West Monroe honored with the 2021 Brandon Hall Group Bronze Human Capital Excellence Award

West Monroe, a national business and technology consulting firm, has received a 2021 Brandon Hall Group Human Capital Excellence Award for their work in Diversity, Equity & Inclusion. West Monroe’s Unconscious Bias Training Program, Exploring Bias: From Insight to Action, received bronze in the category of Best Learning Program for Unconscious Bias Awareness.

West Monroe’s Exploring Bias: From Insight to Action was created in collaboration with FranklinCovey and a cross-functional team of advocates at the firm, and encourages participants to identify bias, combat biases through cultivating connections, and take courageous action to initiate change. The Exploring Bias workshop, which has become a staple in the firmwide Core Curriculum for West Monroe throughout 2020 and 2021, is continuing to result in a mindset shift for participants across all organizational levels and has become deep-rooted within the culture of the firm.

“At West Monroe, we are passionately committed to investing in diversity and cultivating a space for everyone to bring their whole selves to work. Especially as we continue to grow, fostering an inclusive environment becomes more challenging, but even more important,” said Susan Stelter, West Monroe’s chief people officer. “Part of this is ensuring our people have effective tools and resources to educate themselves on workplace equity. I am incredibly proud that our Unconscious Bias training has been recognized as a leading program, which is a testament to our partnership with FranklinCovey by building a program reflecting the needs and values of West Monroe and our people.”

Brandon Hall Group operates the largest and longest running awards program in Human Capital Management. Coupling the research studies with the best practice from the awards, Brandon Hall Group has helped more than 10,000 clients globally and more than 28 years of delivering world-class research and advisory. The 2021 Brandon Hall Group HCM Excellence Awards are given for work in Learning and Development, Talent Management, Leadership Development, Talent Acquisition, Human Resources.

Entries were evaluated by a panel of veteran, independent senior industry experts, Brandon Hall Group analysts and executives based upon these criteria: fit the need, design of the program, functionality, innovation and overall measurable benefits. Excellence Award winners are scheduled to be honored at Brandon Hall Group’s HCM Excellence Conference, Feb. 1-3, 2022, at the Hilton West Palm Beach, Florida.

A complete list of the winners can be found here.

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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.