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Applications are now being accepted for the 2020 Rising Star Award

Applications for the Richmond SHRM Rising Star Award are now being accepted. The Rising Star Award will recognize an individual who is relatively new to our profession with 5 years or less of HR work experience. Please review the application criteria and submit your results via one of the methods outlined.

Eligibility and Application

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Less than 5 years of work experience in the HR profession
  • Current member of Richmond SHRM

Our Rising Star Award recipient will display one or more of following:

  • Successful work and performance in business situations not normally associated with those new to the HR profession.
  • Innovative, creative and/or “out of the box” thinking to resolve a problem or complete a project.
  • Significant impact to the Human Resources function and/or reputation within the organization.
  • Excellence through creativity, new ideas, new programming.
  • Highly effective utilization of well-regarded principles of HR (i.e., SHRM competencies).
  • Less than 5 years of experience in the HR profession.

Provide detailed information on how or why you are a Rising Star within the HR profession.

  • Please provide enough information to help our judges understand how your work made an impact (i.e., measurable results, feedback from employees), aligned with overall company goals or initiatives, or made it clear that you are on your way to great success within the HR profession.

Examples of information to be covered include, but are not limited to:

  • Description of the need identified by the business that warranted your creativity, innovation, ideas, etc.
  • Explanation of how your work or efforts related to or align with your company’s business goals, mission, and/or values.
  • Details on the quantitative and qualitative result(s) of your project, work, or contributions. (Survey results, resources or money saved, improvements in employee engagement or participation, reduced turnover, etc.)
  • Explanation of unusual circumstances, obstacles or challenges you overcame to make a positive impact. (Lack of expertise, reduced resources, unexpected events, etc.)

Please also include which of the following HR best practice or business competencies you used or leveraged in your work (click here for more information on SHRM competencies):

  • Communication
  • Relationship Management
  • Ethical Practices
  • HR Expertise
  • Business Acumen
  • Critical Evaluation
  • Global and Cultural Effectiveness
  • Leadership and Navigation
  • Consultation

Submit this information in one of two ways:

  • Written narrative (maximum typed 3 pages)
  • PowerPoint presentation (maximum 20 slides)

Applications are due February 28, 2020.


In order to be considered for this year’s award, please complete the information and obtain the approval of a company executive using the approval form below. Submit the completed approval form and the application materials via email to If you have any questions about the process, please email the Richmond SHRM Awards Committee at Thank you for your participation!


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