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Finalists have been announced! View the list of 2016 LearningElite finalists.


Chief Learning Officer magazine’s LearningElite program honors the best organizations for learning and development. This robust, peer-reviewed ranking and benchmarking program recognizes those organizations that employ exemplary workforce development strategies that deliver significant business results. Developed under the guidance of a group of chief learning officers and senior learning and development practitioners, the LearningElite program utilizes best practices in evaluation to rank the best organizations based upon their impact, size and industries served. A comprehensive evaluation of learning and development, the LearningElite also recognizes individual companies for their efforts in functional areas, including leadership development, use of technology, executive buy-in, and content development and delivery, among others.

The aim of the LearningElite is to:

  • Identify and recognize industry leaders.
  • Promote recognition of the critical role that learning and development plays in organizational success.
  • Support organizations in achieving best-in-class levels of performance.
  • Identify and share best practices, principles and strategies for learning and development.
  • Provide powerful benchmarking data for world-class learning and development.

The LearningElite program will afford any size organization an opportunity to highlight and be recognized for outstanding outcomes in the field of learning and development.

2016 LearningElite program

The 2016 LearningElite program is now closed. Applications were accepted from Aug. 14, 2015 to Nov. 30, 2015.

Registration for the 2017 program will open in Fall, 2016. Once you have registered for the 2017 LearningElite, you can download planning worksheets from the award site to help you collect data and information needed for your entry.

Visit our FAQ for answers to frequently asked questions. LearningElite FAQ

2015 LearningElite Best Practices and Benchmarking Report Available

Order the 2015 LearningElite Best Practices and Benchmarking Report today! This annual report contains the background of the LearningElite program, the selection process and a synthesis of the elite practices contained within five dimensions: learning strategy, leadership commitment, learning execution, learning impact and business performance results. This report also makes note of common practices across the LearningElite organizations and specifically cites some of the noteworthy, unique practices in each dimension.

You can also download a free copy of the 2015 LearningElite Executive Summary, which contains a snapshot of the information available in the 2015 LearningElite Best Practices and Benchmarking Report.

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Free White Paper

To understand the LearningElite program and its methodologies, download our FREE white paper, “LearningElite: The High-Performance Learning Organization”: Download the free white paper

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