Goodwill® Executive Development Program Recognized With National Award

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The EDP is a 16-month curriculum that blends classroom instruction and applied learning with a focus on results and performance. Its primary aim is to help learners develop the skills necessary for success as a Goodwill president and CEO. Currently, there are 162 Goodwill CEOs across the United States and Canada who lead local Goodwill organizations that create employment placement and job creation opportunities for people in their communities.

The Power of A (Association) awards celebrate extraordinary contributions that associations make to society and are considered the highest industry recognition that a program can receive from ASAE.

“The Executive Development Program demonstrates Goodwill’s commitment to producing experienced leaders who are able to shepherd the community-based work we do throughout our social enterprise,” said Jim Gibbons, president and CEO of Goodwill Industries International. “Our leadership and learning team members are worthy recipients of this prestigious award.”

ASAE created the Power of A as a means of educating lawmakers about associations and their key role in society. It has transformed since then into a platform for associations to show their value to all outside audiences, not just policymakers.

“Congratulations to Goodwill and its Executive Development Program for their efforts to enrich and strengthen lives,” said Sharon J. Swan, CEO of the American Society for Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics, and chair of the Power of A Awards Judging Committee. “They exemplify how we work best when we work together and how associations have a positive influence on our everyday lives.”

Goodwill is among 56 associations to receive ASAE Power of A Awards this year. The awards program and recipients are recognized at the organization’s 18th Annual Power of A Summit Awards Dinner on Wednesday, October 4 at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C.

This award is the third award that the EDP has received as it is the recipient of two prestigious Leadership Excellence Awards, produced by, which acknowledge the best leadership programs and executives in the United States.

About Goodwill Industries International

Goodwill Industries International (GII) is a network of 162 community-based, autonomous organizations in the United States and Canada with a presence in 13 other countries. GII is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that is recognized by GuideStar with its Platinum Seal of Approval, the organization’s highest rating for charities. GII was also ranked by Enso as the #1 brand doing the most good in the world for two consecutive years, and was the only nonprofit brand rated in Forbes’ 20 most inspiring companies for three consecutive years. Local Goodwill organizations are innovative and sustainable social enterprises that create job training programs, employment placement and other community-based programs by selling donated clothing and household items in more than 3,200 stores collectively and online at®. Local Goodwill organizations also build revenue and create jobs by contracting with businesses and government to provide a wide range of commercial services, including packaging and assembly, food services preparation, and document imaging and shredding. Last year, local Goodwill organizations collectively placed more than 313,000 people in employment in the United States and Canada. In addition, more than 35 million people used computers and mobile devices to access Goodwill education, training, mentoring and online learning services to strengthen their skills, and more than 2 million people received in person services. To learn more, visit

For more information or to find a Goodwill location near you, use the online locator at or call (800) GOODWILL. Follow us on Twitter: @GoodwillIntl and @GoodwillCapHill, and find us on Facebook: GoodwillIntl or Instagram: GoodwillIntl.

About ASAE’s Power of A Awards

ASAE’s Power of A (Association) Awards, the industry’s highest honor, recognize the association community’s valuable contributions on the local, national and global levels. The Power of A Awards reward the outstanding accomplishments of associations and industry professionals who work tirelessly to strengthen lives, the workforce, our systems and structures, the economy and the world.

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