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Repeat recognition for Clemson student chapter of HR society

For the second consecutive year, a human resources professional society has recognized Clemson University’s student chapter with its highest award.

The Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) has presented Clemson University’s student chapter with its Superior Merit Award for providing growth and development to Department of Management students in the College of Business.

Kathy Clark, faculty adviser for the Clemson chapter, credited student leaders for the achievement.

“Credit is due our chapter officers for receiving the society’s highest award for the second consecutive year,” said Clark, a management lecturer. “Their leadership and tireless commitment to providing development opportunities were the reason our chapter met or exceeded the award requirements again.”

SHRM student chapters have the opportunity to earn awards based on the number of activities they complete during the merit award cycle, the most recent one of which lasted from April 1, 2018, to March 31, 2019.

Last year’s chapter leadership team included, Morgan Reeves, president; Rebecca Jenkins, vice president and Joesy Ott, communications officer/treasurer.

The Clemson chapter was cited for providing its student members with numerous opportunities to learn about careers in the field of human resources. One of the chapter’s popular activities is the Shadow Program with the Greenville SHRM Chapter, where students are matched with an H.R. professional for a day of shadowing. 

In addition, chapter meetings provide career advice by H.R. professionals, along with assistance enhancing their resume and interviewing skills. Each semester, chapter members support the campus food pantry through a food drive.

For more information on the Clemson SHRM chapter, click here or email [email protected].


GSHRM Receives Prestigious SHRM Award for Advancing the HR Profession

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For Immediate Release       Monday, June 10, 2019 

Top Industry Accolade Presented to State Council and Local South Carolina Chapters

Greenville, SC, Monday, June 10, 2019 - SHRM (the Society for Human Resource Management) recently awarded Greenville SHRM its prestigious EXCEL Platinum Award for the chapter’s accomplishments in 2018.

The EXCEL award aligns individual chapters’ and state councils’ activities with SHRM’s aspirations for the HR profession. The award recognizes major accomplishments, strategic activities, and tactical initiatives that elevate the profession of human resources. 

“So much of SHRM’s success in shaping better workplaces—where employers and employees can thrive together— is owed to the hard work of our chapters and state councils such as Greenville SHRM. Through their courage and leadership, Greenville SHRM is driving true, measurable progress toward the healthy, productive, and dynamic workplaces of tomorrow,” said Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., SHRM-SCP, president and chief executive officer of SHRM. “Awarding this Platinum Excel Award is just one small way for SHRM to recognize and celebrate the big steps this chapter has taken this past year.”

The EXCEL Award can be earned at four levels: bronze, silver, gold and platinum. Each level has a prescribed set of requirements and accomplishments that must be met. Greenville SHRM will receive recognition in SHRM publications and at conferences, a logo to display on its website, and information to share with its members about the significance of this award.

Numerous local chapters in South Carolina were also recognized with Platinum, Gold and Silver Excel Awards. Chapters that received a platinum honor include Columbia SHRM, Spartanburg HR Association, Palmetto SHRM and Sumter HRMA.  The Bronze Excel Award was given to Low Country Human Resources Association.

“It’s an immense honor for Greenville SHRM and so many of our local chapters to be presented with this award,” said Greenville SHRM President Debra Ham. “We strive to equip our chapters’ HR professionals with the knowledge and resources they need to effectively serve their workplace and community.”


About Greenville SHRM

Since 1947, The Greenville Society for Human Resource Management (GSHRM) has played a key role in helping business professionals increase their knowledge and skills in the human resource arena. Through professional services, monthly meetings, and professional accreditation support, GSHRM members are recognized as leaders in their profession throughout the Greenville area.  The majority of GSHRM members are also national SHRM members, and many hold professional certifications in the human resource field.  Learn more at and on Twitter @GreenvilleSHRM

About SHRM (Society for Human Resource Management)

SHRM, the Society for Human Resource Management, creates better workplaces where employers and employees thrive together. As the voice of all things work, workers and the workplace, SHRM is the foremost expert, convener and thought leader on issues impacting today’s evolving workplaces. With 300,000+ HR and business executive members in 165 countries, SHRM impacts the lives of more than 115 million workers and families globally. Learn more at and on Twitter @SHRM.


GSHRM Wins 2018 SHRM Pinnacle Award

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Greenville Society for Human Resource Management (GSHRM) Wins

Pinnacle Award from SHRM for Exceptional HR Program

We are honored to announce that GSHRM is a Pinnacle Award recipient , given by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) for highly notable contributions to the HR profession, recognizing the development and sustainability of a program educating employers on reliable methods and techniques in successfully hiring individuals with disabilities.

