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Enterprising Leadership Award Winners Announced
The WI SHRM Enterprising Leadership Grant, established in 2008, awards a chapter or chapters a grant to support a “partnership” with another WI-based organization that promotes communication and collaboration between HR and other business professionals/organizations across the state.  It is intended to fund initiatives that are innovative and strives to bring business professionals together toward a common cause, led by the HR community.

Criteria include having a partnership with an organization outside of SHRM that has goals/objectives that help advance the HR profession and a joint planned activity or initiative with that organization that demonstrates Enterprising HR Leadership Communication, Collaboration and/or Education of/between business professionals.

The WI State Council SHRM appreciates the work our Chapters are doing across the state to partner with local organizations with the ultimate goal of creating Better Workplaces, Better World.  The committee based their decision on how well the initiatives aligned with SHRM’s Vision of embracing business solutions like building more-inclusive workplace cultures, closing the skills gap and continuing to work to aid companies in hiring people often overlooked in the job market.  

We are pleased to announce the winners of the 2021 WI SHRM Enterprising Leadership Grant, the La Crosse Area SHRM Chapter (LASHRM) and Jefferson County Human Resources Managers Association (JCHRMA).

The La Crosse Area SHRM Chapter (LASHRM) will receive $3,000 to support their partnership with Workforce Connections, Inc. (WCI) for the 2021 Workforce Forum to Celebrate September as Workforce Development Month.  The forum was entitled “The Language of Diversity” and the goal was to help educate local businesses, human resource professionals and service providers on Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace.  Keynotes included Dr Marcus Lewis is the founder and owner of Key Change Consulting, LLC and Amanda Goodenough who is a dedicated educator operating from a cultural humility framework.  Workforce Connections, Inc. is a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that has provided employment and training services in Western Wisconsin since 1983.  WCI’s mission is to “connect people, work and training while advancing self-sufficiency.”

The Jefferson County Human Resources Managers Association (JCHRMA) will also receive $3,000 to support their partnership with Watertown High School, which is hosting the Gosling Career Fair.  The shared mission is to connect students to their future careers. The Gosling Career Fair advances the HR Profession and WI business community by bringing in organizations from the South Central of Wisconsin region for Watertown High School students to interact and explore career options within their community. The Gosling Career Fair will impact over 1,100 people, including vendors, student participants, and staff at Watertown High School.

Congratulations to both the La Crosse Area SHRM Chapter and the Jefferson County Human Resources Managers Association on their awards!
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