ATLANTA (September 15, 2021) TrainingPros, a staffing agency that connects large organizations with specialized learning and development (L&D) contract professionals, won a coveted Brandon Hall Group Gold award for excellence in the Best Unique or Innovative Leadership Program category. TrainingPros’ win, working in conjunction with Keysight Technologies, was announced on August 19. The list of winners is posted online.

“We are honored to receive this award with our client, Keysight Technologies,” said TrainingPros President Leigh Anne Lankford. “It represents our firm’s best-in-class expertise at matching client needs with highly-skilled, specialized consultants who work alongside our clients — in this case, to create an award-winning learning solution.”

Julie Hodack, the L&D professional assigned to Keysight Technologies by TrainingPros Relationship Manager Leigh Hurst, was tasked with the project of seamlessly converting a three-day new-leader development program from in-person to virtual.

“Keysight’s manager program exceeded the expectations of participants, providing significant learnings that helped instill greater confidence as they moved forward in the career at the company,” said Keysight Technologies Director of Manager Employee Development Nadine Frank. “The program combines highly active, live virtual sessions, integrated pathways for assignments, global networking, coaching, social learning, as well as a focus on personal case studies and development plans. Julie Hodack was a great partner who understood our goals and objectives, making the transition to the virtual program a success.”

“The 2021 Brandon Hall Group Excellence Awards 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 human capital management (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 on these criteria: fit the needs, program design, 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. [Updated 1/28/22 – the conference was canceled for COVID reasons.]

“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,” said Brandon Hall Group CEO Mike Cooke. “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.”


About TrainingPros

For more than 20 years, TrainingPros has served the training, eLearning, and technical writing communities by providing qualified learning and development (L&D) consultants to clients on a contract basis. In addition to staffing services, TrainingPros provides custom eLearning and instructor-led training development for companies through managed services. The company has relationship managers in locations throughout the United States to serve both clients and consultants. TrainingPros is certified as a Women’s Business Enterprise by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council. When learning leaders have more projects than people, TrainingPros can provide the right L&D consultants to start their projects with confidence. For more information, visit the TrainingPros website.

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.

Coupling the research studies with the best practice from the awards, Brandon Hall Group has helped more than 10,000 clients globally and more than 28 years of delivering world-class research and advisory. At the core of our offerings is a membership program that combines research, benchmarking, and unlimited access to data and analysts. Membership enables executives and practitioners to make the right decisions about people, processes, and systems, coalesced with analyst advisory services which aim to put the research into action in a way that is practical and efficient.

Brandon Hall Group has also launched professional certifications for business and human capital management professionals to upskill themselves and gain credentials for career advancement. (

About Keysight Technologies

Keysight delivers advanced design and validation solutions that help accelerate innovation to connect and secure the world. Keysight’s dedication to speed and precision extends to software-driven insights and analytics that bring tomorrow’s technology products to market faster across the development lifecycle, in design simulation, prototype validation, automated software testing, manufacturing analysis, and network performance optimization and visibility in enterprise, service provider and cloud environments.  Our customers span the worldwide communications and industrial ecosystems, aerospace and defense, automotive, energy, semiconductor, and general electronics markets. Keysight generated revenues of $4.2B in the fiscal year 2020. For more information about Keysight Technologies (NYSE: KEYS), visit us at


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