Montreal, Quebec – December 10, 2021 – Explorance, a leader in innovative Employee Experience Management solutions, won a coveted Brandon Hall Group gold award for excellence in the “Best Advance in AI and Machine Learning” category.

Explorance’s win was announced on December 9, 2021, during an online ceremony hosted by Brandon Hall Group. A complete list of all winners can be viewed here.

The gold award comes shortly after Explorance introduced its breakthrough solution for Employee Experience Management. BlueML is the only machine learning comment analysis tool trained on real employee responses and scenarios to deliver actionable and useful insights in seconds. Until BlueML, comment analysis tools on the market leveraged machine learning models trained to analyze generic text-based data that lacked the specialization necessary to turn employee responses into decision-grade intelligence.

Explorance CEO Samer Saab had this to say: “This recognition by Brandon Hall Group reinforces the feedback we have been receiving from our customers. BlueML is the fruit of our relentless commitment to providing useful machine learning solutions that help transform data into decision-grade insights to support organizations, at scale, when it comes to their most important asset: their people.”

A panel of veteran, independent senior industry experts, and Brandon Hall Group senior analysts and executives evaluated the entries based upon the following criteria:

  • Product: What was the product’s breakthrough innovation?
  • Unique differentiators: What makes the product unique, and how does it differ from any competing products?
  • Value proposition: What problem does the product solve and/or what need does this product address?
  • Measurable results: What are the benefits customers can expect to experience as a result of using this product

About Explorance:

At Explorance, we believe that each experience matters. From students in higher education to employees at the workplace, feedback is vital for the lifelong learner’s journey. That’s why Explorance’s mission is to help organizations create a personalized journey of impact and fulfillment for their people through innovative Experience Management (XM) solutions.

With Blue, the Experience Management Platform and Metrics That Matter, organizations can gather richer insights to make the best decisions for developing their key stakeholders’ skills, knowledge, and competencies while meeting their needs and expectations. As the world’s largest provider of XM solutions for the lifelong learner, Explorance supports more than 750 organizations in 45 countries, including 35% of the Fortune 100 and over 25% of the QS top 100 higher education institutions.

About Brandon Hall Group:

Brandon Hall Group operates the largest and longest running awards program in Human  Capital Management. As an independent HCM research and analyst firm they conduct  studies in Learning and Development, Talent Management, Leadership Development,  Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Talent Acquisition and HR/Workforce Management. These  benchmark studies help organizations by providing strategic insights for executives and  practitioners responsible for growth and business results.

Coupling the research studies with the best practice from the awards, Brandon Hall Group  has helped more than 10,000 clients globally and more than 28 years of delivering worldclass research and advisory. At the core of our offerings is a membership program that  combines research, benchmarking and unlimited access to data and analysts. Membership enables 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.

Brandon Hall Group has also launched professional certifications for business and human capital management professionals to upskill themselves and gain credentials for career advancement. (

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.