The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) announced the winners of this year’s Pinnacle Awards on November 16 during its 2012 Leadership Conference at the Gaylord National Harbor Hotel & Convention Center in Washington, D.C. 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.
“The Pinnacle Award winners represent the most outstanding of innovative programs HR professionals create and implement regularly around the country for their organizations,” said Henry G. (Hank) Jackson, the president and CEO of SHRM. “This year’s winners offer solutions to some of the most critical business issues, such as the skills gap, preparing young workers for the workplace, and helping military veterans transition to the civilian workforce.”
Nearly seventy applicants vied for the annual award that ADP, Inc. sponsors. Each winning chapter and council receives $1,000. Chapter presidents and state council directors receive a diamond Pinnacle pin; board members of each of the winning groups receive replicas of the pin.
Of the seven professional chapters and two state councils that took home the coveted 2012 Pinnacle Award, three were from Florida!
HR Florida State Council, Inc.: “Where the Conversation Begins: Meeting the Unique Needs of the HR Executive.” The council created the HR Florida Executive Summit, an invitation-only event attended by seventy-five HR executives of the state’s fifty largest employers. The summit provided networking and senior-level professional development opportunities, a chance to share best practices, and social activities.
Human Resource Management Association of Southwest Florida: “Tutoring and Removing Gaps in Education for Tomorrow (TARGET).” With an eye toward its future workforce, the chapter is raising money to support tutoring of the more than 1,400 homeless children in its county for the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test. Passing the test is a requirement for high school graduation; however, the county school district has no funding to provide tutoring for this group. The chapter’s Target Team raised money to help the children get over that financial hurdle.
Space Coast Chapter: “The Tonya Thomas Story.” After learning of a murder-suicide in Brevard County, Fla., that involved an HR professional, the chapter established an employee assistance program specifically for HR professionals.
SHRM Online and HR Magazine will profile the winning programs in individual stories. In addition, winning Pinnacle programs will be featured in a best practices seminar that SHRM will post on its Volunteer Leaders’ Resource Center. Congratulations to our winners!