2008 Brandon Hall Research Innovations in Learning Conference LogoWe’re pleased to announce that the 2008 Brandon Hall Research Innovations in Learning Conference will take place September 25 and 26, 2008, at the Fairmont San Jose, in San Jose, California, with a pre-conference day of workshops planned for Wednesday, September 24. The theme of this year’s conference is “Get your head in the clouds.”

The 2008 conference will build on the success of last year’s event, which was Brandon Hall Research’s first conference. More than 400 people attended that event in Santa Clara. (See what attendees thought of last year’s conference.) We’re hard at work making the 2008 conference even better.

Conference sessions will focus on new trends in learning, including podcasting, social networking, games and play, blogs and wikis, new collaboration technologies, video, innovative hardware, mobile learning, and generational differences of learners, to name just a few. We’ve already lined up three exciting keynote speakers.

Registration, session descriptions, and sponsorship opportunities for the 2008 Brandon Hall Innovations in Learning Conference will be available soon.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR: September 24-26, San Jose, California.

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.