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Submission deadline 26 Feb 2021 5:00pm PST (almost 2 years ago)
In your time zone: Feb 26 8pm EST
Date Awarded 18 Mar 2021 5:00pm PDT (over 1 year ago)
In your time zone: Mar 18 8pm EDT
Region Americas

The California HR Excellence Awards recognize companies and individuals across the entire spectrum of human resources and celebrate successes in HR. These awards observe an industry fostered by leadership, service, innovation, support, and principle, all of which have continuously driven the industry forward. Winners will be acknowledged and awarded at the 2nd annual California HR Excellence Awards ceremony at HR West—the leading conference in California for forward-thinking HR professionals seeking leading-edge professional development and connecting with peers.

Award Categories:
• Total Rewards Structure/Strategy
• Best Culture Initative
• Best Diversity and Inclusion Initiative
• Best Leadership & Development
• Best Overall Recruiting Strategy Best Employment Branding Inititatives
• Best Performance Management
• Best Wellness Program
• Best Technology Innovation Implementation
• Most Effective Employee Communication and Engagement
• HR Strategist of the Year
• HR Leader of the Year
• Emerging HR Leader of the year (under 40)

Past winners

2020 Past Winners


Best Culture Initiative

Best Diversity and Inclusion Initiative
CSAA Insurance Group

Best Overall Recruiting Strategy
Golden State Warriors

Best Wellness Program
CSAA Insurance Group

Best Technology Innovation Implementation
Covia Communities


HR Leader of the Year
Gary Nigh

HR Leader of the Year
Susan Gellatly

HR Leader of the Year
Maria Castro

Emerging HR Leader of the Year (under age of 40)
Chamroeun Trinidad