2019 HCM Excellence Awards 2019 Winners Announced During Live Webcast

The results of Brandon Hall Group’s 2019 HCM Excellence Awards were announced in a live webcast. Hundreds of organizations applied to showcase programs that help their employees succeed in the workplace.

Brandon Hall Group’s Excellence Awards recognize organizations that successfully deployed programs, strategies, modalities, processes, systems, and tools that achieved significant and measurable results. Winning organizations leverage their awards to promote stronger employee value propositions when recruiting, and show stakeholders that their human capital investments are paying off.

A formal gala and awards celebration is set for February 5, 2020 in West Palm Beach during the HCM Excellence Conference, where winners will receive onstage recognition, commemorative trophies and more.

Awards are presented in three tiers — Gold, Silver and Bronze — across six divisions and more than 80 categories. The program attracts entrants from leading organizations around the world, as well as mid-market and smaller firms. Winners come from almost every major industry.

“Organizations of every shape and size submitted entries for Excellence Awards, each with a unique program that matches their culture,” said Rachel Cooke, Brandon Hall Group’s Chief Operating Officer. “In judging the entries, our panel identified the very best programs and practices that every company should follow.”

Companies winning six or more awards include Accenture, NIIT, Sweetrush, Royal Dutch Shell, Cognizant Technology Solutions, BTS, Deloitte, MPS Interactive Services, Metlife, SAP, Bank of America, CrossKnowledge, Mercer, Docebo, The Estee Lauder Companies, Hilton, GP Strategies, Siyona Tech, Dell Technologies, Bridgestone America, Genpact, Pepsi Co, AllenComm, Nestle, IQVIA, PWC, Swiss Re, NovoEd and Ernst & Young.

For a complete list of winners, please visit: Learning and Development, Talent Management, Leadership Development, Talent Acquisition,Workforce Management, Sales Performance and Corporate Initiatives.

“The award winners are in communication with our team to identify ways their success can be translated into best practices,” said Mike Cooke, Brandon Hall Group Chairman and CEO. “We produce in-depth case studies so other companies can apply the knowledge. We also invite organizations to speak on our podcast and Excellence Conference to help other organizations, too.”

To learn more about the awards program (now in its 26th year), visit https://www.brandonhall.com/excellenceawards/.

HCM Technology Award applications for 2019 are currently open for those who have implemented tools and technologies that helped organizations achieve breakthrough results for their human capital initiatives.

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Chief Executive Officer of Brandon Hall Group Mike Cooke Prior to joining Brandon Hall Group, Mike Cooke was the Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of AC Growth. Mike held leadership and executive positions for the majority of his career, at which he was responsible for steering sales and marketing teams to drive results and profitability. His background includes more than 15 years of experience in sales, marketing, management, and operations in the research, consulting, software and technology industries. Mike has extensive experience in sales, marketing and management having worked for several early high-growth emerging businesses and has implemented technology systems to support various critical sales, finance, marketing and client service functions. He is especially skilled in organizing the sales and service strategy to fully support a company’s growth strategy. The concept of growth was an absolute to Mike and a motivator in starting AC Growth, in order to help organizations achieve research driven results. Most recently, Mike was the VP and General Manager of Field Operations at Bersin & Associates, a global analyst and consulting services firm focused on all areas of enterprise learning, talent management and talent acquisition. Tasked with leading the company’s global expansion, Mike led all sales operations worldwide. During Mike’s tenure, the company has grown into a multi-national firm, conducting business in over 45 countries with over 4,500 multi-national organizations. Mike started his career at MicroVideo Learning Systems in 1992, eventually holding a senior management position and leading all corporate sales before founding Dynamic Minds. Mike was CEO and Co-Founder of Dynamic Minds, a custom developer of software programs, working with clients like Goldman Sachs, Prentice Hall, McGraw Hill and Merrill Lynch. Also, Mike worked for Oddcast, a leading provider of customer experience and marketing solutions, where he held a senior management position leading the company into new markets across various industries. Mike also serves on the Advisory Board for Carbon Solutions America, an independent sustainability consulting and carbon management firm that specializes in the design and implementation of greenhouse reduction and sustainability plans as well as managing the generation of carbon and renewal energy and energy efficiency credits. Mike attended University of Phoenix, studying Business Administration and Finance. He has also completed executive training at the Chicago Graduate School of Business in Chicago, IL.

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