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Two Kentucky organizations win 2020 Pinnacle Award for advancing profession of human resources


The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) awarded both Louisville SHRM (LSHRM) and the Kentucky SHRM (KYSHRM) State Council the 2020 Pinnacle Award in recognition of its high achievements advancing the profession of human resources.

The Pinnacle Award is the most prestigious honor SHRM state councils and chapters can receive. Created in 1991, its honors programs that exceed the standard activities of SHRM affiliates in enhancing human resource (HR) management. LSHRM and the Kentucky SHRM state council are two of 12 human resource organizations — out of more than 600 — from across the country to win the award in 2020.

“SHRM’s chapters and state councils are among the most dedicated and passionate professionals, period, and play an integral role in elevating and advancing the practice of human resources,” said SHRM President and CEO Johnny C. Taylor Jr., SHRM-SCP. “From educational series, community support, mentor programs, and more, each winner made a real difference for our profession and in their communities at a time of turmoil and uncertainty.”

“We are very happy that National SHRM has actually recognized us for a Pinnacle Award and we look forward to celebrating our 80th Anniversary as an organization as we have been advancing the HR profession since 1940,” said LSHRM 2020 President Rawleigh Richardson Sr., SHRM-CP.

“The KYSHRM state council is excited to receive the prestigious Pinnacle Award from National SHRM for the Bus to Business® statewide initiative. We plan to continue to be a part of the workforce solution and have committed to supporting Bus to Business for an additional three years at the state and chapter level,” said Kentucky SHRM Chair Patrick Smith, SHRM-CP, PHR.

Louisville SHRM Program Title: Better Workplaces, Better World (BW2) In partnership with community leaders and the University of Louisville, LSHRM launched “Better Workplaces, Better World (BW2)”—a citywide research project aimed at demystifying and quantifying what matters most to the Greater Louisville’s workforce.

The research was framed to answer questions regarding: 1) which benefits, and amenities matter most to employees; 2) which aspects of workplace culture are most vital; 3) how satisfied the workforce is in these areas; and 4) how these insights shift by demographic. Louisville SHRM organized a free, virtual data-reveal event to make the research available to the public, as well as unveiled a data dashboard, created in partnership with the Workforce Cabinet, that presented the research findings.

Kentucky SHRM State Council Program Title: Bus to Business The Bus to Business program was created in partnership with the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce. This unique statewide initiative developed to connect businesses with students. The goal of the program is to show students what career pathways are in their own communities, to engage them and keep our talent in Kentucky.

Through this program, students are given the opportunity to tour businesses, complete hands-on work-based learning activities and speak directly with employers about career pathways available in their organizations. The 2020 program quickly pivoted in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and became virtual. We currently have over 14,000 students from over 130 schools signed up to hear from 50-plus different Kentucky employers.

Winning programs, selected from over 75 applications, receive a $1,000 prize given by Paychex Inc., which is the sponsor of this year’s Pinnacle Awards. The awardees were recognized at SHRM’s Volunteer Leaders Business Meeting Nov. 17-20.

Winners of the 2020 SHRM Pinnacle Award are:

California State Council of SHRM
Charlotte Area SHRM (N.C.)
Chicago SHRM (Ill.)
Greater Cincinnati HRA (Ohio)
HRA of Greater Oak Brook (Ill.)
Kentucky SHRM State Council
Louisville SHRM (Ky.)
Oregon SHRM
Prince William SHRM (Va.)
Stateline SHRM (Ill.)
Sussex-Warren HRMA (N.J.)
Tri-State SHRM Chapter (Texas)

From Society for Human Resource Management


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