Awardees

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2019

Cultural Transformation: Sally Helgesen

Sally Helgesen, cited in Forbes as the world’s premier expert on women’s leadership, is a best-selling author, speaker and leadership coach. She has been recognized by Global Gurus as one of the top 30 experts on leadership and will be recognized this fall in London as Thinker’s 50’s top leadership coach for women.

Sally’s most recent book, "How Women Rise", co-authored with legendary executive coach Marshall Goldsmith, examines the behaviors most likely to get in the way of successful women as they seek to move to a higher level. It became the top-seller in its field within a week of publication and rights have been sold in 12 languages.

Previous books include "The Female Advantage: Women’s Ways of Leadership", hailed as the classic in its field and continuously in print since 1990, and "The Female Vision: Women’s Real Power at Work", which explores how women’s strategic insights can strengthen their careers. "The Web of Inclusion: A New Architecture for Building Great Organizations", was cited in The Wall Street Journal as one of the best books on leadership of all time and is credited with bringing the language of inclusion into business practice.

Employment Sciences: Drea Zigarmi

Experienced management consultant, best-selling author, powerful trainer, and motivational speaker. Co-author of "Leadership and the One Minute Manager", the third book in Ken Blanchard’s best-selling One Minute Manager Library (1985, 2013), and various chapters in "Leading at a Higher Level" (2009). Co-authored "The Leader Within" (2006), "Achieve Leadership Genius" (2007), and "The Team Leader’s Idea-A-Day Guide" (1997). Co-authored for numerous Ken Blanchard Companies products, including the widely used Situational Leadership II, DISC, and Optimal Motivation programs.

Executive Coaching: Nancy Parsons

Nancy is President & Co-Founder of CDR Assessment Group, Inc. celebrating 20 Years in Business on October 5, 2018. Nancy is a foremost expert in cutting-edge psychological and performance assessments including the unmatched CDR 3-D Suite used for leadership and talent development.

In late 2017, she released her researched based book, "Fresh Insights to END the Glass Ceiling" that gets to the real reasons the glass ceiling exists and it is not what most people think. This book sheds new light on why so few women make it to the top, the staggering costs of not promoting enough women and is packed with practical solutions to bring it down.

Nancy has presented at international, national and other conferences for talent management, HR and women in leadership events. She has appeared on: NewsMax TV, the Lars Larson Show, USA Radio, and about 50 other programs to discuss her glass ceiling book and research.

Nancy has written over 70 articles and her new book, "How Women Are Creating the Glass Ceiling & Have the Power to End It" will be available in late 2019.
In 2016, Nancy launched the philanthropic endeavor "Vets Coaching Vets" and she and her team have worked to help veterans accelerate their career success.

Organizational Leadership: Vince Molinaro

The author of "The Leadership Contract" (Wiley) – a New York Times and USA Today bestseller – Vince has spent more than 20 years as an adviser to boards and senior executives looking to improve leadership accountability in their organizations.

Organizational Leadership: Ramona Hood

Accomplished, seasoned Professional with proven success in people development, goal obtainment, and strategic vision and execution. Superior leadership and professional development skills. Interested in professional development that will provide an exchange of best practices and resources.

2018

Robert (Bob) J. Anderson

Bob has been a pacesetter and thought leader in the field of Leadership Development for over 30 years. He is the Founder, Chairman & Chief Development Officer of The Leadership Circle and Full Circle Group.

John J. Perry

John is committed to helping organizations and individuals create better tomorrows by helping them recall and honor their yesterdays, reveal and understand their today, and believe in and get excited about the promise of their tomorrows.

Doug Silsbee

Doug Silsbee was a pioneer in the field of presence-based leadership development and coaching. He was an executive coach, trainer of coaches, speaker and author in Asheville, NC. Doug passed away in July of 2018. Godspeed.

2017

Joe Musselman

Joe is known for his deep love for people, exuberant personality, and a wide range of interests and achievements. He's a passionate spirit who enjoys creating the space for people to become their greatest selves, and inspire others to do the same.

2016

Jim Kouze

Jim Kouzes is the coauthor with Barry Posner of the award-winning and best-selling book, The Leadership Challenge, with over 2.5 million copies in print. He's also the Dean’s Executive Fellow of Leadership, Leavey School of Business, Santa Clara University.

2014

Karlin Sloan

Karlin Sloan has committed herself to supporting leaders to be the change they wish to see in the world. As a corporate citizen, she is an advocate for triple-bottom-line reporting and for creating positive organizational communities that work together.

2013

Barbara Singer

Barbara's goals are to help more organizations align their strategic priorities with their talent development activities

2014

Dr. Marshall Goldsmith

Dr. Marshall Goldsmith is the only two-time winner of the Thinkers 50 Award for #1 Leadership Thinker in the World. He has been ranked as the #1 Executive Coach in the World and a Top Ten Business Thinker for the past eight years.