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WI SHRM STATE COUNCIL ANNOUNCES 2016 ENTERPRISING LEADERSHIP AWARD WINNERS
 
We are pleased to announce that this year, the Enterprising Leadership Grant has been awarded to two Chapters.  Congratulations to Fox Valley SHRM (FVSHRM) and Blackhawk Human Resources Association!  Each Chapter was recognized at the December, 2016 State Council Meeting in Wisconsin Dells, WI.
 
FVSHRM partnered with STEP Industries, Inc.  STEP Industries is a social enterprise, offering hope to recovering alcoholics, chemical dependents and co-dependents; by providing vocational and personal growth. Formed in 1982, Step Industries has hired over 10,000 people in AODA recovery to help them return to the workforce. At STEP Industries, negative work records are disregarded and second chances at renewing a work record are possible. 
 
Recently STEP Industries has begun to develop an Employability Training Center.  Having the Training Center housed within STEP Industries aligns with one of their main goals to provide people in recovery a safe, supportive environment in which to develop confidence, self-esteem and a work history to increase their chances of maintaining sobriety.
 
With the partnership that STEP Industries is developing with Fox Valley SHRM through our Workforce Readiness Committee, FVSHRM members will help create the occupational, educational, job search, cover letter and resume writing curriculum and provide mock interviews to those ready to leave STEP for employment in the community. 
 
FVSHRM was awarded $2,500 to sponsor a number of participants investing their own time in their education so that lost wages will not hinder them from getting back into meaningful employment in the Fox Valley. 
 
For the second straight year, Blackhawk Human Resource Association is collaborating with Community Action of Rock County on their mentoring program for young men and women in Beloit, Wisconsin. The program is designed for teens who are not out of the school system or in trouble, but show signs of heading down the wrong path. Blackhawk’s board and members have the opportunity to mentor and engage the teens to help them make informed, proud choices. They also help in providing hot meals for the children, provide school supplies through donations, and host an annual holiday dinner where the children dress up, are fed a catered meal, and are provided a question and answer session for them to ask about dealing with school, the workforce, or HR related questions.   Blackhawk Human Resources Association was awarded $1,500 which they will use to support educational outings.
 
Thank you to all the 2016 nominees. It’s not too early to start planning for 2017!   Up to $4,000 is available for Wisconsin SHRM Chapter(s) to implement an activity or initiative in the area of Enterprising HR Leadership. Criteria include having 1) a partnership with an organization outside SHRM that has goals/objectives that help advance the HR profession, and 2) a joint planned activity or initiative with that organization that demonstrates Enterprising HR Leadership (Communication, Collaboration and/or Education between business professionals).
 
For more information about the grant please contact Joanne Krueger, SHRM-CP, PHR, - kruegjo@gmail.com.
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