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One to Watch Award

This award is presented to an individual in the talent development profession who is early in his or her career (five or less years of experience).

This individual is viewed as a leader by peers and colleagues within and outside his or her organization and has demonstrated professional achievements or successes in the early part of his or her career. These achievements may include leading successful projects, managing teams, demonstrating exceptional leadership capabilities, mentoring others in or outside the organization, or other successes.

2019 Winners: Keith Lillico, Horace Mann, and Stacey Young Rivers, WarnerMedia


Eligible candidates are individuals from within the talent development field. Elected officials are not eligible.

Submission Process:

Submit Questions to:

Kristen Fyfe-Mills


  • A maximum of two One to Watch winners will be chosen annually.
  • Winner(s) will be notified the week of March 30, 2020.

The winner(s) will receive the One to Watch Award at the ATD Awards Ceremony and Reception during the ATD International Conference & Exposition in May 2020, in Denver, CO.