Award Titles Last…and Last

February 21st, 2013

Winning awards sets you apart. For a long time.

My very first award client was the inimitable, indefatigable Karie Willyerd, now VP of Learning and Social Adoption at SuccessFactors.

She has many, many achievements to her name, but continues to include important award wins from when I worked on Sun’s applications.


Because they were powerful then, and they’re powerful now.

Exhibit A: Here’s the bio accompanying her March 28 Training Magazine Webinar, The 3.5 Million Year Daily Talent Cliff (for which I  have already registered).

About Karie Willyerd

Karie is the Vice President of Learning and Social Adoption at SuccessFactors. Prior to that she was the cofounder and CEO of Jambok, the industry’s first informal social learning platform, which was acquired by SuccessFactors in March, 2011. Karie was formerly Chief Learning Officer for Sun Microsystems, and prior to that, was the Chief Talent Officer for a Fortune 200 company. During the last 24 months at Sun, Karie and her team won over 30 awards for excellence in creating an innovative learning & development function for Sun Microsystems. In October 2009, ASTD named Sun the #1 BEST learning function in the world. In February of 2010, Sun was named #11 by Training 125.

Karie is the coauthor of the bestselling book The 2020 Workplace: How Innovative Companies Attract, Develop & Keep Tomorrow’s Employees Today (Harper Business May, 2010). Along with Jeanne Meister, she is a regular blogger for Harvard Business, and their article on Mentoring Millennials was a feature article in the May, 2010 issue of Harvard Business Review.


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Learning Program and Team Awards 2009-2014


ASTD Excellence in Practice

Technical Training Award
Training Management Citation (for new programs)
Learning Technology Citation
Workplace Learning & Collaboration–Leadership Development (x2) Award, Citation
Workplace Learning & Collaboration–Onboarding Citation
Sales Enablement Citation

Brandon Hall Excellence in Learning

Best Custom Content Gold
Best in Learning Strategy and Governance Gold
Best Leadership Development Program Gold
Best Innovation in Learning Technology Silver
Best Leadership Sales Training Silver
Best Integration of Learning and Talent Management Bronze
Best Use of Games for Learning Bronze

Brandon Hall Technology Excellence

Best Advance in Social Learning Technology Gold

CLO Magazine Learning in Practice

Technology Innovation Gold, Division 1
Innovation Gold, Division 1
Business Impact Gold, Division 2
Business Impact Bronze, Division 2


Learning Organization Ranking Awards


American Society for Training & Development

ASTD BEST #1 (up from #32 in one year)
#2 (up from #37 in two years)

ELearning! Media Group

Learning! 100 #1 (first year on list)

Chief Learning Officer Magazine

LearningElite #1, #4

Training Magazine

 Training Top 125 #1, #2 (up from #41 in one year)