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Bersin & Associates Announces New WhatWorks® Awards and Call for Applications

New Bersin & Associates WhatWorks® Awards Replaces Learning Leaders Program to Recognize Innovation and Excellence in High-Impact HR, Learning and Talent Management

Oakland, CA – August 1, 2012 – Bersin & Associates, the leading membership-based provider of human resources (HR) research and best practices, today announced the call for applications for the Bersin & Associates 2013 WhatWorks® Awards, a bold new research-driven awards program that supersedes the popular Learning Leaders program with a broad focus on innovation and excellence across the critical areas of learning and talent.

Organizations interested in submitting for this prestigious award can go to to download applications. The deadline for application submission is September 14, 2012.  WhatWorks Awards are offered in an exclusive partnership between Bersin & Associates and the award-winning Human Resources Executive® magazine.  Winners will be featured in the print and digital versions of the magazine in March 2013. Winners also will be recognized and their programs featured at the Bersin & Associates IMPACT 2013 research conference, to be held April 22-25, 2013 in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

“We are expanding our awards program to reflect the breadth and depth of our membership base and the proprietary information, models, and best practices that we deliver,” said Josh Bersin, chief executive officer and president, Bersin & Associates. “The program uses selection criteria based on our years of in-depth study and the expertise we’ve developed across all areas of HR, learning and talent. We look forward to receiving submissions from any and all organizations that can demonstrate significant operational improvement by applying unique and innovative approaches to solving critical challenges in these areas.”

The new Bersin & Associates WhatWorks Awards will recognize winners in each of seven categories. The new award categories align with current industry focal points and Bersin & Associates industry-leading practice areas. Organizations can apply in one or more of the following categories: (1) Transforming HR, (2) Developing Tomorrow’s Leaders, (3) Enabling High Impact Learning, (4) Acquiring Top Talent, (5) Optimizing Talent Management, and (6) Delivering Innovation, a category which recognizes Solution Providers that have brought an innovative solution to the marketplace.

For a special seventh category, Bersin & Associates will select outstanding examples of submissions for a Leveraging WhatWorks® Membership award. That award will recognize companies that take full advantage of their Bersin & Associates WhatWorks membership -- including research, models and services -- to accelerate significant business improvement.

Previous winners of the former Bersin & Associates Learning Leaders awards include organizations from around the world in a range of sizes and industries. For an in-depth look at past winners of that program and their initiatives, download the free report, Learning Leaders® 2012: Lessons from the Best.

 “We’re excited to be the exclusive partner for the new Bersin & Associates WhatWorks Awards as Bersin & Associates expands its popular and unique, research-based program to recognize innovation and excellence across critical areas of HR, learning and talent,” said David Shadovitz, Editor and Co-Publisher, Human Resource Executive magazine. “We look forward to sharing with our readers the top best practices and innovations that deliver improved business results.”

In addition, Bersin & Associates will develop a WhatWorks Awards report on best practices, findings, and observations collected during the evaluation process. Other program-related activities include public webinars featuring specific HR, training and talent management topic areas and leaders.

About Bersin & Associates

Bersin & Associates is an award-winning provider of proven people strategies that leaders and their organizations need to deliver exceptional business performance. Our WhatWorks® research membership gives Fortune 1000 and Global 2000 HR professionals the research-based information and tools they need to drive bottom-line impact for their organizations.  

Members use our insights and tools to design and implement best practice solutions, benchmark against others, and select and implement systems. A piece of Bersin & Associates research is downloaded every minute during the business day. More than 5,000 organizations worldwide use our research and consulting to guide their HR, talent and learning strategies.