Award Categories Overview

Company/Team Awards

Best In Class: Candidate Experience/Reputation – Are your customer satisfaction scores higher than your competitors and others in the industry? Are candidates talking about the positive experience they had applying for a job with your company, whether they got the job or not? Tell us about your good candidate experienceand how it boosts your reputation and makes it easier for you to attract the best candidates. Tell us how you did it and made it right for your company and candidates!

Business Partnership Excellence – This award recognizes a partnership between service provider/consumer; teams or departments within an organization; and/or a collaboration across two businesses that results in a positive outcome from a business, financial, and/or philanthropic standpoint. Nominations should discuss the problem, solution, and results that transpired before and during the partnership, noting process improvements, key metrics, and customer testimonials when applicable. IMPORTANT: This award recognizes BOTH partners, and BOTH partners are expected to be represented at the award ceremony.

Diversity and Inclusion Excellence – Now more than ever diversity awareness and managing inclusion within a company are top of mind. What has your team/company done that stands out as a success within your office, company, and/or the industry?

HR Team of the Year – This award allows you to share the many successes, accomplishments and achievements you have worked hard to reach throughout the last year. Whether focused on 1-2 strategic priorities or a myriad of improvements and enhancements, we want to hear the story of why YOUR Human Resources Team is number one!

Innovation in HR Technology – This award recognizes a new and creative solution or product that may be considered a game-changer within the Human Resources industry. Think ‘Shark Tank ‘for HR and sell us on your latest and greatest solution to better manage, support, or drive a specific aspect within the HR arena.

Recruitment Team of the Year – This award recognizes the Recruitment (Talent Acquisition) Team of a company or department that has demonstrated significant success and/or growth in the sourcing, candidate experience, employer branding, candidate selection, interviewing, offer process, and onboarding processes for its company. Please provide key metrics and performance goals where possible.

Thought Leadership (HR Excellence) Award – This award recognizes forward thinking, innovation, and problem solving by a team or company resulting in improved customer satisfaction, better business performance, and/or an advancement for the industry.


Individual Awards

Thought Leadership (HR Excellence) Award – This award recognizes forward thinking, innovation and creative solutions/ideas generated and/or implemented by an individual. This person is often recognized in the industry as a leading expert and his/her best practices are regularly shared and sought out by others.

Leadership Award – This individual creates an inspiring vision of the future and effectively motivates and inspires people to engage with that vision, including coaching and building teams. They bring together the skills needed to lead people and are role models for others in their organization and/or industry. Please cite specific examples of how they have inspired people and been successful in their role as a leader.

Executive HR Champion – This award is for executives who do NOT work in an HR capacity but who understand, support, and help drive the role of HR in their organization. This person advocates for the advancement of HR and supports key HR initiatives and functions. They also support the HR team in the development of new and innovative ways to engage and work with employees. Again, this award is not intended for HR professionals.