Bowmans’ diversity and inclusion programme wins gold and bronze

Leading African law firm, Bowmans, today announced that it has won a coveted Brandon Hall Group Gold Award for excellence in diversity, equity and inclusion.

The firm received the Best Learning Program that Supports and Promotes Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Award for its human-centric diversity and inclusion (D&I) architecture. Bowmans also received a Bronze Award in the same category for the conscious inclusion change management (CCCM) programme that it used to implement the architecture.

Lee-Ann Greyling, head of Organisational Effectiveness at Bowmans, says: ‘We are thrilled to have been recognised by Brandon Hall Group. Receiving two medals – a gold and a bronze – in an international award process spanning industries and countries, proves that our people processes can compete in the global arena.’

Entries were evaluated by a panel of independent industry experts, Brandon Hall Group analysts and executives based upon their fit for purpose, as well as programme design, functionality, innovation and overall measurable benefits.

Greyling explains that the winning D&I architecture was co-created by a forum representing all employees across all levels of the firm. The CCCM programme was subsequently developed in partnership with BTS, an international talent assessment and development organisation. The CCCM programme was launched in November 2019 and is ongoing, continuing uninterrupted despite the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to Brandon Hall Group, COO and leader of the HCM Excellence Awards Program, Rachel Cooke, the Excellence Awards ‘provide much-needed and well-deserved recognition to organizations that went above and beyond to support their stakeholders during the unprecedented disruption of the COVID-19 pandemic. The awards provide validation of best practices in all areas of HCM at a time when they have never been more important to employers, employees and customers.’

Talent partner, Tammy Beira, concludes, ‘At Bowmans we recognise that our people are our greatest asset. We are committed to attracting, developing and retaining the best people, and to creating an inclusive environment which empowers them to reach their full potential.’

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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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