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ATD Awards: ATD Recognizes Exceptional Achievements in the Talent Development Industry

Published Wed May 24 2023


The Association for Talent Development honored organizations and individuals for their commitment to workplace talent development practices. Kevin Oakes was recognized for his contributions to the industry.

**(Alexandria, VA), May 24, 2023—**During its 2023 International Conference & Exposition in San Diego, California, the Association for Talent Development (ATD) recognized organizations and individuals for their excellence and contributions across the talent development field.


“ATD award winners reflect a deep commitment to the value of developing people in the workplace. Winning organizations demonstrate how aligning talent development (TD) to business needs can increase the performance and success of organizations worldwide,” said ATD President and Chief Executive Officer Tony Bingham. “These winners’ accomplishments advance knowledge in the talent development profession and contribute to increasing workforce capability and organizational competitiveness.”

Individual honorees in the Advancing Talent Development category included:

· One to Watch Award: Christian Furler O’Brien, BMS

· Dissertation Award: Yao Huang, Florida State University

· Talent Development Outstanding Professional Award: Hadiya Nurridin, CPTD®, Duets Learning


· Talent Development Champion Award: Erica Dhawan

· Talent Development Thought Leader Award: Kevin Oakes

ATD recognized Turkcell with its Innovation Award. This award recognizes innovation that has had a measurable impact on an organization or audience, is moving the talent development industry forward, is sustainable, and is replicable within or outside the talent development field.

LeapFrog Investments was honored with the Talent Development for Good Award, which recognizes organizations that leveraged talent development to make significant contributions to improve the lives of others, change an industry or community for the better, or powerfully serve society.

Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC) received the ATD Certification Institute Champion Award.


The Champion Award is presented to an individual outside the talent development profession. This year’s recipient is Erica Dhawan.

The Thought Leader Award recognizes individuals’ exceptional contributions to talent development. Winners of this award have contributed significant thought leadership to the profession, which has had sustained impact over several years. ATD presented this year’s award to Kevin Oakes, CEO and co-founder of i4cp.

The 2023 Excellence in Practice (EIP) Award winners are recognized for results achieved using practices and solutions from across the scope of talent development. Awards were presented to 34 companies for a total of 42 winning practices.

Practice categories include career development, change management, coaching and mentoring, customer service training, diversity and inclusion, integrated talent management, leadership/management development, learning and development, learning technologies, managing the learning function, onboarding, performance improvement/performance consulting, and sales enablement.

Organizations that received an Excellence in Practice Award include:

Ace Hardware Corporation


Adani Group


Arizona Department of Transportation

Black Knight

China Telecommunications


Cox Communications

CPC Corporation, Taiwan

Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation

Flipkart Internet Private Limited




Huatai Securities Co., Ltd.

Integral Ad Science

ITC Limited




Melco Resorts & Entertainment

Mercado Libre

Migros Ticaret A.Ş.


Nu Skin

Oxford Global Resources


Sinopec Management Institute


The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

U.S. Customs and Border Protection


ZTE Corporation

Additional information can be found at td.org/eip.

About ATD

ATD is the world’s largest professional membership organization supporting those who develop the knowledge and skills of employees, improve performance, and help to achieve results for the organizations they serve. Established in 1943, the association was previously known as the American Society for Training & Development.

ATD’s members come from more than 100 countries and work in public and private organizations in every industry sector. ATD supports talent development professionals who gather locally in volunteer-led US chapters and international member networks and with international strategic partners.

For more information, visit td.org.

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