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Allen Interactions and New York Life Win 2 Brandon Hall Group HCM Excellence in Learning Awards


The 2021 Brandon Hall Group HCM Excellence Awards are given for work in Learning and Development, Talent Management, Leadership Development, Talent Acquisition, Human Resources, Sales Performance, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, and Future of Work.

Allen Interactions, a leading performance improvement company focused on custom learning, strategic consulting, and digital engineering, and client, New York Life, are happy to be recognized with two Brandon Hall Group HCM Excellence in Learning Awards.

“We couldn’t be happier or more humbled by the opportunity to partner with New York Life; they are the real changemakers who have their finger on the pulse of what it takes to drive performance change and success,” stated Dr. Michael Allen, Founder & CEO, Allen Interactions. 

New York Life: Retirement Practice Model, Module 13 - Designing & Presenting the Case

The object of the e-learning simulation is to challenge New York Life Agents to devise a suitable retirement case based on a Prospect's information and life circumstances. There are three rounds. Each round contains three different Prospects and is designed to be progressively more challenging and complex.

  • Industry: Financial
  • Practice Area: Competency Skill Development; Sales 
  • Solution: e-Learning Simulation Game Module
  • Audience: New York Life Agents specializing in Retirement

New York Life and Allen Interactions received two Brandon Hall Awards in the following categories:

  • Best Unique or Innovative Sales Training 
  • Best Use of Games or Simulations for Learning 

About The Brandon Hall Group Excellence Awards

“Brandon Hall Group Excellence Awards in 2021 provide much-needed and deserved recognition to organizations that went above and beyond to support their stakeholders during the unprecedented disruption of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Brandon Hall Group COO and leader of the HCM Excellence Awards Program Rachel Cooke. “The awards provide validation of best practices in all areas of HCM at a time when they have never been more important to employers, employees, and customers.”

Entries were evaluated by a panel of veteran, independent senior industry experts, Brandon Hall Group analysts, and executives based upon these criteria: fit the need, design of the program, functionality, innovation, and overall measurable benefits.

Excellence Award winners are scheduled to be honored at Brandon Hall Group’s HCM Excellence Conference, Feb. 1-3, 2022, at the Hilton West Palm Beach, Florida. Select winners also will serve as presenters in breakout sessions, sharing their leading practices during the conference.

“We added several awards categories this year to specifically address critical needs, including how organizations addressed the new dynamics of work and embedded the principles of diversity, equity and inclusion in their HCM practices,” Brandon Hall Group CEO Mike Cooke said. “Winning organizations in all categories demonstrated a people-centric approach while driving superior business results under challenging and unprecedented conditions. Demonstrating HCM’s impact on the business is what sets our awards apart.”

The winners are listed at: 

About Allen Interactions

Leveraging nearly three decades of extensive experience, Allen Interactions and The Allen Academy partner with organizations on comprehensive learning and talent ecosystem initiatives that include learning strategy, custom development, technology, automation, change management, talent staffing, and instructional design.

Allen Interactions’ passion has always been to deliver Meaningful, Memorable, and Motivational learning and technology solutions that are laser-focused on performance improvement. The company takes on challenges for overcoming performance barriers, resistance to change, onboarding, workforce realignment, technology integration, new product introductions and support, and many others.

The CCAF and SAM design and development approaches, developed by e-learning guru and CEO, Dr. Michael Allen, have helped Allen Interactions secure its enduring position at the top of the industry. The mission-driven company has had the honor of educating thousands of professionals and organizations on its e-learning design and development principles for building true instructional interactivity for performance-changing learning.

About Brandon Hall Group

Brandon Hall Group is an HCM research and advisory services firm that provides insights around key performance areas, including Learning and Development, Talent Management, Leadership Development, Talent Acquisition, and HR/Workforce Management.

With more than 10,000 clients globally and 25 years of delivering world-class research and advisory services, Brandon Hall Group is focused on developing research that drives performance in emerging and large organizations and provides strategic insights for executives and practitioners responsible for growth and business results.

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