Darlene Townsend

The Darlene Townsend Memorial Award was created by Third Door Media in 2018 in memory of our friend and colleague who passed away after a courageous battle with cancer.

This award honors Darlene, comforts those she left behind, and recognizes a current team member for exceptional service to our clients, colleagues, and partners.

Third Door Media employees base their nominations on the following qualities. The recipient:

  • is a reliable team member who is enthusiastic and has a positive attitude even in the face of adversity.
  • supports co-workers by being considerate, empathetic, and flexible.
    embraces innovation and change.
  • goes the extra mile in service of our audience, customers, partners, and colleagues.

This year, the fifth annual Darlene Townsend Memorial Award was presented to Edna Chavira, Senior Director of Marketing Services (pictured below), at a recent company-wide gathering.

Edna Chavira

Edna’s work in digital marketing and demand generation spans nearly 20 years – with over a decade spent at TDM. As leader of the Marketing Services team, she coordinates an array of content strategies and solutions that deliver qualified leads to customers. 

“I’m touched and honored to receive this award that celebrates Darlene’s indomitable spirit,” said Edna after receiving the award.

Those who nominated Edna highlighted the specific qualities that would make Darlene proud:

“Edna is the glue that holds it all together. She’s always calm, cool, and collected as any issues arrive, and is always open to looking for solutions for our clients. She is always upbeat and kind and willing to jump on a call to discuss any issues or questions my clients or I might have.”

“Edna has the utmost integrity to our editorial mission and makes sure our clients only supply the highest quality deliverables. I’m so happy I get to work with her. She is a true asset to Third Door Media.”

“Edna always focuses her team on the path forward – and puts in the extra hours to ensure nothing falls through the cracks. She manages it all without breaking a sweat.”

“Edna exemplifies leadership in a remarkable way, inspiring those around her to be the best they can be. I feel honored to be a part of her team!”

“She has TDM’s and everyone’s best interest at heart. She works tirelessly to find solutions. She leads the marketing services team with diplomacy and grace even with so much growth over the last two years. She deserves this recognition. “

In addition to well-earned recognition, praise, and a cash prize, Edna also received $1,500 to donate to a charity of her choice in honor of Darlene. She selected Team Beans Infant Brain Tumor Fund at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, which you can learn more about here.