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ATD Recognizes Excellence in Talent Development (May 2016)


Tue May 24 2016

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During its 2016 International Conference & Exposition held in Denver, CO, the Association for Talent Development (ATD), formerly ASTD, recognized organizations and individuals for their excellence and contributions across the talent development field. The event was held at the Denver Performing Arts Complex on May 23.

“The ATD Awards Ceremony is an event dedicated to recognizing excellence,” said Tony Bingham, ATD President and CEO. “Individuals are recognized for their dedication to and passion for developing talent. Winning organizations demonstrate how learning can increase the performance and success of organizations worldwide.”


Individual honorees included:

  • Liz Wiseman – Champion of Talent Development Award

  • Ruth Colvin Clark – Distinguished Contribution Award

  • James Vesper – ATD Dissertation Award.

On the organization side, ATD recognized Tencent Holdings Limited with the association’s Innovation in Talent Development Award. Rotary International received the CPLP Employer award.

ATD also honored the 2015 Excellence in Practice Award winners, recognized for results achieved through the use of practices and solutions from the entire scope of workplace learning and talent development.

Thirty-one awards and 32 citations were presented in 10 categories: career development, coaching and mentoring, diversity and inclusion, facilitating organizational change, integrated talent management, learning technologies, managing the learning function, organizational learning and development, performance improvement, and sales enablement. Awards are presented to organizations with proven practices that have delivered measurable and sustained results. Citations are awarded for those practices that show significant promise.

The organizations selected to receive Excellence in Practice Awards are:


Belle Worldwide Limited (a member of Belle International), Shenzhen, China

Cardinal Health, Dublin, Ohio

Chailease Finance Co., Ltd., Taipei, Taiwan

Dubai Police Department, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Eczacıbaşı Holding, Istanbul, Turkey


Emirates NBD, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

ENN Group, Langfang City, China

Hewlett-Packard, Palo Alto, California

IBM, Armonk, New York

ITU AbsorbTech, New Berlin, Wisconsin

Johnsonville Sausage, LLC, Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin

Minor Food Group PLC, Bangkok, Thailand

MTR Corporation Limited, Hong Kong

SAP SE, Walldorf, Germany

State Grid Corporation of China, Beijing, China

Tanfeeth, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Tata Consultancy Services, Mumbai, India

Teknosa İç ve Dış Ticaret A.Ş., Istanbul, Turkey

Tencent Holdings Limited, Shenzhen, China

Turk Ekonomi Bankasi (TEB), Istanbul, Turkey

Türk Telekom, Altındağ, Turkey

Vestel Ticaret A.Ş. Müşteri Hizmetleri, Yunusemre, Turkey

Western Union, Englewood, Colorado

Zurich Insurance Company Ltd., Zurich, Switzerland

A complete list of Excellence in Practice award and citation winners can be found on the ATD website.

About ATD

The Association for Talent Development (ATD), formerly ASTD, is the world’s largest association dedicated to those who develop talent in organizations. These professionals help others achieve their full potential by improving their knowledge, skills, and abilities.

ATD’s members come from more than 120 countries and work in public and private organizations in every industry sector. ATD supports the work of professionals locally in more than 125 chapters, international strategic partners, and global member networks.

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