Award Initiatives Focused on Community Outreach, Education and Membership

Pictured: Art Gloria (SHRM), Mary Cheddie (SHRM), Faith Stipanovich (SHRM), Tim Orellano (ARSHRM Volunteer), Katie Slick (SHRM), Holley Little (ARSHRM State Director), and Mary Augustin (SHRM).

November 21, 2023.

Little Rock, Arkansas - The Arkansas SHRM State Council was awarded the 2023 SHRM Pinnacle Award during the Nov. 17 SHRM Volunteer Business Leaders Meeting in Washington D.C. in recognition of its high achievements advancing the profession of human resources.

The Pinnacle Award is the most prestigious honor SHRM state councils and chapters can receive. Created in 1991, it recognizes innovative projects created and implemented by SHRM affiliates. Arkansas SHRM was one of twelve human resource organizations which included nine chapters and three state councils —out of more than 600 —from across the country to win the award in 2023. 

The awards, created by SHRM in 1991 come with $1,000 and a crystal plaque. This year’s awards were sponsored by 401(k) Solutions by Raymond James.

“SHRM affiliates are leading the way in reinventing the future of work,” said SHRM President and CEO, Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., SHRM-SCP. “Through creating inclusive cultures and workplaces, investing in pioneering educational programs and increasing the workforce readiness and opportunities for underserved and underemployed groups, each SHRM chapter and state council winner helped to raise up their community.”

Awards were given in three different categories – Serving the Professional, Advancing the HR Profession and Enhancing the SHRM Community. Winners included state council and chapters grouped by size. 

Arkansas SHRM received the Pinnacle Award because of its Legislation Advocacy Makes a Difference project. The project promoted advocacy by Arkansas SHRM members related to various legislative and regulatory issues affecting the Human Resources profession.

“The Arkansas SHRM State Council is honored to receive the prestigious Pinnacle Award from the Society for Human Resource Management,” said Holley Little, Arkansas SHRM State Director. “We were successful because of the help from our membership. Our project demonstrated that HR’s voice can impact the legislative process, and we appreciate everyone who contributed to our efforts in the 2023 legislative session.”

ARSHRM consists of over 2,000 HR professionals in the State of Arkansas and includes seven (7) local chapters. The Arkansas SHRM State Council is the link between members, chapters, and the SHRM organization. The Council provides leadership, communication, and supports thousands of human resource professionals who are either members of a SHRM chapter or At-large SHRM members in Arkansas. ARSHRM provides many resources to the state’s HR profession including serving as a voice in legislative affairs, offering programs to further the profession, and promoting the growth and development of sound HR practices. For more information about ARSHRM, visit: 

To learn more, please visit the SHRM Pinnacle Award Program website.

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