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SC Chamber Announces 2020 Award Winners for Diversity, Veterans Leadership, and Human Resources

December 2, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 2, 2020 


Katie Titus, Director of Government Affairs/Media Relations Manager  

South Carolina Chamber of Commerce 

(916) 996-2015 




SC Chamber Announces 2020 Award Winners for Diversity, Veterans Leadership, and Human Resources 


COLUMBIA, S.C. – The South Carolina Chamber of Commerce today announced the winners of four business award categories – the Excellence in Workplace Diversity Award, the Boeing Veterans Leadership Award, the HR Professional of the Year, and the HR Rising Star. The 2020 award winners are: 

  • Excellence in Diversity Award: South Carolina Federal Credit Union 
  • Boeing Veterans Leadership Award: Vantage Point Foundation 
  • HR Professional of the Year: Leslie Norris, South Carolina Federal Credit Union 
  • HR Rising Star: Clarence Wong, Spirax Sarco 

The Excellence in Workplace Diversity award recognizes a company for its significant contributions to the advancement of South Carolina through diversity initiatives and inclusion efforts. Criteria considered in selecting the winner includes diversity initiatives, effectiveness, and applicability/replicability. 


The Boeing Veterans Leadership Award highlights an organization that has shown an outstanding commitment to South Carolina’s veterans and their families. Recipients are chosen based on a competitive application process from a pool of highly qualified, nonprofit organizations dedicated to engaging South Carolina’s veterans. 


The HR Professional of the Year Award is given to an individual in the human resources field who has made significant contributions to both their organization and the community. The HR Rising Star Award recognizes an individual with fewer than 10 years' professional experience in human resources who has already made an impact.   


“The Chamber is proud to honor the companies and individuals who have been selected for our awards this year,” said Ted Pitts, SC Chamber President and CEO. “From prioritizing diversity, to serving our veterans, to managing all aspects of employee relations, these folks understand that success hinges on setting people up to do well. We congratulate South Carolina Federal Credit Union, Vantage Point Foundation, Leslie Norris, and Clarence Wong for being selected and appreciate all the work they do for their companies and communities.” 


About South Carolina Federal Credit Union: Connect with South Carolina Federal Credit Union for products, services and financial literacy. More than 165,000 members and $2 billion strong, the member-owned cooperative operates 24 offices in five major markets to include Charleston, Columbia, Georgetown, Florence and Spartanburg. Over 55,000 surcharge-free ATMs are available worldwide through the Allpoint Network. More information about South Carolina Federal can be found at scfederal.org.  


About Vantage Point Foundation: The Vantage Point Foundation (VPF) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to guide and support post 9/11 military veterans and families on a new path towards healing and civilian success. VPF primarily supports veterans throughout the greater South Carolina region who have experienced wartime trauma and/or are seeking to move through the challenges of reintegrating back into civilian life. 


VPF is distinct from other organizations in its systematic approach to training veterans for civilian life. VPF understands that for veterans to fully reintegrate into their communities, three things are necessary: Community, Healing, and Purpose. VPF facilitates these by conducting multi-day courses in which mentors (veterans from previous generations and peers), course facilitators, and medical/mental health professionals enable the participants to identify and work through issues impeding their reintegration into civilian life. Here they learn the tools for Post Traumatic Growth. All participants leave the course with career, educational, and personal goals, along with a support network of mentors, fellow veterans, and professionals. 


Course graduates are provided with one year of continued training and holistic support in which the staff and mentors walk with each veteran and their family as they pursue their goals along educational, employment, and volunteer tracks. VPF’s intent is for all veterans in the program to become independent, thriving leaders in their work and communities. 


About Leslie Norris: Leslie is the Senior Vice President for Human Resources & Development at South Carolina Federal Credit Union. She joined the credit union as HR Manager in 1998, became HR Vice President in 2002, and was promoted to Senior Vice President in 2005. Norris leads a staff of 26 – to include Human Resources, Talent Acquisition, and the Learning Center – who provide an “Employer of Choice” workplace for 500 employees across the state. She holds the Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) and Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) designations, as well as memberships in the Credit Union National Association's (CUNA) Human Resource Council and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), a national professional organization. 


About Clarence Wong: Clarence currently serves as talent acquisition manager for Spirax Sarco USA. In his position, he enjoys meeting new people and learning about their individual profession within different industries. Clarence has had the privilege of recruiting for positions in the US, Singapore and across South East Asia, spanning industries from technology, construction, manufacturing, and professional services. He currently serves as the Greenville SHRM (GSHRM) Chapter’s Certifications Chairperson and has held previous positions on the board of GSHRM and the East Link Academy (Mandarin Immersion Charter School). 


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