Nominations open for fourth annual Iowa Job Honor Awards
Initiative aims to employ disadvantaged jobseekers by celebrating “A New Kind of Hero”

The Iowa Job Honor Awards is accepting nominations for its fourth annual awards event set for October 12 in Des Moines. The awards celebrate “A New Kind of Hero” – Iowans who overcome significant barriers to employment and the employers who hire them. Deadline for nominations is July 31.  Click here to nominate.

In partnership with the Iowa SHRM State Council (Society for Human Resource Management), the awards will be presented during the 2017 Iowa SHRM State Conference October 11-13 at Hy-Vee Hall in Des Moines, before an audience of several hundred HR professionals from across the state.

“The shortage of qualified employees makes recruitment a growing challenge for Iowa employers,” said Sara Deich, SHRM State Council Director, “As a result, human resource professionals must creatively source new talent. The Iowa Job Honor Awards helps us engage our untapped workforce by shining a spotlight on success stories.”

America’s Job Honor Awards was founded in Iowa in 2014 and is spreading nationwide. Previous honorees have overcome physical and mental disabilities, criminal convictions and limited English proficiency in their struggle for employment.

“Our society celebrates lottery winners, movie stars and professional athletes,” said Kyle Horn, founder and director of America’s Job Honor Awards. “We rarely hear inspiring stories of individuals whose lives are transformed through the hard work and perseverance that leads to meaningful employment. It’s time for a new kind of hero.”

Top employee honorees will bring home $500 each, and winners in both the employee and employer categories will receive engraved awards. Biographical videos will be presented for all honorees. “Expect some deeply moving personal stories,” says Horn.

Nominations are invited through the organization’s website, before the July 31, 2017 deadline. Honoree videos of previous winners can be viewed at the organization’s website (


About the Iowa Job Honor Awards:
The Iowa Job Honor Awards celebrates Iowans who overcome significant barriers to employment, and the employers who hire them. IA-JHA’s mission is to rekindle hope and energize the work ethic across Iowa, through the celebration of a new kind of hero.

Lead sponsor of the Awards is ManpowerGroup, world leader in innovative workforce solutions.


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