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2014 Learning In Practice Winners

Excellence In Academic Partnerships | Excellence In Vendor Partnership | Excellence In Blended Technology Excellence In Gaming And Simulations | Excellence In Content | Excellence In E-Learning
Excellence In Social Learning | Excellence In Community Service | The Business Impact Award
The Collaboration Award | The Global Learning Award | The Innovation Award | The Strategy Award
The Technology Award | The Trailblazer Award | CLO of the Year Award

PROVIDER CATEGORIES


EXCELLENCE IN ACADEMIC PARTNERSHIPS
Gold

Penn State, Smeal College of Business
Jeffrey L. Spearly, Senior Director, Learning & Development
Like many industries, the nonprofit sector is facing an exodus of senior leaders who will be retiring in coming years. Read more.
Silver

SMU Cox Executive Education
Frank Lloyd
When The Women’s Initiative at the Bush Institute created a fellowship leadership program tailored for women in the Middle East and North Africa, it partnered with Southern Methodist University in Dallas.Read more.

Bronze

College for America
Marhta Rush-Mueller
College for America is making education accessible. The nonprofit part of Southern New Hampshire University partners with employers to make college degrees possible for employees. Read more.

 

 

EXCELLENCE IN VENDOR PARTNERSHIP | Back to Top
Gold

EdAssist, a Bright Horizons Solution at Work
Mark Ward, Vice President and General Manager
Rockwell Collins Inc. was between a rock and a hard place when it came to tuition reimbursement: It wanted to do right by its employees, but it had to work for the company, too. Read more.

Silver

InfoPro Learning, Inc.
Nolan Hout,Territory Manager, Enterprise Accounts
There’s an intangible energy that emanates at live events that cannot always be found online. FranklinCovey Co. ran into this problem with its training courses. Read more.

 

Silver

Mind Gym
Acquiring the company can be the easy part; the hard part is creating one culture. That was the case when MetLife Inc. acquired American Life Insurance Co. from AIG in 2010 in a $15.5 billion deal. Read more.

Bronze

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLC
Michael Flentje, Managing Director
The upcoming mass exodus of baby boomers from the workforce doesn’t just affect the private sector. Some 25 percent of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs workforce is set to retire over the next five years. Read more.

 

 

EXCELLENCE IN BLENDED TECHNOLOGY | Back to Top
Gold SweetRush

Jo Coulson, Program Manager
At Bridgestone Tires, a sale comes down to a “moment of truth.” It’s about capturing customer loyalty through a well-executed first interaction between sales associate and customer. If done correctly, it can mean attracting a customer for life. Read more.
Silver Raytheon Professional Services LLC

Yvon Dalat, Key Accounts
As a technology and innovation leader, Raytheon Professional Services specializes in providing learning support and business solutions to companies globally. Read more.
Silver Impact International

Jonathan Stevens, GM, West Coast
When Johnson & Johnson needed to launch two new enterprise leadership development programs, the company turned to leadership development firm Impact  International to help build software using both in-classroom and virtual learning elements. Read more.

Bronze

CrossKnowledge

Christophe Peron, Director North America
As a full-range financial services company with independent local branches serving 10 million customers in 47 countries, Rabobank Group is subject to regulations from Dutch, European and global financial authorities. Read more.

 

EXCELLENCE IN GAMING AND SIMULATIONS | Back to Top
Gold The Regis Company

Steven Orova, Senior Vice President of Business Development
Taking on a management role can be a challenge for any employee, one requiring a shift in mindset and the right guidance. But at global tax and advisory service provider EY, formerly Ernst & Young, such curriculum wasn’t available until this year. Read more.
Silver

C² Technologies, Inc.
Adapting a physical training exercise into an online program can be just as difficult as creating e-learning from scratch, but that’s exactly what C2 Technologies Inc. did for the Army Judge Advocate General Corps. Read more.

Bronze

NogginLabs
Traci Knudson, Owner
NogginLabs Inc. made waves when it turned the American Red Cross’ in-person training course for water safety instructors into a blended approach using online simulations. Read more.

 

EXCELLENCE IN CONTENT | Back to Top
Gold Partners In Leadership

Brett Walker, Vice President of Marketing
In 2009, Brinker International Inc. — a company that manages casual dining experiences under the Chili’s brand — suffered in the economic downturn. Read more.
Silver Skillsoft

Taavo Godtfredsen, VP & Executive Producer, Leadership Content Development
Witnessing global organizations’ increased demand for changing, dynamic business environments, Strayer University wanted to expand its leadership-teaching capabilities. Read more.
Bronze Intrepid Learning

Judy Albers, Learning Strategist
Managing more than $413 billion in Standard & Poor’s depositary receipt ETF assets worldwide, State Street Global Advisors created ETF Ed with Intrepid Learning to help financial intermediaries assess their knowledge of ETFs. Read more.

