ASTD Announces 39 Winners in its Seventh Annual 'BEST Awards'
Awards Recognize Organizations' Commitment to World-Class Learning and Performance
Alexandria, VA (Vocus) October 2, 2009 -- The American Society for Training & Development (ASTD)
announces that 39 organizations from Canada, Hong Kong, India, Singapore, and the United States are winners in
the 2009 ASTD BEST Awards competition. Sun Microsystems, of Santa Clara, California, holds the first place
The 2009 ASTD BEST Award winners are recognized in a special section of the October issue of Training +
Development (T+D), ASTD's monthly magazine, and were honored during a reception on October 1 in
Washington, D.C. Many of the winners participated in the "Learn from the BEST" event on October 2 to share
best practices during roundtable presentations and networking time.
The BEST Awards recognize organizations that demonstrate enterprise-wide success through employee learning
and development. According to Tony Bingham, ASTD's president and CEO, "The ASTD BEST Award winners
set the standard of excellence for exceptional learning practices, and demonstrate that a skilled workforce is vital
to achieving results. They use learning as a strategic tool and have the support of senior leaders who champion a
Through an online application, the 2009 BEST Awards received entries from 93 organizations in 10 countries.
These organizations submitted quantitative and qualitative information to ASTD about their learning and
development practices and programs. Their applications were assessed by members of the BEST Awards advisory
committee, a group of experts in the learning and development field.
More information about the 2009 ASTD BEST Award winners may be found in the October 2009 issue of T D
magazine and online: www.astd.org/best. Details about the 2010 program will be available next February.
ASTD would like to thank the following sponsors of the 2009 BEST Awards: Platinum Sponsor: Booz Allen
Hamilton; Silver Sponsors: Gene