In the presence of more than three hundred volunteer leaders from across the State, HR Florida announced Julie Greaves, 2015 President, Charlotte County SHRM (CCSHRM), as the recipient of its first President’s Award. The President’s Award is the brainchild of the 2015 District Directors Team. The award recognizes an exemplary chapter president who significantly impacted the performance of their chapter by leading with a combination of compassion, creativity and innovation.
Greaves is SHRM Senior Certified Professional, a Senior Professional in Human Resources and is currently the Human Resources Director at Charlotte Behavioral Healthcare.
Serving as president and leading a volunteer board is a full time job within itself. There are so many important responsibilities, including, but not limited to, serving and growing membership, serving as a trusted resource within the community, developing and executing innovative programs and events, and managing a budget.
Greaves was asked to assume the president-elect role with very short notice and had a limited time to prepare for her upcoming role as president. During 2014, she served as web and communications chair. Then that October, the chapter’s president-elect resigned. Most who take on the president-elect role have one or two years to prepare for the upcoming president’s role, but Greaves had only two months, which also happened to be during the holiday season. Through it all, she remained unfazed and tackled the preparation with enthusiasm and vigor.
Greaves accomplishments include
• Overseeing the creation of a Resume and Interviewing Skills Program in partnership with the Charlotte Technical Center. She recruited professional volunteers from within the chapter to work with the students from the technical center to help them with resume writing, interviewing, job-search, and professional development alignment skills. The program proved highly successful with more than five hundred students attending the event, over a three day period.
• Serving as one of the three directors for the Tri-County HR Conference. As the member in charge of sponsorships, the conference broke the all-time revenue record.
Additionally, in October 2015, tragedy struck the chapter, when CCSHRM Past President and long-time member Wanda King passed away unexpectedly. Greaves took it upon herself, on very short notice, to plan and organize a Celebration of Life gathering for all of Wanda King’s family and friends. It took a superhuman effort on her part to accomplish this gathering and to have it be so successful. This selfless act was far above and beyond what could be expected of a chapter president.
Greaves was visibly overcome with tears of joy and excitement during her acceptance speech at the leadership conference, expressing how honored she was to be recognized by the state council. Along with the recognition, Greaves received an engraved trophy and a complimentary registration to the 2016 HR Florida Conference and Expo. The HR Florida State Council is pleased to recognize Julie Greaves with the 2016 President’s Award.