• August 3, 2016
HCMx Radio 39: Unique Barriers that Women Leaders Encounter

Guests: Cyndi Sax, SVP of Consulting Services, Caliper, and Tom Schoenfelder, Ph.D., SVP of Research and Development, Caliper

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

In this episode, Cyndi Sax and Dr. Schoenfelder provide insights from Caliper’s research study that examined the different personality traits and how they apply to each of the genders and how they impact their leadership styles. They revealed the traits that are found to be key to Transformational vs. Transactional leadership style. Learn more about the different leadership styles, concerns still facing women leaders and considerations to help drive positive change.


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.

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