In this edition of HCMx Radio, we capture highlights from Brandon Hall Group’s Company Research Meeting held recently in Delray Beach, FL!  It is always great to bring together our incredible team to strategize, innovate and define future plans. Learn more about the crucial Human Capital Management areas that we are covering:

  • New practical approaches for performance management – should you do away with your performance management systems?
  • Measurement and analytics – the importance of how companies can make a cultural shift to move beyond the initial stage of collecting data to drive better outcomes.
  • Onboarding – improving systems to engage and retain talent through strategic onboarding, plus the additional opportunities of pre-boarding.
  • Talent Acquisition technologies
  • Insights from our latest research on what talent acquisition technology buyers want from providers.
  • Understanding the positioning of providers and their strengths.
  • Employee Value Proposition – Aligning the values and needs of employees and employer.
  • The heightened demand for emerging learning technologies, especially social and mobile, and the importance of delivering a fully blended experience that makes learning more relevant and personalized.


  • Daria Friedman, Principal Analyst, Talent Acquisition, Brandon Hall Group
  • Clifford Stevenson, Principal Analyst, Workforce Management, Brandon Hall Group
  • David Wentworth, Principal Analyst, Learning and Development, Brandon Hall Group

Host: Rachel Cooke, Chief Operating Officer, Brandon Hall Group

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.