Announces Nominations for the 33rd annual Leadership 500 Awards are Now Open

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The 2016 Leadership 500 Awards will transparently recognize the best leadership development programs across schools and organizations, as well as extraordinary individual leaders who develop these programs for their companies.

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Winning the Education Award in 2014 and 2015 has helped tremendously in building the brand recognition of The Center and attracting new and exciting opportunities is thrilled to announce that nominations are now being accepted for the 2016 Leadership 500 Awards program. For over 33 years, Leadership Excellence has identified and recognized the top 500 leadership organizations and schools for their development programs in its yearly ranking issues.

This year's program has been updated and now features 35 total categories: 2 for individuals, 19 for organizations, and 14 for education. Visit for all categories and the nomination form.

Rankings are determined from ratings based on a Net Promoter-like scoring index, coupled with reviews by an expert judging committee.

The 2016 rankings will include the top 15 companies within each category. Winners will be printed in the February 2016 edition of Leadership Excellence Essentials, featured in an interview article with a photo in a future edition of Excellence Essentials, and posted to the LEAD YouTube channel. In addition to the media publicity, winners will also be eligible to attend the exclusive live site of the LEAD2016 conference, hosted February 3 & 4, 2016, in Nashville, Tennessee. Day One of LEAD2016 will see twelve world thought-leaders share their stories, broadcasted via high definition web stream to host sites around the world. Day Two is composed of Leadership and HR specific roundtables and workshops for the Nashville attendees.

"Winning the Education Award in 2014 and 2015 has helped tremendously in building the brand recognition of The Center and attracting new and exciting opportunities, as well as allowing us to capitalize on increased interest in our executive leadership programs. While we systematically continue to connect with program alumni post-programs, it was rewarding to see how very enthusiastic they were to re-engage and give us feedback through the ranking's survey process. We look forward to the revised 2016 program!" - Garth D. Headley, Associate Director of Public Affairs, FIU Center for Leadership

Nominations are open through September 30, and voting is open through October 15, 2015. Immediately after submission, nominees receive a respondent survey to send to their participants. This survey is designed to gather honest feedback about the individual or program being nominated and is the primary component of the ranking score, in addition to the review by the panel of leadership experts. Interested experts may apply to participate on the committee of judges: Apply for Judging Committee

For more information about the Leadership 500 Awards or the LEAD2016 event, please visit or call at 877-472-6648.

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