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ATD Announces One to Watch Award Winner


(Alexandria, VA), July 22, 2020—During a virtual awards recognition celebration, the Association for Talent Development (ATD) recognized organizations and individuals for their excellence and contributions across the talent development field.

This year’s winner of the One to Watch Award is Shermaine Perry.

ATD’s One to Watch Award is presented to an individual who is early in their talent development career (five or fewer years of experience) and viewed as a leader by peers and colleagues within and outside of their organization.

Shermaine Perry, APTD, fits the criteria to a T. An employee development specialist with the Fulton County government in Atlanta, Georgia, Perry wears a strategic business partner hat, offering advice to executives for process improvement and employee development in her combined roles of instructional designer, project manager, senior trainer, teacher, and facilitator.


Perry, like many in the profession, is an accidental trainer. “Stepping into the talent development field is the most rewarding path that I’ve embarked on,” she explains. “Great service and impact are a direct reflection of the level and quality of training an employee receives.”


Winners have demonstrated professional achievements that might include leading successful projects, managing teams, demonstrating exceptional leadership capabilities, mentoring others within or outside of the organization, or other successes.

A complete list of award winners can be found on ATD’s website.

About ATD
The Association for Talent Development (ATD), formerly American Society for Training & Development (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 across 100 chapters, international strategic partners, and global member networks.

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