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Oakland, CA – Feb 10, 2011 – Bersin & Associates, a world-class research and consulting firm that empowers HR organizations to drive bottom-line impact, today announced the winners of the Bersin & Associates 2011 Learning Leaders Program, now in its fifth year. The firm also announced the availability of the report, Learning Leaders® 2011: Lessons from the Best. The complimentary, 169-page report provides a detailed look at the 28 winners of the 2011 Bersin & Associates Learning Leaders® Program, which recognizes organizations that drove significant business improvement with innovative and effective approaches to employee learning and talent management.
Bersin & Associates’ 2011 Learning Leaders were selected from hundreds of applications spanning technology, financial services, healthcare, transportation and management consulting. Winners also include providers of training and talent management solutions and services. In the face of an economic recovery, this year’s winning submissions were focused on finding and growing the right mix of talent, rather than on managing existing talent and learning needs as were last year’s submissions. As in past years, the awards program was conducted by Bersin & Associates in partnership with Elearning! magazine.
“This year’s Learning Leaders demonstrate that today’s stellar organizations are more focused on securing and nurturing talent with the right mix of deep skills, global capabilities, innovative savvy and leadership,” said Josh Bersin, chief executive officer and president, Bersin & Associates. “These organizations clearly understand the benefits of creating a borderless workplace that fosters innovation and expertise, and that encourages employees, candidates and alumni to collaborate and interact with HR via mobile phones, social networking and online content in ways that enable every member of an organization to become better at what they do. We believe that all training and development professionals can gain valuable insight from their success stories.”
The complimentary research report details winning strategies and best practices for employee learning and development in a range of industries. For example, it demonstrates how Air Products, with its globally-consistent learning and development of talent and its demonstrated ability to run an efficient learning organization, has captured more than $30 million in savings through targeted improvement projects. It shows how Cisco, with its Center for Collaborative Leadership, has significantly strengthened the company’s leadership pipeline and through its Action Learning Forum has generated ideas for new products and services valued at a potential $25 billion. In addition, it details the winning work of Underwriters Laboratories’ 12-week learning boot camp for product safety engineers. The Underwriters Laboratories program – which includes hands-on labs, self-paced e-learning and field experience at customer manufacturing sites – has halved the time to qualification.
Learning Leaders program partner Elearning! magazine featured the 2011 winners in its February special issue. “We congratulate the 2011 Learning Leaders,” said Catherine Upton, CEO and publisher of Elearning! “Readers, and the industry as a whole, leveraged innovative ideas and collaborative technologies to overcome huge challenges in 2010 and to drive success.”
Additional Learning Leaders covered in both Elearning! magazine and the complimentary report were recognized for their work in one of six categories. They include:
Operational Training and Development Excellence:
Learning Organization and Governance Excellence
Leadership Development Excellence:
Learning and Talent Initiative Excellence:
Learning and Talent Technology Excellence:
Vendor Innovation in Learning and Talent Management:
Learning Leader winners will be recognized at Bersin & Associates upcoming research conference, IMPACT 2011: The Business of Talent®. In addition, senior practitioners from Learning Leader winner organizations – past and present – will participate in panel discussions and present in-depth case studies on a wide range of topics. These organizations include Accenture, Booz Allen, Business Development Bank of Canada, Cisco, JetBlue, Kelly Services, MetLife, Nationwide, and Teradata.
To receive a complimentary copy of the Bersin & Associates Learning Leaders 2011: Lessons from the Best report, go to http://marketing.bersin.com/2011LearningLeaders.html . For more information on the Learning Leaders Program, go to www.bersin.com/leaders. To be added to the Bersin & Associates mailing list for Learning Leaders Program news, updates, and the 2012 call for applications, please contact LearningLeaders@bersin.com.
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About Bersin & AssociatesBersin & Associates empowers HR and learning organizations to drive bottom-line impact through world-class research and consulting. The company’s WhatWorks® membership gives human resources, learning, and talent acquisition professionals the information and tools they need to drive change in their organizations as strategic business partners. Bersin & Associates members use our insights and tools to benchmark themselves against best practices, design and implement programs across the HR and learning spectrum and select and implement systems. More than 5,000 organizations worldwide, including more than half of the Fortune 100, use Bersin & Associates research and consulting to guide their learning, talent, and human resources strategies.