 

EXCELLENCE IN E-LEARNING | Back to Top
Gold Tipping Point Solutions, Inc

Rick Schmidt, President and CEO
The federal government called in Tipping Point Solutions Inc., an interactive e-learning company to bridge the medical knowledge gap between active duty and reserve soldiers in the U.S. Army Medical Department. Read more.
Silver

EF Corporate Language Learning Solutions
Andrew Bailey, Chief Marketing Officer
A multinational consulting firm collaborated with London-based EF Corporate Language Learning Solutions on an e-learning program that helped reduce its training costs and increase performance. Read more.

Bronze

Raytheon Professional Services LLC

Yvon Dalat, Key Accounts
NCR Corp., a consumer transaction technologies company, launched 41 new Web-based training courses with Raytheon Professional Services to address three key business challenges in 2013. Read more.

 

EXCELLENCE IN SOCIAL LEARNING | Back to Top
Gold

Origin Learning
Harikumar Subramonia
DFS is a luxury travelretailer offering products from more than 700 brands operating in more than 420 locations in airports and stores. Read more.

Silver  

Saba
Emily He, Chief Marketing Officer
Guitar Center Inc. had employees who were passionate about its products but difficult to engage in formal learning. Read more.
Bronze

Interactyx
Alfred Novas
Medflow Inc.’s electronic health record system for the eye care industry is installed at more than 550 practices nationwide and used by more than 2,800 physicians. Read more.

 

EXCELLENCE IN COMMUNITY SERVICE | Back to Top
Gold Apollo Education Group

Chuck Parker, Vice President, West Region – Workforce Solutions
Apollo Education Group Inc. partnered with EdAssist because both organizations believe education is a primary way to change lives and break the vicious cycle of poverty. Read more.

PRACTITIONER AWARDS

THE BUSINESS IMPACT AWARD | Back to Top
Division 2
Gold

Kimberly Stewart, Senior Vice President, Corporate Learning
First Citizens Bank
From 2009 to 2013, First Citizens Bank had six acquisitions and two mergers. This presented a major challenge: unifying the sales and business practices of eight unique cultures into one cohesive brand. Read more.
Silver

Tara D. Gray, Learning and Organization Development Lead
Chevron Project Resources Company
Tara Gray, Chevron’s learning and organization development lead, sought to rework the learning curriculum to focus on relevant ways of doing business. Read more.
Bronze

Delores Stuckey, Learning and Development Division Manager
Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp.
Delores Stuckey took on the task of creating a formal development program for federal agencies to integrate veterans post-hiring. Read more.
Division 1
Gold

Frank Persico, Vice President, Learning
IBM
IBM is facing a reshaping technological market and a keen need to reach new buyers. Learning is a critical aspect for the company as older computing approaches steadily decline. Read more.
Pictured: Lee Wasson, Manager, IBM Center for Advanced Learning
Silver

Pamela Puryear, Vice President, Organization Development and Chief Talent Officer
Hospira Inc.
Several problems affected performance at pharmaceutical company Hospira Inc.: trouble consistently delivering products, compliance issues and lack of repeatable processes to follow. Read more.
Bronze

Kamali Rajesh, Human Resources Director-Recruitment, Learning and Organization Development, Asia Pacific
Ford Motor Co.
As Ford Motor Co. is poised for significant expansions in Asia and Africa, the growing demand produced a problem: lack of talent in fresh markets, particularly in middle- to senior-management levels. Read more.
Bronze Naureen Meraj, Senior Global Director, Gamification and Strategic Engagement  

NTT DATA
NTT DATA Corp. is one of the world’s largest IT companies, and like other companies its size, it can be tough for managers to track employee progress and notice their development potential. Read more.
 
