ASTD Honors William J. Rothwell for Contributions to the Learning and Development Profession

William J. Rothwell, Ph.D. has been honored with the ASTD 2011 Distinguished Contribution Award in Workplace Learning and Performance. The award was presented to Dr. Rothwell during the ASTD 2012 International Conference & Exposition, held in Denver, Colorado.  “I am so honored to win this award. It is like winning the Nobel Prize or the Oscar’s Award in training” Dr. Rothwell said when he learned that he won the award. “It is the closest thing to these awards that our field has.”

The American Society for Training and Development (ASTD) is the world’s largest association dedicated to workplace learning and development professionals. Their Distinguished Contribution Award is presented in recognition of an exceptional contribution of sustained impact on the field of workplace learning and performance.

Dr. Rothwell is the author of several AMACOM Books including his most recently published book, Lean But Agile: Rethink Workforce Planning and Gain a True Competitive Edge co-written with James Graber and Neil McCormick. The Seamless Workplace blog said of Lean But Agile: “It’s a great read, particularly for business leaders challenged with building and managing a highly efficient workforce in today’s new economy.”

Dr. Rothwell’s other AMACOM titles include: Invaluable Knowledge: Securing Your Company’s Technical Expertise (2011) and  Effective Succession Planning: Ensuring Leadership Continuity and Building Talent from Within, Fourth Edition (2010), and Manager’s Guide to Maximizing Employee Potential: Quick and Easy Strategies to Develop Talent Every Day (2009).

Dr. Rothwell comments, “When I asked what I won the award for–since most award winners have won it for one thing or another–I was told that my very well-known book Effective Succession Planning, Fourth Edition was one factor and my continuing work over many years on defining the competencies of effective learning and development professionals with ASTD was another. Of course, it helps that I have done speaking engagements on every continent many times, have visited China 62 times since 1996 and Singapore 25 times since 1993, and I have authored, coauthored, edited or co-edited 79 books on HR, training or OD at current count.”

“William Rothwell has been a pleasure to work with all these years, and it is no surprise to me that he won this award,” said Christina Parisi, Executive Editor at AMACOM books. “He seems to be able to anticipate demand in his field while writing timeless classics that people return to time and time again. His book on succession planning will become even more important in the coming years with the impending talent war.”

The entire staff of AMACOM congratulates Dr. Rothwell for winning this very prestigious award.

About the Author
William J. Rothwell, Ph.D., SPHR is President of Rothwell & Associates, Inc., a full-service consulting company. A recognized leader in succession planning and talent management, Rothwell is also Professor of Workforce Education and Development in the Department of Learning and Performance Systems on the University Park campus of The Pennsylvania State University. The University released this statement about Dr. Rothwell’s award.  He lives in State College, PA.

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