A Way Forward on International Women’s Day

On International Women’s Day, I reflect on the work we’ve done over the past year in what we call “A Way Forward.” We conducted surveys and released research, hosted our first annual Women In Leadership Summit and created BHG’s very first Women In Leadership magazine featuring Pallavi Verma, Senior Managing Director at Accenture and a winner of Brandon Hall Group’s 2017 Excellence Award-Winners for Best Advance in Women Leadership Development.

Our research validated the need for targeted development opportunities for women to improve capabilities, communication, understanding and sensitivity between genders and cultures. To grow and achieve their personal and professional potential, women need support in addressing the unique internal and external obstacles they face. A Way Forward: Women In Leadership provides current female corporate leaders a diverse community to enhance skills and share ideas to build more inclusive environments to improve personal and organizational performance.

There’s still much more work to be done.

Women in Technology Leadership

As the struggle for gender balance in the workplace continues, nowhere is there more opportunity — or potential disaster — than in the tech sector. Technology is changing our world at the most rapid pace in history. And representation of women in technology leadership lags behind national norms at an alarming rate. We partnered with The Blue Circle Leadership Institute and its renowned founder, Bonnie St. John, to launch a Women in Technology Leadership Network and Advisory Council.

We have an open survey on Women in Technology Leadership and it would be great if you participated. You can also join our network — men and women — and their organizations will be catalysts for effective, consistent and persistent change through diverse leadership and technology innovation.

Women In Leadership Summit 2018

Of course, the second Women In Leadership Summit will take place June 6-7 in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Designed for women in leadership roles — including mid-level to senior managers, directors, VPs and C-level  executives — in corporations, nonprofits and government agencies, the WIL Summit is also an excellent opportunity for men who lead diverse teams to achieve greater understanding of how to better recruit, engage, develop and retain talented women.

Please download a complimentary copy of the magazine as a thank you for reading this blog.

– Rachel Cooke, Chief Operating Officer and Principal Analyst at 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.