 

 

 

THE COLLABORATION AWARD | Back to Top
Division 2
Gold 

Center for Learning Excellence
University Health System (San Antonio, Texas)
When the University Health System in San Antonio expanded its pediatric services, it meant creating major additions to its training programs. Read more.
Pictured: Jacqueline Burandt
Silver

Enterprise Learning and Development (Blue University)
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina
The health care company didn’t just collaborate with digital content provider Aptara — it embedded it into day-to-day operations and culture. Read more.
Pictured: Adri Maisonet-Morales
Bronze

Talent Development
LPL Financial
LPL Financial's 3,500 employees struggled to make learning choices relevant to their career objectives. So the group started a number of initiatives to create delineated learning plans. Read more.
Division 1
Gold 

Learning, Training and Development
The Boeing Co.
The aerospace company created a new flight plan for workforce development: a multi-disciplinary program focused on teaching core competencies to the next generation of engineers. Read more.
Silver

Organizational Development and Training
UT Southwestern Medical Center
A new focus on clinical enterprises required physicians to have leadership skills not taught in medical school. Read more.
Bronze

Lowe’s Leadership Institute
Lowe’s Companies Inc.
Lowe’s Cos. Inc.’s learning and development team answered the same call its hardware stores make to customers: “Never stop improving.” Read more.

 

TTHE GLOBAL LEARNING AWARD | Back to Top
Division 2
Gold

Diane L. Lujan, Senior Manager, Talent Management
Western Union
The message was clear: To remain a leader in its industry, Western Union needed to quickly revamp its internal training programs. Read more.
Silver

Charles VanSickle, Systems Operations Branch Chief
U.S. Department of State, Foreign Service Institute
To provide more training options to students at overseas posts, Charles Van Sickle implemented an interactive, avatar-based synchronous training environment to teach systems administration courses. Read more.
Bronze

Patrick Angel, Director of Global Irrigation Learning
Valmont Industries Inc.
Patrick Angel realized that a learning management system was crucial as the irrigation supplier’s products grew in complexity and the organization sought a global clientele. Read more.
Division 1
Gold

Chuck Battipede, Senior Vice President
Hewlett-Packard Co.
Recognizing a dramatic need for change, Chuck Battipede sought to align core people processes while encouraging diversity through a variety of leadership styles. Read more.
Silver

Timothy Tobin, Vice President, Global Learning and Leadership Development
Marriott International
In 2013, Timothy Tobin and Marriott leaders began to enhance general manager talent and build a pipeline of future GMs as one of the company’s six top priorities. Read more.
Bronze

John Kusi-Mensah,Director, Sales Technology
MetLife
It’s one thing to talk about a program with global reach, but it’s more impressive when there are tangible results. Read more.
Pictured: Edward Trolley, Vice President of Managed Training Services
 

 

THE INNOVATION AWARD | Back to Top
Division 2
Gold

Andrea McMullen, Head of Global Marketing Learning and Development
Thermo Fisher Scientific
To accomplish its mission to make the world cleaner and safer, Thermo Fisher Scientific, Inc. must develop its workforce’s professional skills. Read more.
Silver

Scott Bailey, Chief Academic Officer
Washoe County School District
Instead of using government funding to support unrelated professional development areas, Washoe County School District repurposed the $1.7 million it was awarded to address multiple departments and offices’ needs. Read more.
Bronze

Laura Hilbert-Trice, Director, Learning Programs
American Cancer Society
The American Cancer Society needed its managers to be better. The organization determined the solution was to let the best leaders identify themselves.. Read more.
 
 
Division 1
Gold

Michael Richey, Associate Technical Fellow
The Boeing Co.
There is a significant gap between what is required to obtain an engineering degree and what is expected to maintain an engineering job. The Boeing Co. is working to fill it. Read more.
Silver

Kia Afcari, Project Manager, High-Performance Culture-Operating Principles
University of California, Berkeley
The University of California at Berkeley has a reputation for ground-breaking research and a commitment to public service. Its administrative operations didn’t share the same level of excellence. Read more.
Bronze

David Strainick, Global Head of Learning
NCR Corp.

NCR Corp., a consumer transaction technology company, needed to improve employee training. David Strainick of NCR responded by reinventing learning processes in 2012 to drive collaborative learning that is efficient and uses the latest data delivery modalities. Read more.