Created in 1991, the Pinnacle Award is the highest achievement SHRM state councils and chapters can attain honoring programs that exceed the standard activities of SHRM affiliates in enhancing the creation of effective HR management. GSHRM was one of 12 human resource organizations from across the country to win the award.

“This was a great collaboration between GSHRM’s Workforce Readiness Committee, Greenville CAN and Able South Carolina representatives that worked hard to bring awareness to hiring individuals with disabilities and the successes for both the person and organization.  It took many passionate people and hours to develop and organize such a successful program.  We’re grateful for the opportunity to partner with others in our community to provide awareness and opportunities.” said Nancy McCartney, GSHRM Chapter President.

Winning programs selected from over 83 applications received a $1,000 prize, sponsored by Paychex Inc. The award was given at SHRM’s annual Volunteer Leaders’ Summit held in Washington D.C and will be presented to the membership at GSHRM’s December 10th evening meeting at the Poinsett Club, recognizing those that have contributed.

“These chapters and state councils embody what it means to be HR leaders,” said Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., SHRM-SCP, president and CEO of SHRM. “They are tackling some of the highest-profile and relevant HR issues today at the local level. Some of this year’s winners included programs on combating the skills shortage, employing untapped talent pools such as veterans and those with mental illness, and raising awareness on handling sexual harassment in the workplace.”

GSHRM Receives Pinnacle AwardLeft to Right: Paychex Sponsor, Debra Ham, Steve Nail, Laura Bogardus, Robyn Knox, Leanne Fuller, Johnny Taylor (SHRM)

GSHRM shares the winning platform with other 2018 SHRM Pinnacle Award winners who are:

Northwest Arkansas Human Resources Association – “Providing Re-Certification Opportunities for our HR Community”

West Central Arkansas Society for Human Resource Management – “Partnering with our Community”

HR Florida State Council – “Different Not Less…Fantastic”

Snake River Chapter of SHRM (Idaho) – “Serving our Future”

Central Louisiana Society for Human Resource Management – “Sexual Harassment Awareness and Prevention in the Workplace – A Panel Discussion”

LakeNormanHR (N.C.) – “Partnering with Duke Energy to meet their HR employee development needs and increase engagement”

Human Resources Association of Central Ohio – “Hanging with the Young Professionals”

Oklahoma State Council for Human Resource Management – “OKHR in Indian Country Conference”

Portland HR Management Association (Ore.) – “Cultivating Member Engagement, Retention and New Member Acquisition with Livestreaming and Satellite Locations”

Greater Valley Forge Human Resource Association (Pa.) – “Supporting Local Veterans”

Greenville SHRM (S.C.) – “Decoding the Mystery of Disability Employment/Rethinking the Ideal Employee”

Virginia SHRM State Council – “Virginia SHRM State Council’s Bold Purpose to Thrive!”

For more information contact [email protected]

About the Society for Human Resource Management

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is the world’s largest HR professional society, representing 300,000 members in more than 165 countries. For nearly seven decades, the Society has been the leading provider of resources serving the needs of HR professionals and advancing the practice of human resource management. SHRM has more than 575 affiliated chapters within the United States and subsidiary offices in China, India and United Arab Emirates. Visit us at and @SHRM.

About Greenville Society for Human Resource Management (GSHRM)

Since 1947, The Greenville Society for Human Resource Management (GSHRM) has played a key role in helping business professionals increase their knowledge and skills in the human resource arena. Through professional services, monthly meetings, and professional accreditation support, GSHRM members are recognized as leaders in their profession throughout the Greenville area.  The majority of GSHRM’s over 500 members are also national SHRM members, and many hold professional certifications in the human resource field.  Visit us at


Work Readiness Guide, 2nd Edition Now Available

The Workforce Readiness Guide is a resource for businesses, educators, and individuals seeking employment. This guide provides educators with resources on how various career coaching/development programs can be organized and delivered to different groups of learners, including a breakdown of the different learning styles by age. This guide also caters to the job seeker, providing insights on how to write a resume, various interview tips and pointers including how to handle video interviews, group interviews, and other common interview formats.

This publication was compiled by the Greenville Society for Human Resource Management’s (GSHRM) Workforce Readiness Council. The Workforce Readiness Council was established in the fall of 2008 as a special committee of GSHRM with the vision of building a qualified workforce that can compete in a global economy. Made up entirely of volunteers who are working professionals, the mission and goal of the council is to prepare citizens to enter and compete in the job market by fostering collaborative relationships among community stakeholders, carrying the slogan “Shaping the Future.”

This is the second edition of the Workforce Readiness Guide and was updated in August of 2016. It is copyrighted to GSHRM.

Workforce Readiness Guide, 2nd Edition



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