Chapter Leadership Awards

Washington State SHRM encourages each of the SHRM affiliated chapters in Washington State to establish goals and strategic initiatives in support of the HR profession and to meet the needs of HR professionals. These goals and initiatives allow chapters to increase their visibility and effectiveness as well as expand impact within the HR community, and they are the basis for Washington State Chapter Leadership Awards. Washington State SHRM will recognize three Washington State SHRM Chapters for their outstanding leadership and impact on the HR community in Washington State.  

Washington State SHRM chapters may apply by completing the Chapter Leadership Award application for one or more of the three award categories outlined below:



Initiatives that support and promote professionals with HR responsibility to be successful business leaders. Activities may be related to certification, professional learning, or skills development.


Initiatives advancing the HR profession by creating awareness with or supporting key constituents including workplace, government and regulatory representatives, employers, schools, media and the community at large. Activities may be outreach and awareness programs, government or public affairs, raising funds and supporting the SHRM Foundation’s annual initiative to build inclusive organizations, or focus on key issues such as inclusion, diversity, or workforce readiness.


Initiatives providing programs and services that support SHRM, meet members’ needs, or further the chapter or state council efforts. Activities may include efforts to foster member engagement, retention and acquisition, volunteer development and recognition.


  • A $500 check for the Chapter

  • Recognition on the WA State SHRM website and on social media

  • Formal recognition at the Washington State SHRM Volunteer Leader Summit and the Washington State SHRM Employment Law & Human Resources Conference.  Chapter President (current or immediate past) will be called to the stage for presentation of the award.

APPLICATION DEADLINE:  Electronic submissions are due by February 11, 22, for activities held in the previous year.

NOTIFICATION PROCESS: Following a decision, the selected chapters will be notified by their designated District Director or State Council President.  

Washington State SHRM Chapter in good standing with SHRM National. Chapter President, or designated current Chapter Board member much participate and attend all WA State SHRM meetings. Promotion of State Council activities & events on Chapter website and at Chapter meetings, such as HR Day on the Hill, Washington State Employment Law & HR Conference and State initiatives.

SELECTION COMMITTEE:  WA State SHRM President, Past President and President Elect

QUESTIONS:  Please contact your chapter’s current WA State SHRM District Director:

Robert Golden:
Jonathan Smith:  

Pam Gibbons:

Mike Zahniser: