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Chicago Sales and Training Executive Recognized with International and American Business Awards, Earns ASTD Certification Institute Credential

(CHICAGO, Nov. 14, 2011) -- Renie McClay, president and founder of Inspired Learning LLC and director of sales for seoClarity, has been named an International Business Award honoree for Executive of the Year - 2011 in the computer software category and an American Business Award for Women finalist for Community Involvement Program of the Year - 2011. She also earned the Certified Professional in Learning and Performance (CPLP) credential from the American Society for Training & Development.

“I’m thrilled -- and humbled -- by the recognition of my efforts to assist companies in building competent teams and taking their performance to the next level,” said McClay. “Forward-looking organizations understand the importance of training and invest in it to outpace their competitors by driving customer satisfaction and profitability.”

Said Mitul Gandhi, chief architect and founder of seoClarity, “Renie plays a critical role in the development of our world-class sales and lead generation teams. As we expand our global customer base, the people and processes she’s helped put in place guides our operations and underscores our success.”

The International Business Award (i.e., The Stevies) was presented for McClay’s work with seoClarity. She received the American Business Award (i.e., The Stevies) as founder of Inspired Learning LLC. Winners, finalists and honorees were selected from more than 3,000 entries received from organizations and individuals in more than 50 nations.

McClay earned the CPLP credential from the ASTD Certification Institute based on what the organization calls her “knowledge and skills to be a top performer in the workplace learning and performance field.” To earn the CPLP certification, McClay demonstrated industry-related experience, passed a knowledge-based examination and submitted a work product that met performance standards.

“As the association dedicated to the workplace learning and performance profession, ASTD is at the forefront providing information on the critical skills and abilities that practitioners must have to succeed in the field,” said Tony Bingham, President of the ASTD Certification Institute. “The CPLP credential was built to provide workplace learning professionals a tool with which to increase their knowledge, competence and confidence while proving their value to employers.”

About Renie McClay
Inspired Learning’s founder, Renie McClay, has been a dynamic performance improvement professional for over 20 years. She has been successful in sales, sales management, and learning and performance roles.  She facilitates classroom training and virtual training on 6 continents.  Renie earned her BS in Marketing from Missouri State University and her MA in Global Talent Development from De Paul University.  She is adjunct faculty for Roosevelt University. 
Renie is the author of four books, “Fortify Your Sales Force,” “10 Steps to Successful Teams,” “The Essential Guide to Training Global Audiences” and “Sales Training Solutions.”

About Inspired Learning LLC
Inspired Learning ( <>) helps companies develop learning solutions to make their employees more effective and efficient in their roles. They bring a practical and innovative approach to design and deliver solutions to improve workplace performance.

About seoClarity
Formed in 2009, Chicago-based seoClarity ( <>) is a software-as-a-service (SaaS) provider that enables enterprises to manage their search engine optimization campaigns with actionable, real-time intelligence. The company's core platform monitors millions of key words and phrases to gauge their performance, verify link integrity and pinpoint strategic changes based on that data. seoClarity clients consist of Internet marketing companies that want to see the true cause and effect of their efforts and programs to improve the search engine visibility and conversion. No other company pairs this depth of reporting with automated task management systems that identify SEO problems and mobilize individuals to take corrective action.

About the Stevie Awards
Stevie Awards are conferred in four programs: The American Business Awards <>, The International Business Awards <>, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business <>, and the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service <>. Honoring organizations of all types and sizes and the people behind them, the Stevies recognize outstanding performances in the workplace worldwide. Learn more about the Stevie Awards at, and follow the Stevie Awards on Twitter @TheStevieAwards <>.

About ASTD and the ASTD Certification Institute
ASTD is the world’s largest association dedicated to workplace learning and performance professionals. ASTD started 1944 when the organization held its first annual conference.

To support members’ ongoing development in the field, ASTD formed the ASTD Certification Institute to take the lead in setting professional industry standards. The ASTD Certification Institute certifies professionals through the CPLP credential.