Santa Barbara Human Resources Association Wins Prestigious SHAPE Gold Award

Santa Barbara, CA April 10, 2015 — The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) recently awarded the Santa Barbara Human Resources Association its prestigious EXCEL GOLD Award for the chapters accomplishments in 2014.

The award is part of the SHRM Affiliate Program for Excellence, which aligns individual chapters and councils with SHRM’s goals. The award recognizes accomplishments and strategic activities and initiatives that enhance the human resources profession.

“We are so pleased to receive this recognition of the strength and accomplishments of our Chapter,” said local resident Sharon Brown, President. She went on to say “During 2014, SBHRA’s accomplishments included delivering high-quality professional programs, presented and developed by appropriate subject matter experts and accredited for HR certification credentials. A Chapter member pioneered a well-received Diversity course at UCSB and we also supported and mentored the USCB Student Chapter. In addition, we were a corporate sponsor of the Santa Barbara Economic Summit, produced by the Economic Forecast Project.”

“At SHRM, advancing the human resources profession is our mission. The work of our chapters and councils are central to accomplishing that,” said Henry G. (Hank) Jackson, president and CEO of SHRM. “Receiving this award is testament to the Santa Barbara Human Resources Association’s commitment to advancing the HR profession through local networking and professional development activities.”

The EXCEL award can be earned at four levels: bronze, silver, gold and platinum, and each level has a prescribed set of requirements and accomplishments that have to be met. Santa Barbara Human Resources Association will receive recognition in SHRM publications and conferences, a certificate of recognition, and special signage to display at its meetings and events.

About SBHRA. The 59 year old Santa Barbara HR Association provides professional growth and development programs and workshops for its members and local businesses to keep them current on local and national legislation, trends and topics in Organizational Development and Behavior, Benefits and Compensation, training and development and Employee Relations. It works in partnership with EDD to provide veterans coaching and employment opportunities

About the Society for Human Resource Management

Founded in 1948, the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is the world’s largest HR membership organization devoted to human resource management. Representing more than 275,000 members in over 160 countries, the Society is the leading provider of resources to serve the needs of HR professionals and advance the professional 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 follow us on Twitter @SHRMPress.

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