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Announcing Ragan’s Workplace Wellness Awards winners

Lisa Gable helped her organization add new services and maintain flexibility during the pandemic

FARE (Food Allergy Research & Education) saw both business growth and increased employee engagement in 2020, earning Gable the honor of CEO of the Year in Ragan’s Workplace Wellness Awards.

Lisa Gable’s expertise and workstyle have propelled her to achieve a variety of lofty titles: CEO, ambassador, chairman of the board, advisor to presidents, and more.

Now she applies her decades of experience as CEO of the nonprofit FARE (Food Allergy Research & Education). Its overarching goal is to improve the lives of the 32 million Americans living with potentially life-threatening food allergies.

Under Gable’s leadership—she’s been at FARE since 2018—the organization has seen an increase in event participation, expanded its community-building opportunities, and provided groundbreaking research and development programs.

Gable stepped up during the pandemic. During these last 15 months, FARE has provided maximum flexibility to employees to ensure proper work-life balance. There was a summer Fridays program, and extended summer holiday weekends. There were virtual happy hours and events to include families, including a children’s art show.

Gable launched an internal newsletter to further staff connection and engagement. This newsletter focuses heavily on employee-sharing, including personal milestones such as the birth of children, engagements, weddings and new pets.

On the business side, FARE shifted to virtual events, and yet, saw an increase in participation. In the spirit of organizational engagement, Gable instituted bi-weekly Town Hall meetings during which staff shared updates on new projects and initiatives. She continues to provide transparent information about the state of the pandemic concerning FARE as an organization, its remote work status, and accommodations, as well as plans for re-opening.

Gable shows a steady commitment to diversity and inclusion. When she took on the role of chief executive officer, she consciously built diversity into the organization. Today, the organization’s leadership is 43% female and the organization overall is 33% diverse.

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