Guest: Rajiv Chandran-Chief Learning Officer, Accenture

Read about Accenture’s mission-critical learning strategy that includes using the Metaverse and virtual reality to drive an extraordinary learning experience in Brandon Hall Group’s latest Executive Interview: Accenture’s Transformative Learning Culture — Innovative, Engaging and Impact.

The Executive Interview with Accenture Chief Learning Officer Rajiv Chandran is from Brandon Hall Group’s Excellence at Work Podcast Executive Series hosted by Chief Operating Officer and Principal HCM Analyst, Rachel Cooke.

Listen to the podcast here.

Other topics covered include Accenture’s current business environment amid COVID-19 and hybrid work, and the response to that environment from a learning and leadership standpoint. The Executive Interview also reveals how Accenture’s team succeeds in preparing for a changing environment by building skills and using data to match skill capabilities, sustaining well-being and building trust, and other insights from Rajiv’s journey from India to the DC suburbs.

Rajiv Chandran is responsible for Accenture’s learning and leadership development strategy and programs for over 600,000 employees globally. Rajiv joined Accenture in 2015 from McKinsey & Co. where he was part of the team that set up the McKinsey Leadership Institute and worked with clients at the intersection of business strategy and leadership capabilities. 

Chandran has a Master’s in Human Resources and is a Mechanical Engineer. He is also a certified Integral Coach from New Ventures West California, a school of coaching that brings together several disciplines like Philosophy, Somatics, Neuroscience, and Ontology and integrates eastern and western wisdom traditions. In addition, Rajiv was part of an inventor team at Accenture that has been granted three patents for innovations in Driving Team performance. 

Accenture is a global professional services company with leading capabilities in digital, cloud and security. Accenture combines unmatched experience and specialized skills across more than 40 industries. Accenture offers Strategy and Consulting, Interactive, Technology and Operations services — all powered by the world’s largest network of Advanced Technology and Intelligent Operations centers.

Accenture’s people deliver on the promise of technology and human ingenuity every day, serving clients in more than 120 countries. Accenture embraces the power of change to create value and shared success for its clients, people, shareholders, partners and communities.

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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.