BEST Awards and the Learn From the BEST Conference

The BEST Awards recognize organizations that demonstrate enterprise-wide success as a result of employee talent development. We are looking for organizations that get it: They use talent development as a strategic business tool to get results.

ATD recognizes BEST winners and encourages the sharing of BEST practices via the Learn From the BEST conference.

Learn From the BEST is a unique conference, where practitioners are the presenters.

  • Hear firsthand how your award-winning peers identify needs and use talent development programs to solve real business problems.
  • Gain insights that will benefit your work and your organization.

Deadline for 2017 BEST award submissions has been extended to April 7, 2017.


Save the date for our annual Learn From the BEST ConferenceOctober 5, 2017—where you'll have the opportunity to attend short presentations by the 2017 BEST award winners, and learn from their best practices! 

Best of the BEST

ATD’s Best of the BEST Award goes to companies that have won BEST 10 or more times. ATD bestowed the first Best of the BEST Award in 2015 to TELUS, the Canadian telecommunications company. Read more about the exceptional talent development work TELUS is doing.

Why Should You Apply?

  • Learn about award-winning practices from your peers at the annual Learn from the BEST conference in Washington, D.C. Each winning company also receives one complimentary ticket.
  • Zero in on how talent development impacts your company’s bottom line.
  • Benchmark your organization against other BEST winners and ATD Forum organizations.
  • Your company featured in the October issue of TD magazine and announced in a press release.
  • Your data aggregated with other BEST winners in ATD’s annual State of the Industry report.
  • Receive feedback about your award application responses from the reviewers.
  • Showcase your achievement by utilizing the BEST Award Winner logo.
  • Select award winners may have the opportunity to present an educational session at ATD’s International Conference & Exposition.
  • ATD Forum members may apply for free!

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About ATD

ATD (Association for Talent Development) is the world’s largest association dedicated to the talent development profession. Our members come from more than 120 countries and work in public and private organizations in every industry sector.