Deadline Extended – Apply Today!

Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce and Ogletree Deakins are accepting nominations for the 1st Annual Wisconsin Human Resources Professional of the Year Awards.

The awards are given annually to human resource professionals who are employed full-time in the HR profession within the State of Wisconsin and demonstrate HR leadership. Government employees are not eligible, but may nominate individuals in the private sector.

Awards Details

The awards will be given to individuals of high moral and ethical standing who have made significant HR contributions to their organization over the past year. Nominees should have demonstrated the value of the HR function with the organization through implementation of best practices, organization design and effectiveness, and alignment and accomplishment of the strategic direction of the organization. Nominees should also have a proven track record of giving back to the community and the HR profession.

One award will be given in each of three categories based on employer size: less than 100 employees, 100-500 employees, and over 500.

The awards will be published statewide and locally. Award winners will be announced and honored at WMC Policy Day 2017 on August 16, 2017 in Madison, WI.


Award Criteria

Contact Karen Mahlkuch with any questions.

Winners will be selected by an independent panel of judges representing industry, employment law attorneys, HR professionals, and state government.

Nominations must be based on professional accomplishments from 2016-2017, and can be by self-nomination, peer, subordinate, supervisor or other. Submissions must include a support letter from an appropriate supervisor, manager or officer of the organization where the nominee is employed, along with a 1-2 page document that includes:

  • Years in current position
  • Years with Company/Organization
  • Years in the Human Resources profession
  • A detailed narrative description of the reasons why the individual is being nominated
  • An explanation of the nominee’s significant contribution to his/her organization, including demonstrated quantitative or empirical data of the accomplishments and their impact on the strategic initiatives of the organization unit
  • An updated detailed CV or resume (optional)
  • A complete list of all publications and significant speaking engagements, if any
  • A complete list of all community and/or HR profession service

Along with the nomination materials, the nominee’s employer’s logo is required (full color, high resolution of 300 dpi or better, formats: .eps, .tif, .psd, .gif, .jpg). E-mail the logo file to

NOMINATION DEADLINE:  Friday, June 30, 2017


Contact Karen Mahlkuch with any questions.

Apply on-line below or download a printable version of the awards information here.

Apply Today

Awards Program Information

Contact WMC’s Karen Mahlkuch for information on applying for the 2017 Human Resources Professional of the Year Award, 608.661.6938.