Delray Beach September 7, 2017 – Brandon Hall Group, the leading independent research and analyst organization focused on human capital management (HCM) practices, announced winners of its prestigious 2017 HCM Excellence Awards during a webcast.

Brandon Hall Group executives announced Gold, Silver, and Bronze awards in six divisions and more than 80 categories. Winners include organizations from throughout the world in almost every major industry. They include such iconic organizations as Accenture, Bank of America, Bayer AG, Boeing, Capgemini, Cigna, Cisco Systems, Citigroup, Cognizant Technology Solutions, Dell, Emirates NBD, EY, Genpact, Google, HCL Technologies, IBM, Intel, Johnson Controls, MasterCard, McKinsey and Company, Microsoft, Mercer, Noggin Labs, PepsiCo, PwC, Royal Dutch Shell, SAP, Sears Holdings, Siemens, Tata Consultancy Services, The World Bank, UL, Volvo, and Yum! Brands.

For a complete list of winners, please visit the following pages: Learning and Development, Talent Management and Leadership Development, Talent Acquisition, Workforce Management. and Sales Performance .

“Excellence Award winners symbolize the power and impact that Human Capital Management practices can have on a business or on any organization,” said Rachel Cooke, Chief Operating Officer of Brandon Hall Group and head of the awards program. “Many organizations can have great HCM initiatives, but the standard of excellence only applies for organizations whose HCM practices truly benefit the business. That’s what the Excellence Awards program stands for, and that is what Brandon Hall Group stands for.”

Excellence Awards winners will be honored at Brandon Hall Group’s HCM Excellence Conference, January 31 through February 2, 2018, at the PGA National Resort in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. Select winners also will serve as presenters in breakout sessions sharing the best practices during the 2½-day conference.

“Our conference is unique because most of our presenters are Excellence Awards winners. These are executives and directors of world-class organizations who have done the hard work necessary to drive business results through learning, talent management, leadership development, talent acquisition, and workforce management. They have compelling stories to tell that you cannot get anywhere else,” Brandon Hall Group CEO Mike Cooke said.

Select award-winners will have their story written into a case study and made available to Brandon Hall Group members in the coming weeks.

Brandon Hall Group also offers a fall awards program, the Excellence in Technology Awards, for corporations and solution providers that implemented advanced technologies in support of human capital management. Award entries are due Sept. 15 and awards are announced Dec. 14 in an online event.

For details on a Brandon Hall Group Membership or to learn more about our Awards Program, visit us at, or contact Mike Cooke at (561) 306-3576 or

About Brandon Hall Group, Inc.

Brandon Hall Group is a HCM research and advisory services firm that provides insights around key performance areas, including Learning and Development, Talent Management, Leadership Development, Talent Acquisition, and HR/Workforce Management.

With more than 10,000 clients globally and 20 years of delivering world-class research and advisory services, Brandon Hall Group is focused on developing research that drives performance in emerging and large organizations, and provides strategic insights for executives and practitioners responsible for growth and business results.

Our mission: Empower excellence in organizations around the world through our research and tools each and every day.

At the core of our offerings is a Membership Program that combines research, benchmarking and unlimited access to data and analysts. The Membership Program offers insights and best practices to enable executives and practitioners to make the right decisions about people, processes, and systems, coalesced with analyst advisory services which aim to put the research into action in a way that is practical and efficient.

Rachel Cooke

Chief Operating Officer Rachel Cooke Rachel is responsible for business operations including overseeing client services, research events and project management. Prior to joining Brandon Hall Group, Rachel was the Chief Operating Officer Co-founder of AC Growth. Rachel has over 15 years of experience in sales, marketing, business development, and sales performance management. Prior to AC Growth, she held several senior management roles and was on the leadership team at Bersin & Associates, a pioneer analyst firm in e-learning and now industry leading HR and talent Research Company. In her Senior Director role, Rachel developed the strategy and led the commercial execution of the solution provider vertical, and grew the vertical into the company’s largest market segment. In her role as Director of Sales, Rachel developed and led a team of senior account executives focused on acquiring global strategic accounts. Rachel was solely responsible for developing key business relationships with over ninety companies including industry icons, such as: Adidas, Hewlett-Packard, Toyota, Oracle, Starbucks, Avnet, Boeing, Kaiser Permanente, Safeway Inc., Wells Fargo, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Clorox and Affiliated Computer Services. Rachel began her career in the banking, media and hospitality industries. In these industries, Rachel held several key senior management and executive sales positions. Rachel received a BA in social science and interdisciplinary studies with honors from Florida Atlantic University. Rachel continued her postgraduate education by completing a series of executive management education courses from American Management Association.