The First Recipient of the CVN Founder’s Award

One of the highlights of the CVN Annual Meeting, held this week in Chicago, was the presentation of the first CVN Founder’s Award.

White and Pitts presenting the award to DC Clinic Director Tracey Neal-Walden on Shawnte Ball's behalf.

White and Pitts presenting the award to DC Clinic Director Tracy Neal-Walden, accepting for Shawnte Ball.

The award was created to annually recognize and reward the staff person who most faithfully demonstrates the integrity, collaboration and excellence as exemplified by CVN founder, Steven A. Cohen.

The honor was given out at the final event of the Annual Meeting, a dinner co-hosted by CVN Representatives, Medal of Honor Recipients Kyle White and Ryan Pitts.

“This year, the CVN Founder’s Award goes to someone who is compassionate and welcoming. She steps up and steps in to do whatever is needed. Her staff ‘feel supported and appreciated’, and the ‘day to day operations of the clinic are efficient and effective.’ Her infectious smile and relentlessly positive and enthusiastic nature can’t help but rub off on her co-workers. The 2018 Founder’s Award goes to Shawnte Ball from the Cohen Clinic at Easterseals,” said White and Pitts.

Ball, the Office Manager, was not able to attend the event to receive the award. She remained in DC to oversee the onboarding of a new co-worker in the office. She did send in this video message:

View Shawnte’s Acceptance Speech – CVN Founder’s Award



By Anthony Guido
CVN Vice President, Communications & Marketing