The 2017 LearningElite finalist list is now available!

Attend the 2017 LearningElite Gala where we will reveal the 2017 LearningElite organizations!

2016 report out now! Order your copy today: 2016 LearningElite Best Practices and Benchmarking Report

Download the free 2016 LearningElite Executive Summary

Curious about who placed where in 2016? View the list of 2016 LearningElite winners.

About the Learning Elite Award

Chief Learning Officer magazine’s LearningElite program honors the best organizations for learning and development. This robust, peer-reviewed ranking and benchmarking program recognizes those organizations that employ exemplary workforce development strategies that deliver significant business results. Developed under the guidance of a group of chief learning officers and senior learning and development practitioners, the LearningElite program utilizes best practices in evaluation to rank the best organizations based upon their impact, size and industries served. A comprehensive evaluation of learning and development, the LearningElite also recognizes individual companies for their efforts in functional areas, including leadership development, use of technology, executive buy-in, and content development and delivery, among others.

The aim of the LearningElite is to:

  • Identify and recognize industry leaders.
  • Promote recognition of the critical role that learning and development plays in organizational success.
  • Support organizations in achieving best-in-class levels of performance.
  • Identify and share best practices, principles and strategies for learning and development.
  • Provide powerful benchmarking data for world-class learning and development.

The LearningElite program will afford any size organization an opportunity to highlight and be recognized for outstanding outcomes in the field of learning and development.

Whitepapers for download

The High Performance Learning Function

This white paper builds on information presented in the 2011 and 2012 edition of The Modern Learning Organization: A Path Forward. The 2014 LearningElite white paper The High Performance Learning Function describes the LearningElite benchmarking program with supporting research aimed to shed light on how the LearningElite model demonstrates the impact of the learning function in organizations. The paper includes details about the five-dimensional model of the LearningElite program: leadership commitment, learning strategy, learning execution, learning impact and business performance results.

Learning Elite Gala

Celebration and Recognition

Chief Learning Officer holds its annual LearningElite Gala on Sunday, April 23, prior to the start of our CLO Symposium.

Learn more about and register for the LearningElite Gala.

View photos of the 2016 Gala.

Learning Elite Judges

Adam Gordon Hopewell
Andy Hollingworth
Brandon Kruger
Brian Austin
Daniel Gandarilla
Danielle Buscher
David Riddle
Dawn J. Mahoney
Deborah Covin Wilson
Deidre N. Williams
Dominika-Anna Merzenich
Douglas Stover
Erik Smetana
Jaclyn A. Smith
Jane-Alyse VonOhlen
Jerry Kaminski
Jessica Knox
Jessica Martinez
Joe Ilvento
Joshua Craver
Judith Begoun
Kathleen Taylor
Keely Merritt
Keith Meyerson
Kenneth Randall
Krista Hind
Kristi Pintar
Magdy Hussein
Maria Leggett
Matthew Papp
Michael Molinaro
Michael Rosenberg
Mihail Eugen Cutieru
Olga Udovichenko
Peggy Simpson
Rashmi Vohra
Ray Kennedy
Sabera Patni
Sandra Wade
Satyanarayanan Kumar
Shai Desai
Upam Pushpak Makhecha
Albert Chavez
Cory Kreeck
Michelle Voytko
Mike Beutner
Sara Davila
Nivedita Kuruvilla
Carmen Murrell Randall
Jim Goldsmith crop
Jennifer Hartwell
Aakash Thakur
Kim Ziprik
Bill Gauthier
Manish Upadhyay
Joseph Francis
Matthew Painter

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