Grant Thornton LLP has won five Stevie Awards in the 19th Annual American Business Awards, making it one of the only companies to have won five or more awards this year. The awards all focused on innovation and positive disruption in business.
Grant Thornton’s chief transformation officer, Jamie Fowler, won two Gold Stevie Awards, one for Maverick of the Year and another for Woman of the Year. Both awards were in the Management category, under the Business Services Industries subcategory.
Fowler has more than 35 years of experience as a change agent and leader and in 2019, she assumed her current role creating new products and services for Grant Thornton’s clients, while also steering the firm’s own technology infrastructure and internal transformation efforts.
Meanwhile, the group’s alyx platform won a Bronze Stevie Award in the Product Management and New Product Awards category, under the Integration Solution subcategory.
The alyx digital platform uses a ‘concierge-enabled’ system that shares problems with teams of subject-matter specialists and technologists. These teams subsequently develop solutions by “combining know-how” in Grant Thornton’s core service areas with technologies such as intelligent automation, data extraction, data cleansing, analytics and blockchain.
In addition, Grant Thornton’s SOC.x tool won a Silver Stevie Award in the Product Management and New Product Awards category, under the Governance, Risk and Compliance Solution subcategory.
Grant Thornton launched SOC.x in November 2020 to more efficiently produce reports covering System and Organization Controls (SOC). SOC reports allow service organizations to demonstrate to their customers that the services they perform meet frameworks for areas such as financial reporting, security, availability, confidentiality and privacy.
Finally, the firm was awarded a Bronze Stevie Award for its Pandemic Resiliency Assessment Tool, winning the award in the Covid-19 Response Awards category, under the Most Valuable Service subcategory.
The Pandemic Resiliency Assessment Tool, which launched in April 2020, helps companies assess their financial and operational performance using risk factors applicable to the pandemic and its impact on business resilience.
Grant Thornton said it provides organizations with a framework to think through Covid-19’s business effects based on data they enter into a quantitative risk-modeling engine, which then generates tailored resiliency scorecards that include financial forecasts. More than 600 companies have used the tool to prioritize how they respond to Covid-19.
Brad Preber, CEO of Grant Thornton: “These awards show what is possible when an entire organization aligns around transformation and focuses on how business should be done.
“Winning five Stevie Awards in a single year validates that we are bringing innovative solutions to our clients and to our firm — and we are humbled to be among the winners. Our focus now is on maximizing the tremendous marketplace potential of our offerings and our people.”