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Top Thought Leaders in Trust: 2016

Nominations are now being accepted for the 6th Annual

Top Thought Leaders in Trust

This year the recognition will again be given to the top 100 global leaders who have made significant contributions to the subject of organizational trust. Please access our 2015 list published this past January.

Each year our honorees hail from the public and private sectors including authors, leadership experts, C-Suite executives and business leaders, consultants, researchers and academics. Many of our honorees have been recognized more than once.

2016 will be our 6th anniversary year. Those who have been consecutively named for all five years will receive a special "Lifetime Achievement" designation, appearing prominently in a separate section on our awards page.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Why do you charge a $99.00 nomination fee?
A: This fee allows us to offset expenses to administer this time-intensive program, pay an honorarium to our judges and complete post announcement publicity, distribution of recognition awards and website updates. We continue to publicize the honorees throughout the year.

Q: Can I self nominate?
A: Yes, many of our nominees do!

Q: Is this program limited to US nominees only?
A: No, in fact we encourage global participation.

Q: How are honorees selected?
A: We retain a panel of independent judges to review applications and make the selections. Every year the panel changes to remove any potential judging bias.

Q: If I am a member of the Alliance of Trustworthy Business Experts, do I increase my chances of being selected?
A: No, our Top Thought Leaders program began three years before our Alliance was formed. In 2014, less than 25% of our Top Thought Leaders were also Alliance members.

Q: Are Alliance members automatically nominated?
A: No, this program is run independently. Any Alliance member wishing to participate must apply.

Q: Can I be named to the list without being nominated?
A: Probably not. We perform very little independent research. We receive hundreds of outstanding nominations each year, and will only consider those who complete the nomination process.

Q: If I have been named in the past, must I reapply again?
A: Yes, you must reapply every year. However, if you have received a Lifetime Achievement Award, there is no need to apply.

Q: How will I be notified if I am selected?
A: The 2015 awards were officially announced in the winter edition of TRUST! Magazine. We intend to do this annually. Recipients will be notified once the magazine is published.

2016 Honorees will receive

An electronic award emblem for website display and other recognition purposes.

Coverage in the Winter 2016 edition of TRUST! Magazine.

Long-term Benefits for Honorees

A note from our executive director about the value of receiving this honor:

Being recognized in a prestigious global competition provides honorees with a seal of excellence that cannot be duplicated through other forms of media exposure.

Trust is considered by many to be the issue of the decade. As the leading clearinghouse for thought leadership on organizational trust, Trust Across America – Trust Around the World’s global presence and recognition continues to grow.

Now entering its sixth year, our Top Thought Leaders in Trustworthy Business program is recognized throughout the world. We maintain the #1 search engine ranking for “top thought leaders” and “trustworthy business” drawing more visitors annually to our website than any other page; and as our web presence continues to expand so does the exposure for our honorees.

We are regularly contacted by organizations seeking honoree information for speaking engagements and other work. Honorees have reported that the recognition has not only elevated their professional standing but has also brought work right to their inbox.

Immediate benefits are:

We hope you see value in joining this elite group of experts as a 2016 Top Thought Leaders in Trustworthy Business.

Barbara Brooks Kimmel, Executive Director

The nomination period will close on November 15, 2015. Honorees will be announced in January 2016.


To nominate yourself or a colleague, please complete and submit the form below.

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