TOC Annual Distinguished Service Awards

The Annual TOC Distinguished Service Awards Program was launched by the Training Officers Consortium in 1955 to stimulate improved government-sponsored training programs through recognition of individuals making significant contributions to the Federal training community in the field of human resource development (training, education, and career development).

Review previous award recipients:
2021 Distinguished Service Award Winners and 2021 Spencer Logan Leadership Award Recipient
2020 Distinguished Service Award Winners
2019 Distinguished Service Award Winners
2018 Distinguished Service Award Winners

Award Eligibility and Submission Guidelines

  • Eligibility: The Training Officers Consortium Distinguished Service Awards program is for government-sponsored talent development practices and initiatives that organizations use to enhance and develop the knowledge, skills, and capabilities of their employees. Training suppliers should partner with their clients if they are interested in applying. Applicants do not need to be TOC registrants to apply.
  • Timeframe: Programs and practices must be fully implemented and show measurable results. Programs and practices that have previously received a Distinguished Service Award may apply again five years after their award was bestowed.
  • Multiple submissions: While each program or practice may only be submitted in one category, there is no limit to the number of separate nominations an organization may submit.

Awards are given in the following categories:

  • Leadership Development: Presented to an individual, team or agency that has made significant accomplishments in leadership development. Leadership development can encompass any number of developmental processes including the following areas: individual development planning; executive, management and/or supervisory development; 360-degree assessment and feedback; succession planning; mentoring; and coaching.
  • Innovation:  Presented to an individual, team or agency for a creative new approach, training program or developmental activity that employs non-traditional methods, tools or technology to achieve desired performance outcomes.
  • Training Design and Development: Presented to an individual, team or agency that has made significant accomplishments in the design and development of a training program or curriculum.
  • Career Development: Presented to an individual, team or agency that has made significant accomplishments with focus on influencing a community of learning or helping individuals develop their professional skills and expertise.
  • Learning Measurement & Analytics: Presented to an individual, team or agency that has made significant accomplishments in implementing learning analysis process models and systems to measure learning interventions, program effectiveness and/or organizational outcomes.
  • Learning Technologies: Presented to an individual, team or agency that has developed an innovative, effective and user-friendly technology system for managing, tracking or delivering training or other learning activities.

Spencer Logan Leadership Award

The Spencer Logan Leadership Award is given to a senior trainer who has, throughout his or her career, made innovations in the field of Federal human resources development (i.e., Human Capital). The awardee has: (1) initiated actions that have had an impact beyond one’s organization; (2) contributed substantially to TOC; and (3) through one’s ethics, dedication and leadership, served as a role model for the training community.

Spencer Logan was a community leader from Annapolis and a Training Manager at the Department of Army at the Pentagon in the 1960s. He was Chair of TOC from 1970-71, served as the Annual Institute Chair, and remained an active TOC supporter throughout his life. He was an African American whose first love was working with Army Interns. Every intern had a special bond with him. Spencer Logan finished the last years of his federal career at the National Institutes of Health and represented the best of what human resource development is all about. He was a role model, mentor, career coach, and counselor to all who encountered him regardless of race, color or gender.

TOC Awards Committee

Co-Chairs: Rhonda Carter and Gary C. Powell.

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