Calling All Students: 3rd Annual WorkHuman Fellowship Essay Contest

Submit your essay and win a trip to WorkHuman in Phoenix in May!


Do you know an undergraduate or graduate student with a passion for building a more inclusive, human workplace? Are you a student who would love to learn from thought leaders like Susan Cain and Adam Grant at WorkHuman 2017?

We are thrilled to announce the third annual WorkHuman Fellowship Essay Contest. Two essay writers from North American universities will be chosen as our WorkHuman Fellows, and flown to WorkHuman 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona to help us live-blog the event.

Want a feel for what the experience is like? Check out this video blog Isha Jog made at WorkHuman 2017 or this recap written by Reno Rafly.

See below for more details.



Essay Contest Deadline: May 5, 2017


Do you share our passion for building a more human workplace? Are you a college or grad student who is dying to attend WorkHuman 2017 and learn from speakers like Susan Cain, Adam Grant, Christine Porath, and Rasmus Hougaard – along with a full slate of other scholars and business thinkers? We will choose two essay contest winners to join us from May 30 to June 1 at WorkHuman 2017 in Phoenix, as our WorkHuman 2017 Fellows. There you will live-blog the WorkHuman 2017 event with our media team as you network with HR thinkers, analysts, and leaders from Fortune 500 companies!

Tell us why you want to attend and be entered to win an educational experience you’ll never forget!

What is WorkHuman? WorkHuman 2017 is the HR conference of the human decade. Learn more at

When is it happening? From May 30 to June 1 at the JW Marriott Resort in Phoenix. We’ll cover your conference passes, hotel for two nights, airfare (up to $500 round trip), and ground transportation in Phoenix.

Who is eligible? Any undergraduate or graduate student, 18 years or older, who is pursuing a degree in management, human resources, corporate communications, organizational psychology, or a related field at an accredited North American university.

How do I apply? Simply write a 500-1,500 word essay answering the question: “Why do you want to attend WorkHuman 2017?” Post it to your Facebook page (as a public note) or to your own public blog. Then tweet it to us using the tag #WorkHuman.

Got questions? Contact us at

We hope to see you in Phoenix!

