Monday night, during its invitation-only awards ceremony at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, ATD celebrated individuals and companies that help make the world work better.
Among those recognized were the 2018 Excellence in Practice Award winners—62 awards presented in 16 categories; two ATD One to Watch Award winners, Keith Lillico of Horace Mann Companies and Stacey Young Rivers of Warner Media; ATD Certification Institute Champion Award winner AutoNation; ATD Dissertation Award winner Shinhee Jeong; and Innovation in Talent Development Award winner Tyson Foods.
Also hailed were Champion of Talent Development Award winner Daniel H. Pink and Distinguished Contribution to Talent Development Award winner Karl Kapp, both lifelong learners. The Champion of Talent Development Award is given to an individual from outside the profession in support of talent development; the Distinguished Contribution to Talent Development Award is awarded in recognition of an exceptional contribution that has had a sustained impact on the profession.
Pink, a best-selling author of six provocative books, explains that “Learning isn’t passive. It’s not something that’s done to people. It’s something people do for themselves.” Rather than expecting to be taught, he continues, “If you adopt a different mindset—that learning is both critical to surviving in the modern workplace and one of the most exhilarating things human beings do—you’ll find yourself on the right path.”
Karl Kapp, an instructional technology graduate professor at Bloomsburg University, consultant, author, and entrepreneur, learns much from his students. For example, early on and well before professionals widely utilized blogging, a student introduced Kapp to the practice. As learning professionals began blogging, Kapp said he saw the value and remembered his student, Waleed Jameel, having explained what blogging was about. Today, “Kapp Notes” consistently appears on lists of the top L&D blogs.
Kapp also gives back to his students, introducing them not only to the profession but to the world, such as bringing them to the ATD International Conference and EXPO. His work in the talent development profession extends around the world. “People really are the same everywhere,” he says. “I find internationally that companies and leaders tend to focus on the human aspects of work rather than just the financial or productivity outcomes … I think that’s refreshing.”