Austin ATD Leader in Learning Award

For the seventh consecutive year, ATD Austin is hosting the Leader in Learning program, which recognizes outstanding work in the learning and development arena. Local learning and development professionals are encouraged to submit projects for this initiative. Applications are reviewed by Certified Professionals in Learning and Performance (CPLPs) who determine a recipient for the top honor each year. In addition, this initiative serves as a platform for sharing expertise in the learning and development community. Applicants are invited to describe their award submission, share what is remarkable about their work, share lessons learned, and share advice for others working on similar projects.

An application and additional information is available on the ATD Austin website. An information session will be posted here later this year. Anyone interested in finding out about the application process and judging is encouraged to attend. Questions can be sent to the Leader in Learning Coordinator, Linda Warren at any time.

The recipient of the Leader in Learning Award is announced at the Austin ATD awards banquet during Employee Learning Week in early December.

Congratulations to our 2017 Leader in Learning Award Winners!!

 Winner  Honorable Mention

Applicant: Sharon Allen

Organization: Trellis Company (formerly TG)

Entry Title: TG Talent Development Programs

Short Description: The entry is a comprehensive set of programs designed to improve employee engagement, success, and retention.  Five key goals for the talent development program in support of this include the following:

  • Improve retention for new hires.
  • Identify learning gaps.
  • Provide learning delivery that works in conjunction with business time constraints.
  • Develop programs to ensure learning takes place.
  • Meet employee development expectations.

Applicants: Deepina Kapila and Jennifer Ream

Organization: VISA, Inc.

Entry Title: Visa University Digital Campus: Enabling Employees to lead the Learning Journey

Short Description: This entry is a large, comprehensive learning platform for curating multiple education resources via xAPIs in one place. Essentially, it is the creation of a corporate university with the goal of centralizing learning objects. This university supports career development and allows the learning and development team to be nimble and address topics of greatest need and impact.

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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