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Training Industry’s Most Prestigious Awards Receive Record Applications for 2010

April 28, 2010 13:36 by Kristen Fyfe

Just how prestigious are ASTD's BEST Awards? Here's a quote from a 2009 winner. “Being a five-time winner of the ASTD BEST Awards, we not only take pride in our past accomplishments, we look forward to the challenge each year that ASTD puts forward concerning the rigour of the application process as well as the thought provoking questions themselves,” notes Dan Pontefract, Senior Director, Learning at TELUS. “Knowing we’re competing against global organizations brings not only credibility to the win, but it elevates the learning function’s cause and ultimate capabilities across our entire organization.”

The ASTD BEST Awards, the training industry’s most rigorous and coveted awards program, received a record number of applications for 2010, indicating that more companies around the world understand the value employee learning brings to their workforce and want to be recognized by their peers as leaders in training and development. The BEST Awards are unique because of the rigor and blind peer-review that comprise the judging process. Applicants who submitted in the 2010 program represent companies ranging from the Fortune 500 to international organizations.

“Through the BEST Awards, ASTD has recognized excellence in learning and development for eight years,” says Tony Bingham, President and CEO of ASTD. “The BEST Awards program is unlike any other awards in the training industry. Not only is the application and review process unique, but ASTD extends the value of the BEST Awards by holding the ‘Learn from the BEST’ one-day conference following the awards ceremony where learning executives from winning organizations share their knowledge and expertise with conference attendees.”

In addition, the data gathered from BEST Award winners is used in ASTD’s annual State of the Industry report, the benchmarking source for the industry. All BEST award applicants receive feedback from reviewers on their applications as a way to benefit their organizations.

John Coné, former Vice President of Learning & Development at Dell, Inc., and now a consultant in organizational learning, is on the BEST Awards review panel. He notes that one of most useful things about the BEST Awards process is that it is a “great introspective act that helps you [applicants] and others to look holistically, critically, and appreciatively at your work.”

The 2010 BEST Awards will be presented on September 30, 2010 in Washington, D.C.

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BEST Awards Deadline Announced - Entries Due March 31

February 19, 2010 08:24 by Kristen Fyfe

ASTD announced today that applications for ASTD’s annual BEST Awards are due March 31.

The ASTD BEST Awards recognize organizations that demonstrate enterprise-wide success as a result of employee learning and development.  Winning organizations use the learning function as a strategic business tool to get results. Award winners show that they are BEST at Building talent, Enterprise-wide, Supported by the organization’s leaders, fostering a Thorough learning culture.

Companies who win a BEST Award will:
• Be honored for their contributions and identified as among the BEST in the world
• Establish the organization as a leader recognizing learning has an enterprise-wide role
• Share innovative ideas with peers in the industry at the Learn from the BEST conference
• Teach others to embrace learning and development as a strategic initiative.

The top five recent BEST Award winners include: Sun Microsystems, MTR Corporation, SCC Soft Computer, DPR Construction, Inc., and BB&T.

More information about the BEST Awards, and an application due March 31, 2010, can be found at

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ASTD Announces 39 Winners in its Seventh Annual “BEST Awards”

October 2, 2009 08:14 by Kristen Fyfe

ASTD announces that 39 organizations from Canada, Hong Kong, India, Singapore, and the United States are winners in the 2009 ASTD BEST Awards competition. Sun Microsystems, of Santa Clara, California, holds the first place ranking. The 2009 ASTD BEST Award winners are recognized in a special section of the October issue of Training + Development (T+D), ASTD’s monthly magazine, and were honored during a reception on October 1 in Washington, D.C. Many of the winners participated in the “Learn from the BEST” event on October 2 to share best practices during roundtable presentations and networking time.

The BEST Awards recognize organizations that demonstrate enterprise‐wide success through employee learning and development. According to Tony Bingham, ASTD’s president and CEO, “The ASTD BEST Award winners set the standard of excellence for exceptional learning practices, and demonstrate that a skilled workforce is vital to
achieving results. They use learning as a strategic tool and have the support of senior leaders who champion a learning culture.”

Through an online application, the 2009 BEST Awards received entries from 93 organizations in 10 countries. These organizations submitted quantitative and qualitative information to ASTD about their learning and development practices and programs. Their applications were assessed by members of the BEST Awards advisory committee, a group of experts in the learning and development field.

More information about the 2009 ASTD BEST Award winners may be found in the October 2009 issue of T+D magazine and online: ASTD would like to thank the following sponsors of the 2009 BEST Awards: Platinum Sponsor: Booz Allen Hamilton; Silver Sponsors: General Physics Corporation, , and SkillSoft.

The 2009 ASTD BEST Award winners and rankings:

1. Sun Microsystems, Santa Clara, California
2. MTR Corporation, Hong Kong, SAR, China
3. SCC Soft Computer, Clearwater, Florida
4. DPR Construction, Inc., Redwood City, California
5. BB&T, Winston‐Salem, North Carolina
6. VF Asia Limited, Hong Kong, SAR, China
7. Highmark (an independent licensee of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association), Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
8. BJC HealthCare, St. Louis, Missouri
9. Datatel, Fairfax, Virginia
10. Trust Company of the West, Los Angeles, California
11. Luxottica Retail North America, Mason, Ohio
12. La Quinta, Irving, Texas
13. Robert W. Baird & Company, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
14. Gables Residential, Atlanta, Georgia
15. Wipro Limited, Bangalore, India
16. T. Rowe Price, Baltimore, Maryland
17. LarsonAllen, Minneapolis, Minnesota
18. University Health System, San Antonio, Texas
19. CSC, Falls Church, Virginia
20. Reliance Industries Limited, Jamnagar Refinery Division, Mumbai, India
21. Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu, New York, New York
22. Infosys Technologies Limited, Bangalore, India
23. Reliance Industries Limited, Dahej Manufacturing Division, Mumbai, India
24. CIGNA Corporation, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
25. Suzlon Energy, Ltd., Pune, India
26. Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited, Mumbai, India
27. Prescription Solutions, Irvine, California
28. Whirlpool Corporation, Saint Joseph, Michigan
29. Barilla America, Inc., Bannockburn, Illinois
30. Fallon Clinic, Worcester, Massachusetts
31. InterContinental Hotels Group, Atlanta, Georgia
32. Mayer Electric Supply Company Inc., Birmingham, Alabama
33. TELUS, Vancouver, British Columbia
34. G4S Wackenhut, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
35. sanofi‐aventis U.S., Bridgewater, New Jersey
36. Brown‐Forman Corporation, Louisville, Kentucky
37. United Overseas Bank, Singapore
38. Grant Thornton LLP, Chicago, Illinois
39. Cbeyond, Atlanta, Georgia

In addition, nine companies on this list have been BEST ASTD Award winners for three years or more. They are: BB&T, CSC, Gables Residential, Infosys Technologies, MTR Corporation, Reliance Industries, sanofi‐aventis U.S., TELUS, and Wipro Limited.

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