Winners announced for the 2015 Leadership 500 Awards recognizing exceptional Leadership Development Programs

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Prestigious Leadership Awards salute the world's top leadership practitioners and programs and highlight their roles in developing their most important asset - their people.

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Dallas, Texas - Distinguished recipients of the Leadership 500 Awards for 2015 were named today for outstanding achievements in leadership development and programs at the LEAD2015 forum being held at the Four Seasons Hotel in Dallas, Texas.

For the past 30 years, Leadership Excellence, now a part of has identified and recognized the top 500 leadership organizations and their strategies and solutions in their yearly ranking. The complete list of this year's award winners will be published in the April edition of Leadership Excellence Essentials. The Leadership Excellence publication will also feature interviews from select top award winners in each category in the year's upcoming July issue. These interviews will outline each program's unique qualities that made them a Leadership 500 Winner.

"We were pleased to have a large increase in applicants this year and have only published the top 500. I think the Leadership500 Awards in combination with LEAD2015 demonstrates top organizations that not only value leadership but also have innovative programs. This year's list of winners reflects the importance of reinventing leadership development and the need to bring leadership to a wider audience," stated Debbie McGrath, CEO of

Awards were presented to the top 3 companies for their remarkable internal programs in each of the following award categories:

Small Companies (less than 100 employees)
1st place - TTI Success Insights
2nd place - Financial Finesse
3rd place - Executive Medicine of Texas

Midsize Companies (100 - 999 employees)
1st place - Paycom
2nd place - Sikich LLP
3rd place - Council On Aging of Southwestern Ohio

Large Companies (1000 + employees)
1st place - Alaska Airlines
2nd place - Cerner Corporation
3rd place - General Motors Company

Government / Military
1st place - Baldrige Performance Excellence Program
2nd place - City of Houston Learning and Development Center - The Center for Excellence
3rd place - Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts

Non-Profit Organizations
1st place - University of MD Faculty Physicians, Inc. (FPI)
2nd place - Plan International Canada
3rd place - LeaderSource SGA

International Companies (program was deployed outside of the USA)
1st place - Emirates Airline
2nd place - Fletcher Building Limited
3rd place - Halogen Software

In addition, selections were made for the top leadership partners and providers in the following categories:

Educational institution (University Business School/Technical Trade School)
1st place - The Gerald P. Buccino '63 Center for Leadership Development, Seton Hall University
2nd place - Florida International University Center for Leadership
3rd place - Crummer Graduate School of Business at Rollins College

Leadership partners and providers - Large (50+ employees)
1st place - The Leadership Circle
2nd place - Talent Plus, Inc.
3rd place - Bluepoint Leadership Development

Leadership partners and providers - Midsize (5 to 49 employees)
1st place - Career Systems International
2nd place - Align4Profit
3rd place - Verus Global

Leadership partners and providers - Small (less than 5 employees)
1st place - Quiet Excellence, LLC
2nd place - Partnerwerks
3rd place - Brainard Strategy

International Leadership partners and providers (Most of the work done outside of the USA or HQ outside of the USA)
1st place - Knightsbridge Human Capital Solutions
2nd place - The Secretan Center Inc
3rd place - TalentC - People Services Inc.

Complete list of award winners in the April edition of Leadership Excellence Essentials

This year's award recipients were selected based on both an application or nomination process, reviewed by's expert leadership panel, as well as feedback from the program's participants. The voting was promoted by the nominees as well as through social media campaigns over the course of the nomination period.

About, the largest global social networking and resource site for HR Professionals is committed to providing a deeper understanding of the HR function for 250,000 members by offering a Global Leadership annual event, Leadership500 Awards, an innovative Personal Excellence app, 12 interactive Excellence Essentials monthly e-publications, SPHR/PHR certification prep courses, 4,000+ webcasts, 300+ virtual conferences, blogs, community networks, industry news and advisory boards.

For more information, contact:
Debbie McGrath,
Chief Instigator and CEO

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