Welcome to the 2021 LTEN Excellence Awards!

The LTEN Excellence Awards recognizes trainers, leaders, teams and training partners that have demonstrated the highest degrees of creativity, innovation and collaboration. This program highlights the vital role that training teams and partners play in helping our organizations deliver transformative and ground-breaking healthcare solutions to patients.

The LTEN Excellence Awards recognize celebrate efforts in these categories that move our organizations forward.

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Meet the 2021 Awards Winners

The Trainers & Training Teams awards category winners (Practitioners) are:

  • All-Star Teams  – The Neuroscience Account Associate Development team, SK Life Science, for creating a peer-driven development program.
  • Emerging Leaders – Brett Smith, Takeda Pharmaceutical Co., for stepping up and planning innovative launches.
  • Innovation – Susan Hendrich, AstraZeneca, for designing patient-centric and empathetic training, and Jessica Hutchins, Chiesi, for increasing engagement and effectiveness through gamification.
  • Training for Change – The SDPA Sunovion Training & Development team, Sumitomo Dainippon Pharma America, for creating a two-day virtual field leadership summit.
  • Non-Commercial Training Efficiency – Jennifer A. Marshall of Janssen, for redefining her work group to develop the workforce of the future.

The Provider & Training Partner awards category winners are:

  • Innovation – LCILX, for building a virtual reality mindful meditation program, and MC3, for using a virtual city to build a multimodal launch.
  • Industry Partnership  – TiER1 Performance & Genentech, for together using a fitness theme to create engaging compliance training.
  • Learning Content – CMR Institute, for developing client-focused virtual selling content.

This Year’s Field Trainer Scholarship Winners

The 2021 field trainer scholarships went to Shawn Nordquist of Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, for designing and implementing a new field training framework, and Michael Tomlinson of Eisai, for improving retention through career path education.

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Meet the 2021 Awards Finalists

The Trainers & Training Teams awards category finalists (Practitioners) are:

All-Star Teams:

  • Customer Services Education / Siemens Healthineers
  • Endo All Star Team / Endo Pharmaceuticals
  • Field Training & Leader Development / Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited
  • GCO Learning & Performance Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging Council / Amgen
  • Neuroscience Account Associate Development Team / SK Life Science
  • The Superhero Janssen Immunology Sales Learning & Development Team / Janssen (J&J)

Emerging Leaders:

  • Mike Amato / Dermira, a Subsidiary of Eli Lilly and Company
  • Monica Gillison / SK Life Science
  • Tracy Rubietta / Seagen
  • Brett Smith / Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited
  • Ashlee Wilkins / Genentech


  • Kristina Frank & Alyson Peipert / Amgen
  • Susan Hendrich / AstraZeneca
  • Project Lighthouse / Boehringer Ingelheim
  • Jessica Hutchins / Chiesi USA
  • Neil Tibayan / Medtronic
  • Robyn Sachnoff / Teva Pharmaceuticals

Non-Commercial Training Efficiency:

Join us on June 9 to unveil the winner of this special category. This award recognizes projects, initiatives or technology implementations that help increase efficiencies of non-commercial training while leaving resources and bandwidth to be re-allocated to develop staff in a value-added way.

Training for Change:

  • Global Commercial L&P Operations & Technology Team / Amgen
  • Global Commercial Training & Education (GCT&E) Team / Smith & Nephew (S&N)
  • Sunovion Virtual Field Leadership Summit / Sunovion
  • Future Focused Capabilities / Takeda Pharmaceutical
  • Rachael Conway / UCB

This year’s field trainer scholarship finalists are listed below. The two scholarship recipients will be announced at the awards ceremony.

  • Catherine Iaquez / Sanofi
  • Ann Marie Malotke / AstraZeneca
  • Shawn Nordquist / Alnylam Pharmaceuticals
  • Kendra Short / Sanofi
  • Michael Tomlinson / Eisai

The Industry Partner awards category finalists (Providers) are:

Industry Partnership:

  • AdMed & Merck
  • BI Worldwide & Novartis
  • Bull City Blue & AbbVie Canada
  • CMR Institute & Bristol Myers Squibb
  • Ignite Selling & Olympus
  • Red Nucleus & AstraZeneca
  • TiER1 Performance & Genentech


  • Axiom
  • Ellicom
  • Illuminate
  • MC3
  • Qstream

Learning Content:

