I hope everyone is enjoying the summer so far and had a wonderful Fourth of July!  I spent the last couple of days with my family in the Florida Keys doing all sorts of fun activities including paddle boarding, fishing, playing tennis, yoga on the beach, and taking a sunset cruise to watch the fireworks. On my drive back from the Keys I thought how fortunate we are to live in a country of freedom where you can express your views openly, follow your faith of choice, and be rewarded for your talents and hard work. I’m proud to say my country is the “Land of the American Dream!” Image-1

Also, this week our team at Brandon Hall Group celebrated our 36th episode since we launched HCMx Radio in 2015.  Up to now, we have had a variety of leaders from great companies spanning across various industries such as Prudential, Xerox, Edward Lifesciences, Dell, LinkedIn and Abbott Laboratories among others.

Our 36th episode is unique because we have our fantastic GenY marketing and design team from Brandon Hall Group sharing updates on what is going on behind the scenes in preparation for our HCM Excellence Conference in 2017, including some highlights on Brandon Hall Group HCMA workshops.

Being this week is the celebration of Independence, I thought it would also be a fun and unique experience to invite our boys to HCMx Radio.  In return, our team is curious to gain an understanding about some of the ways their generation – Generation Z — is learning. We have seen so much progress and evolution in learning over the years, which we continue to witness as new generations come into the workforce that have different expectations, needs, and ways to communicate and learn.

You can download the podcast anytime at the HCMx Radio site.

Guest Bios:

Melissa Benavides, Senior Marketing Specialist, Brandon Hall Group.

Melissa is responsible for graphic design, web design, marketing and coordinating parts of Brandon Hall Group’s annual HCM Excellence Conference. She works out of our headquarters in Delray Beach, Fla., and is a South Florida native. Melissa is a Christmas baby, has a passion for health, fitness and wellness, but she won’t pass up a basket of hot chicken wings with a side of fries.

Nissa Benjamin, Marketing Coordinator, Brandon Hall Group. Nissa manages sponsored and in-house webinars and creates graphics and layouts for publications and assists with operations of Brandon Hall Group’s annual HCM Excellence Conference. She also is co-founder of a non-profit organization, The 3G Project.

Logan Cooke completed the 6th grade with honors and played on three baseball teams, including his school team and a Little League team, where he was an integral part of a championship season.

Chase Cooke completed 3rd grade with straight As, received the highest reading points total of all of the school up to the 8th grade, and was a star in Annie; the play was an incredible school production. Chase, like his brother, is a lover of sports and played on several baseball teams, including an All-Star team in June.

               –Rachel Cooke, Chief Operating Officer, Brandon Hall Group @RachelCCooke

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.