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HR Florida Announces Chapter Award Recipients at Leadership Conference in Orlando

Written by

Janelle Doharty      HR Excellence Award         Community Impact Award

THE HR FLORIDA STATE COUNCIL IS THRILLED to recognize the many achievements of its chapters each year.

Annually, the council identifies up to three chapters with the Chapter Excellence Award. The honor recognizes demonstrated knowledge, achievement, inspiration, and change through the execution and accomplishments of one or more of the core leadership areas, including: college relations, diversity, global affairs, legislative affairs, membership and workforce readiness or certification.

Each chapter that submitted a nomination has numerous reasons to be proud of its work – it is truly amazing what our volunteer board members and volunteer chapter members have done this past year. With the many outstanding achievements of the chapters, the competition was fierce.

Selected for its work in the area of diversity is the Human Resources Association of Broward County. The chapter partnered with an art gallery that promotes local artists and whose mission is to improve the cultural fabric of the community, to host a diversity event that mirrored a “TED style” talk followed by a panel discussion. The event was successful at attracting both HR professionals and business leaders who wanted to learn more about diversity and how it affects their businesses and the community as a whole. The event attracted 42% more attendees than the previous year, with about 50% of that increase including at-large members as well as individuals outside of the HR profession, and raised $4,600.

SHRM Jacksonville was awarded a Chapter Excellence Award for its work to make college relations a priority by keeping the students engaged and active within the chapter, and interacting with the chapter members to help support their potential for job opportunities upon graduating. For the annual conference, the chapter was able to secure 48 student volunteers to help moderate and aid during the event. Students were able to gain experience speaking in front of peers, network with other HR professionals and attend sessions to help further their education. The college relations director had a goal of hosting five meetings and events run by the students throughout the year – the chapter exceeded its goal and hosted seven programs in 2017.

North Central Florida SHRM received a Chapter Excellence Award for its outstanding focus on workforce readiness.

A few of the highlighted efforts the chapter undertook in 2017 include:v • Partnership formed with ESGR/Florida Veterans to serve local veterans, two of which received over 12 hours of direct support on HR related items.

• Partnership with CareerSource, which continues to receive support through presentations to its CONNECT members and served over 30 individuals in 2017.

• Partnership with Peaceful Paths, which allowed chapter members to spend an afternoon with shelter residents and provide over $750 worth of professional clothing, shoes and accessories for a dress for success event as well as a resume review and job search coaching for twelve of the shelter residents.

• Supporting youth who are still undecided in their career path through partnerships with both the Career Discoveries event and the Alachua County Education Foundation.

• Supporting initiatives and serving on advisory boards to help programs such as The Displaced Homemaker and Back To Work 50+ efforts.

The Community Impact Award is a new honor that recognizes one chapter for its outstanding achievements with outreach and impact within the community it serves. Throughout the year, the council has been collecting information to help report on the great work chapters are doing as a whole.

Community impact is an area of interest that is very near and dear to the council, and the council is delighted to recognize the efforts of Greater Pensacola SHRM for the chapters outstanding commitment to its community in 2017. Below are some things the chapter has done for the community:

• Financial donations to Adopt-a-vet, Student Chapter Scholarships and My Belongings Silent Auction Event – totaling over $5,400.

• Collected and donated 45 outfits to Dress for Success.v • Collected and donated over 250 pounds of peanut butter & jelly to a local food bank.

• Collected and donated 50 stuffed backpacks for Truth for Youth Program.

• Donated 45 hours of volunteer work to Reading Pals and another 25 hours of volunteer work to Junior Achievement.

The Outstanding Leadership Excellence Champion Award highlights the leadership, dedication and determination within a chapter to continually excel. Each of the 28 HR Florida chapters were encouraged to submit one event that achieved the highest attendance, highest earned income and/or a specific and measurable reason which made the event remarkable.

Based on the 13 nominations, the HR Florida district directors felt the HRA of Broward County chapter best demonstrated, using established goals and appropriate metrics, why its 2017 HRABC Annual Conference – The Power of Partnership was the most successful.

After not holding a conference for several years, the chapter started building back the momentum and was ready to thrive in 2017. The conference attendance goal of 150 was surpassed by 47 registrants and 29 sponsors, which made for a total of 260 attendees – the largest attendance at a conference since its inception.

In order to reach its goal, the chapter offered a corporate discount and partnered with other HR chapters, including non-SHRM chapters such as the governmental and hospitality HR associations as well as ATD, to offer the new member group rate. Additional marketing efforts included sponsored ads on Facebook as well as email blasts to the chapter’s membership database. Most notably, attendees saw the value in being a part of the chapter, and as a result, several non-member attendees joined the chapter after the conference.

Lastly, the event raised over $12,000 for the chapter, which was double the original goal.

HR Florida is exceptionally proud of the achievements from all of the chapters and is elated to recognize this year’s award recipients. Congrats to all the 2017 honorees – may 2018 be a great year for all.