  • Axiom
  • CMR Institute
  • GP Strategies
  • MC3
  • OPEN Health

Award Categories

Field Trainer Scholarship

Scholarship Eligibility Criteria

  • The nominee should currently be serving in the role of Field Trainer in their organization
  • Submission should:
    • Self-nominated, or submitted by a Direct Manager, Senior Leader or fellow Field Trainer (with Direct Manager approval documented)
    • Include at least one professional reference
    • Describe in detail an innovative training project the Field Trainer completed including business impact, delivery methods, technology used (if applicable) and measurement metrics (such as number trained/impacted, survey results, cost savings). The application can include attachments detailing the project
    • Be in reference to a current LTEN member (preferred)

Applications will be reviewed by the LTEN Field Trainers Committee members. The committee will select three to five finalists and submit those candidates to the LTEN Board of Directors. The board will select the two winners.

Trainers & Training Teams Awards (Practitioner)

Emerging Leaders

For someone relatively new to the training field who has demonstrated exceptional leadership skills, business savvy, and training instincts.

Criteria for Emerging Leaders award:

  • Must be in the training industry for a minimum of one year, but no more than 3 years.
  • Successfully led a large-scale training/learning and development initiative within the last year.
  • Demonstrates specific leadership qualities.
  • Has potential to lead the training or learning & development function at an organization over the next decade.
  • Heads of departments are ineligible.


Practitioners CANNOT self-nominate. Nominations must come from managers, co-workers or peers/colleagues at an LTEN member company.


For learning leaders who have collaborated effectively with internal and external groups and individuals to marshal resources and apply innovative practices, processes or technologies in a new and groundbreaking way to address a significant business or organizational opportunity in the past year.


Practitioners can self-nominate or be nominated by a LTEN member company.

Training for Change

Honoring training leaders and/or teams who have led initiatives to help guide their teams, departments or organization through times of change, including mergers, restructurings, launches or business reengineering. The award recognizes training’s role in agilely managing change, bringing new people, products or policies into corporate cultures and helping to create the environment for change and innovation to thrive.


Practitioners can self-nominate or be nominated by others at an LTEN member company

Non-Commercial Training Efficiency

This award is for projects, initiatives or technology implementations that help increase efficiencies of non-commercial training while leaving resources and bandwidth to be re-allocated to develop staff in a value-added way. Award nominations should demonstrate how the implementation resulted in measurable benefits that reduced overhead (resources), increased productivity and soft savings (reallocated resources) or created hard financial savings.

The award winner should demonstrate:

  • The project, initiative or technology implementation resulted in regulatory requirements being met with little or no overhead (or reduced overhead).
  • The project, initiative or technology implementation demonstrated the spirit of “competency rather than completion”.
  • The project, initiative or technology implementation resulted in measurable benefits in reduced overhead (resources), increased productivity, soft savings (reallocated resources) or hard savings ($).


Practitioners can self-nominate or be nominated by others at an LTEN member company

All-Star Teams

Recognizing a training department, team or work group that has “gone above and beyond” to meet organizational needs in proactive ways


Practitioners can self-nominate or be nominated by others at an LTEN member company.

Training/Industry Partner Awards (Provider)

Learning Content

Recognizes suppliers that have created superior customized or off-the-shelf learning content in the past year.

Providers can self-nominate or be nominated by LTEN member company.

Industry Partnership

Recognizes suppliers for their work, either via whole or partially outsourced services, content development and delivery or training, in support of an organization’s learning and development function in the past year.

Providers can self-nominate or be nominated by LTEN member company.


Recognizes suppliers that have deployed innovative practices, processes and technologies in support of a client’s learning program that delivers engaging learning combining multiple modalities in the past year. Examples include workshops, eLearning, mLearning, social collaboration tools and games.

Providers can self-nominate or nominated by a LTEN member company

Training/Industry Partner Awards

To the Victor Go the Spoils...

In addition to the bragging rights, winners will also be recognized as follows:

  • Honored at the live-streamed, virtual evening ceremony on June 9
  • Celebrated at the 2021 LTEN Annual Conference in November
  • Featured in a special awards issue of LTEN Focus On Training magazine
  • Invitation to a webinar panel discussion to share their award entry
  • Invitation to share their work via a Poster session
  • Celebrated across all LTEN communication channels
  • A crystal trophy and use of the LTEN Annual Excellence Award logo

Contact Us

Find additional information about Rules and Frequently Asked Questions.

For additional questions, please contact Awards@L-TEN.org. Interested in sponsoring this year’s awards program? Contact Gregg Haunroth at ghaunroth@L-TEN.org