MDA Leadership Wins Gold

MDA Leadership won a coveted Brandon Hall Group Gold Award for Excellence in the Best Advance in Leadership Development for The Bench Strength Experience. The 2021 Brandon Hall Group HCM Excellence Awards are presented for work in Learning and Development, Talent Management, Leadership Development, Talent Acquisition, Human Resources, Sales Performance, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, and Future of Work.

The Bench Strength Experience is a unique blended learning program that integrates powerful assessment insights for aspiring leaders with unparalleled opportunities for social learning while simultaneously equipping managers and the organization to engage in talent conversations at every level of the pipeline.

MDA CEO Scott Nelson said, “We are incredibly proud of this award as it represents what we do best at MDA: Help organizations create world-class leadership cultures. This award recognized the ground-breaking leadership development work we did with Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation to strengthen their leadership pipeline. I invite you to read about this extraordinary learning journey here.” 

“Brandon Hall Group Excellence Awards in 2021 provide much-needed and well-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 in 2023.

“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,” Brandon Hall Group CEO Mike Cooke said.

About Brandon Hall Group

Brandon Hall Group operates the largest and longest running awards program in Human Capital Management. As an independent HCM research and analyst firm, they conduct studies in Learning and Development, Talent Management, Leadership Development, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Talent Acquisition and HR/Workforce Management. These benchmark studies help organizations by providing strategic insights for executives and practitioners responsible for growth and business results. For more information, visit