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HR Awards: Patricia M. Clendening


Patricia Clendening

Company: HR Strategies LLC (Middletown)

What initiatives or processes have helped your organization and team be successful?

HR Strategies’ team of HR professionals commit to 60 hours of continuous learning per year and are required to achieve the competency-based SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP certification. Tricia and her staff play a key role throughout the employee life cycle. Tricia has also been involved in the past year shaping legislation at the state and county level. Tricia authors and distributes the Monthly Strategies newsletter that includes the latest in regulatory changes, reminders on upcoming compliance requirements and best practice sharing. In addition she regularly provide free workshops for business owners, leadership team members and supervisors to assist them in a number of areas. Tricia also mentors new people to the workforce through organizations such as Jobs for Delaware Grads and Junior Achievement.

What have you done to help the community?

During the past two decades I have been an active member of the Delaware SHRM Chapter board of directors by assisting with membership and serving in many leadership roles. As the president of the chapter, I was able to increase our membership by more than 20% for two years. I have also been a member of Associated Builders and Contractors Delaware (ABC) for the past 12 years. We developed an awards program and made some inroads to embracing diversity, but I felt that wasn’t enough. I invited a number of organizations to ask them to participate on our committee. Over the past 18 months, we’ve developed a mentoring program with MBE/DBE companies, participated in the state/city matchmaking events, increased applicants for the Diversity Utilization Award and the Diversity & Culture in the Workplace Award, and provided support for the CAPs program with Delaware.

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