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Herrmann International Receives the USDLA’s 2010 Gold Award for Best Practices in Distance Learning Programming

Herrmann International was recently honored by the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA), which recognized the company's online learning simulation program, The Thinking Accelerator™ featuring HBDIinteractive™, for excellence in distance learning programming.

Lake Lure, NC, May 13, 2010 --( The United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) presented the Gold Award for Best Practices in Distance Learning Programming to Herrmann International at the 2010 International Distance Learning Awards, held in conjunction with the 2010 National Conference in St. Louis, Missouri.

“As a premier organization for the entire distance learning profession, we are honoring Herrmann International as a leader in the industry," said Dr. John G. Flores, CEO of USDLA. “Herrmann International has raised the bar of excellence and we are truly honored by their contributions to the distance learning industry.”

Fortune 500 companies around the globe are using this online, on-demand program and the Herrmann Brain Dominance Instrument® (HBDI®) assessment tool to build leadership capabilities, improve teamwork and develop the Whole Brain® Thinking skills necessary to innovate and succeed in the 21st century workplace.

"With new challenges placing greater demands on businesses to be nimbler, smarter and more innovative, companies are looking for ways they can rapidly build the capabilities of their high-potential employees while keeping a lid on corporate travel and training delivery costs," says Ann Herrmann-Nehdi, CEO of Herrmann International.

Herrmann International is receiving national attention for its innovative approach -- both in content and delivery methods -- to addressing today's workplace performance challenges. In addition to the USDLA award, last fall the program received the 2009 Silver Learning in Practice Award for Excellence in Content from Chief Learning Officer Magazine.

Designed for use in organizations across industry sectors and geographic locations, The Thinking Accelerator™ featuring HBDIinteractive™ blends a self-directed online simulation with action learning and application exercises to help people uncover their thinking preferences and apply Whole Brain® Thinking to improve leadership, teamwork, communication, problem solving and creativity. The program was originally developed with IBM for its global leadership development program.

“Because the participant’s Herrmann Brain Dominance Instrument® (HBDI®) assessment profile is embedded into the program, each person receives a personalized distance learning experience,” explains Herrmann-Nehdi. “Our clients appreciate the quality and effectiveness of delivery because it allows them to scale quickly, and it frees up valuable classroom time to focus on business-focused application.”

Presented annually to organizations and individuals engaged in the development and delivery of distance learning programs, the USDLA Awards were created to acknowledge major accomplishments in distance learning and to highlight those distance learning instructors, programs and professionals who have achieved and demonstrated extraordinary results through the use of online, videoconferencing, satellite and blended learning delivery technologies.

Julie Young, Chair of USDLA Board of Directors and President/CEO of Florida Virtual School (FLVS), noted that, “Once again this year’s award winners represent many of the most innovative leaders in the field of distance learning.”

About Herrmann International
Herrmann International is the originator of Whole Brain® Technology and the Herrmann Brain Dominance Instrument® (HBDI®). Founded in 1981 on research into how thinking preferences can affect performance, the company develops Whole Brain® products and solutions that provide organizations with the critical bridge between people and systems optimization. With Whole Brain® Thinking and the HBDI® clients gain a proven, practical method of harnessing the brainpower of the entire organization to improve productivity, creativity, teamwork, sales and other business results.

In addition to the highly validated HBDI® assessment tool, Herrmann International solutions encompass facilitated classroom workshops, interactive online programming, on-the-job resources and a variety of tools and services designed to enhance individual, team and organizational effectiveness. Clients include American Express, BMW, Cisco, GE, IBM, Johnson & Johnson, Proctor & Gamble, Shell Oil, US Navy and Wharton School of Business.

About United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) 

The United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) is a non-profit association formed in 1987 and is located in Boston, Massachusetts. The association reaches 20,000 people globally with sponsors and members operating in and influencing 46% of the $913 billion dollar U.S. education and training market. USDLA promotes the development and application of distance learning for education and training and serves the needs of the distance learning community by providing advocacy, information, networking and opportunity. Distance learning and training constituencies served include pre-k-12 education, higher and continuing education, home schooling as well as business, corporate, military, government and telehealth markets. The USDLA trademarked logo is the recognized worldwide symbol of dedicated professionals committed to the distance learning industry.

Contact Information
Herrmann International
Orin Salas
Marla Lepore, Marla Ink Productions, 615-746-7762
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The Thinking Accelerator™ featuring HBDIinteractive™
This online simulation program helps people uncover their thinking preferences and learn how to apply Whole Brain® Thinking to improve leadership, teamwork, communication, innovation and overall business results.
Filename: ThinkingAcceleratorflyer.pdf

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