Workforce Magazine Announces 2015 Optimas Award Winners

The 25th anniversary of award program receives record-breaking number of nominations.


Chicago, Dec. 2, 2015 — Workforce magazine, a publication of Human Capital Media (HCM), the largest media company serving the human capital industry, announced the winners of its acclaimed Optimas Awards on Nov. 22. Below is a full list of the winners and their ranking within each category.

This year marked the 25th anniversary of the awards, which recognizes HR and workforce management initiatives that achieve business results for the organization. Each winner produced measureable business results and pushed their organizations to record profits, greater market share, higher stock value and better corporate reputations.

WVU Medicine’s Special Event Readiness Program was awarded the coveted General Excellence Award, in recognition of the company excelling in at least six of the nine categories and making human resources a function that drives performance.

“Companies are not just realizing their people are their strongest asset, they are acting on it and setting in motion HR initiatives and solutions that develop and empower their workforce,” said Rick Bell, managing editor of Workforce. “The groups named Optimas Award winners are some of the top performing organizations producing fruitful and lasting change where it was needed.”

General Excellence
WVU Medicine — Special Event Readiness Program

Gold: Tallahassee (Florida) Memorial Healthcare
Silver: Kronos Inc.

Business Impact
Gold: LaSalle Network
Silver: LyondellBasell Industries

Corporate Citizenship
Gold: Hnedak Bobo Group
Silver: Hydro Ottawa

Global Outlook
Gold: Level 3 Communications
Silver: MOL Group

Gold: Oakland County, Michigan
Silver: Global iLabs

Managing Change
Gold: Cyberjaya University College
Silver: Washoe County (Nevada) School District

Gold: Imajine That
Silver: County of San Mateo (California)

Gold: Zoombezi Bay
Silver: Inflection

Gold: Tenaris
Silver: Red Robin International Inc.

Gold: NCR Corp.
Silver: Peterbilt Motors Co.

For more information about the Optimas Awards, please visit


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