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Cleveland SHRM Wins Pinnacle Award from SHRM for Exceptional HR Program

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Cleveland SHRM Wins Pinnacle Award from SHRM for Exceptional HR Program


Cleveland, Ohio, 11/22/2019— Cleveland SHRM announced today it has earned the 2019 Pinnacle Award from SHRM (Society for Human Resource Management) in recognition of its high achievements advancing the profession of human resources.

Created in 1991, the Pinnacle Award is the most prestigious award SHRM state councils and chapters can receive, honoring programs that exceed the standard activities of SHRM affiliates in enhancing HR management. Cleveland SHRM was one of 12 human resource organizations—out of more than 600—from across the country to win the award in 2019.


“The people of our chapters and state councils are among the most dedicated and passionate professionals in HR,” said Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., SHRM-SCP, President and CEO of SHRM. “That makes it difficult to select just twelve winners. But the great work done by this year’s recipients truly speaks for itself. From relief outreach in the wake of Hurricane Michael, to addressing domestic violence and assisting underserved communities, each winner translated big ideas into local actions—and made a real difference.”

Cleveland SHRM was awarded the Pinnacle Award based on the continued success of their annual Women’s Leadership Conference of Northeast Ohio (WLCNEO) considered the pre-eminent business-focused women’s conference in Northeast Ohio. This event connects the HR and broader business communities in a way that no other local conference has done. This conference created a space where women can learn about negotiations, finances, branding, and other applicable tools for the workplace.

Winning programs, selected from 75 applications, received a $1,000 prize given by Paychex Inc., which is the sponsor of this year’s Pinnacle Awards. The award was presented at SHRM’s Volunteer Leaders Business Meeting (VLBM) in Washington, D.C., which was attended by Cleveland SHRM.


Winners of the 2019 SHRM Pinnacle Award are:


·      Association for Human Resource Management (Mich.) – “HR for Small Business & Non-Profits”

·      Bay County SHRM (Fla.) – “Hurricane Michael Outreach and Recovery Efforts”

·      Chesapeake Human Resources Association (Md.) – “A More Focused Approach

·      Cleveland SHRM (Ohio) – “Women’s Leadership Conference of Northeast Ohio”

·      Colorado SHRM (Colo.)– “Diversity & Workforce Webinar Series”

·      Human Resource Association of the Midlands (Neb.) – “Addressing Domestic/Sexual Violence in the Heartland”

·      Lower Columbia Human Resource Management Association (Ore.) – “A ‘Crucial’ Training Series”

·      SHRM New Mexico State Council (N.M.) – “SHRM New Mexico and Indian Country: Kindred HR Spirits”

·      South Central MN SHRM (Minn.) – “Operation Employment: Building a Community One Hero at a Time”

·      Southern Indiana SHRM (Ind.) – “SISHRM Remote Access”

·      Western Arkansas Human Resource Association (Ark.) – “Restore Hope: 100 Families”

·      Wyoming State Council (Wyo.) – “WDOC ReEntry Partnership”


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About Cleveland SHRM
The Mission of the Cleveland Society for Human Resource Management (Cleveland SHRM) is to Develop HR Professionals to Advance Their Organizations. Cleveland SHRM exists to provide resources and opportunities for members at all levels to expand their knowledge to help achieve the goals of the organizations they work for.

 About SHRM
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