The YMCA of Metro Atlanta today announced Alisha Penick has been named a finalist for Atlanta Business Chronicle’s 2021 HR Excellence Awards. The award honors leaders who are making an impact within their companies or organizations by elevating the role of human resources as a key driver of growth and innovation.

In her role as a Chief People Officer, Penick is responsible for ensuring the organization’s talent strategy reflects the Y’s commitment to community, embodies the organization’s mission, and stays true to the values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility. Additionally, she oversees all functions of human resources, including talent management and acquisition, learning and development, enterprise risk, total rewards, HR services, as well as employee culture, engagement and experience.

“I’m honored to be recognized as a Chief Human Resources Officer of the Year finalist,” said Penick. “I’m dedicated to fostering a culture that supports YMCA teams and individuals with the resources, knowledge and guidance needed to provide best-in-class services and products for our communities.”

During a virtual ceremony on June 10, winners of each category will be announced. The third annual HR Excellence Awards is judged by a panel from Atlanta Business Chronicle's editorial team and leaders of SHRM-Atlanta.

For more information about the award ceremony, visit

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