Contest Rules


  1. How to enter: This contest begins at 12:01 a.m. Eastern Time (ET) on March 10, 2017, and ends at 11:59 p.m. ET on May 5, 2017. To enter, publish a personal public blog post or public Facebook post/note answering the question: “Why do you want to attend WorkHuman 2017?”, then tweet a link to the post using the hashtag #WorkHuman on Twitter. Entries must be tweeted no later than 11:59 p.m. on May 5, 2017. Limit one entry per person or e-mail account. Essays should be submitted in English at a minimum of 500 words and a maximum of 1,500 words. Essays less than or exceeding this length may not be considered. Sponsor is not responsible for lost, late, inaccessible, or incomplete entries, or entries not received for any reason. Entries will not be acknowledged. By entering, Entrant warrants that his or her entry (1) is original and does not infringe the intellectual-property rights of any third party, (2) has not been published in any other medium, and (3) has not won an award.
  2. Judging: All entries will be judged by the Globoforce Communications Team, based on the following criteria: originality (25 percent), creativity (25 percent), use of language (10 percent), and appropriateness to contest theme (40 percent). Two winners will be chosen to receive the WorkHuman 2017 Fellowship. All submitted essays must be nonfiction. Incomplete and/or inaccurate entries and entries not complying with all rules are subject to disqualification. Decisions of judges are final and binding. Winner will be notified by Twitter, post comment or e-mail after May 5, 2017. Names of winners may also be published on the Globoforce Blog, the WorkHuman website and in Globoforce and WorkHuman Social Media channels.
  3. Eligibility: Open to any undergraduate or graduate student of an accredited United States or Canadian university, pursuing a degree in management, human resources, corporate communications, organizational psychology, or a related field, age 18 or older at time of entry (“Entrant(s)”). Void where prohibited by law. Employees of Globoforce and its event partners and their respective parents, affiliates, and subsidiaries and participating advertising and promotion agencies (including members of their immediate family and/or those living in the same household of each such employee) are not eligible.
  4. Prize description: Two fellowship winners will receive a conference pass to WorkHuman 2017 in Arizona from May 30 – June 1, 2017. They will also receive round-trip airfare from the continental United States or Canada to Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, transfers from Phoenix airport to the hotel, and lodging for two nights in the JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa. Costs of air and ground transportation to the hotel are not to exceed $500 and will be booked by Globoforce. All food will be provided at the conference. Additional room expenses beyond lodging, taxes and resort fees will be the sole responsibility of the winner. At the event, the Fellows will be part of the WorkHuman social media team, invited to live-tweet or live-blog in their own social media identities about their experiences throughout the event. Fellows will be expected to tweet/blog in a respectful manner. Any inappropriate remarks will result in immediate removal from the event. The prizes are awarded without warranty, express or implied, of any kind. THE PRIZES ARE NOT TRANSFERABLE.
  5. Conditions of participation: No transfer, assignment, or substitution of a prize permitted, except Sponsor reserves the right to substitute prize (or prize component) for an item of equal value at Sponsor’s sole discretion. Sponsor fully reserves the right to rescind any prize, at any time, for any reason, with requisite notice to a Winner. Nothing in these official contest rules shall obligate Sponsor to publish or otherwise use any entry submitted in connection with this Contest. Entrants agree to be bound by the terms of these Official Rules and by the decisions of Sponsor, which are final and binding on all matters pertaining to this Contest. By entering, Entrant represents that any essay, etc., and other materials submitted as part of Entrant’s contest entry are the original work of Entrant and not copied from any other source and will not constitute defamation or an invasion of privacy or otherwise infringe upon the rights of any third party, and that the Entrant owns or has the rights to convey any and all right and title in such essay. In addition, by entering, Entrant grants to Sponsor and its affiliates a nonexclusive, worldwide, royalty-free license to edit, publish, promote, and republish at any time in the future and otherwise use Entrant’s submitted essay, along with Entrant’s name, likeness, statements, biographical information, and any other information provided by Entrant, in any and all media for possible editorial, promotional, or advertising purposes, without further permission, notice, or compensation (except where prohibited by law). Potential Winner, as a condition of receiving any prize, also may be required to sign and return an Affidavit of Eligibility, and, where legally permissible, a Publicity Release and confirmation of a license as set forth above within 7 days following the date of first attempted notification, certifying, among other things, the following: (a) entry does not defame or invade the privacy of any party; (b) entry does not infringe upon the rights of any third party; and (c) the essay and other materials submitted are original and have never been published and entry has never won an award. Failure to comply with this deadline may result in forfeiture of the prize and selection of an alternate winner. Return of any prize/prize notification as undeliverable may result in disqualification and selection of an alternate winner. Acceptance of the prize constitutes permission for Sponsor and its affiliates to use Winner’s name and/or likeness, biographical information, essay, and other materials submitted for advertising and promotional purposes without additional compensation, unless prohibited by law. By entering the contest, each Entrant releases and holds harmless the Sponsor, and its directors, officers, employees, parent companies, subsidiaries, affiliates, suppliers and agents (collectively, with the Sponsor, the “Releasees”) from any and all losses, damages, rights, claims, liability, or causes of action of any kind, including, but not limited to, claims based on injury or loss to persons or property, publicity rights, defamation, invasion of privacy, or copyright infringement in whole or in part, direct or indirect, in connection with this Contest, the entrant’s participation herein, and/or the awarding, receipt, or use or misuse of the prize or any portion thereof and agrees to fully indemnify the Releasees from any and all claims by third parties, including, without limitation, those arising from entrant’s non-compliance with the Contest rules, and including without limitation personal injury, death, and/or property damage, as well as claims based on publicity rights, defamation, and/or invasion of privacy.   EACH RELEASEE’S LIABILITY TO ANYONE FOR ANY AND ALL CLAIMS ARISING IN CONNECTION WITH THE CONTEST, UNDER ANY LEGAL THEORY, SHALL NOT EXCEED ONE HUNDRED DOLLARS ($100). IN NO EVENT SHALL A RELEASEE BE LIABLE TO ANYONE FOR ANY LOSS OF DATA, LOST PROFITS, BUSINESS INTERRUPTION, OR OTHER SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, PUNITIVE, INDIRECT, OR SPECULATIVE DAMAGES. False or deceptive entries or acts will render the Entrant ineligible. Sponsor, in its sole discretion, reserves the immediate and unrestricted right to disqualify any entrant or prize winner, if either commits or has committed any act or has been involved or becomes involved in any situation or occurrence which the Sponsor deems likely to subject the Sponsor, Entrant, or Winner to ridicule, scandal, or contempt or which reflects unfavorably upon the Sponsor in any way. If such information is discovered by Sponsor after a winner has received notice of his/her prize and before the prize is awarded, Sponsor may rescind the prize in its entirety. If a portion of his/her prize has already been awarded, Sponsor may withdraw the remainder of the prize that has been fulfilled. Decisions of the Sponsor are final and binding in all matters related to this paragraph. Sponsor is not responsible for any typographical or other error in the printing of the offer, administration of the contest, or in the announcement of the prize.
  6. Internet: Sponsor is not responsible for lost or late entries nor for electronic-transmission errors resulting in omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operations or transmission, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to or alterations of entry materials, or for technical, network, telephone-equipment, electronic, computer, hardware, or software malfunctions or limitations of any kind, or inaccurate transmissions of or failure to receive entry information by Sponsor or presenter on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any website or any combination thereof. If for any reason the Internet portion of the program is not capable of running as planned, including infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes that corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of this Contest, the Sponsor reserves the right at its sole discretion to disqualify any individual who tampers with the entry process and to cancel, terminate, modify, or suspend the Contest. Sponsor reserves the right to select winners from eligible entries received as of the termination date.
  7. Governing law: This Contest is governed by the internal laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts without regard to principles of conflict of laws. All cases and claims pertaining to this Contest must be brought in a court of competent jurisdiction in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, without recourse to class-action suits.
  8. Severability: If any provision of these Rules is found to be invalid or unenforceable by a court of competent jurisdiction or appointed arbitrator, such determination shall in no way affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision herein.
  9. Winner’s list: For name of Winner(s), log on to after May, 5 2017, where Name(s) of Winner(s) will be available for a period of 60 days.
  10. Sponsor: The Sponsor of this Contest is Globoforce, Inc. 144 Turnpike Road, Southborough, Mass.



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As Managing Editor, Sarah manages Globoforce's blog and writes content about making work more human for people and organizations worldwide. She has a BA in English and Writing from University of Rhode Island.