American Heart University Recognized as a LearningElite Organization

Chief Learning Officer magazine’s LearningElite and Editor’s Choice Awards Presented at Gala

March 27, 2013 Categories: Program News

Austin, Texas — The American Heart Association’s – American Heart University was presented with a 2013 LearningElite award from Chief Learning Officer magazine at a gala dinner held in Austin, Texas. American Heart University was ranked No. 32 in the competition from a field of more than 200 companies.  This recognition puts the AHA into the league of global organizations honored such as AT&T, UPS, IBM, General Mills, Deloitte, KMPG, Emory University and others.

Developed under the guidance of chief learning officers and senior workforce development practitioners, the CLO LearningElite is the only peer-based benchmarking initiative in the industry. This pioneering program utilizes best practices in evaluation to objectively assess both the scope and the value of the learning and development services that companies provide. It recognizes excellence in five key L&D performance indicators: learning strategy, learning impact, leadership commitment, learning execution and business performance results.   The American Heart University scored above industry benchmarks in all areas with one judge commenting “Overall the AHA’s university demonstrates an elite-level approach to learning and development with a strategic and creative use of resources that are focused on what employees will actual use.”

“In our third year of benchmarking workforce learning and development practices, competition was intense. The organizations that achieved LearningElite status stood out as true innovators in enterprise education — noteworthy for their unswerving commitment to deploying elite L&D practices that deliver measurable business value,” said Sarah Kimmel, director of research and advisory services for the Human Capital Media Advisory Group, a component of the magazine’s publisher, MediaTec Publishing.  “The LearningElite’s incisive analysis yields solid data that validates the impact these organizations’ learning initiatives have on productivity, engagement, innovation and, ultimately, business results.”

“Chief Learning Officer is proud to recognize organizations such as the American Heart Association’s – American Heart University that make learning and development a key part of their business strategy as well as their culture,“ said Norm Kamikow, president and editor in chief of MediaTec and its Human Capital Media Group. “This level of commitment is what enables enterprises to build and maintain high-performing workforces with the competencies, capabilities and leadership skills to carry out the company’s mission and achieve its goals.”

For more information about the LearningElite, visit

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Sarah Kimmel
Director, Research and Advisory Services
Human Capital Media Advisory Group
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