SHRM-Emerald Coast awarded for 2019 accomplishments

Special to Gannett

SHRM (the Society for Human Resource Management) recently awarded SHRM-Emerald Coast Chapter its prestigious EXCEL- GOLD Award for the chapter’s accomplishments in 2019.

The EXCEL award is given to state councils and chapters to recognize major accomplishments, strategic activities, and tactical initiatives that elevate the profession of human resources.

“So much of SHRM’s impact on the world of work can be traced back to the dedication and hard work of our chapters and state councils like HR Florida and SHRM-Emerald Coast. These leaders took the initiative and drove changes to make workplaces where employers and employees can thrive together,” said Johnny C. Taylor Jr., president and chief executive officer of SHRM. “The GOLD EXCEL Award is not only a celebration of the great work done by SHRM-Emerald Coast — it’s also a recognition of the grit it took to do it.”

The EXCEL Award can be earned at four levels: bronze, silver, gold and platinum. Each level has a prescribed set of requirements and accomplishments that must be met. SHRM-Emerald Coast will receive recognition in SHRM publications and at conferences, a logo to display on its website, and information to share with its members about the significance of this award.

The award was largely based on the chapter’s extensive community support activities, especially with military and dependent employment preparation and transition initiatives. Leveraging the group’s strategic partnerships with several organizations, the chapter was able to provide employment services to over 200 transitioning military and dependents.

Board members include President Shari Bruns, President-Elect LaVonne Vasquez, Secretary Aimee Cox, Treasurer Michelle Crocker, Membership Samantha Evans, Accreditation & Government Affairs Teresa Kaliski, Workforce Readiness & Diversity Gabriela Leysath, Website & Public Relations Mallory Whalen, Non-Dues Revenue Glenn Little, College Relations Lee Bolton, SHRM Foundation Chair Nina Brink and District Director Alonzo Smith.

SHRM ECC’s mission is to advance the human resource profession by developing and supporting HR business partners through the provision of mutual support, innovative growth, development and educational opportunities, mentoring and shared best practices. The group is constantly striving to optimize the work, workers and workplaces to support the SHRM effort of creating better workplaces and by extension a better world.

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