Delray Beach, FL – September 14, 2017 — The deadline for Brandon Hall Group’s Excellence in Technology Awards – serving organizations that create or implement technologies that improve productivity and enable innovation in Human Capital Management and Sales Enablement – is upon us: Friday, Sept. 15, 2017.

The 2017 Excellence in Technology Awards are open to solution providers and user organizations that have successfully deployed programs, strategies, modalities, processes, systems, and tools.

The 2017 Excellence in Technology Awards includes more than 50 categories in five program areas:

  • Excellence in Learning and Development Technology
  • Excellence in Talent Management Technology
  • Excellence in Workforce Management Technology
  • Excellence in Talent Acquisition Technology
  • Excellence in Sales Enablement Technology

“Organizations – both corporations and providers – are making major strides in leveraging technology in innovative ways to drive human capital management initiatives,” said Brandon Hall Group COO Rachel Cooke, who leads the awards program. “So, recognizing technology innovators is very important because it motivates organizations to continue to push forward, keep pushing the envelope. Technology award winners historically come from both mature and emerging companies, so all types of organizations – large and small, U.S.-based and overseas — are recognized.”

The awards are open to:

  • Solution providers that offer technologies to Learning & Development, Talent Management, Human Resources, and Sales functions.
  • User (non-solution provider) organizations with technology functions or departments.

Organizations can enter alone or with their client or partner organizations.

Solution Providers are encouraged to apply for this year’s awards and be recognized for their innovative technologies – it’s not too late!

For more information about how to enter and where to download the entry form, please visit or contact us at

 About Brandon Hall Group

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 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.

To learn more about Brandon Hall Group, please call us at (561) 865-5017 or email us at


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.