This year, the International Society for Performance Improvement (ISPI) bestowed three special honorary awards that recognize outstanding individuals for their significant contributions to human performance technology (HPT) and to the Society itself. These awards include the Honorary Life Member Award, Thomas F. Gilbert Distinguished Professional Achievement Award, and the Distinguished Service Award. ISPI is pleased to announce this year’s recipients: Marc J. Rosenberg, CPT, PhD; Dana and James Robinson; and Andrea K. Moore, CPT, MBA. The awards were presented April 15, during ISPI’s Awards Luncheon in Reno, Nevada.

Honorary Life Member

ISPI’s Honorary Life Member Award is an honor the Society bestows on a colleague for the totality of his or her contributions to both ISPI and the field of HPT over the course of his or her career to date. This award requires the unanimous vote of two consecutive ISPI Boards, based upon recommendations by the responsible committee. ISPI is pleased to announce this year’s Honorary Life Member is Marc J. Rosenberg, CPT, PhD.

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Little did Marc know, when joining ISPI 35 years ago, that he was destined to make a lasting impact on our field. In addition to serving on the Board of Directors as treasurer, he also held the position of president from 1990-91. During his term as president, ISPI established the Thomas F. Gilbert Distinguished Professional Achievement and Distinguished Service awards. Marc, along with several other members, represented the Society at the White House, and he successfully convinced George H.W. Bush to address ISPI’s conference in Los Angeles–at least on video. He served on a task force that established Performance Improvement Quarterly and was a founding editorial board member. Marc was a member of the Board that devised ISPI’s first strategic plan, worked with Richard Lentz to design the organization’s first comprehensive conference evaluation system, and developed one of the earliest models of HPT. He is the recipient of four Awards of Excellence and four Presidential Citations.

An influential thought leader, Marc is a sought-after speaker and workshop presenter. Over the past years, he has spoken at more than two dozen chapter meetings and has been a member of the Chicago and New Jersey chapters. He is a familiar speaker at ISPI conferences–27 presentations, 2 encore sessions, and twice a masters presenter. As a former vice president of his local K-12 school board, Marc understands the importance of bringing HPT to the education of children and the systems that will help them succeed.

In an effort to spread human performance beyond ISPI’s borders, Marc has given keynote presentations at numerous professional and business conferences and has debated at the world-famous Oxford Union in England. He is a frequently quoted expert in major business and trade publications, and has published multiple articles in all ISPI publications, including the Handbook of Human Performance Technology.

Marc is the author of more than 50 articles and book chapters, as well as two best-selling books: E-Learning: Strategies for Delivering Knowledge in the Digital Age (McGraw-Hill, 2001) and Beyond E-Learning: Approaches and Technologies to Enhance Organizational Knowledge, Learning and Performance (Pfeiffer, 2006). His column, “Marc My Words,” appears monthly in the eLearning Guild’s Learning Solutions online magazine, and you can still find an electronic copy of Performance Technology: Success Stories in ISPI’s resource library.

Thomas F. Gilbert Distinguished Professional Achievement Award
Named after a foundational contributor to the field of HPT, this award recognizes those who have made outstanding contributions to the knowledge and practice of HPT. This year the award is bestowed on Dana and James Robinson.

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Dana and Jim Robinson clarified the movement from training to performance and advanced the profession to deliver business results. They are known as trailblazers and thought leaders in HPT consulting from the trenches to the C-level.

Dana and Jim started their firm, Partners in Change, in 1981 and continually transformed the field until their retirement in 2010. Throughout their 30-year career, Dana and Jim co-authored numerous articles and six books–including Training for Impact and Performance Consulting: Moving Beyond Training. In total, their books have been translated into 20 languages. Their publications have an HPT focus and are considered developmental to the field of performance consulting through strategic partnering with clients.

Their numerous recognitions–including SHRM Book of the Year Award, ASTD Distinguished Contribution Award for Workplace Learning, ISA Thought Leadership Award, and Linkage’s Lifetime Achievement Award and fellow of its Leadership and Organization Development Hall of Fame–are testaments to Jim and Dana’s influence on the field of performance improvement and the sustained impact they have had in the training and human resources industry.

Dana and Jim have presented at ISPI’s Annual Conferences, as well as the Training and ASTD Conferences. Through their work on the speaking circuit at venues such as CLO, Best of Organization Development Summit, and the ROI Conferences, Jim and Dana’s work has been used to develop other professions beyond performance improvement.

Distinguished Service Award
This award, determined by a vote of the ISPI Board of Directors, recognizes long-term, outstanding, and significant contributions to the betterment of ISPI. This year’s award goes to Andrea K. Moore, CPT, MBA.

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Andrea, an accomplished consultant and adviser to private and public sector organizations, has been actively involved with ISPI at both the chapter and international levels for nearly 20 years. She has left, and continues to leave, her mark on the Society in many ways. Andrea has been a presenter at ISPI Annual Conferences since 1993. From 1997 through 2003, she served on ISPI’s Annual Conference Planning Committee. Through her direct efforts, ISPI began to offer diverse topics of interest to performance technologists in many disciplines at the conferences. She served on the Board of Directors from 2004 to 2006. After many years as the deputy chair of ISPI’s Certification and Accreditation Governance Committee, Andrea took over the role as chair in late 2012. She is also the chair of the Accreditation subcommittee, which oversees and participates in the design and development of accreditation standards for programs, functions, and products.

In 2011, Andrea was the recipient of a Presidential Citation recognizing her work on accreditation. In 2005 and 2011, she was a part of the Proofpoint Systems, Inc., teams receiving the Outstanding Human Performance Intervention award from ISPI. At the local level, Andrea served as the president of the Front Range chapter of ISPI from 2002-2004. She also served in many other chapter roles including vice president of finance, vice president of programs, and a steering committee member. Currently, she is the vice president of membership. Throughout her local service, Andrea has been instrumental in having nationally recognized speakers visit the chapter, providing incentive and development opportunities for those who may not be able to attend larger events.

Andrea has been an independent consultant since 2000. Her work is related to analysis and performance studies, and evaluation and measurement efforts for education and training organizations. She has significant experience in software interface design, human factors, and the development of business management systems. Managing projects is one of her areas of expertise. Andrea is a self-proclaimed process “junkie.” Everything she does, both personally and professionally, has to do with improving processes. She has an eye for considering that each and every opportunity can be looked at as a process that needs to be optimized.