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ATD Excellence in Practice Awards

Congratulations to our 2016 Winners!

Winners were notified by January 30, 2017.

View the 2016 winners.

The Excellence in Practice Awards program recognizes results achieved through the use of practices and solutions from the entire scope of talent development.

Why Should You Apply?

  • Earn recognition from your peers
  • Have your work benchmarked by your peers when you share your award-winning best practices
  • Be honored at the awards ceremony during the 2017 ATD International Conference & Exposition in Atlanta, GA
  • Be featured in ATD's flagship publication, TD Magazine.

View the application page to download a form that will help you prepare your entry.


A practice may be entered for consideration in two categories.

Career Development
Practices designed to align career plans and tracks for optimal organization performances

Coaching and Mentoring

Using interactive process to help individuals and teams develop rapidly and produce results. Improving others' ability to set goals, take action, make better decisions, and make full use of their natural strengths.

Change Management

Applying structured approaches to shift individuals, teams, and organizations from a current state to a desired state.

Diversity and Inclusion (including Cultural Competence)

Practices designed to address challenges and opportunities related to diversity, inclusion, and cultural competence. These interventions may be at the individual behavior level, team level, or organizational level, or all three.

Integrated Talent Management

Practices that span the enterprise and result in building culture, engagement, capacity, and capability. A practice which strategically unites multiple human capital functions to maximize organizational effectiveness.

Learning Technologies

Practices that use technology and learning to develop, connect, and engage the workforce.

Managing the Learning Function

Practices that provide strategic leadership and organizational support in developing talent to execute the organization's strategy; planning, organizing, monitoring, and adjusting activities associated with the administration of learning and talent development solutions. (Formerly called Training Management).

Organizational Learning and Development

Practices that focus on learning and development in the organization; the design and delivery of training.

Performance Improvement

Applying a systematic process of discovering and analyzing performance gaps; planning for future improvement in human performance; designing and developing solutions to close performance gaps. Practices submitted in this category will have many components. Be sure to delineate them clearly.
**Single training programs, workshops, initiatives should not be submitted in this category.**

Sales Enablement

Practices that foster and enable world-class sales competencies and standards that guide and empower sales leaders and sales training professionals to develop the next generation of sales people. 

Accomplishments will be recognized at two levels:

Awards: Presented to practices that have demonstrated clear and measurable results of achieving organizational goals, meet a demonstrated need, have appropriate design values, and are clearly aligned with other performance improvement initiatives. These practices have long-term, sustained results.

Citations: Presented to practices that have yet to demonstrate clear and measurable results, but that have strong evaluation plans, meet a demonstrated need, and have appropriate design values. Practices must be fully implemented to be considered. Citation winners are encouraged to seek an Excellence in Practice Award in a subsequent year. 

Shared Learning

Read about Past Excellence in Practice Winners by visiting the Winners Archive

ATD is committed to shared learning and recognition of excellence. ATD will disseminate and share information from the winning applications, and will recognize the winning organizations on its website, in publications, and at the ATD International Conference & Exposition in May 2017, in Atlanta, GA.



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