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50 Heads of HR

from leading Asian and global companies

20 Heads of Executive Education

from top business school


Mission: To recognise achievements and elevate organisational, leadership and people development.
Since 2017, MERIT has been providing a unique forum for HR and L&D directors of international companies from different industries and executive education leaders. Further to our mission to empower people and organisations and elevate the state of corporate learning “The MERIT” have been designed to award impactful transformational initiatives.

Why Enter/Benefits:

•     GAIN RECOGNITION in an international community of HR/L&D and higher education leaders
•     GROW YOUR NETWORK connecting with executives and experts from different countries
•     BENCHMARK - share your insights into best practices and learn from fellow professionals
•     CELEBRATE your achievements and boost your team’s motivation
•     ENHANCE YOUR COMPANY PROFILE with free marketing and PR exposure 

Who can participate:

HR, Talent, L&D, and Executive Education professionals, alone or together with partner organisations such as consultancies, and learning providers. 

Do you need more information about the application process/terms and conditions?

How to participate:

You can submit your best initiatives in the following areas:

•    Organisational Development
•    Leadership Development
•    People Development

There will be several award categories in each area, taking into consideration:

•    The organisation type and size (e.g. SME or Large);
•    The geographical outreach of the initiative – local, regional, global;

* The organisers and judging panel reserve their right to assign or reassign your project to a category based on their interpretation of your project's goals and strengths.


The review of your application will be based on four main criteria – the 4 “I”s:

•    Ideation – needs analysis, approach, design;
•    Implementation – stakeholder buy-in, engagement;
•    Impact – on the organisation, its people and the outside world;
•    Innovation – introduction of new ideas, methodology, or technology.


15 February

Start of application process 

30 April

End of application process  

3 – 7 May

Evaluation of the applications

11 May

Notification of shortlisted contestants

15-16 June
MERIT Summit

Presentation and discussion of the case studies in the conference streams

16 June

Awards Gala Dinner and winner announcements

The jury consists of MERIT Leadership Community members, executive education leaders, and experts.

Speakers Lisbon , September 2021

Submission is free. Selected entries are expected to attend the summit and do a short presentation of their initiative in the form of a case study. All applicants will be expected to book a ticket to the conference, or to have secured the ticket of a delegate representing them in lieu, before receiving eligibility for a showcase presentation. 

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