SHRM Names 2014 Pinnacle Award Winners

By SHRM Online staff Nov 21, 2014

Nine chapters and three state councils from the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) were named 2014 Pinnacle Award winners. The announcement came during the second day of the Volunteer Leaders’ Summit in Washington, D.C., which helps prepare individuals for their roles as volunteer leaders in their SHRM chapters and state councils.

Created in 1991 and sponsored by ADP Inc. for more than 20 years, the Pinnacle Award recognizes SHRM chapters and state councils for their outstanding initiatives.

New this year was a Pinnacle Award for the most innovative program, which SHRM’s Long Island chapter won for its Virtual Resource Assistant Program.

“This year’s Pinnacle Award winners have demonstrated exceptional leadership,” said Henry G. “Hank” Jackson, SHRM president and CEO, in a press release. “Their projects also offer practical solutions to business challenges facing companies today, from E-Verify and Affordable Care Act compliance to military veterans’ transitions to the civilian workforce.”

The winning programs were selected from 67 applications. The Long Island chapter received a plaque and $1,000 for its initiative. The others received $1,000 and a crystal award.

The 2014 Pinnacle Award winners are:

Apple Valley HR Association (Wash.)—AVHRA Board/Chapter Re-engagement

Apple Valley HR Association (AVHRA), which nearly lost its chapter in 2006 because of board disengagement, organized a retreat to plan how to improve the chapter, revitalize its board and members, and spotlight the chapter in the community. It has since hosted a member appreciation event, provided free programs to board members and created a $10,000 scholarship fund.

Arkansas SHRM State Council (ARSHRM)—Form 1-9/E-Verify Webinars

ARSHRM created a Form I-9/E-Verify training session for its members after revisions were made to the E-Verify system. The Department of Homeland Security provided training materials, and the council submitted webinars for certification and marketed the webinars. More than 400 HR professionals attended the program.

DallasHR—Executive Breakfast Series

DallasHR leadership created the chapter’s Executive Breakfast Series for its 200 executive members to provide strategic education and networking opportunities and support executive members’ need to hear directly from their peers about best practices for handling critical situations.

Human Resource Association of the Midlands (Neb.)—Excel with a Mentor

The chapter’s program gives veterans a preview of civilian work-life by connecting vets with HR professionals. The HR professionals act as mentors for six months and give networking and job-search advice. The program was developed in conjunction with Offutt Air Force Base, Mutual of Omaha and HR professionals from companies such as Nebraska Furniture Mart, C&A Industries and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska.

Nevada State SHRM Council—Nevada SHRM Young Professionals

The council created this initiative in 2013 to develop HR students and encourage SHRM student members to become professional members. Networking, social and educational opportunities support young professionals in their development and career goals.

North Carolina SHRM State Council—N.C. SHRM State Food Drive

The council promoted an all-state food drive and allocated council money to North Carolina chapters that hosted a food drive in June. Eighty-nine percent of state chapters vied to donate the most pounds of food per active chapter member, collecting nearly 15,000 pounds of food and almost $5,000 in cash donations.

Northern Alabama SHRM—Empowerment through Employment Job Fair and Training

The one-day event consisted of a job fair for job seekers with disabilities and a training program for HR representatives to learn about a new regulation from the U.S. Department of Labor on the employment of people with disabilities. The regulation, which requires federal contractors to employ people with disabilities as 7 percent of their workforce, has a significant impact on Huntsville, Ala., where federal contractors make up a large part of the business community.

Northern Utah Human Resource Association—Investing in Our Future: Committed to the Next Generation

The chapter has committed to help guide the next generation of HR professionals and to help them preserve the exceptional status of the chapter.

Sarasota-Manatee HR Association (Fla.)—Taking Certification to Another Level

The chapter created an HR certification class to support its mission of providing professional development. The initiative included establishing a certification chair and committee, working with board members to set realistic goals, and spreading the news throughout the HR community in its effort to create an HR certification class.

Shenandoah Valley SHRM (Va.)—Virginia Legal Forum

A survey showed the chapter that social media and the Affordable Care Act were two subjects that at-large members wanted to learn more about. The chapter created the Virginia Legal Forum to focus on these topics. One hundred HR professionals attended the first event.

SHRM Long Island (N.Y.)—SHRM-LI’s Virtual Resource Assistant Program

The chapter created a virtual internship that introduces high school students to human resource careers while building workforce readiness skills. Students, teachers and SHRM-LI member volunteers collaborated to complete 10 instructional tasks and create a marketing brochure for human resource careers. During the first year, 180 students from six high schools participated.

SHRM Western Connecticut—Local HR Resource Directory

The directory includes a list of vendors and a go-to booklet that includes information on employment laws and available HR programs.

“ADP is proud to sponsor this prestigious award and to join SHRM in recognizing the recipients,” said Kelly Shanley, senior director of global events marketing at ADP, in a news release. “These organizations have demonstrated excellence through initiatives that not only advance the HR profession but also have a positive impact on their communities.”


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