ASHHRA 54th Annual Conference & Exposition

September 15 – 18, 2018

Gary Willis Leadership Award

Celebrating the Operational Excellence of Human Resource Professionals in Health CareAHA Health Forum

This prestigious award, sponsored by AHA Health Forum, honors the memory of Gary Willis, an ASHHRA board member, who passed away in 2010 after a battle with cancer.

The Gary Willis Leadership Award (GWLA) recognizes mid-level managers and directors who have made outstanding leadership and operations contributions to their organization. The award is for managers who are looking to advance their career through continuous educational opportunities promoting operational excellence. ASHHRA, with the support of AHA Health Forum, will provide two (2) recipients with a travel award to attend the ASHHRA annual conference. Registration, airfare and three nights at the host hotel will be covered by ASHHRA. Award recipients will also be recognized at the ASHHRA 54th Annual Conference & Exposition in Pittsburgh.


  • A minimum of five years of health care HR experience
  • Active ASHHRA member for at least one year*
  • Hold a position from mid-level manager to director

*Past and present ASHHRA Board members are not eligible for this award.

The 2018 application submission process is now closed.


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