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Friend of the HR Profession

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Anna Beth Gorman
President and Chief Executive Officer

Anna Beth Gorman, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Women’s Foundation of Arkansas, is the 2023 Friend of the HR Profession Award recipient.

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The purpose is to recognize and express appreciation to legislative or business leaders who have proven a continued willingness and effort to listen to HR Professionals' concerns relating to local, state or federal legislative matters affecting the profession, educate themselves on these issues, and actively consider the impact of legislative measures on the Profession.


Must have a record of accessibility and willingness to listen and learn about local, state or federal legislative issues affecting the Human Resources profession. This can include legislators, business leaders, organizations, or associations. This can also include associations, individuals or groups that have worked cooperatively with ARSHRM State Council on its legislative issues. Characteristics of the Award Recipient(s) may include:

  • Proven him/herself/itself accessible to the Human Resources Profession relating to legislative activities or issues that advance and promote the Profession or could have an adverse impact on the Profession.
  • Participates in educating the Human Resources Profession on legislative issues or is open to learning about legislative issues affecting the Profession.
  • Provides support, directly or indirectly, to ARSHRM legislative goals.
  • Consistently serves as a resource to HR professionals who are engaged in the legislative process.


The State Council shall solicit nominations from the SHRM affiliated chapters consistent with the nominations process for other ARSHRM Council sponsored awards.


The recipient shall receive a suitable award and recognition from ARSHRM State Council at the annual ARSHRM Employment Law & Legislative Affairs Conference. The Employment Law & Legislative Affairs Conference Chair, in cooperation with the Governmental Affairs Director, will coordinate the presentation of the award at this conference.

How to Apply:

This application must be filled out completely and accurately. Please PRINT or TYPE. You may attach additional sheets If more space is needed. To complete your application, you must submit this form along with a current resume, college transcript of all coursework, and two letters of recommendation. Scanned documents are acceptable if applying by email. Send your application packet to:

Arkansas SHRM State Council
Attn: Tara Mauk Arthur
ASHRM Communications & Awards Chair
Email: eat0@eau0eav0eaw0
Deadline is September 15.

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