A unique annual award recognizing those whose work impacts the advancement of organizational trust around the world.
This year the recognition will again be given to the top global leaders who have made significant contributions to the subject of organizational trust. Please access our 2021 list.
Each year our global honorees hail from the public and private sectors including authors, leaders, consultants, researchers and academics. Many of our honorees have been recognized more than once.
Those who have been named for five years will receive a special "Lifetime Achievement" designation, appearing prominently in a separate section on our awards page.
Nominees are encouraged to submit their own case studies in Trust & Ethics. In 2023 we will be introducing a year-long program to build the largest library of global case studies in Trust & Ethics. It will be permanently housed on our website. See additional questions below.
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 Trust Alliance, do I increase my chances of being selected?
A: No, our Top Thought Leaders program began three years before our Alliance was formed. Normally, less than 25% of our Top Thought Leaders are 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. While we perform some 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 2021 awards were officially announced in the winter issue of TRUST! Magazine. We intend to do this annually. Recipients will be notified once the magazine is published.
Q: Why do you charge a $99.00 nomination fee?
A: This fee allows us to offset expenses to administer this time-intensive program and to publicize the honorees throughout the year.
An electronic award emblem for website display and other recognition purposes. Coverage in the Winter 2023 issue of TRUST! Magazine and mentions throughout the year.
Being recognized in a prestigious 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 global program for thought leadership on organizational trust, Trust Across America – Trust Around the World's global presence and recognition continues to grow.
Now entering its twelfth year, our Top Thought Leaders in Trust 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 almost 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 and brought them new business.
Immediate benefits are:
We hope you see value in joining this elite group of experts as a 2023 Top Thought Leaders in Trust.
Barbara Brooks Kimmel, CEO
The nomination period will close on December 15, 2022. Honorees will be announced in January 2023.