Ursula Flagg Awards for HR Excellence


The Award for Human Resource Excellence is given in memory of Ursula Flagg who passed away in March of 2001.

Ursula held the position of Human Resources Officer at The Savings Bank of Utica where she had been employed for 35 years. During her career at SBU, Ursula held various positions of leadership and responsibility. On July 15, 1981, Ursula was promoted to Personnel Officer and devoted her career to the Human Resource profession.

Ursula attended Business College in Nuremberg, Germany. She was a graduate of The American Institute of Banking from which she won The Savings Bank of Utica Cup, the Theodore Rokahr Cup and the Charles W. Hall Cup, all for excellence in scholarship. She later served as President for that institute.

Ursula was highly committed to both professional and charitable organizations throughout the community. Her expertise in the highly regulated area of employee benefits was known and sought after by her colleagues within the community, state and national levels of the human resource profession. She was a Society for Human Resource Management member and was a certified Senior Professional in Human Resource Management (SPHR). She was a charter member of the Greater Utica Sunrise Rotary from which she received the Paul Harris Fellowship. She served on the Board of Directors for the YWCA of Utica, the Mohawk Valley Council on Alcoholism / Addictions, the budget panel for the United Ways of the Greater Utica Area and Kirkland and was a member of the Mohawk Valley Business and Industry Health Care Coalition. She was past president of the local chapter of Financial Women International and past president of the Society for Human Resource Management of New York State. Ursula was past vice president of the Central New York Personnel Managers Association and received the President’s Award for Excellence in dedication to the employees of SBU.

In addition to her professional and community accomplishments, Ursula always found the perfect balance between her work and personal life. She was always there for family, friends and employees who needed a kind word or simply someone to listen. Of all her accomplishments, her greatest was her unselfish devotion to her family and friends and always letting them know just how important they were to her.

Ursula was a true example of excellence in both her professional and personal life.

Ursula Flagg Award Winners - 2002 to 2019