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ATD Awards Programs

As the world's largest association dedicated to the talent development field, ATD recognizes excellence and best practices through several awards programs.

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New Awards Timelines and Changes Are Coming!

For a new ATD Awards experience in 2020, our awards timelines are shifting. We want to recognize all award winners at our biggest event of the year, the annual ATD International Conference and EXPO! Show us your work. Be recognized for excellence.

2019 Excellence in Practice Awards

  • Application Opens: June 1, 2019
  • Submission Deadline: August 15, 2019

In line with these new changes, we're also revamping the Excellence in Practice categories and application. Please stay tuned for these slight improvements!

2020 BEST Awards

  • Application Opens: August 15, 2019
  • Submission Deadline: November 1, 2019

Advancing Talent Development Awards: Distinguished Contribution, Innovation in Talent Development, One to Watch, and Dissertation

  • Application Opens: October 1, 2019
  • Submission Deadline: December 15, 2019

The Excellence in Practice, BEST, and Advancing Talent Development Awards ceremonies will take place at ATD 2020 in Denver, CO.

Get Recognized for Talent Development Excellence!
Explore our awards programs and apply today!
  • The BEST Awards recognize organizations that demonstrate enterprise-wide commitment to talent development. They are BEST at building talent enterprise-wide, strategically driv... Learn More
  • The Advancing Talent Development Awards recognize individuals and teams who have made exceptional contributions to the field. These awards include: Champion of Talent Developm... Learn More
  • ATD's Excellence in Practice Awards recognize programs and practices across the scope of talent development efforts. Practices must be aligned to business needs, exceptionally... Learn More