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ATD Lifetime Achievement Award Among Honors Bestowed in Ceremony

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Career development expert Beverly (Bev) Kaye received the ATD Lifetime Achievement Award Tuesday evening during a ceremony and reception that recognized individuals and organizations for their commitment to excellence in talent development. Other awards the association presented to individuals are the One to Watch Award, Dissertation Award, Champion of Talent Development Award, and Distinguished Contribution to Talent Development Award. Thirty-six companies from 11 countries also were honored.
“ATD Award winners reflect a deep commitment to the value of developing people in the workplace. Winning organizations demonstrate how aligning developing talent to business needs can increase the performance and success of organizations worldwide,” says Tony Bingham, ATD president and CEO. “These winners’ accomplishments advance knowledge in the talent development profession and contribute to increasing workforce capability and organizational competitiveness.”

The Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes an individual who has advanced knowledge and practice across the talent development field. To her credit, Kaye is author of seven books, hundreds of articles, and learning materials focused on helping individuals, managers, and organizations understand the real how-to principles of employee development, engagement, and retention. She recently transitioned ownership of the company she founded in the 1980s—Career Systems International, a consulting organization dedicated to offering managers and employees practical solutions that sharpen the focus on talent development, engagement, and retention—and will now focus on her next chapter.

“My research and focus on the core areas of development, engagement, and retention will continue,” Kaye says. “And I will expand to include elders in organizations, creating ways for organizations to rethink the critical role these employees can play. I want to help people figure out how they will leave their legacy in their work.”


Additional individual honorees included the following.

  • Dissertation Award: Marcella Gonsalves
  • Champion of Talent Development Award: Jeff J. Clawson, founder of International Academies of Emergency Dispatch
  • Distinguished Contribution to Talent Development Award: Jane Hart, founder of the Centre for Learning & Performance
  • One to Watch Award (presented to talent development professionals early in their careers): Colin DeCair, associate development manager at Busey, and Ashley Ingram, training and development manager at Transplace.

On the organization side, ATD recognized the Denver Zoological Foundation and Taiwan’s Institute for Information Industry with the association’s Innovation in Talent Development Award.

The association also honored the 2017 Excellence in Practice Award winners, recognized for results achieved using practices and solutions from the entire scope of talent development. Forty-four awards were presented in 15 categories to 34 organizations.

See the complete list of Excellence in Practice Award winners.

About the Author
The Association for Talent Development (ATD) is a professional membership organization supporting those who develop the knowledge and skills of employees in organizations around the world. The ATD Staff, along with a worldwide network of volunteers work to empower professionals to develop talent in the workplace.
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