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A career fair aimed at convicts, a workforce readiness program for high school students and a seamless chapter leadership transition plan were among the Pinnacle Award winners that the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) announced Nov. 20, 2009, during its Leadership Conference in Arlington, Va.
The award honored seven SHRM chapters and two state councils for high-level projects that advance the HR profession and serve the HR professional. ADP, a provider of employer-related outsourcing solutions, sponsors the annual event.
The program, which dates to 1991, recognizes an innovative state council or chapter activity, program or initiative that transcends normal affiliate operations. SHRM’s internal and external selection committees gave heavy consideration to whether an applicant’s program can be replicated by other SHRM chapters and councils.
In a change of format, the 2009 winners were not notified in advance of the Nov. 20 luncheon announcement. The element of surprise seemed to generate excitement in the ballroom.
“It truly is the Academy Awards, and it truly is surreal,” just as movie stars claim, Austin, Texas, HRMA Chapter President Ramona Roher said during unscripted remarks from the stage. Her chapter was among those receiving a Pinnacle Award.
The format generated a few funny adlibs, as when New Hampshire State Council Director-Elect Debra Tuttle accepted the award on behalf of her group, whose project was heavily Internet-based.
She singled out those who had worked on the project, then added to loud laugher that she also “wanted to thank Al Gore because he invented the Internet.”
The 2009 Pinnacle Award winners are:
State council winners are:
Winning chapters and councils each receive $1,000; the Raleigh-Wake and Triangle SHRM groups each receive $500 for their joint program. The president of each winning chapter and the state director of each winning state council receive a gold-and-diamond Pinnacle pin, and board members of each of the winning groups receive replicas of the pin.
During the conference, winning state council and chapter members wear a special ribbon, and beginning in 2009, each of the winning projects will be featured in a Best Practices webinar that SHRM will post on its Volunteer Leaders’ Resource Center.
“We believe that today’s HR professionals not only need to be employee-focused, but business-focused as well,” ADP’s director of marketing for employer services, Kelly Shanley, said during the luncheon.
“As a partner to thousands of HR professionals like you, we recognize the opportunities and challenges you face—particularly in these challenging times. And we proudly applaud the winning chapters and state councils for their commitment to executing outstanding programs that not only advance the profession but also have a positive impact on their communities.”
All the work the SHRM volunteer leaders are doing, she added, “is so important not only to SHRM but to your communities.”
SHRM Board Chairman Robb E. Van Cleave, SPHR, IPMA-CP, noted that Pinnacle Award finalists and winners exemplify the “power and promise of the HR profession.” Through their efforts, he said, they have impacted “individuals and the communities they live in.”
SHRM Pinnacle Awards Program Frequently Asked Questions, SHRM Communities
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