SHRM Chapters and Councils from 10 States Win Pinnacle Awards for Exceptional HR Programs

Nov 18, 2016
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WASHINGTON — The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) presented 12 affiliates today with its Pinnacle Award — the highest honor given to SHRM state councils and chapters for highly notable contributions to the human resource profession.

Created in 1991, the award is the highest achievement SHRM state councils and chapters can attain, and it honors programs that exceed the standard activities of SHRM affiliates in enhancing the creation of effective HR management. 

Affiliates from Alabama, California, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Oregon and Texas were presented with the Pinnacle Award during SHRM’s annual Volunteer Leaders’ Summit, which ends Saturday, Nov. 19.

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“Winners of this year’s Pinnacle Award have shown notable HR leadership through innovative chapter and council programs,” said Henry G. (Hank) Jackson, president and CEO of SHRM. “Their projects also offer practical solutions to business challenges facing companies today, such as transitioning military veterans to the civilian workforce and promoting workforce diversity.”

Winning programs selected from nearly 70 applications received a $1,000 prize, given by Paychex Inc., which is the sponsor of this year’s Pinnacle Awards. 

The 2016 SHRM Pinnacle Award winners are:

Cullman Area SHRM (Ala.) – “CSHRM Human Resource and Management Team Workshop”
Colorado SHRM State Council – “Day at the Capitol: Advocacy Works!”
•       Mile High SHRM (Colo.) – “2016 HRYP Conference—Professional Networking—Teamwork Makes the Dream Work—#WorkItYP”
West Georgia SHRM – “Compensation and Benefits Survey Improvement”
Chicago SHRM (Ill.) – “Social Media Stewards” 
Bloomington-Normal (Ill.) Human Resource Council – “Central Illinois HR Conference: Moving Your Workforce to the Next Level”
Central Maine Human Resource Association – “HR Thursdays”
Human Resources State Council of New Hampshire – “Diversity Workforce Coalition”
Garden State Council (N.J.) SHRM – “College Student Chapter Integration”
Portland (Ore.) Human Resources Management Association – “Engaging, Acquiring and Retaining New Members with Three Innovative Member Development Programs”
Lubbock SHRM (Texas) – “Young Professionals Recruitment and Engagement”

2016 PINNACLE AWARD WINNER PROFILES

Cullman Area SHRM (Ala.) – “CSHRM Human Resource and Management Team Workshop”
The chapter created the Human Resource and Management Team Workshop to give chapter members and other HR professionals information to further develop their skills and knowledge of HR. The workshop was held at a local college and students and their professors were able to attend, expanding the SHRM and chapter brand. It generated enough revenue for the chapter to donate $2,000 each to the SHRM Foundation and the local United Way. 

Central Valley Human Resources Management Association (Calif.) – “Veterans Job Fair”
In collaboration with the Stanislaus County Business Alliance and Rep. Jeff Denham, R-Calif., the chapter held a Veterans Job Fair. The job fair well exceeded the chapter’s goals and attracted over 750 job seekers, 10 percent of whom were veterans.

Colorado SHRM State Council – “Day at the Capitol: Advocacy Works!”
The council has held an annual “Day at the Capitol” the past several years for members to participate in state-level advocacy. The goal is to provide education about the legislative process so participants become comfortable taking advocacy action. A significant achievement of the 2016 event was attendee participation in government representative meetings regarding a proposed sick leave bill. Participation has grown by 16 percent since the event was launched in 2013.

Mile High SHRM (Colo.) – “2016 HRYP Conference—Professional Networking—Teamwork Makes the Dream Work—#WorkItYP”
For the third year, Mile High SHRM hosted a day of learning and networking at the HR Young Professionals (HRYP) Conference to provide development opportunities to the young HR professionals in Denver. Topics and speakers focused on creating a strong, forward-thinking blueprint to achieve a long and successful career in HR. Registration revenue surpassed that of the prior year’s conference by $2,000. 

