Winners Announced for Inaugural Wisconsin Job Honor Awards

Initiative aims to employ disadvantaged jobseekers by celebrating “A New Kind of Hero”

Published Wednesday, March 2, 2016

The Wisconsin Job Honor Awards, a new initiative aimed at recognizing Wisconsinites who have overcome significant barriers to employment, has announced its top honorees for 2016. 

In the employer category, STEP Industries of Neenah and Milwaukee were honored for their commitment to hire disadvantaged candidates, including people with past criminal convictions and histories of addiction. Michelle Devine Giese, President of STEP Industries, echoes that observation: “People who have struggled and overcome something are a lot stronger than people who have not had to overcome something. They can become the best workers you’ve seen.”

In the past 30 years, STEP Industries has served more than 10,000 men and women in recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs. 

We honor these employers who were willing to think outside the box and offer opportunity to more folks,” observed Lt. Governor Kleefisch, “Working together as government, employers, and workers, we can ensure every Wisconsinite who wants a job can find a job."

Lead sponsor of the Wisconsin Job Honor Awards is Milwaukee-based ManpowerGroup. Sponsors for the February 23 celebration included Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development and event host WMC Foundation. “WMC is proud to sponsor the Wisconsin Job Honor Awards to shine a light on people and companies doing extraordinary things,” said Kurt R. Bauer, WMC President/CEO. “There are many similar scenarios from companies across the Badger State, and we are honored to help tell those stories.”

About the Wisconsin Job Honor Awards:

The Wisconsin Job Honor Awards celebrates Wisconsinites who have overcome significant barriers to employment, and the employers who hire them. WJHA’s mission is to rekindle hope and energize the work ethic across Wisconsin, through the celebration of a new kind of hero.

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