 

THE STRATEGY AWARD | Back to Top
Division 2
Gold

Don O’Grady, Senior Vice President, Human Resources
LPL Financial
From 2007 to 2013, the firm’s training and development served the business through learning that was categorized, cataloged and created based on the demands or needs. Read more.
Silver

Charandeep David, Head, Aircel Academy
Aircel Limited
Charandeep David recognized that to achieve a business transformation, Indian telecom company Aircel Limited needed to think differently about how it prepared and developed talent. Read more.
Bronze

Deborah McCuiston, Director of Corporate Learning
Virgin America
Despite the company’s active workflow, Virgin America didn’t have a process in place so leaders could set aside time to take in the bigger picture and plan long-term strategy. Read more.
Division 1
Gold

Elizabeth Bryant, Vice President, Southwest University
Southwest Airlines
In 2013, Southwest Airlines University created a new international service that would enable resource-sharing for more than 20,000 employees without duplicating efforts. Read more.
Silver

Frank Nguyen, Divisional Vice President
Sears Holding Corp.
To begin the shift to omnichannel retail, Sears Holdings retired its legacy certification model and mplemented a new expertise management model with gamification. Read more.
Bronze

Lynn Williams, Global Training Leader
Nielsen
To understand the consumer better via a vast amount of data, Lynn Williams crafted a system called Guided Learning Journeys. Read more.
Bronze

Michelle Gibson, Chief Advisor, Learning
Rio Tinto
In an effort to support growth, mining company Rio Tinto Group needed a consolidated learning organization and strategy to streamline resources and content. Read more.

 

THE TECHNOLOGY AWARD | Back to Top
Division 2
Gold

David Comstock, Senior Manager, Learning Solutions
Edwards Lifesciences
David Comstock of Edwards overhauled its learning and development team after projections showed significant growth was expected for the company by 2017. Read more.
Silver

Daniel Carusi, Vice President and Chief Learning Officer
Deltek
Daniel Carusi of software and information company Deltek turned to electronic social collaboration and analytics to better identify its next-generation leaders. Read more.
Division 1
Gold

Geoff Stead, Senior Director, Mobile Learning
Qualcomm
As a global wireless technology and services company, Qualcomm Inc. needs engineers and developers to continuously adapt skills and methods to keep the company relevant and ahead of the competition. Read more.
Silver

Linda Whitehead, VP, Education and Development
Bright Horizons
After a decade with the same e-learning system, Bright Horizons Family Solutions Inc. decided to give its training strategy a face-lift. Read more.
Bronze

Alan Gray, Head of Instructional Design
BNY Mellon (BNY Mellon University)
EmpowerTheUser is an e-learning initiative to assess how well students retain information, provide an environment for students to practice newly learned skills and offeradditional coaching if necessary. Read more.

 

THE TRAILBLAZER AWARD | Back to Top
Division 2
Gold

Britt Andreatta, Director of Learning and Development
Lynda.com
One of the first issues Britt Andreatta encountered in her role as director of learning and development at online learning service Lynda.com was an inability to track progress and assign courses to employees from its own repertoire. Read more.
Silver

Meredith Oakes, Director, Development and Training
MVP Health Care
The health care industry is undergoing sweeping changes because of the Affordable Care Act and implementation of public and private health insurance exchanges. Read more.
Bronze

Diego Crespo, Regional Head of Learning and Development
Zurich Latam
A Swiss insurer expanding into Latin America is a challenge, yetZurich Insurance Group developed anexclusive program for the region. Read more.
Division 1
Gold

Tamar Elkeles, Vice President, Learning and Organization Development
Qualcomm
Qualcomm Inc.’s mission was twofold: to be at the forefront of mobile technology solutions and services, and to keep up with the fast-paced technological changes from the workforce perspective. Read more.
Silver

David DeFilippo, Chief Learning Officer
BNY Mellon
Improving learning and development is a challenge for many organizations, but the Bank of New York Mellon Corp. established BNY Mellon University to condense learning for employees under its decentralized operating model. Read More.
Bronze

Suzanne Farmer, Chief Learning Officer and Assistant Vice President Organizational Development and Training
UT Southwestern Medical Center
Amid the changes in health care, UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas needed to focus on clinical enterprises and train its staff to operate closer to a hospital. Read More.

 

CLO OF THE YEAR AWARD | Back to Top
 

Thomas Evans, Chief Learning Officer
PricewaterhouseCoopers
For nearly 30 years, Thomas Evans has been made professional development an integral part of every PricewaterhouseCoopers employee’s workday. Read more.


Excellence In Academic Partnerships | Excellence In Vendor Partnership | Excellence In Blended Technology Excellence In Gaming And Simulations | Excellence In Content | Excellence In E-Learning
Excellence In Social Learning | Excellence In Community Service | The Business Impact Award
The Collaboration Award | The Global Learning Award | The Innovation Award | The Strategy Award
The Technology Award | The Trailblazer Award | CLO of the Year Award

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