; Harper Industries; Hilliard Lyons; Innovative Mattress Solutions; KentuckyOne Health; LG&E and KU Energy; Logan Aluminum; Neace Lukens; Paducah & Louisville Railway, Inc.; Papa John’s International, Inc.; Pefetti Van Melle; R.J. Corman; Sturgill, Turner, Barker & Moloney, PLLC; Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing, NA; University of Kentucky; and University of Kentucky Healthcare.