Leading African law firm, Bowmans, today announced that it has won a coveted Brandon Hall Group Gold Award for excellence in diversity, equity and inclusion.

The firm received the Best Learning Program that Supports and Promotes Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Award for its human-centric diversity and inclusion (D&I) architecture. Bowmans also received a Bronze Award in the same category for the conscious inclusion change management (CCCM) programme that it used to implement the architecture.

Lee-Ann Greyling, head of Organisational Effectiveness at Bowmans, says: ‘We are thrilled to have been recognised by Brandon Hall Group. Receiving two medals – a gold and a bronze – in an international award process spanning industries and countries, proves that our people processes can compete in the global arena.’

Entries were evaluated by a panel of independent industry experts, Brandon Hall Group analysts and executives based upon their fit for purpose, as well as programme design, functionality, innovation and overall measurable benefits.

Greyling explains that the winning D&I architecture was co-created by a forum representing all employees across all levels of the firm. The CCCM programme was subsequently developed in partnership with BTS, an international talent assessment and development organisation. The CCCM programme was launched in November 2019 and is ongoing, continuing uninterrupted despite the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to Brandon Hall Group, COO and leader of the HCM Excellence Awards Program, Rachel Cooke, the Excellence Awards ‘provide much-needed and well-deserved recognition to organizations that went above and beyond to support their stakeholders during the unprecedented disruption of the COVID-19 pandemic. The awards provide validation of best practices in all areas of HCM at a time when they have never been more important to employers, employees and customers.’

Talent partner, Tammy Beira, concludes, ‘At Bowmans we recognise that our people are our greatest asset. We are committed to attracting, developing and retaining the best people, and to creating an inclusive environment which empowers them to reach their full potential.’

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.