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2013 HR Florida Chapter Excellence Awards Presented during the annual Conference and Expo

Written by Kara Palmer Smith

The success of HR Florida depends on the diligent work and support of local Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) affiliated chapters. The HR Florida chapter excellence awards honor the work of local Florida chapters. The awards focus on the demonstrated achievements and execution of one or more leadership core areas. They also demonstrate achievement, success, inspiration and a goal driven ambition. The core areas include: diversity, workforce readiness, college relations, membership, certification, global affairs and legislative affairs. Big Bend SHRM, HR Tampa and Greater Miami SHRM chapters were all recognized for their diligent work in various core areas and each received an honorarium of $1,000.

Big Bend SHRM was recognized for the increase in chapter SHRM members from 2012 to the same time in 2013. At the end of December 2012, Big Bend SHRM had a total of 199 members with 115 being national SHRM members. As of July 2102, Big Bend SHRM has 202 members with 129 being national SHRM members. Big Bend SHRM has the second largest increase overall in membership in the State of Florida and the largest percentage increase in the State of Florida for a medium sized chapter. “It is an honor to be recognized for the hard work we do in the human resource community,” said Priya Hiraga, chapter president, Big Bend SHRM. “In particular, our efforts related to SHRM membership is a significant boost to the chapter.”

Greater Miami SHRM was recognized for their diversity program. The Miami-Dade Age Friendly Initiative addresses the needs, interests and assets of the growing number of older Americans in Miami-Dade County. In this regard, Grantmakers in Aging (GIA), a national association of funders, in partnership with the Pfizer Foundation, launched Community AGEnda: Improving America for All Ages and funded five grants nationwide to local groups to accelerate those communities’ efforts to become “age-friendly.” The program targeted four areas for improvement: Planning Policies for Miami-Dade County, creating more age-friendly, county-wide development and action, Parks, creating more age-friendly older adult focused parks and recreation system, Neighborhoods, where the older adult residents will be more able to age in place and Employment, increasing older adult employment

“We are very pleased to be recognized for the work we are doing in Miami Dade county,” said Jenna Rinehart Rassif, chapter president, Greater Miami SHRM. “We had the opportunity to partner with many organizations and together we put a lot of work into this initiative that focused on older American workers.”

HR Tampa was recognized for a global affairs focus. HR Tampa offered and promoted various monthly topics that embraced an international and global focus. For example, the May session on “Managing the Global Workplace” was presented as a part of the OD Works! Initiative. A special intensive legal session was provided to prepare HR professionals for the global workplace.

Congratulations to all!

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