Learning In Practice Award Winners Announced at Chief Learning Officer Symposium

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Oct. 5, 2014 — The winners of the 2014 Learning in Practice Awards were announced today by Chief Learning Officer magazine during a special awards dinner preceding the Fall 2014 Chief Learning Officer Symposium. Established more than a decade ago by Chief Learning Officer magazine to recognize transformational and visionary leaders in enterprise education, the coveted awards honor industry professionals who have demonstrated excellence in the design and delivery of employee development programs.

During the awards ceremony, gold, silver and bronze Learning in Practice Awards were presented in two categories. Practitioner awards went to chief learning officers and qualified senior learning executives for their leadership in developing and executing enterprise education initiatives. Provider awards were given to qualified service providers, vendors and consultants for their work on behalf of a client organization.

In addition, each year one outstanding learning executive is singled out to receive the prestigious CLO of the Year honor — the industry’s equivalent of a lifetime achievement award. For 2014, the designation was awarded to Thomas Evans, a partner and chief learning officer at PricewaterhouseCoopers. Selected by a blue-ribbon panel of his peers — the 10 previous CLO of the Year winners — Evans was singled out for his commitment to integrating workforce development into PwC’s strategy and his sophisticated approach to measuring the real impact of learning.

Diana Thomas, vice president of U.S. training, learning and development at McDonald’s USA, was selected as the first recipient of the award in recognition of her career-long dedication to the growth of people through skill and capability development and for her selfless dedication to the ongoing advancement of the learning and development industry.

The 2014 Learning in Practice Award winners are:

CLO of the Year Award
Thomas Evans, PricewaterhouseCoopers

Practitioner Awards

The Business Impact Award
Division 1: 10,000+ employees
Gold
Frank Persico, IBM

Silver
Pamela Puryear, Hospira Inc.

Bronze
Kamali Rajesh, Ford Motor Co.

Bronze
Naureen Meraj, NTT Data

Division 2: Less than 10,000 employees
Gold
Kimberly Stewart, First Citizens Bank

Silver
Tara D. Gray, Chevron Project Resources Co.

Bronze
Delores Stuckey, Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp.

The Collaboration Award
Division 1: 10,000+ employees
Gold
The Boeing Co.

Silver
UT Southwestern Medical Center

Bronze
Lowe’s Companies Inc.

Division 2: Less than 10,000 employees
Gold
University Health System (San Antonio, Texas)

Silver
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina

Bronze
LPL Financial

The Global Learning Award
Division 1: 10,000+ employees
Gold
Chuck Battipede, Hewlett-Packard Co.

Silver
Timothy Tobin, Marriott International

Bronze
John Kusi-Mensah, MetLife Inc.

Division 2: Less than 10,000 employees
Gold
Diane L. Lujan, Western Union

Silver
Charles VanSickle, U.S. Department of State, Foreign Service Institute

Bronze
Patrick Angel, Valmont Industries Inc.

The Innovation Award
Division 1: 10,000+ employees
Gold
Michael Richey, The Boeing Co.

Silver
Kia Afcari, University of California at Berkeley

Bronze
David Strainick, NCR Corp.

Division 2: Less than 10,000 employees
Gold
Andrea McMullen, Thermo Fisher Scientific

Silver
Scott Bailey, Washoe County School District

Bronze
Laura Hilbert-Trice, American Cancer Society

The Strategy Award
Division 1: 10,000+ employees
Gold
Elizabeth Bryant, Southwest Airlines

Silver
Frank Nguyen, Sears Holding Co.

Bronze
Lynn Williams, Nielsen
Michelle Gibson, Rio Tinto

Division 2: Less than 10,000 employees
Gold
Don O’Grady, LPL Financial

Silver
Charandeep David, Aircel Ltd.

Bronze
Deborah McCuiston, Virgin America

The Technology Award
Division 1: 10,000+ employees
Gold
Geoff Stead, Qualcomm

Silver
Linda Whitehead, Bright Horizons

Bronze
Alan Gray, BNY Mellon (BNY Mellon University)

Division 2: Less than 10,000 employees
Gold
David Comstock, Edwards Lifesciences

Silver
Daniel Carusi, Deltek

The Trailblazer Award
Division 1: 10,000+ employees
Gold
Tamar Elkeles, Qualcomm

Silver
David DeFilippo, BNY Mellon

Bronze
Suzanne Farmer, UT Southwestern Medical Center

Division 2: Less than 10,000 employees
Gold
Britt Andreatta, lynda.com

Silver
Meredith Oakes, MVP Health Care

Bronze
Diego Crespo, Zurich Latin America

Provider Awards

Excellence in Academic Partnerships Award
Gold
Penn State Smeal College of Business

Silver
SMU Cox Executive Education

Bronze
College for America

Excellence in Blended Technology Award
Gold
SweetRush

Silver
Raytheon Professional Services
Impact International

Bronze
CrossKnowledge

Excellence in Community Service Award
Gold
Apollo Education Group

Excellence in Content Award
Gold
Partners in Leadership

Silver
Skillsoft

Bronze
Intrepid Learning

Excellence in E-learning Award
Gold
Tipping Point Solutions Inc.

Silver
EF Corporate Language Learning Solutions

Bronze
Raytheon Professional Services

Excellence in Gaming and Simulations Award
Gold
The Regis Company

Silver
C² Technologies Inc.

Bronze
NogginLabs

Excellence in Social Learning Award
Gold
Origin Learning

Silver
Saba

Bronze
Interactyx

Excellence in Vendor Partnership Award
Gold
EdAssist

Silver
InfoPro Learning Inc.
Mind Gym

Bronze
PricewaterhouseCoopers

For more information about the Learning In Practice awards, please visit CLOmedia.com/awards.

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