SHRM Announces Finalists for Inaugural Leadership Awards

For Immediate Release

Aug 15, 2006
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Awards Recognize HR Departments and Leaders Who Advance the Profession

(Alexandria, Va., August 15, 2006)  The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) today announced the finalists for its first annual SHRM Human Capital Leadership Awards, recognizing human resource (HR) leaders and programs for excellence in developing and executing organizational strategy. Award winners will be announced October 5 at the SHRM Strategic HR Conference in Phoenix.

The Human Capital Leadership Awards are presented in four categories: three awards honoring exemplary HR departments -  Innovative Business Solution Award, Competitive Workforce Award and Strategic HR Leadership Award - and the Human Capital Business Leader of the Year Award, recognizing a senior HR leader.

"These awards highlight the essential role that human resource professionals play in developing and executing people strategies that are critical to organizational success," said Susan R. Meisinger, SPHR, SHRM's president and CEO.

Innovative Business Solution Award Finalists

This award is presented to an HR department that successfully develops an innovative and ethical solution to a new or ongoing organizational challenge. The finalists are as follows:

  • United States Army, Europe, Germany, for development of its essential HR reference "Blue Box," which contains publications outlining how to respond to the mental, medical, physical, emotional, spiritual and environmental needs of soldiers, civilians and families in all phases of deployment.
  • Infosys Technologies Limited, Karnataka, India, for its six-month training program in India to acquaint global hires with the Infosys culture so that they could better communicate that culture to clients.
  • Arup, San Francisco, Calif., for its commitment to the company"s advanced knowledge management system, which allows employees and related groups to easily share information to ensure that knowledge is not just captured, but can be reused, saving staff time and resources.

Competitive Workforce Award Finalists

This distinction is awarded to an HR department that recognizes and successfully responds to key workforce trends and needs in an ever-changing economic climate, impacting its organization's long-term business objectives. The finalists are as follows:

  • Infosys Technologies Limited, Karnataka, India, for meeting its recruitment need to attract top global talent through outreach to prominent colleges with its Global Internship and Global Education Center programs.
  • Chevron Products Company, Pascagoula, Miss., for the support, expertise and leadership of the Chevron Pascagoula Refinery after Hurricane Katrina devastated the Mississippi Gulf Coast community, helping affected employees and community members cope with the disaster and rebuild their lives.
  • FHN, Freeport, Illinois, for its innovative Leadership Excellence Model, which develops the knowledge, skills and effectiveness of the company�s leaders to achieve future organizational goals and objectives.

Strategic HR Leadership Award Finalists

This award is given to an HR department that plays a key role in driving the performance and reputation of an organization by leveraging organizational human capital, aligning with corporate strategic goals and enhancing the reputation of the department within the organization.

  • Kimberly-Clark Corporation, Roswell, Ga., for aligning its human capital with new corporate direction through redesigning its performance assessment program and overhauling its base salary compensation structure globally.
  • Verizon Communications Inc., Basking Ridge, N.J., for reducing employee absenteeism through the research and initiatives of the employee-guided Attendance Program Office taskforce.
  • Chevron Products Company, Pascagoula, Miss., for offering assistance, services and aid to the families of Chevron employees impacted by Hurricane Katrina in the Gulf Coast region, including temporary housing, relief information fairs, Katrina support group meetings and the repair of county and local water systems.

Human Capital Business Leader of the Year Award Finalists

This award recognizes a senior HR professional who serves as a leading force in executing organizational strategy that directly impacts the organization's performance and prominence.

  • Kalpana Mistry, senior vice president of human resources, VITAS Healthcare Corporation, Miami, Fla., for using innovative techniques during her 20-year HR career, especially for helping VITAS partner with a local school district to create a new academic program teaching end-of-life care for licensed practical nurses in their vocational and technical schools, a first program of its kind in the nation.
  • Jeff Childs, senior vice president of human resources, U.S. Cellular, Chicago, Ill., for proving that HR is a major part of the business strategy through the implementation of the Dynamic Organization business model that assists in making strategic business decisions and communicating the reasons behind those decisions to employees.
  • Alan Fazzari, former vice president of people services, Wheelock, Inc., Long Branch, N.J., for successfully implementing the Six Sigma program, a quality improvement management philosophy with the HR department leading the program.

In addition to being recognized at the SHRM Strategic HR Conference, award winners will be featured in stories in an upcoming issue of HR Magazine, and highlighted on the SHRM Web site. Winners also will be highlighted in SHRM materials as a company with "best practices." The winner of the Human Capital Business Leader of the Year Award will be invited to the CNBC/ Wall Street Journal Executive Leadership Awards in January 2007.

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