DDI Wins Gold in Two Categories of 2021 Brandon Hall Group Excellence in Technology Awards

December 15, 2021

DDI Won Best Advance in Diversity and Inclusion Innovation and Best Advance in Unique Learning Technology

DDI, a leader in innovative leadership development and assessment solutions, won a coveted Brandon Hall Group Gold award for excellence in the “Best Advance in Diversity and Inclusion Innovation” category, and another Gold award for excellence in “Best Advance in Unique Learning Technology." 

Winners were announced on December 9, 2021. The winners are listed on Brandon Hall Group's Excellence Awards site

DDI's Inclusion: Build Empathy experience won Gold in the category "Future of Work: Best Advance in Diversity and Inclusion Innovation." In the experience powered by virtual reality, leaders feel the frustration of exclusion and see how it limits their ability to be successful in their role. Following the experience, a facilitator guides the group through a discussion, where everyone can share honest insights and generate a commitment to inclusive actions.

Additionally, My Pathway: Leadership Core (formerly named DDI Lead) won Gold in the category "Learning and Development: Best Advance in Unique Learning Technology." As part of DDI's leadership development subscription, a leaders’ learning journey can start with this self-paced and personalized digital experience designed to build core leadership skills. After a self-assessment of their styles, strengths, and gaps, leaders get content recommended just for them to learn and practice the most essential skills. Group data from My Pathway: Leadership Core also provides HR teams with insights to help guide live or blended learning sessions. 

"We're thrilled to be recognized for our innovative solutions that deliver on what leaders need most,” said Tacy M. Byham, Ph.D., CEO of DDI. “We’re all in and committed to new innovations that develop better leaders. Research showed that leaders want personalized learning and the recommendations in My Pathway: Leadership Core provides hyper-relevant development. Plus, building empathy has never been more important than today with inclusion and retention as key business priorities.”

"It's such an honor to see our solutions making an impact in leaders' lives every day," said Sage Krombolz, Product Manager for both award-winning solutions. "And if that wasn't gratifying enough, two gold awards from Brandon Hall will sure do it! There's an army of innovators, believers and doers at DDI who are responsible for these awards."

A panel of veteran, independent senior industry experts, and Brandon Hall Group senior analysts and executives evaluated the entries based upon the following criteria: 

  • Product: What was the product’s breakthrough innovation? 
  • Unique differentiators: What makes the product unique and how does it differ from any competing products?
  • Value proposition: What problem does the product solve and/or what need does this product address?
  • Measurable results: What are the benefits customers can expect to experience as a result of using this product?

“Technology has never been more critical for success in human capital management than it is today. We were thrilled to see many new innovations in all areas, but especially related to the future of work,” said Brandon Hall Group Chief Operating Officer and awards program head Rachel Cooke. “Thanks to the many innovations from our Excellence in Technology winners, organizations have many compelling options as they make important decisions on how to leverage technology to drive their people strategies.” 

“HCM solution providers must be experts and visionaries in technology, but they also must have the ability to anticipate the diverse needs of employers as they work to adapt to ongoing change,” Brandon Hall Group CEO Mike Cooke said. “This requires a blend of curiosity, empathy and agility that is difficult to achieve. We have seen an extraordinary level of insight and creativity from our Excellence in Technology winners that has been exciting to see.” 


About DDI

DDI is a global leadership consulting firm that helps organizations hire, promote and develop exceptional leaders. From first-time managers to C-suite executives, DDI is by leaders’ sides, supporting them in every critical moment of leadership. Built on five decades of research and experience in the science of leadership, DDI’s evidence-based assessment and development solutions enable millions of leaders around the world to succeed, propelling their organizations to new heights. For more information, visit ddiworld.com.

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. (www.brandonhall.com)