About the Learning in Practice Award

Now in its 17th year, the Learning In Practice Awards recognize industry leaders who have demonstrated excellence in the design and delivery of employee development programs.

Since 2003, the Chief Learning Officer Learning In Practice awards have recognized learning leaders who demonstrate excellence in the design and delivery of employee development programs through a combination of qualities such as leadership, vision, business acumen and strategic alignment.

We will begin accepting nominations for the 2019 Learning In Practice Awards on April 8, 2019. Winners will be announced during the special awards luncheon on Monday, October 14, at CLO Symposium Fall 2019.


If you have any questions about the awards, selection process or nomination form, contact astjohn@humancapitalmedia.com.

How to enter the competition

How to Enter the Learning In Practice Awards.

How to Enter the Learning In Practice Awards

  1. Login to the nomination entry portal.
  2. Select the category you wish to enter.
  3. Submit entry details for each entry. You will be required to enter nominee information (the person or company being nominated for an award), nominator information (the person to contact regarding status of the nomination) and answers to a set of nomination questions.
  4. Pay entry fee and finalize submission.

For any questions regarding the awards, please send an email to astjohn@humancapitalmedia.com.

About Learning Elite

The Learning In Practice awards are given annually to practitioners and providers in recognition of excellence in learning and employee development. Gold, silver and bronze awards are awarded in two broad classes. Practitioner awards recognize CLOs and qualified senior learning leaders for their work within their organizations. Provider awards recognize qualified service providers, vendors and consultants for their work on behalf of a client organization.

Practitioner Awards

For the learning executive who is without peer in developing and executing learning and development strategies, marshaling and managing resources and achieving measurable success. The CLO of the Year award recognizes executives for their body of work over the course of their career.
For learning executives who have implemented a significant measurement or evaluation program that has demonstrated exceptional business impact from their workforce development programs. Potential results may include measures of employee retention, sales, revenue growth, customer satisfaction or cost reduction, among others.
For learning departments that have partnered in a progressive way with business partners or external organizational divisions and functions such as the sales and marketing department or external customer groups to develop and deliver a targeted employee development program that supports the partner’s goals.
For learning executives who have marshaled resources and applied innovative practices, processes and/or technologies in a new and groundbreaking way to address a significant business or organizational opportunity.
For learning executives who have demonstrated exceptional business acumen combined with forward-looking vision to develop and execute a comprehensive learning strategy that clearly aligns employee development with broader organizational strategy.
For learning executives who have developed a program that effectively integrates learning into broader talent management initiatives such as employee engagement, onboarding, succession planning, recruiting or performance management.
For learning executives who have delivered new and unique applications of emerging technology to employee learning and development.
For learning executives who have either launched a new enterprise learning function or completely overhauled existing workforce development initiatives in the past year.

Provider Awards

Excellence in Academic Partnerships Award recognizes accredited academic learning institutions that have partnered with an organization in the past year to develop skills, competency or knowledge in a general employee population.
Excellence in Blended Learning Award recognizes vendors that have deployed a variety of tools in support of a client’s learning program that delivers engaging learning combining multiple modalities.
Excellence in Community Service Award recognizes vendors that have provided significant investment of company resources and time in support of a community service project or initiative.
Excellence in Content Award recognizes vendors that have created superior customized and/or off-the-shelf learning content.
Excellence in E-Learning Award recognizes vendors that have rolled out an innovative and effective e-learning program or suite for a client.
Excellence in Executive Education Award recognizes executive education providers that have delivered a targeted executive education program for a client that has delivered measurable results.
Excellence in Technology Innovation recognizes vendors that have rolled out an innovative learning technology for a client such as machine learning, artificial intelligence, apps, video, social collaboration tools or games and simulations.
Excellence in Partnership Award recognizes vendors or consultants who have effectively supported a client’s learning and development function to set strategy or establish or implement a program via consulting or whole or partial outsources services.

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About Learning Elite

About Learning Elite