Edwards Lifesciences SOV 21

Published: April 2, 2021

Team Name: Strengthen Our Community

Award Category: Live

Why This Team is Extraordinary:

At Edwards Lifesciences, commitment to the community runs deep. Our company is committed to giving back more to the community than we take, and this culture of giving materializes in grant donations from our Foundation, product donations from our business, and, notably, the time of our employee volunteers. Our company has an aspiration that 100% of our 12,000+ global employees will do at least one charitable activity every year and that passionate engagement strengthens our community. We are proud that currently 83% of our employees report that they do just that. Mobilizing, inspiring, and leading 12,000 employees as they seek effective and impactful ways to give back to the community is a huge undertaking and this movement is advancing because of our employee volunteer leaders. These volunteer leaders aren’t just altruistic donors of THEIR time, but they act as a liaison of Edwards engagement and support in communities where we live and work, bringing our people to address needs by leading and organizing volunteer events and inspiring and rallying around Edwards’ culture of giving, promoting a rich philanthropic culture throughout teams and offices. Listening and responding to the current state of the world, “virtual volunteerism”’ are words we have come to embrace and incorporate in our charitable activities globally. Our volunteer leaders were continually thinking about how to evolve their volunteerism leadership to continually engage Edwards employees and support our charitable partners in unique ways. This group of individuals are:

1. Rita Birchard: a co-chair for our 2020 Orange County United Way workplace campaign, which raised almost $1M and engage over 2,000 Orange County based employees, providing education for United Way’s pillars focusing on education, housing, income and homelessness.

2. Mariam Fleshman: a co-chair for our 2020 Orange County United Way workplace campaign, which raised almost $1M and engage over 2,000 Orange County based employees, providing education for United Way’s pillars focusing on education, housing, income and homelessness.

3. Shomik Chaudhuri: a co-chair for a signature campaign with our ‘adopted’ elementary school, Washington Elementary, pivoting engagement opportunities to meet the needs of remote learning including a virtual technology kit drive, virtual Read Across America Campaign, and a welcome back to school video.

4. Abraham Chiu: a co-chair for a signature campaign with our ‘adopted’ elementary school, Washington Elementary, pivoting engagement opportunities to meet the needs of remote learning including a virtual technology kit drive, virtual Read Across America Campaign, and a welcome back to school video.

5. Jenny Chen: a leader for our Mutlicultural employee resource group focused on the Asian community, led a virtual holiday drive to support the needs of local elementary school Washington Elementary, which encouraged Edwards employees to involve their families to partake.

6. Dianna Sung: a leader for our Mutlicultural employee resource group focused on the Asian community, led a virtual holiday drive to support the needs of local elementary school Washington Elementary, which encouraged Edwards employees to involve their families to partake.

7. Sydney Bailey: led a group of Edwards volunteers, largely from our university programs to work with elementary-aged students involved in KidWorks programming to complete a STEAM “Supertower” project over Zoom. We are grateful for this group of community volunteer leaders who haven’t just demonstrated the power of giving back, but have led teams and groups of like-minded individuals to find ways to engage with and support our local community.


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