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BEST Awards
Recognizing organizations that demonstrate enterprise-wide success as a result of employee talent development.

About BEST Awards

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.

Established in 2003, the BEST Awards Winners' Circle includes small and large private, public, and not-for-profit organizations from around the world.

Award winners must demonstrate that they are excellent in many aspects of talent development:

  • Talent development has an enterprise-wide role: involved in the executive team, creating solutions to business issues, and setting organizational strategy.
  • Learning has value in the organization's culture: learning opportunities for employees, C-level involvement, learning for growth of the organization, and innovation.
  • Learning links to individual and organizational performance: alignment with the business, efficiency, measurement of the effectiveness of learning, and success with non-training solutions for business needs.
  • Investment is made in talent development and performance initiatives.

Award winners show that they are:
Building talent
Enterprise wide
Strategically driving a
Talent development culture and delivers results.

Application fee: $150 USD
Payable online as the last step of the application process. If you have questions about the application, contact Kristen Fyfe-Mills at

Resources for Applicants
Want to make sure your BEST application is the best it can be? Check out these resources from the 2017 awards period for tips and insights about what reviewers look for, what information to include, and why metrics matter! Resources for the 2018 application window will be available by January 15.
Apply for a BEST Award
The BEST entry form has two parts: Organization and contact information, and the actual entry form which will be rated by the reviewers. Review these 2017 resources to familiarize yourself with the process. The 2018 application window will open on January 15.
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  • Attract and retain talent by demonstrating commitment to professional development.
  • Establish value for the work that you do.
  • Earn recognition for your achievements-Join the ranks of the BEST!

Benefits of Applying

Completing the entry helps an organization to look holistically, critically, and appreciatively at its work. Applicants have commented on how much they learned from participating in the process.

After completing the survey, when the data from the State of the Industry report is published in the fall, you'll be able to compare your organization to the BEST winners and ATD Forum organizations.

You can request to receive feedback from the reviewers about your responses to the application.

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Recognition for Winners

  • featured in the November issue of TD magazine
  • honored at a ceremony in Washington, D.C.
  • able to meet their peers and share their award-winning practices at the annual Learn from the BEST conference
  • able to have the privilege of using the BEST Award Winner logo.
Congratulations to Our BEST Award Winners!