WTOK recognized for ‘best launch of a corporate university’

Wyandotte Tribe of Oklahoma (WTOK), the federally-recognized corporation of the Wyandotte Nation, and BizLibrary, won a coveted Brandon Hall Group Bronze Award for Excellence in the Best Launch of a Corporate University category.

Wyandotte YOUniversity is a four-year leadership development program. The purpose of Wyandotte YOUniversity’s Leadership Development Program is to prepare employees for current and future leadership roles by providing a structured program of study of essential leadership competencies.

“There is nothing more rewarding than to see employees gain confidence in themselves and recognize their own worth and potential,” said Edie Ingram, WTOK’s Manager of Training and Organization Development. “When this happens positive business results ensue.”

Award entries were evaluated by a panel of veteran, independent senior industry experts, Brandon Hall Group analysts and executives based upon the following criteria: fit the need, design of the program, functionality, innovation and overall measurable benefits.

“Organizations around the world highly value Brandon Hall Group Excellence Awards – so much so that we received a record number of applications in the middle of a global pandemic,” said Rachel Cooke, Brandon Hall Group COO, and leader of the HCM Excellence Awards Program. “The awards provide valuable recognition and validation of best practices in all areas of HCM at a time when they have never been more important to both employers and employees.”

Excellence Awards winners will be honored at Brandon Hall Group’s HCM Excellence Conference, Jan. 26-28, 2021, at the Hilton West Palm Beach, Fla.

“The Excellence Awards serve the critical function of reinforcing the essential business benefit of creating great experiences for candidates and employees,” Brandon Hall Group CEO Mike Cooke said. “All award winners must demonstrate that their HCM programs drive bottom-line business results. That’s what sets our awards program apart from all others.”

The Wyandotte  YOUniversity program begins with Motive Matters, which includes a personality assessment that provides growth in self-awareness and relationship building.  The program includes classroom training facilitated by Ingram. Outside speakers also provide classroom training. The program provides on-demand online access to over 14,000 online training videos that address topics important to leaders in today’s workforce.

The goals in the program are:

  • Identify members with potential to become leaders and invest in their professional growth and development;
  • Provide these high potential leaders with skills required to step into leadership positions;
  • Energize and grow Strong leadership at all levels of the business;
  • Increase the future leaders’ knowledge of leadership qualities, techniques and the business/profession.


Graduates of the program must complete four years of training with a 100 percent attendance rate as well as completing 100 percent of the online assignments.

WTOK graduated its first two classes earlier this year at River Bend Casino & Hotel in Wyandotte, Okla., and at 7th Street Casino in Kansas City.

“Developing a successful leadership program had been a vision of ours for some time,” said Kelly Carpino, CEO, WTOK. “As the leader of Training and Organizational Development for our enterprises, Edie Ingram has driven that vision to a reality. Completing the program is a big accomplishment; those selected for Wyandotte YOUniversrity commit to four years of study and training. While we have no doubt the program has had a positive impact on our operations, we are very excited to receive affirmation of its success with this acknowledgment and award.”



About BizLibrary

BizLibrary is a leading provider of online employee training and elearning solutions.

Founded in 1996 by Dean Pichee, a successful entrepreneur with more than 25 years of experience in the training industry, they have grown to serve hundreds of thousands of employees, in thousands of organizations throughout the United States.



About Brandon Hall Group

Brandon Hall Group is an HCM research and advisory services firm that provides insights around key performance areas, including Learning and Development, Talent Management, Leadership Development, Talent Acquisition and HR/Workforce Management.

With more than 10,000 clients globally and 25 years of delivering world-class research and advisory services, Brandon Hall Group is focused on developing research that drives performance in emerging and large organizations, and provides strategic insights for executives and practitioners responsible for growth and business results.

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