The ninth annual Chief Learning Officer Learning In Practice Awards recognized learning leaders, vendors and organizations that have made a substantive and measurable change in business, vision, strategic alignment or leadership.
Awards were presented to the top three entrants — gold, silver and bronze — in more than a dozen categories, with several new ones added this year, including Strategy, Technology, Trailblazer and Collaboration for practitioners and Vendor Partnership, Blended Technology and Community Service for vendors.
Senior learning leaders received awards in seven categories that had two divisions: Division 1 for companies with more than 10,000 employees and Division 2 for companies with fewer than 10,000 employees. Learning providers were recognized for their service in eight categories, including e-learning, academic partnerships and social learning.
These are their stories.
CLO of the Year
Crull's outstanding work in developing learning and development strategies has made her the 2012 CLO of the Year.
Business Impact Division 1
Coldwell Banker sales associates generate on average $6,500 more in gross commission per year if they attend a strategic learning program.
Business Impact Division 2
Employees using PwC Canada’s Enhanced Working Practices score 12 percent higher in people engagement and high-performance team scores than their peers.
Collaboration Division 1
Hourly management development reduced turnover 10 percent.
Collaboration Division 2
Before Peter Shelby joined the National Reconnaissance Office in late 2010 as chief learning officer, the intelligence agency’s in-house university was split into five separate schools with little collaboration.
Global Learning Division 1
IBM’s industry learning team delivers training to 70,000 learners in 171 countries every year.
Global Learning Division 2
Time differences between offices allow the Deltek learning team to devise learning products around the clock.
Innovation Division 1
Technology has been instrumental in Dan Pontefract’s journey as a learning professional.
Strategy Division 1
Gold: James McMichael, Defense Acquisition University
This year DAU provided 11.2 million hours of formal and informal learning; 6.8 million hours of training; graduated more than 200,000 students; and provided 636 million assistance efforts, totaling 624,000 hours.
Strategy Division 2
Gold: Josh White, BrightPoint North America L.P.
Since BrightPoint implemented the BrightPoint Performance Compass, 54 percent of its high-potential employees have been promoted within the last year.
Technology Division 1
Gold: Tonda Priyanto, Telkom Indonesia
The company, under the direction of Tonda Priyanto, uses digital learning, including e-learning, learning channels and mobile learning.
Technology Division 2
Gold: John Kulikowski, Big Brothers Big Sisters
The ExpertusONE platform allows learners to save time and resources, to easily track and measure learning progress and certifications and more.
Trailblazer Division 1
Gold: Figin Seng, Estee Lauder Cos.
With support from Estee Lauder’s regional president and regional head of HR, Seng developed a new learning and training model using a future-back approach.
Gold: Patty Crowell, Syncsort Inc.
The new global education services department saved the company $90,000 in its first year by centralizing the training function.
Excellence in Academic Partnerships
Gold: Bellevue University
Collaborating with Bellevue University to build a business case for increased investment in tuition assistance led SunTrust to create PATHways.
Excellence in Blended Technology
ConnectSolutions developed an integrated learning module centered on an instructor-led virtual course.
Excellence in Community Service:
Gold: SMART Technologies
SMART Technologies offers SMART Exchange, an online library of more than 60,000 classroom-ready resources for educators
Excellence in Content:
Gold: Enspire Learning
Cisco Systems partnered with Enspire Learning to create an e-learning course on organizational learning.
Excellence in E-Learning:
Gold: Carnegie Speech
Kaplan uses Carnegie Speech to assess and train English learners' speaking skills.
Excellence in Gaming and Simulations:
Gold: The Regis Co.
The Regis Co. created a national security and decision making simulation for the Air Force.
Excellence in Social Learning:
Gold: Skillsoft Corp.
Skillsoft’s inGenius social learning platform helps companies with geographically dispersed employees.
Excellence in Vendor Partnerships:
Gold: Harvard Business Publishing
HBP partnered with health insurance firm Humana to develop a program to provide new hires with a fundamental understanding of health insurance and the broader insurance business