June 19, 2018  

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Southern Miss Alumna's Book Honored

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A book by University of Southern Mississippi alumna Dr. Holly Burkett, which features case studies from two Southern Miss professors and one alumnus, has earned special recognition.

Learning for the Long Run: 7 Practices for Sustaining a Resilient Learning Organization has been awarded the 2017 Award of Excellence for Outstanding Human Performance Communication from the International Society for Performance Improvement (ISPI). This award recognizes a communication that enables individuals or organizations to achieve excellence in performance improvement.

Published by the Association for Talent Development (ATD), the book is based, in part, on Burkett’s dissertation research while in the Department of Human Capital Development at Southern Miss. The book provides proven practices, practical tools and valuable job aids to help learning-leaders build a relevant and sustainable learning enterprise.

Original case studies from the public and private sector show how these practices have been applied and include case study examples from Professor and Chair of the Department of Human Capital Development Dr. Cyndi Gaudet and Professor and Assistant Director of the Jack and Patti Phillips Workplace Learning and Performance Institute Dr. Heather Annulis.

Work from Gaudet and Annulis is featured in Chapter 8, “Foster Collaboration, Connection and Community.” This chapter describes how collective actions, a sense of community and a shared purpose helped enable growth at Southern Miss.

“I feel so grateful for the ongoing support and inspiration from Dr. Gaudet and Dr. Annulis as leader-teachers, role models and coaches,” said Burkett.

A case study from University alumnus Dr. Rich Ayers, who also graduated from the Department of Human Capital Development, was also featured.

Holly Burkett has more than 20 years of experience helping diverse, global organizations achieve strategic change impact with workplace learning and talent management initiatives focused on leadership development, succession planning, career development and coaching, and performance improvement. Formerly with Apple, she is now principal of Evaluation Works, a performance consultancy in Davis, Calif.

In addition to her new book, Burkett also wrote the “Talent Manager as Change Agents” chapter in the ATD Talent Management Handbook and was a contributor to the Human Resource Certification Institute’s (HRCI’s) The Rise of HR: Wisdom from 73 Thought Leaders, an e-book distributed to more than 1.5 million HR professionals around the globe.

Burkett holds a doctorate in human capital development from Southern Miss, along with a master’s of human resources and organizational development. She is a frequent conference presenter, international facilitator and writer.