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Oakland, California ( Friday Mar 8, 2024 @ 9:15 AM Central —, the largest network of human resources (HR) executives, is proud to announce the recipients of the 2024 Awards. The winning HR and leadership programs and individuals were recognized for excellence during a ceremony March 6th at HRWest in Oakland, California.

Multiple companies and individuals across the various award categories have earned well-deserved accolades for their HR and leadership efforts and initiatives throughout the past year in a changing work world with evolving technology and labor laws.

The 2024 Corporate Category Award Winners

Most Impactful Human Experience Initiative:
DocuSign - People Analytics Employee Listening Program

Best Total Rewards and Recognition Program:
CAA Club Group of Companies (CCG) - Applause: CCG's Rewards and Recognition Program

Best Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging Initiative:
Intellectual Property Institute of Canada - Building Back Through Innovation & Increasing Diversity in Canada's IP Sector

Best Learning and Development Program:
American College of Cardiology (ACC) - Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM): Accelerating Guideline-Driven Care

Best Overall Recruiting Strategy:
Insperity - Early Talent Program

Best Leadership Development Program:
Aimbridge Hospitality - Aspire Leadership Development

Best Employee Wellbeing Program:
Pharmavite - PharmaFit Wellness Program

Best Technology Innovation Implementation:
Duke Energy - Engagement for Customer Experience and Services Team

Best Coaching and Mentorship Program:
The CCS Companies - SAIL Mentoring Program (Seeking Advances In Leadership)

The 2024 HR Professional Award Winners

HR Strategist of the Year:
Cecilia Brookshire, HR Business Partner - Gainwell Technologies

HR Leader of the Year:
Kylie Ensrud, Chief People Officer - DataVizion

Emerging HR Leader of the Year (under age 40):
Christina Fischer, Senior Manager, Employee Relations - Pharmavite

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“It’s essential to celebrate HR excellence, and the people and teams who achieve it,” CEO Debbie McGrath said. “The winners of The Awards showcase exemplary work and models to emulate, and show us how HR professionals and teams can inspire transformative results for organizations and their workforces. Congratulations to them all on the honor and for their amazing work!”

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