Helios Apollo Awards
Congratulations to the 2013 Helios Apollo Award Finalists!
Ena: (1-50 Employees)
Cassaday & Company
Wendroff & Associates
Thio: (51-100 Employees)
Tria: (101-200 Employees)
Federal Management Partners
NIH Federal Credit Union
Tessera: (201-700 Employees)
Fulcrum IT Services
Kearney & Company
Walker & Dunlop
Pente: (701+ Employees)
Salient Federal Solutions
Hercules: (Nonprofits Doing More With Less)
Northern Virginia Family Service
The Women’s Center
Washington Humane Society
Please join us in celebrating this year’s honorees at the Helios Apollo Awards Breakfast Ceremony on Wednesday, May 29th from 7:30 - 9:30 AM at the McLean Hilton. We expect to have over 500 leaders from Washington at this energetic event full of connections, content and collaboration.
Nominations for the Apollo Awards opened on January 7, 2013, and were accepted through February 21, 2013. The nomination for the Apollo Awards includes quantitative data and provides the opportunity for nominees to share narratives about their employee learning and development programs.
The Helios Apollo Awards kicked-off on the morning of January 9, 2013 at the Nominations Workshop. A panel of Apollo Alumni, consisting of Christopher Hertz, CEO of New Signature, Declan Leonard, SPHR, Managing Partner of Berenzweig Leonard and Sheri Leonardo, SVP, Human Resources of Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide, depicted the process, shared their most impactful employee development stories and answered questions the attendees had. Attendees of the workshop tend to consist of CXOs and HR leaders who are considering nominating their organization for the Apollo Awards. This event is graciously sponsored by Washington Financial Group.
This year’s nominees were reviewed by an independent selection committee who look for organizational practices that support innovation, collaboration, and agility through employee learning and development. Our selection committee consisted of:
- Jenn Crenshaw, Chief Human Resource Officer at New Signature
- Joe DeNoyior, Managing Partner at Washington Financial Group
- Angela Galyean, former Vice President Human Resources at GeoEye
- Kathleen Ferris, former Senior Vice President, Human Resources at L3-STRATIS
- Jaime Nespor, Group Publisher at SmartCEO
The Helios Apollo Awards recognizes employers who are focused on the future by using employee learning and development as strategies to drive business impact and engagement. Participating organizations recognize these programs are not only necessary in providing them a competitive advantage, but that they contribute to employee retention by developing strong managers and providing meaningful projects, credibility through enhanced certifications, and succession planning through promotional opportunities. Their efforts not only benefit the end client, but the individual and the community as well. Since the establishment of the program in 2005, we have honored over 150 outstanding organizations in the Washington, DC metropolitan community. Recipients of the Apollo Awards have come from both commercial and non-profit sectors whose company size range from less than 10 to more than 25,000 employees.
The Helios Apollo Awards is hosted in partnership with Washington SmartCEO. Our Event Guide, produced by SmartCEO, is distributed at the awards ceremony and will also appear in the July 2013 issue of Washington SmartCEO magazine. The data collected in the 2012 nomination surveys have been used to produce Helios’ white paper, ‘Rules’ of Engagement, which identifies current employee engagement and development trends.