• November 29, 2018
HCMx Radio 95: Gender Equality and Employee Engagement


Nicole MacLean from EmplifyNicole leads partner and experience strategies at Emplify. Strategically minded, creatively inclined, she leads a dynamic team focused on attaining and growing new partner and customer relationships through meaningful brand experiences. Passionate about gender equality in the workplace, Nicole founded the internal female affinity group at Emplify and continues to serve as an advocate in various organizations across the Indy tech community. She serves on the Marketing Advisory Board for Ball State University and most recently was named to Techpoint’s Tech 25 Class of 2018. Outside of work, you can find her talking to people about the enneagram, losing at trivia and re-watching Parks and Recreationepisodes.


Rachel Cooke, Chief Operating Officer, Brandon Hall Group


Topics include:

  1. The importance of culture in diversity efforts
  2. Measuring employee engagement
  3. Transparency and open-book business
  4. Authenticity, hard conversations and engagement
  5. Forming a resource group to promote gender equality
  6. Women empowering other women
  7. When to — and when not to — include men in equality discussions
  8. Keeping the conversation positive
  9. Accountability and accepting compliments
  10. Thinking holistically about gender issues
  11. Community involvement


We have a few important updates:

HCM Excellence19 January 23–24 at the Hilton in West Palm Beach

WIL Summit 2019 May 1st & 2nd – Marriott Harbor Beach, Fort Lauderdale.

If you have questions about our topic or desire access to our research, please contact us at success@brandonhall.comor visit www.brandonhall.com

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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