Chief Learning Officer Announces Award Winners for 2018 Learning in Practice Awards

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Prestigious honors highlight the impact of outstanding employee development on business performance

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During a special presentation at CLO Symposium Fall 2018 taking place in Houston, Chief Learning Officer magazine announced the winners of its coveted 2018 Learning In Practice Awards. Celebrating more than 60 visionary learning executives, organizations and industry vendors, this year’s awards recognized recent innovations in the design and delivery of enterprise education initiatives.

The top honor — 2018 CLO of the Year — went to Brenda Sugrue, global chief learning officer for EY. Sugrue oversees the strategic direction and deployment of learning and leadership development for more than 250,000 EY employees worldwide and is widely credited with spearheading a major learning transformation at the multinational professional services firm.

Established in 2003, the annual Learning In Practice Awards single out individuals and companies that not only demonstrate innovation but also champion the impact of corporate education on workforce performance and business growth. Gold, silver and bronze awards are given in two broad classes. Practitioner awards are conferred in two divisions, based on organization size. They recognize CLOs and qualified senior learning leaders for outstanding learning and development initiatives. Provider awards recognize qualified service providers, vendors and consultants for their work on behalf of a client organization.

The 2018 Learning In Practice Awards winners are:

CLO of the Year
Brenda Sugrue, EY

THE BUSINESS IMPACT AWARD
Division 1:

  • Gold: Chis Bower, Global Director, GM Center of Learning, General Motors
  • Silver: Brenda Sugrue, Global Chief Learning Officer, EY
  • Bronze: Chris Hall, Assistant Commissioner, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Division 2:

  • Gold: Parimal Rathod, Senior Vice President & Head, Business Impact Group and Learning & Development, Kotak Mahindra Life Insurance Company Limited
  • Silver: Elizabeth Collins-Calder, Director, Leadership Development, Suffolk
  • Bronze: James Mitchell, Vice President, Global Talent Management, Rackspace

THE BUSINESS PARTNERSHIP AWARD
Division 1:

  • Gold: General Motors
  • Silver: Bank of New York Mellon
  • Bronze: Dell EMC
  • Bronze: C3

Division 2:

  • Gold: Alamo Colleges
  • Silver: E&J Gallo Winery
  • Bronze: Sidley Austin LLP

THE INNOVATION AWARD
Division 1:

  • Gold: Mariam Kakkar, Chief, Talent Development Unit, United Nations Development Programme
  • Silver: Blaire Bhojwani, Senior Director, Learning Innovation, Hilton
  • Bronze: Elizabeth MacGillivray, Strategic Learning Leader, Mercer

Division 2:

  • Gold: Nancy Robert, Executive Vice President, American Nurses Association
  • Silver: Joe Ilvento, Chief Learning Officer, Commvault
  • Silver: Mike Blanchette, Senior Director, Sales Acceleration, Veeam
  • Bronze: Meriya Dyble, Director, Learning Reimagined, ATB Financial

THE STRATEGY AWARD
Division 1:

  • Gold: Damodar Padhi, Vice President and Global Head, Talent Development, Tata Consultacy Services
  • Silver: Laurie Jeppesen, Global Assurance Learning & Education Leader, PwC
  • Bronze: Alanna Corrigan, Senior Director, Customer Service Training Design & Transformation, Air Canada

Division 2:

  • Gold: Scott Hammond, Senior Manager of Industry Programs, Autodesk
  • Silver: Kathleen McCutcheon, Vice President, Human Resources, Tokio Marine HCC
  • Bronze: Lisa Druet, Senior Manager, E. & J. Gallo Winery

THE TALENT MANAGEMENT AWARD
Division 1:

  • Gold: Judith Almendra, Vice President, Human Capital, TTEC
  • Silver: Natasa Prodanovic, Group Talent Director, Coca-Cola HBC AG
  • Bronze: Meredith Oakes, Global Head of Campus Strategy & Pipeline Development, BNY Mellon

Division 2:

  • Gold: Jim Whiteford, Executive Director, Ally
  • Silver: Helen Rossiter, Senior Talent Development Specialist, West Marine
  • Bronze: Kathleen McCutcheon, Vice President, Human Resources, Tokio Marine HCC

THE TECHNOLOGY AWARD
Division 1:

  • Gold: John Kusi-Mensah, AVP, Distribution Capability Center of Expertise, MetLife
  • Silver: Edward Bell, Director, Dell EMC Education Services
  • Bronze: Paul Lutmer, Global Commercial Learning Leader, GE Corporate

Division 2:

  • Gold: Walter Davis, Global Learning Systems & Delivery Manager, Aggreko
  • Silver: Brent Boeckman, Global Learning and Development Manager, Malwarebytes

THE TRAILBLAZER AWARD
Division 1:

  • Gold: Patricia Acquaro, Managing Director and Head of Risk and Professional Excellence, BNY Mellon
  • Silver: Charles Atkins, Vice President, Dell EMC Education Services
  • Bronze: David Sylvester, Global Director, Booz Allen Hamilton

Division 2:

  • Gold: Tim Tobin, Vice President, Franchisee Onboarding and Learning, Choice Hotels
  • Silver: Ross McLean, Global Program Manager, Veeam
  • Bronze: Anil Santhapuri, Director, Learning and Development, Altisource

EXCELLENCE IN ACADEMIC PARTNERSHIPS AWARD

  • Gold: Davenport University
  • Silver: Penn State Smeal College of Business/Penn State Executive Programs/CorpU

EXCELLENCE IN BLENDED LEARNING AWARD

  • Gold: Learnlight
  • Silver: GP Strategies
  • Bronze: Rite Solutions

EXCELLENCE IN COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD

  • Gold: TTEC
  • Silver: CoreAxis Consulting, LLC

EXCELLENCE IN CONTENT AWARD

  • Gold: Raytheon Professional Services LLC
  • Silver: Impact
  • Bronze: The Presentation Company

EXCELLENCE IN E-LEARNING AWARD

  • Gold: Easygenerator
  • Silver: Scrimmage
  • Bronze: HT2 Labs

EXCELLENCE IN EXECUTIVE EDUCATION

  • Gold: The Regis Company
  • Silver: NovoEd

EXCELLENCE IN PARTNERSHIP AWARD

  • Gold: Scrimmage
  • Silver: Litmos
  • Bronze: GP Strategies

EXCELLENCE IN TECHNOLOGY INNOVATION AWARD

  • Gold: SweetRush
  • Silver: STRIVR
  • Bronze: D2L
  • Bronze: Chronus

More information on the CLO Learning In Practice Awards is available at clomedia.com/awards/learning-in-practice.

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