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2019 Human Resources Awards Application

Celebrating Excellence in HR in partnership with Delaware SHRM Chapter

About the Program
The HR Awards program honors executives, partners, and companies that have demonstrated a commitment to their employees or clients through leadership, innovation and achievement in Delaware. Through these programs, today’s companies are investing in not only the strength of their business’ future but also the futures of employees and their families. A judging committee of local business leaders selects finalists and winners based on engagement, effectiveness and ROI. Delaware SHRM Chapter shares their inspiring stories in Delaware Business Times and celebrates their success during the Delaware State Human Resource Conference & Expo where the winners will be announced live. Awards will be presented in the following categories:

  • HR Executive of the Year
  • HR Department of the Year
  • HR Innovator
  • HR Emerging Leader
  • Talent Person of the Year
  • HR Champion

*See category description at the end of the application.
*DBT and SHRM reserve the right to suggest and move a candidate to another category.

Application Process and Criteria
There is no cost to apply. If you are selected as an award honoree, there will be opportunities available to share your success with co-workers and business partners and amplify your honor externally.

  • Companies must have a substantial HR presence in the state of Delaware
  • Companies must generate a minimum of $1 million in annual revenue and have 10+ employees.
  • Applicants must hold the role in their company for at least one year.

Benefits of Applying
Delaware Business Times celebrates the achievements of Delaware’s executives and strategic partners and builds community by connecting them in person at a high-energy awards ceremonies. Honorees will be executives and individual contributors who work to optimize employee satisfaction, identify and negotiate benefits that employees and their families want and need; and find ways to raise their company’s visibility in the community.

PRINT: Each HR Award honoree will be profiled in Delaware Business Times and at delawarebusinesstimes.com for a monthly print audience of 32,000+ executives in Delaware and 30,000+ unique online visitors.

VIDEO: DBT will capture each HR Award honoree’s inspiring story on camera at a custom program video shoot. Clips from each finalist’s video interview will be used to introduce them the night of the event. Upon request, custom videos can be created for corporate marketing campaigns.

EVENT: HR Award honoree’s will celebrate and network with their successful peers and other industry leaders at a high- energy awards ceremony dedicated to honoring their achievements and building the local business community.

DIGITAL: Announce your DTB award and reinforce your online relationships via social channels, press release, digital and print promotion. Digital promotion lends longevity, credibility and market recognition to your brand and your company’s brand.

If you have questions about the HR Awards program or the application process, contact: Moriah Canty, Programs & Event Coordinator, mcanty@delawarebusinesstimes.com

HR Executive of the Year
Someone with 8 years or more, who demonstrates outstanding accomplishments in leading HR efforts in their organizations. Must have a demonstrated excellence in supporting and growing HR professionals and businesses.

HR Department of the Year
A team of HR professionals (can include payroll, benefits administrators, training and development professionals, recruiters) that demonstrates outstanding outcomes for its company. Should be driving the strategic people operations efforts and offering programs that achieve outstanding outcomes, reduce cost, and help grow the business and its people.

HR Innovator
Embodies strategic, out-of-the-box thinking. Should have a proven track record of offering forward-thinking solutions that move teams, businesses, and communities forward. This person should exemplify what HR will be in the future.

Emerging Leader
An HR professional who has 8 years or fewer of total HR experience as of the application due date. Should have a proven track record of leading teams, both in their company and in the community ““ and of offering creative and innovative solutions and being an advocate for the HR profession.

Talent Person of the year
Someone who is involved in talent acquisition or development. Should have a proven track record of assisting businesses to grow and/or to develop their teams. Exemplifies what it means to be conduit for talent acquisition and/or development within the HR and business communities.

HR Champion
Peripheral team colleague, not directly in an HR role, who champions the efforts of HR professionals in their company or in the community. Must have a proven track record of advocating for HR professionals or the profession. Potential qualifiers for this would include; CEOs, CFOs, COOs, Employment Law Attorneys, Benefit Brokers, etc.

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