Corporate Winners Announced for the 2016 Leadership Excellence Awards Recognizing Exceptional Leadership Development Programs in the Corporate Category

LEAD2016 at Nashville, TN – Distinguished recipients of the Leadership Excellence Awards for 2016 were named for outstanding achievements in leadership development and programs in the areas of Education, Corporate, and Individuals at the LEAD2016 event being held at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville, Tennessee. The prestigious Leadership Awards salute the world’s top leadership practitioners and programs and highlight their roles in developing their most important asset – their people.

For more than 33 years, Leadership Excellence, now a part of, has identified and recognized the top leadership organizations and their strategies and solutions in a yearly ranking by appropriate category. This year, the ranking process and award categories were streamlined and updated to better define the leadership efforts nominated.

The complete list of this year’s award winners is published in the February edition of Leadership Excellence Essentials. The Leadership Excellence publication will also feature interviews from select top award winners in each category in upcoming monthly issues starting in April. These interviews will outline each program’s unique qualities that made them a Leadership Excellence Winner.

“Effective leadership development programs and activities are a must in today’s business. Without leadership, all other resources are ineffective, whether you are operating a non-profit, educational institution, government department, small business, or a large corporation. Programs and individuals recognized in the Leadership Excellence Awards program have made significant contributions developing leaders,” stated Debbie McGrath, CEO of

The following award winners in the Corporate area are the top 3 in each category selected based on their remarkable internal programs in each of the following award categories. Complete list of award winners in all areas in the February edition of Leadership Excellence Essentials.

Best 3rd Party Channel Partner Customer Service Program
1st Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited, Ji Haan Samarth & Samvad
2nd HR Partner, Leadership 21
3rd IBM, IBM Leadership Training

Best Corporate University
1st University of Washington – Professional and Organizational Development, Strategic Leadership Program
2nd PricewaterhouseCoopers LLC in collaboration with The Leadership Circle, Genesis Park
3rd MWH Global, Inspirational Leadership

Best Customer Service Leadership Program
1st iQor, iQor University
2nd NatureSweet, Unleashing The Power of People – U PoP
3rd Regional Steel Products Inc., Quality Control Program

Best Executive Coaching
1st PricewaterhouseCoopers LLC in collaboration with The Leadership Circle, Genesis Park
2nd Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Hilton Executive Roundtable(TM) By Bixler Consulting Group
3rd Dogeared, LEAD Training, Executive Coaching, Professional Development Plan

Best Experienced/Senior Leaders Program
1st Fidelity Investments, Global Leadership Talent Program
2nd Zenger Folkman, The Extraordinary Leader
3rd Arthur J Gallagher and Company, Breakthrough Leadership Program

Best First Time Manager Program
1st Ceridian, Leadership@Ceridian
2nd Cisco, Human Resources Leadership Program
3rd Southwest Airlines, Emerging Leadership Development Program

Best Global/International Leadership Program
1st PricewaterhouseCoopers LLC in collaboration with The Leadership Circle, PwC Global Financial Services Future Leaders Programme (FSFL)
2nd Zenger Folkman, The Extraordinary Leader
3rd Dell, Global Marketing Rotation Program

Best Mentoring Program
1st Humana Inc, Development Acceleration Program
3rd Sysco Corporation in collaboration with Newberry Executive Solutions, WOW! Women On the Way to Peak Performance Program

Best Sales/Leadership Program (non-store/restaurant)
1st Arthur J Gallagher and Company, Breakthrough Leadership Program
2nd CUNA, Brokerage Services Performance Coaching
3rd Aslan Training – Sales Leadership Training, Professional Sales Coaching & Leadership

Best Store/Restaurant Management Program
1st Ted’s Montana Grill, CD2 Learning Leadership Development
2nd Walgreens Co., The Walgreens Retail Management Training Program
3rd Best Buy Co. Inc, Virtual Development Program

Best Train the Trainer Program
1st Ingersoll Rand, CSI Engaging Your Employees
2nd The Secretan Center Inc., The Secretan Center Inc.
3rd Career Systems International, Solutions Based Coaching

Best Use of a Learning Management System
1st Dimension Data Dimension, Data Leadership Development Program [LDP]
2nd Sikich LLP, Sikich University LMS Utilization
3rd Direct Energy Home Service – Nominated by Clockwork Home Services in Florida, Success Academy Online

Best Use of Classroom and Traditional Training
1st Ameritas Leadership Academy, Executive Leadership Development
2nd Ceridian, Leadership@Ceridian
3rd MetLife Group Disability Claim Operations, Group Disability Leadership Excellence Program

Best Use of Mobile Technology
1st PricewaterhouseCoopers LLC in collaboration with The Leadership Circle, Genesis Park
2nd Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant, Iron Hill University
3rd Franklin Templeton Investments In Collaboration With The Leadership Circle, FTI HR Manager Development Program

Best Use of Simulations
1st CSAA Insurance Group, a AAA Insurer, Leadership Institute Leaders Development Program
2nd The Hartford, Leadership Foundations
3rd Electronic Arts, Leadology Manager Experience

Best Use of Social Collaboration
1st IBM, #Social HR Success
2nd Cisco Systems Inc., Human Resources Leadership Program
3rd PwC Canada, Women In Leadership Program

Best Use of Team Building
1st McKesson Corp, Leaders in Action(TM) By Bixler Consulting Group
2nd Dogeared, LEAD Training, Executive Coaching, Professional Development Plan
3rd NatureSweet, Unleashing the Power of People – U PoP

Innovation In Deployment of Leadership Program
1st Cardinal Health, RISE
2nd Ameritas Life Insurance Corp, Ameritas Leadership Academy
3rd Oregon State Hospital, The Leadership Encouragement and Development (L.E.A.D!)

Top Leadership Partner
1st Full Circle Group in collaboration with Honda, Leader Advancement Mentor Program
2nd Sonoma Leadership Systems, Leading Global Provider: The Leadership Challenge (R) Workshop
3rd Kennedy Health and Saint Joseph’s University, Kennedy Leadership Development Program

About LEAD2016
LEAD2016 is a 2-day leadership forum designed to inspire leadership in people from all wal
ks of life, live simulcast to hundreds of remote host sites internationally. The event brings top thought leaders and the world’s best leadership practices into any organization and communities and was February 3rd and 4th, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee, at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

About, the largest global social networking and resource site for HR Professionals is committed to providing a deeper understanding of the HR function for 280,000 members by offering a Global Leadership annual event, Leadership Excellence Awards, HR Certification Exam Prep Courses, real-time matching for job seekers and employers, certification programs, a personal development app, monthly themed HR epublications, 4,500+ webcasts, 1,200+ eLearning credits, 230+ virtual conferences, blogs, community networks, industry news and advisory boards.

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Debbie McGrath,
Chief Instigator and CEO
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