The Human Resources (HR) Professional of the Year Award recognizes an exemplary individual who plays a key role in driving the performance and reputation of an organization, is a catalyst for change, serves as a trusted business advisor, and demonstrates leadership in the human resources profession. 

The 2019 HR Professional of the Year Award nomination period is open through October 26, 2019.


Please review the following guidelines prior to submitting a nomination:


    • Leadership: The nominee demonstrates leadership and vision in championing people practices and motivating others to effect positive change, is a role model, and shares their knowledge and experience with others.
    • Organizational impact: The nominee champions change in the pursuit of continuous improvement and strategic advantage for the organization, and plays a key role in driving the performance and reputation of an organization.
    • Commitment to the HR profession: While serving as an ambassador for their organization, the nominee is involved in activities that contribute to the human resources community and profession as well as being focused on their own professional development and growth.
    • Ethics and integrity: The nominee role models professional values and ethical practice.
    • Results: The nominee has the ability to execute and is results-oriented.
    • Strategist: The nominee provides strategic alignment of human resources functions with corporate strategy.


    • Nominees must currently work in a human resources capacity 
    • Nominees must have at least two years of experience working in the human resources field
    • Nominees need not be a current member of BNHRC
    • Self-nominations are welcomed and encouraged
    • BNHRC board members are not eligible to win


    • Entries must be received by the October 26, 2019 deadline
    • Submission of the entry implies support and approval of the entry by the nominee
    • Incomplete entries may be disqualified at the discretion of the selection committee

Selection Committee

    • The selection committee is comprised of:
- BNHRC President
- BNHRC President-Elect
- CiHRG President
- Decatur SHRM President
- Prior Year HR Professional of the Year Award Winner (past winners are listed below)

Winner will receive:

    • Award plaque presented at a monthly chapter meeting
    • Local press release / social media coverage
    • One complimentary annual membership to BNHRC

At the discretion of the selection committee, an award winner may not be chosen.

To submit a nomination, please complete the following form by October 26:


  • 2018: Courtney Langen, CIT Trucks
  • 2017: Lisa Mason, Illinois State University


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