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Changes to 2020 Activities

  • The deadline for Awards Submissions is now June 1, 2020.
  • The 2020 Summit will be held virtually. Details to follow.


2020 Awards

2020 International Benchmarking Survey

2020 International Benchmarking Survey

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The Awards Program is designed for organizational and individual members in good standing (membership fees paid in full) to recognize employee involvement idea and suggestion programs, individual accomplishments and breakthrough innovation in the profession of ideas and suggestion systems management. 

2020 International Benchmarking Survey

2020 International Benchmarking Survey

2020 International Benchmarking Survey

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 The annual international benchmarking process allows members to evaluate themselves against other global leaders in employee involvement and innovation and receive awards at the annual training summit recognizing excellence in employee involvement programs 

About IdeasAmerica

Ideas America

 Is an internationally recognized organization serving professional managers and administrators of employee ideas, involvement and innovation systems for 75 years by providing quality educational programs, publications, benchmarking and networking opportunities. Our members are leaders who are dedicated to building organizations that engage their employees, encouraging them to contribute to their organizations at many levels and in many ways. 


10 Reasons to Belong to IdeasAmerica

· Benchmarking 

· Training and Development Opportunities 

· Annual Training and Networking Conference 

· Networking Opportunities 

· Statistical Report (free to members) 

· Current trends in Employee Recognition Programs 

· Professional Certifications 

· IA Award Programs 

· Access to Members-only Info 

· Affordable Annual Membership 

IA Vision

IdeasAmerica is the leading professional association assisting organizations in idea management. Our mission is to provide education, innovative methods, best practices and recognition to organizations with employee involvement and suggestion system programs.

IA History

IA History

  

In July 1942, thirty-five interested suggestion administrators met at the United Airlines Offices in Chicago, IL and agreed to establish what was to become the National Association of Suggestion Systems (NASS). The purpose of this Association was to improve employer-employee relations, to stimulate constructive thinking on the part of both, and in general to enhance a sympathetic understanding of mutual problems toward making this a better working world in which to live.

 

Through years of internal and external challenges, including downturns in the economy the Association still continues to provide a valuable service to its membership both in North America, UK, Dubai and Germany. In order to better define the future of the Association the name was changed from the Employee Involvement Association to Ideas America in October, 2010. NASS was dedicated to spreading information on how to make employee suggestion systems work successfully and 75 years later the legacy continues. Employee involvement is the keystone of organizational development, nurturing the engagement and empowerment of people. IdeasAmerica is committed to increasing organizational effectiveness through the imagination of employees. Our members work in a broad range of companies who understand that their employees have the skills and ideas to help make their companies more productive and profitable. IdeasAmerica's annual Awards Program specifically recognizes the creativity of employees and offers awards that honor outstanding Ideas of the Year as well as recognizing the role leadership plays in promoting employee involvement.

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What We Do

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Training and Development

Basic Concepts for Employee Involvement Programs

Professional Certifications

  • Certified Administrator of Suggestion Systems
  • Certified Manager of Suggestion Systems
  • Basic Concepts of Suggestion Systems Assessment

IA International Benchmarking Report

Awards and Recognition

Annual Training Summit

  • Reduced registration fees
  • Opportunities to present or exhibit your program/ideas at Summit
  • Sponsorship opportunities
  • Networking
  • Worldwide benchmarking

Meet the Board of Directors

President

President

President

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Brenda Kelly

Retired

Savannah River Nuclear Solutions

Treasurer

President

President

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Blake Leaphart

Savannah River Nuclear Solutions



Secretary

President

Secretary

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Paula Croom

Savannah River Nuclear Solutions

Meet the Board of Directors

Director

Director

Director

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Dave Sharpley

Asama Coldwater Manufacturing

Director

Director

Director

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Veronica Taylor

BMW - Spartanburg

Director

Director

Director

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Deanna Goodlove

Savannah River Nuclear Solutions

Director

Executive Director

Director

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Joseph Schenk

Quality Bridge

Executive Director

Executive Director

Executive Director

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Mary Ellen Dolan

Dolan and Associates, LLC