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Best Practices and 2020 Best Practice Awards

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2020 Virtual Conference Bundle
Ms. Cori Champagne |  Kristy Celis |  Debra Garcia |  Amy Hurley CRP |  Caitlin Hamm CRP
30 Minutes
Audio and Video


RPI’s 7 Best Practice Standards®️ are based on knowledge gained from academic literature, professional conferences, and shared experiences in developing successful recognition programs. Join recent Best Practice recipients from four organizations as they share insights into their recognition programs and suggestions for submitting a successful nomination. The RPI Best Practice award is divided into 7 Standards. In this energetic and informative discussion, presenters will share their strategies for building award-worthy recognition programs.

Learning Objectives

  1. Raise awareness of the RPI Best Practice Awards and increase the understanding of the process.
  2. Increase attendee awareness of ways to build a recognition strategy.
  3. Illustrate ways that data analytics can reinforce program goals and create new outcomes.
  4. Discover ways to evaluate program success and initiate changes.



Ms. Cori Champagne's Profile

Ms. Cori Champagne Related Seminars and Products

Recognition Program Administrator


Cori Champagne is the Recognition Program Administrator for MIT’s employee recognition program, serving over 12,000 employees at the Institute. Started in 2001 as a way to recognize staff contributions, the program has become a model for other higher education institutions and for-profit companies. MIT's program is the 2016 recipient of RPI’s Best Overall Recognition Program Award, and Cori is the 2019 recipient of the RPI Harkins Educational Award.


Kristy Celis's Profile

Kristy Celis Related Seminars and Products

Cone Health

Kristy Celis, MHA, PHR, SHRM-CP, Cone Health is the Assistant Director of Employee Partnership & Shared Services for Cone Health. Her primary areas of accountability include employee relations, centralized HR services and rewards and recognition. She led the implementation of a new system-wide rewards and recognition program called CHeeRS, which stands for Cone Health Employee Recognition System. She also introduced the organization to her personal recognition philosophy encouraging leaders to Recognize, Appreciate and Acknowledge their team members, or “RAA!” as she likes to say in keeping with the CHeeRS theme. She has worked in healthcare Human Resources since 2006, and is most passionate about partnering with employees and leaders to better the work environment. She is an advocate for helping employees feel valued and believes a thank you goes a long way. Kristy is a graduate of the University of Utah and received a Master of Health Administration from Weber State University.

Debra Garcia's Profile

Debra Garcia Related Seminars and Products

Senior Award Program Manager

Microsoft Corporation

Debra Garcia is responsible for Rewards & Recognition quarterly Champion and annual Top Sub/Top Team award programs. These programs reward and recognize more than 49,000 worldwide employees.

Debra has been at Microsoft for 29 years with roles in the Sales Marketing & Services Group, Finance, Pacific Northwest Sales District, Enterprise Partner Group, Customer Services & Support, and Field Operations. She is currently in the Marketing & Consumer Business organization.

Debra earned a bachelor’s degree in Finance from ENMU (Eastern New Mexico University). Debra lives in Carnation, Washington with her husband.  She has two children and two granddaughters.

Amy Hurley CRP's Profile

Amy Hurley CRP Related Seminars and Products

Program Director

Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

Amy J. Hurley, LSW, CRP, is the Program Director for Faculty and Staff Recognition at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio. She and her team provide encouraging recognition tools to the 25,000+ faculty and staff and take pride in finding innovative solutions for encouraging their diverse population to use the tools regularly. She is currently President on the Board of Directors for Recognition Professionals International.

Caitlin Hamm CRP's Profile

Caitlin Hamm CRP Related Seminars and Products

Program Manager

The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

Caitlin Hamm is the Program Manager for Faculty and Staff Recognition at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio. Caitlin has been with the recognition department for over 10 years, and was awarded the Pamela Sabin Recognition Champion Award in 2018. The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center has just been awarded the prestigious 2020 Best Practice Overall Winner.