Stateline SHRM wins SHRM Pinnacle Award for Exceptional HR Program

  • Tom Faber, Stateline SHRM's 2020 president elect, accepts the Pinnacle Award as part of a virtual ceremony.

    Tom Faber, Stateline SHRM's 2020 president elect, accepts the Pinnacle Award as part of a virtual ceremony. Courtesy of Christine Johnson

Updated 11/28/2020 12:07 AM

SHRM (the Society for Human Resource Management) awarded Stateline SHRM the 2020 Pinnacle Award in recognition of its high achievements advancing the profession of human resources.

The Pinnacle Award is the most prestigious honor SHRM state councils and chapters can receive. Created in 1991, it honors programs that exceed the standard activities of SHRM affiliates in enhancing HR management. Stateline SHRM was one of 12 human resource organizations -- out of more than 600 -- from across the country to win the award in 2020.


"SHRM's chapters and state councils are among the most dedicated and passionate professionals, period, and play an integral role in elevating and advancing the practice of human resources," said SHRM president and CEO Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., SHRM-SCP. "From educational series, community support, mentor programs, and more, each winner made a real difference for our profession and in their communities at a time of turmoil and uncertainty."

"We were able to introduce hard working job seekers looking for a second chance to employers that were willing to provide that opportunity. What a rewarding program for all parties," Lori Gajdzik, 2020 Stateline SHRM board president.

The STEP (Stateline Transforming Employment Potential) Forward program was created to help both job seekers and employers in the community. Through the five-step program, individuals with criminal backgrounds learned skills to help them sucessfully re-enter the workplace. The program is a collaboration between Stateline SHRM, McHenry County Workforce Network, and McHenry County College.

Winning programs, selected from over 75 applications, receive a $1,000 prize given by Paychex Inc., which is the sponsor of this year's Pinnacle Awards. The awardees were recognized at SHRM's Volunteer Leaders Business Meeting, Nov. 17-20.

Stateline SHRM is the local affiliate SHRM chapter serving the McHenry county area. To learn more about about the organization, visit their website

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