Training Industry Pioneers Honored at Awards Celebration

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Leaders in the learning and performance community gathered at the Annual Business Retreat for ISA-The Association of Learning Providers in Scottsdale, Arizona, to salute the industry’s trailblazers and success stories. This year’s recipients, which included five training organization leaders and one business, represent the best of the best from one of the largest nomination pools in the program’s history.

From a pioneering legend to dynamic leaders who are now forging their own legacies, this group embodies the diversity of talent and experience that exists in the learning community.

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Five leaders and one business were recognized for their successes and contributions to ISA-The Association of Learning Providers and the training industry at large at the ISA Annual Business Retreat Awards Dinner, held in Scottsdale, AZ, on March 22. This year’s recipients represent the best of the best from one of the largest nomination pools in the program’s history.

“The accomplishments of these individuals and organizations show that visionary leadership and business innovation continue to drive our industry,” says James Chisholm, Co-Founder and Principal of ExperiencePoint and Chair of the Awards Committee. “From a pioneering legend to dynamic leaders who are now forging their own legacies, this group embodies the diversity of talent and experience that exists in the learning community.”

Selected by the Awards Committee based on an evaluation of category-specific criteria points, the 2011 ISA Award winners are:

Root Learning, ISA’s 2011 Business of the Year
Donald Kirkpatrick, creator of the Kirkpatrick Four Levels™ Evaluation Model: The Thought Leadership Award
Beverly Kaye, CEO and Founder of Career Systems International: The Broomfield Award – The Spirit of ISA
Ben Snyder, CEO of Systemation: The Outstanding Contribution Award
Anntoinette (Toni) Lucia, President of West End Consulting: Honorary Membership Recipient
Stephen (Steve) Cohen, Founder and Principal of Strategic Leadership Collaborative: Honorary Membership Recipient

“Each year the awards become more and more competitive,” notes Pamela Schmidt, Executive Director of ISA. “We’ve been fortunate to have an increasingly active, involved group of members in our association, and it’s a great thrill having the opportunity to work with the learning industry’s top influential leaders.”

Previous ISA award winners have included Management Concepts, The Ken Blanchard Companies, VitalSmarts, DDI, The Center for Creative Leadership, and leaders from all segments of the training and performance community.

More information about each of the 2011 award recipients and the award selection criteria can be found on the Association of Learning Providers website: http://www.isaconnection.org

About ISA-The Association of Learning Providers
ISA is the only industry-specific association devoted exclusively to the issues and needs of business owners, founders, CEOs and leaders in the training and performance industry. 60 companies comprise the membership of ISA, representing 5,000 employees and serving 15,000 clients across every industry sector and around the world.

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