Association of Learning Providers Announces 2018 Awards Recipients

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Industry Leaders in Training, Learning and Performance Consulting Honored at Annual Business Retreat

This year’s award winners represent the passion, expertise, talent and innovative thinking that is helping people and businesses thrive in an increasingly complex world.

Two business leaders, a bestselling author and authority on career management, and a pioneer in collaborative learning technology were among the honorees this year at ISA–The Association of Learning Providers’ Annual Business Retreat in Tucson, AZ. The awards recognized the recipients’ leadership and contributions to ISA and to the learning industry at large.

“This year’s award winners represent the passion, expertise, talent and innovative thinking that is helping people and businesses thrive in an increasingly complex world,” says Craig Ross, CEO, Verus Global, and Chair of the Awards Committee. “They’re role models for what our association is all about, and they inspire us with their dedication and commitment to leading the industry forward.”

Selected by the Awards Committee based on an evaluation of category-specific criteria, the 2018 ISA Award winners are:

  • Intrepid by VitalSource®: ISA’s 2018 Business of the Year
  • Dr. Beverly Kaye, Founder, Career Systems International, and bestselling author of “Up is Not the Only Way, Love ‘Em or Lose ‘Em,” “Help Them Grow or Watch Them Go,” and others: The Thought Leader Award
  • Ben Snyder, CEO, Systemation: The Broomfield Award – The Spirit of ISA
  • Tricia Nadaff, President, Management Research Group: The Outstanding Contribution Award

“Disruption is a fact of life in business today, and it takes more than just grit and determination to navigate your way through it,” says Pamela J. Schmidt, Executive Director of ISA. “Through their pioneering work, tireless support and collaborative spirit, these honorees embody the spirit of ISA and the learning industry as a whole. Their contributions and leadership are integral to the success of countless organizations, colleagues and individuals around the world.”

Previous ISA award winners have included Patrick Lencioni, Dr. John Kotter, Peter Senge, Dr. John “Jack” Zenger and Dr. Joseph “Joe” Folkman, Stephen R. Covey, the Center for Creative Leadership, Power Speaking, Pivot Leadership, Crisis Prevention Institute, Acumen Learning, Root Learning, Management Concepts, The Ken Blanchard Companies, DDI, and leaders from all segments of the learning, training, and performance consulting community.

More information about each of the 2018 award recipients and the award selection criteria can be found at

About ISA–The Association of Learning Providers

ISA is the only industry-specific association devoted exclusively to helping executives in the training, learning and performance consulting industry grow their businesses. More than 80 companies comprise the membership of ISA, who are contributing to the success of more than 100,000 clients across the Fortune 500 and around the world. Members come together to learn key business insights, share their collective wisdom, expand their resources and enhance their results.

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