International Association of Workforce Professionals – Awards
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The International Association of Workforce Professionals (IAWP) awards program acknowledges and recognizes individuals and groups for outstanding achievement and contributions to IAWP and workforce programs.
Because the IAWP awards program may be the only venue in a state to recognize outstanding workforce professionals, it is a great benefit to members and their employers. With several award categories, there is ample opportunity to recognize someone who goes above and beyond.
IAWP provides awards in three categories:
- Innovation in Workforce Systems – recognizing individuals, groups, and organizations for extraordinary innovation that directly or indirectly impacts systems, customers, or professionals within the workforce system.
- Outstanding Service to IAWP – recognizing the outstanding work of members in service to the association.
- Chapter Excellence – recognizing IAWP Chapters that are going above and beyond in their work and service to members and the association in the areas of professional development, marketing and communication, membership, and community involvement.
In addition, IAWP recognizes chapters and individuals for outstanding efforts in promoting membership. The IAWP Executive Director and International President may also provide awards at their discretion for outstanding work in the association and profession.
Unless otherwise noted, awards nominations are for work or service completed during the previous calendar year (i.e. nomination in 2018 is for work or service in 2017), henceforth referred to as the contest year.
Awards winners are announced during the annual Workforce Development Conference.
This short video, explains the process for submitting nominations.
Innovation in Workforce Systems
The Innovation in Workforce Systems Award recognizes individuals, groups, and organizations for extraordinary innovation that directly or indirectly impacts systems, customers, or professionals within the workforce system. Contributions can take many forms and may include a significant role in the implementation and effective delivery of a highly innovative idea or system.
This could include, but is not limited to, implementation of a new system or process, developing an innovative program, creating a new way of delivering services, developing new technology or a new way to use technology, creating new partnerships, developing and/or implementing new policy, or going far above and beyond the regular duties of the job.
Outstanding Service to IAWP
The Outstanding Service to IAWP Award recognizes the outstanding work of members in service to the International Association of Workforce Professionals.
This could include, but is not limited to, developing programs to increase membership or meet other IAWP objectives, increasing awareness of IAWP in the community, creating new and different programs for members, developing innovative partnerships, giving back to their community and the association, or going far above and beyond their role and duties in the association.
The Chapter Excellence Award recognizes the outstanding work of Chapters in service to their members and the International Association of Workforce Professionals.
This could include, but it not limited to, chapters developing and implementing innovative or creative ways to retain and increase membership, creating different and unique professional development opportunities for members, marketing the chapter and association using new or different tools and technology, communicating with members in different and unique ways, developing community amongst members, working to support their local communities and workforce systems, or developing creative partnerships.
The IAWP Executive Director and/or International President may choose to give awards at their discretion. This includes the IAWP Public Policy Award.
Ealton Nelson International Development Award
From time to time IAWP may choose to award the IAWP Ealton Nelson International Development Award. The Ealton Nelson Award recognizes an individual/group and/or chapter’s outstanding commitments to and achievements in IAWP’s international development.
Public Policy Award
The IAWP Public Policy award recognizes an individual who performed outstanding public service in the support of workforce development programs and/or personnel. Potential nominees include state or federal elected officials, appointed federal administrators, workforce agency directors, etc. The award affords national recognition for outstanding public service occurring during the calendar year proceeding the judging year.
IAWP will award Chapters and members for outstanding dedication to growth in membership. Awards will be provided to those Chapters who increase membership by 25% or more in the contest year. Awards will be provided to members who sign-up 20 or more new members during the contest year. Award winners will be determined by the IAWP Administrative Office with data provided by association management software.
Lifetime Achievement Award
The Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes outstanding, long-term commitment to IAWP’s objectives.
Forms and Score Sheets
Updates to the Awards Program and Program Guidebook
This guidebook is the official, Board of Director approved documentation for the IAWP Awards including award criteria, nomination process, and scoring criteria. The Awards Committee Chair may make non-substantive changes, such as, but not limited to, grammar, spelling, and formatting, to this guidebook without Board approval. The IAWP Board of Directors, on a majority vote, make substantive changes, such as, but not limited to, awards, criteria, eligibility, and the nomination and scoring process, the awards program and this guidebook. Changes to criteria, scoring, or process will be noted in this guidebook and shared through IAWP social media accounts and publications.
IAWP Award Recipients
From left to right. The first U.S. Secretary of Labor Frances Perkins and Presidents Harry S. Truman and John F. Kennedy are IAWP award recipients.