Westborough, MA – September 12, 2017 — The Training Associates Corporation, the industry recognized leader of learning and development talent and solutions, announced today that they have won the coveted Brandon Hall Group Gold Award for Best Results of a Learning Program for Leadership Training.

“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.”

The Training Associates, in collaboration with its client, the Girl Scouts of Kentucky’s Wilderness Road Council, received the award for the transformation of its antiquated and stagnant legacy culture to one of innovation, leadership and strength. Included in the overall learning solution were employee needs assessment and evaluation tools, leadership development tools, intergenerational training/coaching/models/techniques, strengths assessment, and development tools.

The award entries were evaluated by a panel of veteran, independent senior industry experts, Brandon Hall Group analysts and executives based upon the following criteria: fit the need, design of the program, functionality, innovation, and overall measureable benefits.

“It is quite an honor to have been selected for the Gold award for Best Results of a Learning Program,” said Maria Melfa, President and CEO at The Training Associates. “This award means a lot to our organization. We are passionate about helping our clients receive measurable results. This award confirms the positive impact our work has on transforming organizations. We are very thankful to work with an organization as special as the Girl Scouts and our exceptionally talented learning consultants on this critical leadership initiative.”

About The Training Associates

Founded in 1994, The Training Associates is the industry recognized leader of learning and development talent and solutions. TTA’s talent offerings feature over 25,000 L&D resources specializing in adult learning for all technologies and business professional skills. Our services include our ability to undertake and manage projects of any size or scope related to the design, development, and delivery of training.  (www.TheTrainingAssociates.com)

About Brandon Hall Group

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 Workforce Management. (www.brandonhall.com)

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.