It wasn’t about the movies this year; it was about the process. This year, you see, I had a vested interest: In case you missed the announcement at our recent CLO Symposium, Chief Learning Officer magazine is launching its own awards program. What the Academy has done for filmmaking, we’re going to do for those of you who lead enterprise education.
The Chief Learning Officer magazine Learning In Practice awards are a very serious effort to recognize and reward executives like yourself who are making a difference, not just for your companies, but for your employees, suppliers, partners and all those whose livelihood depends on the organizational advancement that education can bring.
In other words, the winner is … everyone.
The Learning In Practice awards process has been laid out for us by a team of experts from the CLO Editorial Advisory Board, with June Paradise Maul leading the Awards Committee. Working with Chief Learning Officer editors, the Awards Committee has designed a process to award 16 prizes to chief learning officers, their teams and their companies.
The 16 awards include a single “CLO of the Year” honoree, the person who best exemplifies the qualities of leadership and who has most positively impacted his or her organization. In addition to that top award, we’ll give Gold, Silver and Bronze awards in each of five categories:
- Strategic Alignment: For those who best demonstrate aligning training and corporate strategies.
- Achieving Impact: For those who’ve developed and implemented measurement programs to track impact and progress.
- Leading Business Change: For those who have helped transform their organizations through education.
- Learning Innovation: For those who’ve created and implemented programs that uniquely contribute to the corporate culture.
- Creative Alliances: For those who best demonstrate success in creating internal or external partnerships.
Each award category will be evaluated by a panel of independent judges, who’ll review materials applicants submit. We’ll be handing out the awards at a special ceremony at the Fall 2004 CLO Symposium in Bonita Springs, Fla. (for more on the conference, check out www.cloevents.com). In addition, we’ll announce winners in the November 2004 issue of Chief Learning Officer magazine, following that with profiles of the winning companies in our December 2004 issue.
I’ll end this column with a call to action for you: Visit www.clomedia.com/learningawards for more information on the awards and entry forms you can download and submit in order to have your work recognized.
I hope you’re as excited as I am about the new Learning In Practice awards and how they’ll help validate the role you’re playing. Enterprise education is such important work, so crucial to the lives of so many, that it’s only right that we devised a way to honor those who labor in the field.
May I have the envelope please…
Editor in Chief/President