Smile Train Named Winner at 8th Annual Shorty Impact Awards

The awards honor the year's best digital and social media aiming to make the world a better place

We're an 8th Annual Shorty Impact Awards Winner

New York, November 16, 2023 – Smile Train, the world’s largest cleft-focused organization, was named an 8th Annual Shorty Impact Awards Winner for our blog, Smile Train Stories, in the Micro-site/Blog category.

The Shorty Impact Awards honor the very best of digital and social media by the most purposeful and influential brands, agencies, and organizations whose work makes the world a better place.

“We strive to tell compelling and meaningful stories that cause people to feel, think, and act. Cleft-affected individuals have such a powerful message to share with the world, and we’re committed to giving this community a voice and platform to help spark awareness, understanding, and change,” said Phil Carroll, Smile Train’s SVP of Communications. “We are so thankful for this recognition by the Shorty Impact Awards, and we look forward to continuing to tell award-winning stories about the vital work we do for our patients across the globe.”

The 8th Annual Shorty Impact Awards winners and honorees were announced on November 13th in an in-person ceremony at The Belasco in Los Angeles consisting of more than 200 attendees from all over the world and some of the most distinguished Real Time Academy (RTA) members.

Shorty Impact Award winners and honorees are chosen by the RTA, prominent experts and leaders in digital and social media who have been hand-selected for their deep industry knowledge, professional reputation, and outstanding achievements.

Members of the RTA include Deidre Osei (Global Brand Manager, Barbie), Dupé O. Ajayi (Global Marketing Lead,, Dominic Riley (Digital Publicity & Partnerships, Netflix), Amy Smith (Chief Strategy & Impact Officer, TOMS), Carmen Boon (VP, Public Affairs, Food Bank for NYC), Leonardo Arcoverde (VP, Creative Director, McCann Health NY), DeNora Getachew (CEO, DoSomething), Naz Nazli (Creative Director, Meta), Genevieve Taft-Vazquez (Global Director, Human Rights & ESG, The Coca Cola Company), among others.


About Smile Train:

Smile Train empowers local medical professionals with training, funding, and resources to provide free cleft surgery and comprehensive cleft care to children globally. We advance a sustainable solution and scalable global health model for cleft treatment, drastically improving children’s lives, including their ability to eat, breathe, speak, and ultimately thrive. To learn more about how Smile Train's sustainable approach means donations have both an immediate and long-term impact, please visit

About the Shorty Awards:

The Shorty Awards (also known as “The Shortys”) honors the most innovative work in digital and social media by brands, agencies and organizations.

Founded in 2008, the Shortys’ notable previous winners include Malala Yousafzai, Trevor Noah, Michelle Obama, Conan O’Brien, Lady Gaga, Lizzo, and brands such as Marvel Studios, HBO, Red Bull, Airbnb, Nestle, and BMW. The Shortys’ mission is to celebrate, inspire and push the boundaries of excellence in digital storytelling. Entries are judged on the merits of creativity, strategy, and engagement by the Real Time Academy, a body of hand-selected industry experts and leaders. The public can also weigh in and select their favorite Shorty Awards contenders during Audience Honor Voting.

Currently, the Shortys have two annual competitions, the flagship Shorty Awards and Shorty Impact Awards dedicated to honoring the best work with a positive social impact.

Find Shorty Awards Online:
LinkedIn: @shortyawards
Twitter: @shortyawards
Instagram: @shortyawards

Contact: Nicole Bell | Public Relations, Smile Train | (646) 829-0996

Contact: Caitlin Hornshaw | Awards Manager, Shorty Awards