ASTD Excellence in PracticeThe Excellence in Practice awards program recognizes results achieved through the use of practices and solutions from the entire scope of training and development. Award-winning organizations will share their best practices at the Awards Fair, Tuesday May 21, during the 2013 ASTD International Conference and Exposition from 12:45 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.

Make time to stop by and learn from practitioners at the top of their game. Here is a brief look at what you’ll see:

AMP Horizons: The Career Changer Program

AMP Horizons recognized that the success of new financial managers required more than just competency with numbers and sales skills. The company created a career-development program focusing on self-belief and convictions in the difference they make as financial advisors.

Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago: Moment One Readiness Orientation

After moving into their new location, all employees and physicians working in the new hospital were expected to navigate the 23-floor facility, use new equipment, new systems, and new workflows while continuing to provide the highest level of patient care. The learning team supported leaders in transitioning teams while preserving aspects of the culture that were identified by employees and physicians as essential to bring to the new facility. The Moment One Readiness Orientation (MORO) project incorporated an inclusive educational strategy that addressed the needs of staff, volunteers, and patients.

China Telecom: Social Learning Practice in Accelerating the Scale Development of 3G Businesses

The Social Learning Practice was designed and implemented to address the need for faster and more effective knowledge sharing among dispersed teams. This practice was piloted in the 3G business line, while considering the corporate strategy for scale development of mobile businesses.

College of American Pathologists: Breast-Predictive Factors Testing Advanced Practical Pathology Program (AP3)

The College of American Pathologists collaborated with expert practitioners to develop an intensive learning program. This program teaches physicians who conduct breast-predictive factors testing how to accurately interpret and report these critical tests, and how to appropriately process breast tissue in preparation for these critical tests.

E*TRADE Financial: Managed Account Product Launch Training

To help investors meet their long-term investment goals, E*Trade launched managed investment strategies. This helped clients keep their portfolios well-diversified and learn to balance risk with investment performance.

HCL Technologies Ltd: A New Model for Business-Aligned Training

The challenge for HCL Technologies was to improve the skills, knowledge, and performance of more than 84,000 individuals located in 26 countries in a scalable, flexible, and sustainable manner. There was need for a robust, scalable, and flexible training model for development of employees, along with a focus on business goals. In order to address these challenges, the business-aligned training academy model was implemented by the organization.

MTR Corporation: Learning Organization – Fostering ContinualLearning and Innovating Culture

The generational shift of its workforce, combined with rising customer expectations for more attentive and innovative service, meant MTR Corporation needed to both retain and transfer critical knowledge while fostering a culture of continual learning, sharing, and innovation. The “Learning Organization” program was developed and executed with four foci: learning, innovation, people, and sharing.

Veridiam: On-the-Job Training (OJT) Checklists

To ensure Veridiam could effectively train new employees and develop the skills needed to support growth, a structured On-the-Job Training (OJT) program was developed for technical training areas in the company’s most mature plant.

Yapı ve Kredi Bankası: Operation Manager Development Simulation Program

To help branch teams achieve success in their roles, the learning function—which operates as a business partner—designed the Operation Manager Development Simulation Program to foster a sales culture, cultivate a customer service orientation, strengthen coaching skills, and improve core business performance with efficiency and improved productivity.


The ASTD 2013 International Conference & Exposition is the premier event for training and development professionals. This year's event will take place in Dallas, Texas, U.S.A. from May 19-22, 2013. Learn more about ASTD 2013's keynote speakers, educational sessions, andexposition at www.astdconference.org.