West Georgia SHRM – “Compensation and Benefits Survey Improvement”
The chapter led a collaborative effort to partner with regional chambers of commerce and two other SHRM chapters to produce the first web-based compensation and benefits survey for its region. The survey fulfilled a need that has been present for 15 years in the community: to provide local industries in all sectors data for use in strategic planning and budgeting. The data is used for economic development so that chambers of commerce can recruit companies to the region.

Chicago SHRM (Ill.) – “Social Media Stewards” 
To leverage its chapter brand, Chicago SHRM used social media to engage with members and other HR professionals who were not yet SHRM members. Through several innovative campaigns and active social media management, Chicago SHRM has seen an increase in member and nonmember involvement on social media and increased traffic to the chapter website. 

Bloomington-Normal (Ill.) Human Resource Council – “Central Illinois HR Conference: Moving Your Workforce to the Next Level”
This chapter worked together with the Heart of Illinois HR Council and the Central Illinois HR Group to create the Central Illinois HR Conference to provide an inexpensive continuing education opportunity for HR professionals that was also convenient for those who often cannot attend chapter meetings. The aim was to educate HR professionals in the community to help them better themselves and their organizations. The event, which attracted 170 attendees, provided five hours of certified training. In addition, 12 sponsors from local and national companies attended. 

Central Maine Human Resource Association – “HR Thursdays”
In an effort to combat the labor shortage, the chapter partnered with Maine Career Centers (America’s Job Center) and Lewiston Auburn Metro Chamber of Commerce to develop employer resources and tools. The workshops that were part of the “HR Thursdays” series were designed to help businesses create meaningful recruitment, training and retention strategies. The group has also increased access to programming for the local HR community, hiring managers and business leaders. 

Human Resources State Council of New Hampshire – “Diversity Workforce Coalition”
The council created a Diversity Workforce Coalition over a two-year period, with education and programming to help organizations realize the importance of diversity and what it means to have a diverse workforce. The council used SHRM’s framework and applied it to New Hampshire’s local community. 

Garden State Council (N.J.) SHRM – “College Student Chapter Integration”
The council moved beyond sponsorship and financial support of college and university student chapters in New Jersey to create a College Student Chapter Integration initiative. Through it, the council provides leadership development activities to undergraduate and graduate students. This included 30-40 student chapter members participating at the annual GSC-SHRM Leadership Conference, 50-75 student chapter members attending the state GSC-SHRM conference, and student chapter leaders reporting at quarterly state council meetings.

Portland (Ore.) Human Resources Management Association – “Engaging, Acquiring and Retaining New Members with Three Innovative Member Development Programs”
The chapter created three new programs to meet demand from members who asked for more personal and professional development: the Mentorship Program, the Emerging Professionals Program and HR Think Tank. Its efforts resulted in a return to Super Mega chapter status, with 75 new members directly attracted by these programs, and the creation of 20 new leadership opportunities for volunteers.

Lubbock SHRM (Texas) – “Young Professionals Recruitment and Engagement”
The chapter’s Young Professionals Recruitment and Engagement initiative was designed to focus on the next generation of human resource professionals who are currently in a higher education setting or recent graduates. The Texas Tech University Student SHRM chapter became one of the premier student organizations to join on campus. Some students changed their degree plan to pursue HR as a result of being a part of this student chapter.

Media: For more information or to request an interview, contact Vanessa Hill at 703-535-6072 and Vanessa.Hill@shrm.org or Kate Kennedy of SHRM Public Affairs at 703-535-6260 and Kate.Kennedy@shrm.org.

About the Society for Human Resource Management
The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is the world’s largest HR professional society, representing 285,000 members in more than 165 countries. For nearly seven decades, the Society has been the leading provider of resources serving the needs of HR professionals and advancing the practice of human resource management. SHRM has more than 575 affiliated chapters within the United States and subsidiary offices in China, India and United Arab Emirates. Visit us at shrm.org and follow us on Twitter and Instagram @SHRMPress. 

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