Too often the learning leader’s good work goes unrecognized. A peer may say, “well done.” And program participants may generously share, “That really helped me, thank you,” or “This was time well spent.” And these compliments are not to be discounted. But nothing says you rock like a trophy, a ceremony and a gathering where all the learning leaders can get together, talk shop, and congratulate themselves for being fabulous.
Held Sept. 27th at the JW Marriott Camelback Inn in Scottsdale, Arizona, the setting for the 2016 Learning In Practice Awards dinner was grand. A highlight from Chief Learning Officer’s two-day Fall Symposium Plus, the event was held in a purple hued room filled with crystal and black tie ensembles.
Some of the top learning leaders and vendors from around the world gathered to receive accolades for their hard work and efforts, and nearly 70 winners took home trophies for one or more of 15 different practitioner and provider award categories.
Whether they were a Division 1 or 2 winner, a vendor or a learning leader, winning for partnership, technology innovation or a host of other topical areas, the mood was light, happy and celebratory. The night even produced a tear or two as an emotional Kimo Kippen, chief learning officer for Hilton Worldwide, passed the CLO of the Year torch to Adri Maisonet-Morales, vice president of enterprise learning and development for Blue Cross Blue Shield North Carolina.
So, let this be a lesson to all learning leaders out there. You do reap what you sow. And there may even be a trophy in it for you.