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Distinguished Contribution to Talent Development

This award is presented in recognition of an exceptional contribution that has had sustained impact on one or more aspects of the talent development field. This award can be presented to an individual or a team.

Recipients of this award include: Karl Kapp, Jane Hart, Karie Willyerd, Ruth Colvin Clark,Martin Bean, Jeanne Meister, William Bridges, William J. Rothwell, Michael Allen, Beverly Kaye, Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner, Robert Brinkerhoff, Jon Katzenbach, Jack Phillips, Roger Kaufman, David Cooperrider, Margaret Wheatley, Allison Rossett, Roger Schank, Gloria Gery, Elliott Masie, Dana Gaines Robinson and James C. Robinson, Geary Rummler, Peter Senge, Kenneth Blanchard, R. Roosevelt Thomas Jr., Peter Block, Ned Herrmann, Robert F. Mager, W. Warner Burke, William C. Byham, Malcolm S. Knowles, and Leonard Nadler.


Scope: The nominees' work is within the field or in a related discipline. The nominees are thought leaders and have made and continue to make significant contributions to advancing the development of talent in support of individual and organizational success. The nominees' work and synthesis of ideas has global application.

Commitment: The nominees' actions, ideas, methods, concepts, or approaches influence audiences, organizations, and the talent development industry. The nominees' work has had a sustained impact (more than five years) on the profession and the individuals working in the field.

Actions: The nominees' work, ideas, and concepts have helped talent development practitioners—and the organizations for which they work—achieve results. The nominees' thought leadership and influence are significant in the field.

Submission Requirements

1. Application

2. Questions may be sent to:

Kristen Fyfe-Mills

Selection Procedure

Nominators will receive notification of the decision regarding their entries by March 30, 2020.

Award winners will be honored at the awards ceremony held during the ATD International Conference & Exposition in May 2020, in Denver, CO. Announcements of the award will be in ATD publications and on the ATD website.