Austin ATD Leader in Learning Award

The 2017 application is available hereThere is no application fee.

If you have any questions about the award or making a submission, please contact Linda Warren or Sallia Bandy.

Award Description

In recognition of workplace learning and performance improvement as essential components of high performing organizations, the Austin chapter of the Association for Talent Development (ATD) created the Leader in Learning Award to highlight initiatives that enhance organizational achievement. This award will be given to an individual, group, or organization that demonstrates exemplary use of training to improve organizational performance.


Entries are accepted from individuals or training teams based in the Austin area (Bastrop, Bell, Burnet, Caldwell, Hays, Travis, and Williamson counties). The training can be implemented anywhere in the world. It can be for employee training or for an external audience. The training must have been created within the previous three years.


A team of learning and development professionals led by individuals who have the Certified Professional in Learning and Performance (CPLP) credential will judge entries.

Award Presentation

Presentation of the Leader in Learning Award will be the highlight of Austin’s participation in ATD’s Employee Learning Week. The winner will be announced at Austin ATD’s year-end awards banquet in December. All applicants are encouraged to attend the award banquet where they will have the opportunity to share information about their training initiatives with banquet attendees.

Click on the award winner names below to hear a short podcast of their experiences.

2016 Award Winner

Instructor Development Program for Texas Department of Transportation submitted by Chris Young

Honorable Mention
Dell Onboarding submitted by Tracei Goddard and Jill Margos 

2015 Award Winners

Novitex Enterprise Solutions New Hire Training Initiative submitted by Anthony Cacek

Virtual Technical Coaching in a Global Environment submitted by Sallia Bandy and Pamela DeBeer

2014 Award Winner

Drive Your Development and GTS Champions submitted by Sallia Bandy and Gina Cano.

Honorable Mention
RMN Leadership Academy submitted by Marjorie Edwards

2013 Award Winner

New Nurse and Medical Assistant Orientation submitted by Bella Kirchner

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