Winners Revealed for the 2014 Leadership 500 Excellence Awards Recognizing Exceptional Leadership Development and Programs

Vail, Colorado – Distinguished recipients of the Leadership 500 Excellence Awards for 2014 were named today for outstanding achievements in leadership development and programs at the 2014 Global Leadership Excellence Forum being held in Vail, Colorado.

For the past 30 years, Leadership Excellence has identified and recognized the Top 500 leadership organizations and their strategies and solutions in their yearly ranking. This year’s Top 500 award winners have been published in the April issue of Leadership Excellence Essentials. The publication also features the Top award winners in each category, now available online:

“Leadership is an art that requires constant practice and focus to master. The firms recognized in the Leadership 500 Excellence Awards program significantly help firms grow and develop their leaders through some of the most impactful programs we have ever seen,” stated Debbie McGrath, CEO of

Awards were presented to the top 3 companies for their remarkable internal programs in each of the following award categories:
Small Companies (less than 100 employees)
1st place – Renaissance Executive Forums
2nd place – Polaris Global
3rd place – Powers Resource Center

Midsize Companies (100 – 999 employees)
1st place – Blue & Co.
2nd place – MidWestOne Bank
3rd place – Paycom

Large Companies (1000 + employees)
1st place – GE
2nd place – NCR
3rd place – Humana Inc

1st place – Baldrige Performance Excellence Program
2nd place – Personnel Board of Jefferson County
3rd place – Ohio Dept. of Job and Family Services

Non-Profit Organizations
1st place – The Leadership Investment
2nd place – AcademyWomen
3rd place – Sharp HealthCare

International Companies (program was deployed outside of the USA)
1st place – St. Michael’s Hospital
2nd place – SingTel
3rd place – Niagara Casinos

In addition, selections were made for the top leadership partners and solution providers in the following categories:
Educational institution (University Business School/Technical Trade School)
1st place – Florida International University Center for Leadership
2nd place – Stephen M. Ross School of Business, University of Michigan
3rd place – Temple University- Human Resources Department

Leadership partners and providers – Small (less than 5 employees)
1st place – Brainard Strategy
2nd place – People Biz
3rd place – Schachter Consulting

Leadership partners and providers – Midsize (5 to 49 employees)
1st place – Zenger Folkman
2nd place – Full Circle Group, NA
3rd place – Align4Profit

Leadership partners and providers – Large (50+ employees)
1st place – Development Dimensions International (DDI)
2nd place – VitalSmarts
3rd place – Blessingwhite, A Division of GP Strategies

International Leadership partners and providers (Most of the work done outside of the USA or HQ outside of the USA)
1st place – The Secretan Center
2nd place – Knightsbridge Human Capital Solutions
3rd place – CRG Consulting Resource Group International

This year’s award recipients were selected based on both an application or nomination process as well as voting. The voting was completed by users of the leadership program and was promoted by the nominees as well as through social media campaigns.

Throughout the year, the Leadership Excellence Publication will feature the top award recipients in each category showcasing the unique qualities that made them a Leadership 500 Winner.

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