Certification Is Common Interest Among SHRM Award Winners

Chapters, councils, individuals honored at Volunteer Leaders’ Summit

By SHRM Public Affairs December 7, 2017

Representatives from the SHRM chapters and state councils that received 2016 Pinnacle Awards on Nov. 18 at the SHRM Volunteer Leaders' Summit, from left to right, are: Jennifer Parker, Cullman Area SHRM (Alabama); Tami Poe, SHRM-SCP, West Georgia SHRM; Kami Golightly, SHRM-CP, Lubbock SHRM (Texas); Loraine Allen, Loraine Allen, West Georgia; Mary LaFontaine, Central Maine Human Resource Association; Shelli Nelson, SHRM-CP, Chicago SHRM; Nora Brandon, SHRM-SCP, Colorado SHRM State Council; Bonita Sonderby, SHRM-SCP, Mile High SHRM (Colorado); Tim Rasch, Portland Human Resources Management Association (Oregon); Tina M. Sharby, SHRM-CP, Human Resources State Council of New Hampshire; Dawn Tacker, SHRM-CP, Central Valley Human Resources Management Association (California).; Laraine Knauss, SHRM-SCP, Garden State Council—SHRM (New Jersey); Nancy Wright, SHRM-SCP, Heart of Illinois HR Council; Tina Smith, SHRM-SCP, Central Illinois HR Group; and Jennifer Hanna, SHRM-SCP, Bloomington Normal Human Resource Council (Illinois).

​Award winners at SHRM's annual Volunteer Leaders' Summit last month had something in common (in addition to excellence)—a connection to SHRM certification. Nearly all of the 12 state councils and chapters recognized by SHRM for notable contributions to the HR profession offered programs related to SHRM certification, and both of the individuals who were honored by the SHRM Foundation are involved to some degree with SHRM certification. 

SHRM's Pinnacle Awards are given to SHRM affiliates whose programs enhance the creation of effective HR management. The following winners' programs were devoted in whole or in part to SHRM certification: 

  • Arizona SHRM State Council. The council created a program to make a smooth and successful transition to SHRM certification, converting its course to virtual delivery and creating materials for an HR systems model. The Arizona SHRM Board of Directors and chapter presidents helped support this initiative and shared this information with state members. Nearly 90 percent of the audience at the state conference attended in order to receive professional development credits (PDCs) for recertification.
  • Mid-Florida SHRM. The chapter created a 10-week course titled "Labor Relations in Film." Among the many goals of this program were to offer continuing education and recertification credits for its members.
  • Indiana State Council of SHRM. In pursuing its vision to become the recognized authority on HR in its state, the council achieved several successes, including the introduction and implementation of programs aligned with the SHRM Body of Competency and Knowledge, which make over 15 PDCs available to members seeking recertification.
  • Southern Indiana SHRM. The chapter created a unique rebranding campaign, which was incorporated into all of its programs, initiatives and activities, including certification.
  • SHRM of Greater Kansas City. In an effort to reverse post-recession declines, the chapter shifted its focus and resources toward the needs of its members and community. Membership numbers, satisfaction and engagement increased due to these newly instituted programs, one of which was a SHRM certification course. 

The SHRM Foundation, a nonprofit affiliate of SHRM that champions workforce and workplace transformation, presented its two awards to these honorees at the leadership summit: 

  • Michael R. Losey Excellence in HR Research Award, to Herman Aguinis, Ph.D. The Losey Award recognizes HR academics or experts whose research significantly advances the field of HR management and comes with a $50,000 prize to help fund future contributions.
    Assessing the value of HR certification is one of the topics that Aguinis, of McLean, Va., has researched in his 25 years in the field. Aguinis is the Avram Tucker distinguished scholar and a professor of management at the School of Business at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. The author of eight books and more than 150 research articles, Aguinis holds a master's and a doctoral degree in industrial and organizational psychology from the State University of New York—Albany and a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Buenos Aires in Argentina. 
  • Susan R. Meisinger Fellowship for Graduate Study in HR, to Jeff D. Owens, SHRM-CP. The $10,000 Meisinger Fellowship, established to help develop the next generation of HR leaders, is given to a first-time master's degree student who demonstrates exemplary leadership and is a member of SHRM or holds a professional HR certification.
    Owens is the assistant director of HR at Tulsa Community College in Tulsa, Okla., who has been admitted to University of Oklahoma's master of human relations program. He is a longtime SHRM volunteer and has taught SHRM certification courses. Owens holds a bachelor's degree in education-HR development from the University of Arkansas—Fayetteville. 

For more information, contact Kate Kennedy at SHRM Public Affairs.


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