ASTD Presents Achievement Awards at its Annual Conference

By SHRM Online staff Jun 6, 2013

Six individuals were recognized by the American Society for Training & Development (ASTD) for their contributions to the training and development field during the organization’s 2013 International Conference and Exposition, held May 19-22, 2013, in Dallas.

The annual awards also honor organizations that use training and development practices to advance business goals. This year nine companies also were presented with ASTD Excellence in Practice Awards.

Among the honorees was A. William Wiggenhorn, renowned for his work at Motorola University, who received the society’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Wiggenhorn was recognized for his work in transforming Motorola University into an operation that became a benchmark for corporate universities. Along with expanding the university’s international reach to encompass 101 education offices in 24 countries, he established two corporate museums, several customer briefing centers, a university and secondary-education relationship team, and an external consulting team. Currently, Wiggenhorn is a principal at Main Captiva, where he works with clients in many industries around the world.

William E. Bridges (1933-2013) received the ASTD Distinguished Contribution Award for his pioneering work in transition, which has transformed the way people think about change. Bridges, who died in February, was an internationally known author, teacher and consultant. His 1994 book, JobShift: How to Prosper in a Workplace Without Jobs(Perseus Books), accurately predicted the explosive growth in self-employment. His award was presented posthumously to his widow, Susan Bridges.

Salman Khan received the Champion Award, presented to an individual outside of the training and development profession whose work and advocacy for learning have had a significant impact on the profession. Khan was recognized for his revolutionary work in developing the Khan Academy model, which leverages today’s technology to create educational tools and resources that are accessible and customizable to the individual. This model has spurred the training and development profession to reimagine the possibilities available for adult learners.

Phyllis L. Wright, Ph.D., was honored with the ASTD Dissertation Award, given to those who foster and disseminate research in the training and development field. Wright’s dissertation, Goal Setting Theory: A Macro Study, examines the relationship between goal utilization in management by objectives and goal-setting theory attributes.

ASTD Certification Institute CPLP Fellows

The ASTD Certification Institute CPLP Fellow recognition is presented to thought leaders in the field who advocate for the professionalization of the industry and support its only credential, the Certified Professional in Learning and Performance (CPLP). Robert “Bob” Pike and William “Bill” Rothwell, SPHR, were chosen as 2013 Fellows. Pike is chair emeritus and founder of the Bob Pike Group, a training and performance consulting company. Rothwell is president of the human resource management and training consultancy Rothwell & Associates Inc. and is a professor of workforce education and development at The Pennsylvania State University. Both men were instrumental in the creation of the CPLP credential.

Excellence in Practice Awards

Out of 150 submissions, nine awards and 30 citations were given to companies with exemplary practices in 10 categories: career development, diversity and inclusion, managing the learning function, integrated talent management, facilitating organizational change, performance improvement, coaching and mentoring, learning technologies, organizational learning and development, and sales enablement.

The following are among the companies and their partners that received the Excellence in Practice Awards:

  • AMP Horizons, Sydney, Australia.
  • Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, along with Technotribe Communications Inc., Cognitive Advisors and B. Keith Simerson, Ed.D., Chicago.
  • China Telecom, Beijing, China.
  • College of American Pathologists, Northfield, Ill.
  • E*TRADE Financial, New York.
  • HCL Technologies Ltd., Noida, India.
  • MTR Corp., Hong Kong SAR, China.
  • Veridiam, San Diego, Calif.
  • Yapi Kredi Bank, Istanbul, Turkey. ​

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