Partners In Leadership Awards college prestigious 2017 Ozzie Award for commitment to culture and student success.

From left to right: Tracy Skousen (President International of PIL), Craig Hickman (Futurist and Senior Vice President of New Product Development at PIL), Melissa Hinshaw (Manager-Organizational Development), Debbra Esparza (Executive Director, Organizational Development), Alicia Friday (Director, Organizational Development) and Ron Paul (Senior Consultant for PIL)

Temecula, Calif. May 16, 2017 — Partners In Leadership, the Accountability Training and Culture Change Company, awarded the 2017 Gold Ozzie in the education category to Lone Star College, a leader in student-first higher education. The Ozzie Awards celebrate organizations that demonstrate excellence in accountability, leadership and culture through implementation of Partners In Leadership programs.

“Lone Star College is committed to shaping a culture that puts student success as its highest priority,” said Ron Paul, Senior Consultant for Partners In Leadership. “Students matter — this belief is the heart of the organization’s success and informs every decision it makes, from recruitment all the way to leadership development.”

Lone Star College is currently 4th in the U.S. for associate degrees awarded among 1,100 community colleges nationwide, with strong pathways for both academic transfer and workforce education. As the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area, and one of the fastest-growing community colleges in the nation, the organization’s leaders understand that to maintain the strong commitment to students, incoming faculty and staff must embody that commitment.

The organization shapes its hiring and training processes around its culture, developing a framework for identifying and hiring new faculty members who are aligned with the desired Lone Star College culture. In recruiting ads, the college emphasizes the value of prioritizing student success. This belief is the foundational lens the college uses for hiring, informing every step of hiring, training, and ongoing leadership development.

“This is an incredible honor,” said Debbra Esparza, Executive Director, Organizational Development at Lone Star College. Esparza accepted the award at the Ozzie Awards ceremony on the behalf of the college. “To bring something back like this to our organization affirms the work that we’re doing.”

For its commitment to accountability and student success, Partners In Leadership is proud to offer Lone Star College the 2017 Gold Ozzie Award for education.

About Lone Star College

Lone Star College offers high-quality, low-cost academic transfer and career training education to 95,000 students each semester. LSC is training tomorrow’s workforce today and redefining the community college experience to support student success. Stephen C. Head, Ph.D., serves as chancellor of LSC, the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area with an annual economic impact of $3.1 billion. LSC consists of six colleges, eight centers, two university centers, Lone Star Corporate College and LSC-Online. To learn more, visit

About Partners In Leadership

Partners In Leadership guides clients in defining Key Results™, shaping Cultural Beliefs®, and solving Accountability Gaps. With our network of experts around the world and #1 award-winning content, our firm helps clients achieve their mission by dramatically boosting employee engagement, inspiring innovation, improving cross-collaboration, developing accountable leaders, blending strategy with culture, and more. Partners In Leadership continues the legacy of pioneering Accountability Training, and innovating cultural transformation.

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