Challenge of Excellence Awards

Celebrating dedication to Michigan’s talent development efforts.

Awards are presented during the Michigan Works! Annual Conference.

2018 Challenge of Excellence Award Winner Frank Lopez, Volunteer of the Year 

 
EMPLOYER OF THE YEAR

Highlights a private sector employer that, in partnership with a Michigan Works! Agency, goes beyond the call of duty, continuously contributes to local job-placement / promotes education to maintain a skilled workforce. Emphasis may be on hiring individuals with disabilities or any other significant barrier(s) to employment.

2019 Winner: FireKeepers Casino Hotel

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VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR

Pays tribute to an individual from the private sector who is dedicated to the growth and promotion of Michigan Works!.

2019 Winner: Chris Holman, Michigan Business Network

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LEGISLATOR OF THE YEAR AWARD 

Recognizes a state lawmaker who has shown by deed, actions and accomplishment the steadfast advocacy of Michigan Works! and/or a Michigan Works! Agency (i.e., support of program funding, sponsored new legislation, excelled in grassroots advocacy, demonstrated leadership in advancing public policy goals, etc).

2019 Winner: Senator Ken Horn

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ADVOCATE OF THE YEAR AWARD

Recognizes an organization or individual who has shown by deed, actions and accomplishment the steadfast advocacy of Michigan Works! and/or a Michigan Works! Agency (i.e., support of program funding, sponsored new legislation, excelled in grassroots advocacy, demonstrated leadership in advancing public policy goals, etc). 

2019 Winner: Stephanie Beckhorn, Talent Investment Agency, State of Michigan

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COLLABORATOR OF THE YEAR AWARD

This award celebrates an individual who demonstrates cooperation, collaboration and open communication. The award exemplifies effective relationship building across different groups or departments to define and solve problems.

2019 Winner: Rey Guzman, Talent Investment Agency, State of Michigan

SHINING STAR AWARDS

Celebrates Michigan Works! Agency frontline staff who, through dedication and outstanding contributions to workforce development, personifies the Michigan Works! mission. The award opened in 2009 with recipients from each Michigan Works! Agency. 

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