AS DON WORKS ARRIVED AT THE VENUE, HE thought this was going to be an ordinary council meeting. But, mid-way through the meeting, that would all change when the HR Florida legislative affairs director was named the 2017 Volunteer of the Year.
Announced at the August meeting and during the annual HR Florida State Conference and Expo, the annual award recognizes a volunteer who actively supports, promotes and develops the human resources profession through volunteerism. Works was selected for his overall contributions in supporting local chapters, advancing the profession and driving council effectiveness through outstanding approaches, innovative ideas and promotion of the society and council.
Don is most notable for moving the HR Day on the Hill event into the Legislative Conference. Under his leadership, the annual event experienced an increase in yearly attendance. The conference has also led to greater visibility by connecting HR professionals with lawmakers and stakeholders in state legislation.
“I’m honored to be recognized by my peers at HR Florida,” Works said. “Being part of this organization has allowed me to help connect my colleagues with state and local lawmakers to ensure key decision makers understand issues affecting businesses and workplaces. Empowering them to advocate for positive change gives me great pride.”
Works is in his 5th and final year in the role as HR Florida legislative affairs director and is both SHRM-SCP and SPHR certified. His home chapter is the Greater Orlando Society for Human Resource Management, where he is an active member. He is also past president of Human Resource Association of Broward County (HRABC).
When not volunteering with the Council, Works is the office managing principal for Jackson Lewis, P.C., in Orlando. His practice focuses on defending employers from discrimination, harassment, retaliation claims and wage and hour collective actions.
He recently received the following professional accolades:
• Recognized in the 2018 edition of The Best Lawyers in America©, a publication that has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. The Best Lawyers lists are based on an exhaustive peer review evaluation.
• Recognized as a leader in his field in the 2017 edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, a prestigious annual guide ranking the leading law firms in the U.S.
President Lynnette Holsinger (left) and Council member Jenna Dobbins (right) pose with award winner Don Works (center).
“Through Don’s passion, leadership and encouragement, he has positioned HR Florida as a statewide recognized expert on workplace issues and has trained our chapters and council members to have a positive impact when setting public policies,” said HR Florida State Council President Lynnette Holsinger. “From his advocacy for certification to his leadership in growing Day on the Hill into a legislative conference, Don enables HR Florida to be successful in serving the human resources profession. It is a pleasure to present him with this award.”
For his passion, drive and leadership as legislative director, HR Florida is pleased to honor his work with this recognition. He currently resides in Lake Mary, Florida.
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