New awards program recognizes workers who have overcome employment barriers

With a vision to honor Wisconsin employees who have persevered through significant employment barriers, the first annual Wisconsin Job Honor Awards is calling for award nominations.

The inaugural awards program will also recognize Wisconsin employers who have invested in individuals facing challenges to employment.

Wisconsin’s Job Honor Awards are part of a growing national program backed by Milwaukee-based ManpowerGroup. The program took flight last year in Iowa, saluting employees with physical and mental disabilities, criminal backgrounds, language struggles, long-term unemployment and other employment difficulties.

“Our society celebrates lottery winners, movie starts and professional athletes,” Kyle Horn, founder and director of America’s Job Honor Awards, said in a press release. “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.”

Wisconsin awards will be presented to winners during a Feb. 23 ceremony at Monona Terrace Community & Convention Center in Madison. The event, hosted by Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce, will be held on the night before its annual Business Day in Madison.

Employee honorees will be given $500 each while winners in both the employee and employer categories will be recognized with engraved awards.

Nominations, due by Oct. 15, can be submitted at

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