Champions of Learning Awards: Frequently Asked Questions

15 Sep 2017 7:38 AM | Anonymous
What are Champions of Learning Awards?

ATD Sacramento launched the Champions of Learning Awards to recognize and thank outstanding learning and development professionals and learning organizations in the Sacramento region (El Dorado, Nevada, Placer, Sacramento, Sutter, Yolo, and Yuba counties). This is the second year we are recognizing the champions in employee learning and development. There are three categories of awards:

  • Best Practices in Talent Development
  • Champions of Learning Leadership
  • Outstanding Talent Development Contributor
Why should my organization apply?
  • It’s an opportunity for you to showcase a great project, an innovative strategy, or best practices that can benefit all learners.
  • It shows your employees that you care. Providing effective learning opportunities shows your organization’s commitment to its employees.
  • It’s a way to acknowledge and celebrate your organization’s training team for all the effort they put into making effective learning a priority in your organization. Celebrate their hard work and success.
  • It’s rewarding. Being recognized as a champion of learning feels good. You can share your success with others via an immediate press release.
Who is eligible?

Public and private organizations from all industries, independent consultants, and coaches in the Sacramento Region (El Dorado, Nevada, Placer, Sacramento, Sutter, Yolo, and Yuba counties) are eligible.

Specific guidelines as well as evaluation criteria for each award category are detailed on the associated application. 

Click here to download the applications. All questions should be directed to 

When is the deadline for application?

The deadline to submit nominations has been extended to Wednesday, November 1, 2017, 5:00 p.m. PST

Email completed application forms to We will acknowledge the receipt of your application and follow up with you within three business days.

How do I apply?

Download the application forms here. Specific guidelines and evaluation criteria for each award category are detailed on the associated application. 

Email your completed form to by 5:00 p.m. PST on Wednesday, November 1, 2017.

Can my company submit an application in more than one category?

Yes. You just need to complete the appropriate forms and email them to by 5:00 p.m. PST on Wednesday, November 1, 2017.

How will the winners be selected?

An independent panel of judges will select winners based on a rubric that we provide them. These judges are talent development professionals from other ATD chapters throughout the country. All entries will be “scrubbed” for blind judging.

When will I know the results?

All winners will be informed via email by November 30, 2017. 

What do winners receive?

Winners will be recognized at the Champions of Leadership Awards Dinner on December 14, 2017 at the UC Davis MIND Auditorium. All winners will receive a Champion of Leadership Award plaque and a press release kit for immediate publication.

When is the awards ceremony?

The awards ceremony is on Thursday, December 14, 2017, 5:30 – 8:00 p.m., at the UC Davis MIND Auditorium.


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