Please join us in congratulating the 2018 Chapter Excellence Award Winner for Diversity: Greater Miami SHRM! This chapter’s work with their diversity initiative stood out among all the nominations received. They created a strategic partnership with a program that promotes health, wellness and overall functioning for adults with developmental disabilities, as well as partnered with six other organizations serving the disabled in their area. They introduced their partnership at a social event, followed by a chapter meeting devoted to the topic. The chapter meeting hosted two separate panels and education about tax credits available to employers. All attendees were provided a toolkit of resources to prepare a case for developing an inclusion program in their organization. Attendees were asked to sign an Inclusion Advantage pledge, and those who did, were matched up with a coach from one of their partners to serve as a coach throughout the process.
Please join us in congratulating the 2018 Chapter Excellence Award Winner for Certification: HR Tampa! This chapter made certification a priority in 2018 by building and hosting a comprehensive certification initiative and ended with outstanding participation and results. Their certification efforts included two certification study groups, two certification crash courses, an HR strategy roundtable, coaching for the performance excellence certificate, as well as a six-month experiential and integrative program! This initiative was designed to successfully engage all levels of HR professionals through the executive level.
Workforce Readiness Award
Please join us in congratulating the 2018 Chapter Excellence Award Winner for Workforce Readiness: Big Bend SHRM! This chapter made workforce readiness a fun and engaging initiative in a creative way! Strategically maximizing the celebration of the chapter’s 35th anniversary, they designed and implemented a program that embraced multiple core leadership areas, and had a goal of achieving 35 acts of kindness by focusing on workforce readiness and community relations. Exceeding their goal, with 38 recorded acts of kindness, they achieved an excess of 500 hours of volunteer work, reached more than 271 veterans, donated more than $3,700 to multiple nonprofits and donated over 200 pounds of goods. One of the most successful workforce readiness initiatives was their Veteran’s spotlight. The Veteran’s spotlight featured a local veteran seeking employment, highlighted their skills and abilities, and helped them secure employment.
Leadership Excellence Award
Please join us in congratulating the 2018 Chapter Excellence Award Winner for Leadership Excellence: HR Association of Palm Beach County! We are so proud of the many educational events that our Chapter’s host each year that truly do support and advance the profession. Last year we introduced a new award, recognizing chapter excellence that hosted one truly outstanding event. We are thrilled to continue the award this year. Our 2018 winning chapter partnered with a local organization to provide Mental Health First Aid Training to HR professionals. The training was an eight-hour class and was certified for eightcredit hours for both SHRM and HRCI with a cost of only $25 per participant. The chapter exceeded their goal of getting 100 HR professional trained within a 100-day period, by having 108 HR pros successfully complete the training!
Community Impact Award
HR Florida is proud to put a strong focus on Community Impact initiatives. The prize for this award is a little different. The winning chapter not only receives a $750 award for their chapter, but new this year, they also earn a $2,500 donation to the charity of their choice, furthering their support of their local community impact!
Please join us in congratulating the 2018 Community Impact Award Winner: SHRM South West Florida! This chapter made Community Impact an annual effort that was defined and planned during their strategic planning efforts. They implemented a Quarterly Community Cause Program, which identified four different local non-profits where they would provide multi-faceted support, including: donations, financial support and volunteer time each quarter. With outstanding support and engagement from their chapter members, their program was a huge success, impacting the local community in a big way.
HR Florida’s President’s Award recognizes one exemplary Chapter President who has significantly impacted the performance of their chapter by leading with a combination of compassion, creativity and innovation. In addition to the lovely President Award trophy, the winner receives a complimentary 2019 HR Florida Conference Registration.
Our 2018 winner exemplifies what it means to be an outstanding Chapter president.
Please join us in congratulating the HR Florida’s 2018 President’s Award recipient Suzanne Hudson! Suzanne has not only served as Chapter President, but has a strong belief in giving back to the community and has devoted much of her time serving on several other boards and committees. In turn, this has helped to build stronger partnerships within the community for the chapter, ultimately elevating the chapter’s and its members’ presence within the community.
This partnership further extended to a sister chapter when they learned that Bermuda’s chapter had limited resources for a SHRM Certification Study Group. Suzanne quickly moved into action and set up a way for Bermuda’s chapter members to participate in her own chapter’s SHRM Certification study group online. This not only enhanced certification opportunities for a sister chapter, but also strengthened the network among their membership. All of that topped off with the innovative and wildly successful 35th anniversary of the chapter that encompassed 35 acts of kindness in support of workforce readiness and community relations for Big Bend SHRM.