Brandon Hall Group Launches Excellence Conference 2015: Jan. 28-30, 2015 Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty-Six

Winners of Brandon Hall Group Excellence Awards Will Share Lessons Learned in Workshops and Panel Discussions, and Will Be Honored in a Ceremony and Reception.


Brandon Hall Group announced the launch of the Excellence Conference 2015, to be held Jan. 28-30, 2015, at the Hyatt Regency Pier 66 in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

EXCELLENCE CONFERENCE 2015 is a highly interactive event powered by the latest Brandon Hall Group research and case studies featuring winners of Brandon Hall Group Excellence Awards for Learning, Talent Management and Human Resources, and Sales Enablement as speakers, panelists and discussion leaders.

“This event is primarily focused on sharing the collective wisdom of organizations across the globe that have won Brandon Hall Group Excellence Awards,” Brandon Hall Group CEO Mike Cooke said. “All the content for this event is targeted for directors, VPs and above. Sessions will be driven by Brandon Hall Group research and case studies and delivered by executives who have been judged to be the best of the best in driving results for their organizations.”

Brandon Hall Group Chief Operating Officer Rachel Cooke said, “Organizations are looking for solutions to Learning and Talent Management challenges that have proven to have measurable benefit. Excellence Award winners – our speakers – cannot win an award from our group of international judges without delivering significant measurable benefit to their organizations. So this event truly will deliver what organizations need.”

Excellence Conference 2015 features include:

  • Pre-Conference symposia on Learning and Talent Management topics presented by Brandon Hall Group analysts and Excellence Award winners.
  • Interactive workshops and panel discussions led by Excellence Award winners.
  • Executive Roundtables with global thought leaders and executives.
  • Technology briefings by leading solution providers in learning, talent management, HR, and talent acquisition technologies.
  • Recognition of 2014 Brandon Hall Group Excellence Award winners in Learning, Talent Management, Human Resources, Sales and Marketing, and Technology in a ceremony and reception.
  • Fast-paced idea-generation sessions that draw on the expertise of attendees in generating ideas and concepts to take home.
  • Release of new Brandon Hall Group research.
  • 2 receptions – A Welcome Event and 2014 Excellence Award Winners Reception
  • Networking breakfasts and luncheon

The conference opens Wednesday, Jan. 28, with pre-conference workshops, solution provider briefings and a welcome event for attendees, sponsors and speakers. Thursday, Jan. 29, features a full day of workshops, technology briefings, and networking opportunities, punctuated with a networking luncheon and capped off with a recognition ceremony and reception for 2014 Brandon Hall Group Excellence Award winners. Friday, Jan. 28, includes another half-day of  content, including executive roundtables and interactive idea-generation sessions designed to provide attendees with ideas to take home that are practical, measurable and ready to implement.

All of this takes place in the upscale Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty-Six overlooking the beautiful ocean waters of Fort Lauderdale, FL. Attendees get special conference rates on hotel guest rooms, including free in-room Wi-Fi. Brandon Hall Group members and 2014 award winners and applicants get special conference registration pricing.

Conference registration opens in May. To get more information and to receive mailings, please contact us at

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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.