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Welcome to our 2024 Excellence in HR feature. Crain’s Cleveland Business' Excellence in HR program honors top human resources professionals who are building companies with the best people, talent, development and culture. Different categories will highlight those who have gone above and beyond and are making lasting impressions in their field.

To be eligible, an individual or organization must be working in the Cleveland area. 

The deadline to nominate an individual or organization for Excellence in HR is May 17, 2024 at 11:59 p.m. EST. 

Ready to submit your application? Start here.

Categories for nomination: 

  • Overall Excellence / HR Team of the Year: This nominee drove significant business results in 2023. 
  • HR Technology: This nominee developed or implemented advancements in technology to improve employees’ lives. 
  • Employee Experience & Retention: This nominee used design thinking to improve the employee experience, improve retention and increase productivity, performance and staff engagement for the company or industry. 
  • Recruitment: This nominee developed innovative and effective solutions that bolster the company's employment needs.
  • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion: This nominee successfully made the business case for investing in DE&I to the company's top executives and effectively conceived of and implemented successful DE&I-related initiatives.

How to nominate: 

  • To get started, click the application link and sign into your account. If you do not have an account, you will be asked to create one before you can proceed with the nomination form. We recommend using Chrome or Firefox web browsers to complete your application. 
  • To submit someone for consideration, there is a nomination fee of $25, which must be paid before the nomination can be formally submitted. The nomination fee ensures that your nominee will be considered for inclusion in the final published story; it does not ensure your nominee will automatically be included.

Honoree notification: Excellence in HR honorees will be notified by phone or email no later than 5 weeks before publication day. Please note that we do not notify all applicants, only those we have chosen to include.

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