By Lorri Freifeld
Like butterflies bursting from their cocoons and flying to new heights, the 25 winners of Training magazine’s 2013 Emerging Training Leaders awards are on an upward trajectory of leadership and organizational success. These 25 training professionals have been in the industry for two to 10 years and have demonstrated exceptional leadership skills, business savvy, and training instincts.
The Emerging Training Leaders (ETL) awards program replaced the five-year-old Top Young Trainerawards program. All Emerging Training Leader candidates had to be nominated by co-workers or industry peers.
Training Editorial Advisory Board members and the editor-in-chief judged the nearly 80 nominations and chose the 25 winners based on the following factors:
Download the pdf below to read in-depth profiles of the Top 5 Emerging Training Leaders (listed in alphabetical order), plus slightly shorter profiles of the other 20 Emerging Training Leaders. And we continued our tradition of creating a “To Watch” list, which features five up-and-coming professionals who didn’t receive an award this year, but who are well on their way to becoming future Emerging Training Leaders.
“I was impressed with the quality of this year’s Emerging Training Leaders class,” says ETL Judge Kevin Wilde. “Their innovation, business impact and leadership gives me encouragement that the future of L&D is bright. I look forward to their continued contributions to building our profession.”
ETL Judge Daniel Goepp likewise was impressed with the level of competence and accomplishments indicated in the nominations. “Some individuals demonstrated significant independence, initiative, and leadership that has helped to shape the success of their respective learning organizations. Clearly, the profession is fortunate to have such talented emerging leaders.”
What struck ETL Judge Jim Federico about this year’s group of Emerging Training Leaders is “their degree of alignment to business priorities and the innovative practices they are bringing to the L&D discipline.”
Adds ETL Judge Brent Bloom, “It was inspiring to read and assess the many innovative projects and initiatives these talented leaders have taken from development to implementation.”
ETL Judge Cyndi Bruce agrees. “The ability to design and deploy development solutions beyond the typical classroom with measureable results was an ongoing theme among this year’s winners.”
“This year’s winners are an extraordinary group,” ETL Judge Ross Tartell concludes. “They showed leadership, the ability to overcome adversity, and an understanding of how to creatively apply their learning expertise to resolve critical business issues across diverse functions.”
DOWNLOAD THE PDF BELOW TO READ PROFILES OF THE 2013 WINNERS.