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SHRM’s Pinnacle Award 2013

SHRM PinnacleAt last week’s SHRM Leadership Conference, the Society for Human Resource Management announced the winners of the 2013 Pinnacle Awards.  This is an annual recognition program that honors outstanding initiatives of 2 state councils and nine chapters,

Categories/criteria include an evaluation of chapter size (small, medium/large or mega/super mega) as well as a review of whether the initiative serves the HR professional, advances the HR profession or enhances the SHRM community.

We were thrilled in Louisiana when the Northshore Region Human Resource Association (NRHRA) won as a small chapter in the Serving the HR Professional category for their St. Tammany Parish Drug Court Participant Mentoring and Education Program.  Per SHRM, winning programs in this category reflect excellence in activities that support and promote professionals with HR responsibility to be successful business leaders.

Congratulations to all the Pinnacle winners from across the country:

Chapters

  • Anchorage SHRM (Alaska), The Last (Recertification) Frontier
  • Northern Virginia Society for Human Resource Management, Special interest groups that provide programs that complement the chapter’s monthly meetings.
  • Sooner Human Resources Society (Oklahoma), Smart Work Ethics: Taking Responsibility in the Workplace.
  • Northeast Indiana HR Association, HR Joins the Ranks: Training & Jobs for Our Heroes.
  • Morris County SHRM (New Jersey), Tomorrow’s Promise. This program provided information, guidance and job-search support to transitioning homeless veterans.
  • Cullman Area SHRM (Alabama), Relaunch CSHRM 2013, a rebranding and reorganization initiative.
  • Northwest Arkansas Human Resources Association (NOARK SHRM), “Why NOARK?”—a strategic plan to increase and retain membership.
  • Philadelphia SHRM, Emerging Leaders Initiative.

State Councils

  • Washington State, Veteran Pre-employment Academy.
  • Alaska, WEB-INAR: Alaska—Where Technology, Certification and Common Sense Converge.

Sponsored by ADP, Inc (for 20 years!) the awards ceremony is a highlight of each year’s Leadership Conference.

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November #SHRMChat – Diversity & Inclusion

shrm_diversity_logoNext week (Tuesday, 11/12/13) it’s time for #SHRMChat on Twitter!  These chats are based on the SHRM Core Leadership Areas (CLAs) and began with an idea from the fabulous Joan Ginsberg.  Each monthly chat is sponsored/hosted by either a state council or local chapter and we are thrilled that Louisiana SHRM is hosting the November chat.  If you have never participated in a Twitter chat before, follow this link for some easy directions.

One of the CLAs that SHRM has classified as a necessary HR discipline is “Diversity” and most (if not all) chapters and state councils have a volunteer leader tasked with oversight of this CLA.  SHRM’s definitions are as follows:

  • Diversity“the collective mixture of differences and similarities that includes for example, individual and organizational characteristics, values, beliefs, experiences, backgrounds, preferences, and behaviors.” 
  • Inclusion“the achievement of a work environment in which all individuals are treated fairly and respectfully, have equal access to opportunities and resources, and can contribute fully to the organization’s success.”
  • Diversity Management – “the comprehensive organizational and managerial process for leveraging diversity and achieving inclusion that maximizes the potential of all employees.”

As usual, our chat will take place at 8 PM Eastern/7 PM Central on the second Tuesday of the month (November 12, 2013).  We’ll be discussing the following on the Diversity & Inclusion #SHRMChat:

Q1:  Do your members define Diversity & Inclusion the same way SHRM does?

Q2:  What are some successful Diversity & Inclusion initiatives your chapter or state council has implemented?

Q3:  What are some resources (people, publications, events) that have been of assistance with D&I?

Q4:  Does your chapter or council integrate D & I with other CLAs (i.e. Membership, Workforce Readiness)?  If so, what do you do?

Q5:  How can HR pros/SHRM educate OTHERS (execs, community) about what “Diversity Management” really means?

Please join us! We’re looking forward to your participation on Tuesday November 12th!