ASAP Invites Submissions for 2016 Alliance Excellence Awards, Opens Registration for 2016 Global Alliance Summit

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ASAP Alliance Excellence Awards finalists will be honored—and winners announced—during the March 1-4, 2016 ASAP Global Alliance Summit in National Harbor, Md. USA. Awards Submission deadline is November 15; Early Bird registration opens for 2016 Summit.

The Association of Strategic Alliance Professionals (ASAP), the world’s leading professional association dedicated to the practice of alliance management, partnering, and collaborations, announced that it is accepting applications for the 2016 ASAP Alliance Excellence Awards. Awards finalists will be honored—and winners announced—at the 2016 ASAP Global Alliance Summit, March 1-4, at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center, National Harbor, Maryland, USA.

ASAP also announced that Early Bird registration is now open for the 2016 ASAP Global Alliance Summit, which will offer a four-day program of workshops and trainings, keynotes, ASAP leadership meetings, and educational sessions focused around the theme of “Partnering Everywhere: Expert Leadership for the Ecosystem.”

“The annual ASAP Global Alliance Summit is the world’s largest and most important event of the year for the partnering profession,” said Michael Leonetti, president and CEO of ASAP. “The prestigious ASAP Alliance Excellence Awards are a highlight of each year’s Summit, as they honor exemplary business collaborations that create innovative organizational models and celebrate achievements in strategic alliance management.”

Submissions are being accepted through November 15, 2015 for the 2016 ASAP Alliance Excellence Awards. The awards recognize alliance and program excellence and innovation, partnering leadership through new models and approaches, and other advances ranging from social impact to increased revenue to advancements in the profession. Corporations, mid-sized enterprises, start-ups, and public-private initiatives are invited to submit in the following categories:

  • Individual Alliance Excellence Award
  • Alliance for Corporate Social Responsibility Award
  • Innovative Best Alliance Practice Award
  • Alliance Program Excellence Award

The Individual Alliance Excellence Award is given to a company that has excelled in planning, implementation, and results for a single alliance. The alliance may be between two companies or multiple organizations in the category of small-to-midsize company alliance and/or emerging alliance. The 2015 winners were National Grid and Earth Networks for their innovative alliance that brought weather monitoring stations and programs to communities and public school STEM programs in New England.

The Alliance for Corporate Social Responsibility Award is for partnerships that make a profound, measurable, and positive social impact. The principal objective of the alliance is social impact, not profit—although profit, especially if used to fund program expansion, is not discouraged. The Dow Chemical Company and The Nature Conservancy received the award in 2015 for a partnership that created a sustainability model that can be used by corporations integrating the value of nature into business decisions.

The Innovative Best Alliance Practice Award is presented to a company using new, individual alliance management tools or processes that have an immediate and powerful impact on the organization and/or discipline of alliance management. These tools or processes are not comprehensive alliance programs but additions to existing alliance practice that address specific elements of alliance management, such as measurement, training, conflict resolution, general communication across-the-partner ecosystem, or similar facets of the discipline. Philips won the award for an innovative two-step approach to create a joint brand identity for a partnership. Janssen—Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson received honorable mention.

The Alliance Program Excellence Award is given to organizations that exceed expectations by consistently implementing and managing alliance portfolios and demonstrating consistent success of those alliances over time. Winners build programs on creativity, efficiency, an integrated suite of processes, tools, professional development/alliance professional certification, and other elements. Takeda Pharmaceuticals received the award for creation of its progressive Center of Excellence (COE). Bayer was given honorable mention.

The awards submission process has been further streamlined for 2016. For more information on the 2016 awards and how to submit an application, visit https://www.asapweb.org/awards.

About the 2016 ASAP Global Alliance Summit

The 2016 ASAP Global Alliance Summit, “Partnering Everywhere: Expert Leadership for the Ecosystem,” will be held March 1-4, at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center, National Harbor, Maryland, USA. The annual ASAP Global Alliance Summit is the world’s largest gathering of alliance, partnering, and business collaboration professionals. For more information or to register for this year’s summit, visit http://www.asapweb.org/summit.

About ASAP

The Association of Strategic Alliance Professionals (ASAP) is the only professional association dedicated to elevating and promoting the profession of alliance management, partnering, and collaborations. Founded in 1998, the organization provides professional development, networking and resources for cultivating the skills and toolsets needed to manage successful business partnerships. ASAP’s professional certifications include the Certificate of Achievement-Alliance Management (CA-AM) and Certified Strategic Alliance Professional (CSAP). Active global members include AbbVie, Astellas, AstraZeneca, Bayer Healthcare, Capgemini, Cisco, Citrix, Covance, Dell, Eli Lilly and Company, Huawei, IBM, INC Research, Janssen—Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson, KPMG, Merck, Mission Pharmacal, NetApp, Novartis, Sanofi, SAS, Schneider Electric, Takeda, Verizon, VMware, The Warren Company, and Xerox. A complete list of global members is available at http://www.strategic-alliances.org.

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