hcm excellence awardsOne of my favorite times of year is when we unveil the annual HCM Excellence Award winners here at Brandon Hall Group. Beyond all the excitement, there is a tremendous amount of hard work that my team contributes in the months and weeks leading up to our announcement.  We recently revealed Gold, Silver, and Bronze awards in six divisions and more than 70 categories.

Winners include organizations from throughout the world in almost every major industry. This illustrious group includes such iconic organizations as Accenture, Adobe, American Red Cross, Bank of America, Boeing, California Pizza Kitchen, Cleveland Clinic, CVS Health, Dell, Ernst & Young, General Electric, Hewlett Packard, IBM, MasterCard, Microsoft, PepsiCo, Prudential, Sears Holdings, Shell, Siemens, Toyota, and Yum! Brands.

Our submissions grew by 60% this year, and also have many multiple winners. Leading in awards again this year is Accenture with 30. Noggin Labs is next with 12, followed by Genpact with 11. GP Strategies and Tata Consultancy Services won 9 awards followed by NIIT, iCom Productions, IBM, and Canadian Tire with 8 awards. They are followed by Ernst & Young with 7, Dubai-based Emirates NBD Bank with 6, and 5 each for Cognizant Technologies, KFC/Yum Brands, Sweet Rush, and Bottom Line Performance. 12 organizations won 4 awards, and 102 organizations won more than 1 award.

For those that may have missed our online announcement last week, please check out the complete list of winners here for:

The high quality of work and commitment to driving business results among our award winners never fails to amaze me. All of these winning programs deliver meaningful business results to their organizations. Winning an Excellence Award is a great honor, but the real winners are the organizations themselves and their customers and clients because of the innovation and customer focus they demonstrate.

Excellence Awards winners will be honored at Brandon Hall Group’s HCM Excellence Conference January 27-29, 2016, at the PGA National Resort in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. Selected winners also will serve as presenters in the more than 20 breakout sessions during the 2½-day conference.

Selected award-winning case studies from this year’s Excellence Awards Program will be available to Brandon Hall Group members in the coming weeks. For details on a Brandon Hall Group Membership or to learn more about our Awards Program, visit us at www.brandonhall.com, or contact me at awards@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.