New initiative aims to encourage disadvantaged jobseekers and energize the work ethic across Iowa, by celebrating “A New Kind of Hero”

DES MOINES, IA — The Iowa Job Honor Awards is accepting nominations for its second annual awards event, to be conducted June 10, 2015 at the Quad Cities Waterfront Convention Center in Bettendorf, Iowa. Launched in 2014, the Awards celebrate Iowans who have overcome significant barriers to employment and the employers who hire them.

“Our society celebrates lottery winners, celebrities and professional athletes,” notes founder and Shenandoah native Kyle Horn. “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.”

The Second Annual Iowa Job Honor Awards will be presented at the Iowa Association of Business and Industry annual conference on June 10-12, 2015 in the Quad Cities, before an audience of several hundred Iowa business leaders.

Top employee honorees will bring home $500 each, and winners in both the employee and employer categories will receive engraved awards. Biographical videos will be presented for all honorees. “Expect some deeply moving personal stories,” says Horn. Previous honorees have overcome physical and mental disabilities, criminal convictions, limited English proficiency, and long-term unemployment in their struggle for employment.

Nominations are invited through the organization’s website, www.JobHonor.org before the April 17, 2015 deadline. Inspiring videos of last year’s honorees can also be viewed at the website.

“In view of Iowa’s talent shortage, it’s time for employers to get serious about our untapped workforce,” says Horn. “Individuals who have overcome patterns of failure or challenges such as disability are not only highly qualified employees, but frequently they demonstrate remarkable work ethic and loyalty.”

About the Iowa Job Honor Awards:

The Iowa Job Honor Awards is an annual awards event celebrating Iowans who have overcome significant barriers to employment, and the employers who hire them. Sponsors include Manpower and Central Iowa Works. With the support of global human resource consulting firm ManpowerGroup, the Iowa Job Honor Awards is expanding nationwide (“America’s Job Honor Awards”). Our mission is to rekindle hope and energize the work ethic across the nation, through the celebration of a new kind of hero.

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