DirectEmployers has three areas of awards: Member, WOW and Breakthrough.

DirectEmployers Member Awards

The DirectEmployers Member Awards (DMAs) recognize Member companies for excellence and commitment in OFCCP compliance and recruitment marketing. This year, the two finalists in each category will be recognized at DEAM16 and winners announced Thursday, May 19 in the 8:00 AM General Session.

WOW Award

The WOW Award originated in 2012, and annually recognizes individuals who are driving technology and innovation in the human resources field, in addition to giving back to the community. The award is named to honor the legacy of executive director of DirectEmployers Association, William O. Warren. This year's WOW award recipient will be announced on Wednesday, May 18 during lunch.

Breakthrough Award

The Breakthrough Award our newest form of recognition, applauds up and coming individuals for raising the bar, challenging convention and steering the future of HR best practices. The recipient of the Breakthrough Award will be announced in conjunction with the WOW Award on Wednesday, May 18 during lunch.

The awards wouldn't be possible without the support of our Board of Directors and committee volunteers. If you would like to share input, judge, volunteer or learn more, please contact the Awards Committee Chair, Katie Pfledderer at