Pictured: Eve Sweeting with HR Florida State Council president, Lynnette Holsinger
Throughout our State Council, our volunteer leaders dedicate countless hours to advancing the profession and serving the professional. Without each volunteer leader, HR Florida would not be a success. We are so proud of all of the work that our volunteer leaders do and, each year we recognize one leader as the Volunteer of the Year. This is a highly prestigious recognition that honors a volunteer leader who has stood out among the best of the best. Consideration is given to individuals who actively support, promote, and develop the human resources profession through volunteerism. This year, it is our great honor to recognize Eve Sweeting, SHRM-CP, PHR, as HR Florida’s 2018 Volunteer of the Year!
For the past two years, Sweeting has served as a dedicated and passionate champion for Diversity and Inclusion for HR Florida, creating several awareness campaigns and partnerships with organizations whose values closely align with HR Florida. Sweeting has been very successful in achieving her vision for the diversity and inclusion role by shinning a spotlight on employment issues related to mental health and disabilities. In her daily life outside of HR Florida, Sweeting is a wife and mother of two beautiful children. She serves as an HR Analyst with the Charlotte County Board of County Commissioners and has over a decade of experience as an HR professional in private and public sector organizations. Sweeting is also a contributor to various publications such as the Emerging Local Government Leaders, HR Florida Mouth of the South, and HR Florida Review and is an HR Florida approved speaker on Diversity and Inclusion.
As the diversity director of HR Florida, Sweeting presented the Executive Committee with the recommendation to collaborate with two amazing organizations: the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD). NAMI is an organizational with the sole mission of bringing awareness to mental health issues impacting workplaces and CARD is an organization that serves individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and assists employers with hiring individuals with ASD (you can read more about CARD’s tips for serving employees with ASD in this edition of the magazine!).
In 2017, Sweeting collaborated with the leaders of NAMI Florida and the Executive Committee of HR Florida to launch the “Stigma Free Florida” campaign that was designed to change attitudes within workplaces regarding mental health and individuals with mental illness. The goal of the initiative was to advance the HR profession by increasing community partnership, employer outreach, and support of mental health awareness by providing our 14,000 HR professionals and over 6,300 employers with the tools and resources needed to combat the stigma of mental health within the workplace. Working closely with the NAMI Florida, Sweeting created a splash page on the NAMI Florida website that included an overview of the partnership, Stigma Free Florida pledge and a variety of resources for employees.
Congratulations, Eve, on this wonderful recognition! Your work has been largely impactful and we are proud to celebrate you with this wonderful recognition.