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Deloitte learning leader receives Lifetime Learning Leadership Award


New York, NY — Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited (DTTL) is pleased to announce that Nick van Dam Ph.D., Chief Learning Officer, DTTL, has received the Lifetime Learning Leadership Award for his contributions to innovation and learning from The MASIE Center, an internationally-recognized think tank focused on workforce education and performance.

Elliott Masie, CEO and Founder of The MASIE Center, commented, “We honor Nick van Dam’s leadership in the world of workforce learning at Deloitte, advancement of the learning and training field through the books he has authored, and his powerful impact on global education through the founding of the e-Learning for Kids Foundation.”

Van Dam is the third recipient of this award, created in honor of the late Jonathan Kayes, former Chief Learning Officer (CLO) of the Central Intelligence Agency and the MASIE Center’s Learning CONSORTIUM Chief Learning Officer. Van Dam was selected for his exemplary work in leading innovation in the professional field of learning and development over the last 25 years, in areas such as learning design, digital learning, leadership development, performance management, and innovation in learning. As an international thought leader, he has published a number of books which have been translated in Portuguese and Mandarin including, The e-Learning Fieldbook, 25 Best Practices in Learning & Talent Development, and Next Learning Unwrapped.

One major achievement has been his founding of the e-Learning for Kids Foundation (, which has provided 10+ million children (ages 5-12) with access to free digital learning. E-Learning for Kids supports Deloitte21, a Deloitte network-wide global initiative helping underserved young people acquire the skills they need to thrive in the 21st century economy.

“I am honored to receive this prestigious award and feel privileged that my work has been recognized by the exemplary practitioners in this field,” said Van Dam. “I am proud to be a part of an organization that recognizes the importance of cultivating talent and innovation, and this award reflects the long standing focus Deloitte has placed on investing in its business and people.”

Van Dam serves on the University of Pennsylvania PennCLO Advisory Board and is a visiting lecturer of the University’s PennCLO Executive Doctoral program. He is also a board member of the International Consortium for Executive Development and Research.

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