21st Annual Brandon Hall Group HCM Excellence Awards Program Opens for Applications

Entries accepted through April 17 in more than 70 categories in Learning and Development, Talent Management and Leadership Development, Talent Acquisition, Workforce Management, and Sales Performance

Delray Beach, FL – Jan. 15, 2015 –  Brandon Hall Group today opened applications for its 21st annual HCM Excellence Awards Program.

Applications and information about HCM Excellence Awards Program can be found here. The awards program will be open to receive applications until April 17, 2015. The award categories have expanded to over 70 and are judged by Brandon Hall Group executives and analysts and an international panel of judges. Results will be announced in a live online event, on Sept. 10.

Winners of the 2015 HCM Excellence Awards will be honored at our HCM Excellence Conference 2016 to be held January 27-29, 2016, at the PGA National Resort and Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, FL.

The Brandon Hall Group Excellence Awards Program is the most prestigious awards program in the performance improvement industry. Often called the “Academy Awards” by learning, talent and business executives, the program was one of the first of its kind when it debuted in 1994. Brandon Hall Group recognizes the best companies that have successfully developed and deployed programs, strategies, modalities, processes, systems, and tools that have helped companies achieve measurable results.

By entering you have the opportunity to join the ranks of prestigious organizations that received awards last year, including Accenture, Bank of America, Hewlett Packard, IBM, Intel, LinkedIn, McDonald’s Corporation, Shell, Stanford University, Verizon Wireless, Walgreens and other iconic organizations.

The program is growing exponentially each year.  And with even more categories, its sure to be the most competitive year ever for the Brandon Hall Group HCM Excellence Awards,” said Brandon Hall Group Chief Operating Officer Rachel Cooke, who oversees the awards program. “We believe strongly in leading the way in recognizing organizations that achieve breakthrough business results and serve the interests of all stakeholders.”

Winners of the 2014 Learning,  Talent Management and HR,  and, Sales and Marketing programs were announced in a live online event in September, and winners will be honored with a ceremony and reception Jan. 29 at the HCM Excellence Conference 2015 in Fort Lauderdale, FL .

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.

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.  (http://www.brandonhall.com).

For additional information about our organization please contact Mike Cooke: (561) 865-5017 or mike.cooke@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.