HR Excellence Awards

HR Excellence Awards



Announcing the


SHRM-Atlanta is thrilled to join the Atlanta Business Chronicle in announcing the finalists of the 2nd Annual HR Excellence Awards! The finalists listed below are human resources professionals who have elevated the role of HR through dedication and outstanding performance.

We invite you to join us for the Virtual Awards Program where we will honor these Human Resource leaders who are making an impact within their companies or organizations by elevating the role of HR as a key driver of growth and innovation. 

Join us as we celebrate the finalists and announce the winners at the Virtual HR Excellence Awards Program!


HR Excellence Awards Celebration

OCTOBER 8 | 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Virtual Awards Program


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Chief Human Resources Officer

Sonya Buckley,  Chief People Officer, Hire Dynamics

Vicki Cansler, Chief HR Officer, Piedmont Healthcare

Jenny Cybul, Chief Human Resources Officer, Bennett Thrasher

Leading Transformational Change & Culture

Adriana Avella, HR Director - Services, The Home Depot Inc.

Gregory Prokopchak, Executive Director, HR Integration, Piedmont Healthcare

The Entire HR Team, Atlantic Capital

The Human Resource Team, City of South Fulton

Best Learning & Development Strategy

Kelly Johnson, Director of Human Resources and Leader of Learning & Development Team, Georgia Department of Community Health

Michelle Resnick, Director, Employee Experience and Talent Development, North Highland

Rising HR Star

Sarah Cutler, Head of People, Ideas United

Jackie Fisher, HR Manager, Juneau Construction Company

Kelley Kosik, Manager, Talent Acquisition - Executive Search, FLEETCOR

Most Innovative Use of Technology

Lorie Hutcheson, VP Human Resources, Shepherd Center

Most Effective Recruitment Strategy

Karen Bennett, EVP, Chief People Officer, Cox Communications Inc.

Christine Kaszubski, Chief People Officer, SalesLoft

Best Total Rewards Strategy

Elise Giannasi, Director of Human Resources, Jabian Consulting

Patrick Henley, HR Director, Cobb County-Marietta Water Authority

Cody Partin, Senior Vice President, Total Rewards & People Operations, Cox Enterprises








2019 HR Excellence Awards

SHRM-Atlanta in partnership with the Atlanta Business Chronicle celebrated 17 finalists and announced the award winners at the inaugural HR Excellence Awards held on June 13, 2019 at the Atlanta Botanical Garden! 

With over 250 in attendance and in front of a sold out audience, David Rubinger, Atlanta Business Chronicle Market President and Publisher, along with Jeanne Artime, CEO of SHRM-Atlanta, presented finalists and announced the winners in each award category designed to honor human resources leaders who are making an impact within their companies by elevating the role of HR as a key driver of business growth and innovation.