Innovative Learning Group and Sanofi Win Two Brandon Hall Group Awards for Excellence

TROY, Mich., Sept. 14, 2021 — Innovative Learning Group, Inc. (ILG) and its client, Sanofi, won two Brandon Hall Group Awards for Excellence in categories of Best Use of Blended Learning and Best Advance in Compliance Training.

“ILG is more than thrilled to be able to win these two awards with our longtime client Sanofi,” says Gayle Holsworth, senior director, client solutions, and the ILG Sanofi account manager. “Both of the winning learning projects exceeded expectations. They both had wonderful teams, great instructional design, innovative graphic elements, and a variety of learning and performance improvement solutions.”

“We are extremely honored to receive these prestigious distinctions that recognize all the hard work and effort our learning teams across Sanofi have invested to provide impactful and purposeful learning in the wake of the COVID pandemic,” adds Celia Berenguer, chief learning officer at Sanofi. “I’m particularly excited about the fact that these two learning solutions heavily leverage digital technologies and are the result of establishing a common learning approach, creating consistency for our learners across Sanofi. Our goal has always been to support our colleagues across multiple geographies in their role to improve the lives of patients across the globe.”

The Gold Best Use of Blended Learning Award is for a blend of learning and performance support solutions that enables experienced facilitators to develop and apply virtual facilitation skills to support the shift from in-person to online learning. ILG and Sanofi created solutions that included an e-learning course, videos, pre-work, virtual instructor-led sessions, independent practice activities, a Community of Practice, and online performance support tools. The end result is that Sanofi is more purposeful about when it makes sense to learn in person, recognizing now, after rollout of Facilitating Virtual Learning, that in-person training is not the only way.

The Silver Best Advance in Compliance Training Award is for a multifaceted, comprehensive global training program. Sanofi and ILG redesigned Sanofi’s Human Error Prevention (HEP) training to include more online and virtual options that continue to meet biopharmaceutical industry expectations for HEP training and support Good Manufacturing and Documentation Practices that ensure compliance and safety. The end result is a comprehensive program that provides employees with the ability to identify and address potential human errors in systems and processes before they occur, instilling a human performance philosophy in the workplace and supporting compliance in pursuit of greater safety for patients.

About Innovative Learning Group, Inc.

A performance-first learning company, Innovative Learning Group, Inc. creates custom training and tools that help employees of Fortune 1000 companies do their jobs more effectively. Headquartered in Troy, Michigan, ILG is a privately held, certified Women’s Business Enterprise founded in 2004 by CEO Lisa Toenniges. Visit to learn more.

About Sanofi

Sanofi is dedicated to supporting people through their health challenges. We are a global biopharmaceutical company focused on human health. We prevent illness with vaccines, provide innovative treatments to fight pain and ease suffering. We stand by the few who suffer from rare diseases and the millions with long-term chronic conditions.

With more than 100,000 people in 100 countries, Sanofi is transforming scientific innovation into healthcare solutions around the globe.

About Brandon Hall Group

Brandon Hall Group operates the largest and longest running awards program in Human Capital Management (HCM). As an independent HCM research and analyst firm, they conduct studies in Learning and Development, Talent Management, Leadership Development, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Talent Acquisition and HR/Workforce Management. These benchmark studies help organizations by providing strategic insights for executives and practitioners responsible for growth and business results.


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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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