24th Annual Brandon Hall Group Excellence Awards Program Opens for Applications

Entries accepted through April 13 in 90 categories across Human Capital Management in Learning and Development, Talent Management, Leadership Development, Talent Acquisition, Workforce Management/HR, and Sales Performance.

Brandon Hall Group recently opened applications for its 24th Annual HCM Excellence Awards Program.

Next week, award winners from the 2017 HCM Excellence Awards will be honored at the HCM Excellence Conference and Awards Gala. Applications for the 2018 programs have already opened for this year’s program in Learning and Development, Talent Management, Leadership Development, Talent Acquisition, Workforce Management/HR, and Sales Performance. Applications will be accepted until April 13, 2018.

The award categories have expanded to more than 90 and are judged by Brandon Hall Group executives and analysts and an international panel of judges. Results will be announced in a live online event, on August 23, 2018.

The Brandon Hall Group Excellence Awards is the most prestigious awards program in the performance improvement industry. Often called the “Academy Awards” by learning, talent and business executives, the program was one of the first of its kind when it debuted in 1994. Brandon Hall Group recognizes the best organizations that have successfully developed and deployed programs, strategies, modalities, processes, systems, and tools that have helped companies achieve measurable business results.

“Brandon Hall Group is an organization that’s committed to excellence and you want an award that is going to show the world that your organization is committed to excellence” said Lisa Brubaker, Program Lead, Global Leadership and Learning at Manulife Financial. “We’re very committed to the employee experience and a large part of that is being a part of a high-performing team, and winning this award signals internally and externally that we have a great team development process at our company.”

“It takes a lot of work for these teams and individuals to be an expert in the field of human capital management, and the people who win should feel very accomplished. For many of them it’s a culmination of their life’s work and dedication as a professional,” said Brandon Hall Group Chief Operating Officer Rachel Cooke, who oversees the awards program. “Our award winners are excelling in the face of a hyper-competitive world, focusing their talent on innovation that drives excellence, success and sustainability.”

A complete list of winners from the 2017 awards in Learning and Development, Talent Management, Leadership Development, Talent Acquisition, Workforce Management/HR, and Sales Performance can be found here. Winners of five or more awards included: Accenture, Bank of America, Bayer, Capgemini, Cisco, Cognizant, Emirates NBD, Genpact, Google, IBM, Mercer, NIIT, SAP, Shell, and Tata Consultancy Services.

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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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