The 2020 LearningElite program is open now! Learn more and apply. Applications accepted through November 1.


  • Download part one of the LearningElite application.

  • Download part two of the LearningElite application.

  • Watch part one of our webinar series: Learning Elite – Our Program and Model.

  • Watch part two of our webinar series: Learning Elite – How to Maximize your Application.

  • Download the judging rubric.

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 whitepaper introduces the LearningElite benchmarking program and model. The paper details the five dimensions of the LearningElite program: learning strategy, leadership commitment, learning execution, learning impact and business performance results.

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Learning Elite Gala

Celebration and Recognition

Winners are announced during the annual LearningElite Gala.

Gala photos

Learning Elite Judges

Learning Elite Frequently Asked Questions FAQ

Learning Elite Competition Winners