LPL Financial Wins Two 2014 Learning in Practice Awards

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The Learning In Practice Awards honor leadership and excellence in the design and delivery of employee education programs.

LPL Financial LLC, the nation's largest independent broker-dealer*, a leading RIA custodian, and a wholly owned subsidiary of LPL Financial Holdings Inc., received two 2014 Learning In Practice Awards from Chief Learning Officer magazine. The awards are considered among the highest honors in the workforce development field.

LPL was awarded the Gold in Strategy and the Bronze in Collaboration, recognizing the company’s exceptional leadership in developing and executing two landmark organizational development and training programs: LPL U, a corporate university with colleges aligned to specific learning needs of various business groups, and Pathways Career Development Center.

“We are thrilled to receive two Learning In Practice Awards in recognition of programs that support the learning and development goals of our employees and our business,” said Sallie Larsen, chief human capital officer and managing director of LPL. “In just one year, LPL U has made targeted learning a reality, pairing with our Pathways Career Development Center to give employees direction as they approach their professional development plans. These prestigious awards demonstrate LPL’s commitment to attracting, retaining and developing the top talent in our industry to support our financial advisor and institution clients.”

LPL accepted the awards during a dinner at the Fall 2014 Chief Learning Officer Symposium in Carlsbad, Calif. “This is a tremendous honor and a great recognition of our team,” said Don O’Grady, senior vice president of Talent Development at LPL. “Supporting the growth and development of LPL employees is a key component of our strategy to be an employer of choice, and we are delighted by this recognition of our accomplishments toward that goal.”

“The Learning In Practice awards were launched 11 years ago to call attention to the individuals and organizations that not only raise the bar for workforce development but also raise awareness of its power as a business driver and competitive advantage,” said Mike Prokopeak, editor-in-chief of Human Capital Media Group, which publishes Chief Learning Officer magazine. “This year’s finalists – selected from a field of more than 200 worthy applicants nominated by their peers – represent truly transformational corporate education.”

LPL and other finalists will be recognized in a special feature in the December issue of Chief Learning Officer magazine.

In addition to the Learning In Practice Awards, last month LPL won a silver Brandon Hall Group Excellence in Learning Award for Best in Learning Strategy and Governance for LPL’s “Smarter, Simpler, More Personal Integrated Talent Management” program. The Brandon Hall Excellence Awards, now in its 20th year, recognize organizations that have successfully deployed programs, strategies, modalities, processes, systems and tools that have achieved measurable results.

*Based on total revenues, Financial Planning magazine, June 1996-2014

About LPL Financial
LPL Financial, a wholly owned subsidiary of LPL Financial Holdings Inc. (Nasdaq:LPLA), is a leader in the financial advice market and serves $465 billion in retail assets. The Company provides proprietary technology, comprehensive clearing and compliance services, practice management programs and training, and independent research to more than 13,800 independent financial advisors and over 700 banks and credit unions. LPL Financial is the nation's largest independent broker-dealer since 1996 (based on total revenues, Financial Planning magazine, June 1996-2014), is one of the fastest growing RIA custodians with $78 billion in retail assets served as of 6/30/2014, and acts as an independent consultant to over 40,000 retirement plans with approximately $110 billion in retirement plan assets served. In addition, LPL Financial supports approximately 4,400 financial advisors licensed with insurance companies by providing customized clearing, advisory platforms, and technology solutions. LPL Financial and its affiliates have 3,374 employees with primary offices in Boston, Charlotte, and San Diego. For more information, please visit

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