Individual Winners Announced for the 2016 Leadership Excellence Awards Recognizing Exceptional Leadership Development Programs in the Individual Category

LEAD2016 at Nashville, TN – Distinguished recipients of the Leadership Excellence Awards for 2016 were named for outstanding achievements in leadership development and programs in the areas of Education, Corporate, and Individuals at the LEAD2016 event being held at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville, Tennessee. The prestigious Leadership Awards salute the world’s top leadership practitioners and programs and highlight their roles in developing their most important asset – their people.

For more than 33 years, Leadership Excellence, now a part of, has identified and recognized the top leadership organizations and their strategies and solutions in a yearly ranking by appropriate category. This year, the ranking process and award categories were streamlined and updated to better define the leadership efforts nominated.

The complete list of this year’s award winners is published in the February edition of Leadership Excellence Essentials. The Leadership Excellence publication will also feature interviews from select top award winners in each category in upcoming monthly issues starting in April. These interviews will outline each program’s unique qualities that made them a Leadership Excellence Winner.

“Effective leadership development programs and activities are a must in today’s business. Without leadership, all other resources are ineffective, whether you are operating a non-profit, educational institution, government department, small business, or a large corporation. Programs and individuals recognized in the Leadership Excellence Awards program have made significant contributions developing leaders,” stated Debbie McGrath, CEO of

The following award winners are the top 3 in each category selected based on their remarkable Individual programs in each of the following award categories. Complete list of award winners in all areas in the February edition of Leadership Excellence Essentials.

Top Corporate Leader Award – Over 35
1st Matthew Owenby, Senior Vice President/Chief Human Resources Officer, Aflac
2nd Mark Monaghan, VP Corporate Training and Development, iQor LLC
3rd Lane Schonour, Senior Director Leadership Development, Goodwill Industries International Inc.

Top Future Leader Award – 35 and Under
1st Dawn Siemiet, Leadership Development Program Lead, Southwest Airlines
2nd Emily Young, Senior Manager, Learning and Development, Sikich University, Sikich LLP
3rd Abbas Shahid Baqir, Managing Director, Student Shelter In Computers

This year’s award recipients were selected based on both an application or nomination process, reviewed by’s expert leadership panel, as well as feedback from the program’s participants. The voting was promoted by the nominees as well as through social media campaigns over the course of the nomination period.

About LEAD2016
LEAD2016 is a 2-day leadership forum designed to inspire leadership in people from all walks of life, live simulcast to hundreds of remote host sites internationally. The event brings top thought leaders and the world’s best leadership practices into any organization and communities and was February 3rd and 4th, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee, at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. []

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