Association for Talent Development Announces Winners in 2015 ATD BEST Awards

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10-time ATD BEST winner, TELUS, receives first ATD Best of the BEST Award.

ATD BEST Awards recognize organizations committed to excellent talent development.

These 30 companies set a high standard for the talent development profession. They are solving real business challenges through talent development practices, and they are doing it in innovative ways.

The Association for Talent Development (ATD), formerly ASTD, honored 30 organizations from Canada, China, Denmark, India, Korea, Turkey, and the United States as winners in the 2015 BEST Awards. Cerner Corporation, headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri, won the first place ranking. TELUS, the Canadian telecommunications company, received ATD’s first ever Best of the BEST award, recognizing their 10 years of BEST Award wins.

Companies were recognized during a ceremony held at the Ronald Regan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, D.C. This marks the 15th annual ATD BEST Awards.

“These 30 companies set a high standard for the talent development profession. They are solving real business challenges through talent development practices, and they are doing it in innovative ways,” said Tony Bingham, ATD President and CEO. “Leaders in these organizations understand the strategic role learning has, and they are committed to investing in the growth and development of their people.”

Bingham also noted the accomplishments of TELUS. “Winning the BEST Award is a significant achievement. It is a difficult award to win and to do so 10 times is remarkable. We commend the team at TELUS for their sustained commitment to developing talent, and their drive to constantly innovate and set a high bar for excellence.”

ATD’s BEST Award is the talent development industry’s most rigorous and coveted recognition. The program recognizes organizations that demonstrate enterprise-wide success through talent development.

The 2015 BEST Award winners shared their best practices at the Learn from the BEST conference preceding the ceremony and are recognized in a special section of the November issue of TD, ATD’s flagship magazine.

ATD received entries from nearly 80 organizations in nine countries. These organizations submitted quantitative and qualitative information to ATD about their talent development practices and programs. Applications were assessed in a rigorous blind review by members of the BEST Awards advisory committee, a group of experts in the field.

The 2015 BEST Award winners and rankings:
1.    Cerner Corporation, Kansas City, Missouri    
2.    BNSF Railway, Fort Worth, Texas
3.    Samsung Electronics, Seoul, Korea
4.    Maersk Line – A.P. Moller Maersk, Copenhagen, Denmark
5.    MillerCoors, Chicago, Illinois
6.    Wipro Ltd., Bangalore, India
7.    Verizon, New York, New York
8.    TEB, Istanbul, Turkey
9.    Mindtree Limited, Bangalore, India
10.    Cathay United Bank Co., Ltd., Taipei City, Taiwan (R.O.C.)
11.    Deloitte, New York, New York
12.    New York Community Bancorp, Inc., Westbury, New York
13.    Tata Consultancy Services, Mumbai, India
14.    Turkcell İletişim Hizmetleri A.Ş., Istanbul, Turkey
15.    University Health System, San Antonio, Texas
16.    FM Global, Johnston, Rhode Island
17.    Florida Blue, Florida’s Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plan, Jacksonville, Florida
18.    TELUS, Vancouver, Canada
19.    Genpact, New York, New York
20.    Yapı ve Kredi Bankası A.Ş., Istanbul, Turkey
21.    U.S. Security Associates, Atlanta, Georgia
22.    Resource Residential, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
23.    WakeMed Health & Hospitals, Raleigh, North Carolina
24.    Signature HealthCARE, LLC, Louisville, Kentucky
25.    IBM, Armonk, New York
26.    Haworth, Inc. Holland, Michigan
27.    The Western Union Company, Englewood, Colorado
28.    Colorado Springs Utilities, Colorado Springs, Colorado
29.    Hilton Worldwide, McLean, Virginia
30.    USAA, San Antonio, Texas

In addition, 14 companies on this list have been BEST Award winners for three years or more. They are: Cerner Corporation, Deloitte, Hilton Worldwide, IBM, Mindtree Limited, New York Community Bancorp Inc., Tata Consultancy Services, TELUS, University Health System, U.S. Security Associates, USAA, Verizon, WakeMed Health & Hospitals, and Wipro Ltd.

More information about the 2015 BEST Award winners may be found in the November 2015 issue of TD magazine. Details about the 2016 program will be available in January 2016.

ATD thanks program sponsor Grovo for supporting excellence in talent development.

About ATD
The Association for Talent Development (ATD) is the world’s largest professional membership organization supporting those who develop the knowledge and skills of employees, improve performance, and help to achieve results for the organizations they serve. Originally established in 1943, the association was previously known as the American Society for Training & Development (ASTD). ATD’s members come from more than 120 countries and work in public and private organizations in every industry sector. ATD supports talent development professionals who gather locally in volunteer-led U.S. chapters and international member networks, and with international strategic partners. For more information, visit

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