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Look Who’s Turning 65 Today!

By Wendy Kirkpatrick

Happy 65th birthday, Jim Kirkpatrick! While he is far from thinking about retiring, this birthday is still a landmark event.

Jim Kirkpatrick is 65 years old today ... how time flies. He has been championing a better way to evaluate training programs for longer than the 10 years I have known him and been working with him in Kirkpatrick Partners. A short list of Jim’s accomplishments:

  • Co-author of 6 books
  • Author of dozens of articles we failed to count over the decades
  • Architect of the New World Kirkpatrick Model
  • Speaker at conferences and events worldwide
  • Frequently quoted (and sometimes sniped) training luminary

So, what’s left on Jim’s bucket list? Professionally, Jim plans to continue to share his gift for connecting. Connecting with people, and connecting others in a productive way. He will continue to provide thought leadership in training evaluation and business partnership. He will continue to teach and travel. Jim says he has a lot of new ideas to share, and we are all anxious to see what they are.

With that said, Jim has numerous hobbies he would like to spend a bit more time pursuing, including fishing, selling baseball cards, petting his cats, playing cribbage with friends, and spending time with his family. A challenge all along has been finding a balance between professional opportunities and having time and energy left for a personal life.

Please do not take it personally if you want some of Jim’s precious time, and the answer is that he is not available for a while. There is just one Jim and there are so many of you who could benefit from his expertise. Our goal at Kirkpatrick Partners is and shall remain to make the best use of Jim’s gifts and the time he has to share them.

Today, I thank Jim for all he has done for the training community. I hope you join me in celebrating the first 65 years of his life, and wishing him many more good years to come.

Wish Jim a Happy Birthday!

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Tuesday, April 17, 2018 7:46 AM
Happy Birthday, Jim!
I hope it's the best yet. Best wishes for a wonderful, special day.
# Tess Zellner
Tuesday, April 17, 2018 10:56 AM
Happy Birthday Jim! I hope your day is full of friends, fun, and laughter.
# Tammi Yates
Tuesday, April 17, 2018 1:23 PM
Happy Birthday to JIM! Wishing you all the very best, good times, and of course, good fishing!!!
Tuesday, April 17, 2018 1:34 PM
You are a shining example of all that is good in this company. Each day, I see you making decisions that benefit both the company and our clients. You are a great role model to us all. Happy Birthday!
# Wendy Partners
Tuesday, April 17, 2018 3:10 PM
Happy birthday, Jim! You are the heart and soul of Kirkpatrick, and touch so many people with your work. You're a bit silly too. ;) I wonder how many people can say these things about their ex-spouse / business partner? Not too many. You are one of a kind. Love, Wendy Kirkpatrick
# Myung-Ae Lee
Wednesday, April 18, 2018 4:23 AM
You're beautiful inside and out. You are truly an amazing friend! Happy Birthday, Jim!
# Debra Day
Wednesday, April 18, 2018 10:29 AM
Wishing you blessings on this special day and may more to come... thanks for all you've done and continue to do for the community of evaluators and the art and science of evaluation.
# Chuck Udell
Wednesday, April 18, 2018 10:41 AM
Happy birthday, Jim and congratulations on reaching the cool milestone of 65. Some say, life really begins at 65 - and from what I have expierienced In agree. I know it will with you.

On your BIG day, please let me thank you for all of what you have done to bring our industry into the 21st century and sharing your wisdom re what we need to do to be successful going forward. And, I especially want to thank you for what you have taught me - not just to be a better professional performance improvement person, but also to be a more professional person. Thank you, thank you!

Enjoy your day - hope your fishing or doing one of your hobbies!
# Lewis Likens
Wednesday, April 18, 2018 10:42 AM
May your ROI calculations for today yield highly positive results! Otherwise, Wendy may have to cut you out of the budget if times get tough. (That's a training department joke that you'll get.) Happy Birthday!
# Jim Kirkpatrick
Wednesday, May 2, 2018 8:45 AM

While I don't particularly appreciate turning 65 last week, I do appreciate you reaching out to me to wish me a happy birthday. To be honest, somehow reaching 65 has caused me to take a good look at my life and how I want to live the rest of it. Your encouragement has given me incentive to be clear with myself about that.

Best regards - JimK

Jim Kirkpatrick, PhD
Senior Consultant
Kirkpatrick Partners
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