Brandon Hall Top winner 2019

San Francisco, Calif., August 22, 2019 — The Brandon Hall Group has given 28 Brandon Hall Group Excellence Awards (including 19 Golds) to SweetRush, a global leading provider of custom learning and performance improvement solutions. These awards are the Learning and Development industry’s highest honor, and as one of the top overall winners this year, SweetRush shares these awards with its trusted client-partners, the American Association of University Women (AAUW), Bridgestone, Cox Communications, Deloitte, Google, Hilton, Mondelēz, and Wells Fargo.

Brandon Hall awards 2019

Working closely with its client-partners’ world-class teams results in a “best of all minds” strategic approach to innovating learning solutions—and these collaborations are what makes winning these honors possible. Many of SweetRush’s valuable partnerships are with longtime clients, with whom it has developed synergistic alliances focused on advancing L&D to best reach and engage learners in new and exciting ways.

These awards recognize SweetRush’s vast versatility, and how the company effectively executes leading-edge learning and instructional design trends and techniques—among them storytelling, interactive video, immersive simulations, transformational games, responsive design, virtual reality, and 3D animation. The breadth and depth of its capabilities is seen in the wide variety of categories in which it won in19 categories in total, including learning strategy, innovation, change transformation, and citizenshipand in the variety of subject matter and business objectives, including sales and product knowledge training, leadership training, brand training, empathy building, new hire onboarding, change management, and salary negotiation training.

SweetRush is also serving and supporting a broad array of industries: nonprofit/foundation, healthcare, automotive, telecommunications, business services/consulting, technology, hospitality, manufacturing, retail, and banking/finance.

Here is the complete list of SweetRush’s 2019 Brandon Hall Group Excellence Awards:


Excellence in Learning
Best Results of a Learning Program
Best Advance in Custom Content (x2)
Best Use of Blended Learning
Best Use of Games and Simulations (x3)
Best Use of Mobile Learning
Best Use of Video for Learning
Best Use of Virtual Worlds
Best Unique or Innovative Learning Program (x2)
Best Advance in Creating an Extended Enterprise Learning Program
Best Learning Program Supporting a Change Transformation Business Strategy
Best Advance in Competencies and Skill Development (x2)

Excellence in Corporate Initiatives
HCM Citizenship

Excellence in Talent Acquisition
Best New Hire Onboarding

Excellence in Sales Performance
Best Sales Training Program for Extended Enterprise


Excellence in Learning
Best Advance in Creating a Learning Strategy (x2)
Best Learning Program Supporting a Change Transformation Business Strategy
Best Advance in Competencies and Skill Development

Excellence in Leadership Development
Best Advance in Leadership Development

Excellence in Sales Performance
Best Sales Onboarding Program


Excellence in Learning
Best Advance in Creating a Learning Strategy

Excellence in Leadership Development
Best Unique or Innovative Leadership Program

Excellence in Sales Performance
Best Unique or Innovative Sales Training Program

“At the heart of each of these awards are relationships between organizations and individuals, committed to using their craft to serve others. We are truly blessed to serve our client-partners’ teams—to help them grow in their abilities and careers,” said Andrei Hedstrom, SweetRush CEO and Cofounder. “Thanks to each and every person, both on our client-partners’ teams and on the SweetRush team, for coming together and creating another banner year of award-winning learning solutions!” 

“I am so thankful, grateful, to the SweetRush team that is so committed and to our client-partners who collaborate with us and trust us to provide experiences that will have a profound impact on the behavior of their employees,” said Arturo Schwartzberg, Chairman and Cofounder at SweetRush. “And we believe strongly that we are making a difference, not only in bottom lines, but in people’s lives through our extensive work for non-profits—one of which, AAUW—won a Gold Brandon Hall Group award!” 

“The HCM Excellence Awards recognize programs that measurably benefit organizations,” said Mike Cooke, Brandon Hall Group CEO. “Many human capital management departments are unable to confirm that their initiatives help the business’s bottom line. Because we focus on measurable benefits, our awards program is universally recognized and highly prestigious.”

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

If you’d like to speak to SweetRush about its award-winning approach to learning and development, visit the company website.

View the winners on the Brandon Hall Group website. Congratulations to everyone who won!

About SweetRush

Dream for a moment that you have the expertise and tools to positively impact the lives of others. You can affect mindsets and behavior. You can help an organization grow, change, prosper, and thrive. The passionate pursuit of this expertise and the development of these tools have been at the heart of the success SweetRush has experienced collaborating with clients who share the same dream.

SweetRush’s focus on team culture and mastery of performance improvement is reflected in loyal clients, a near-zero turnover of teammates, a 18-year track record of success, and a remarkable portfolio. Our work with clients has earned us gold awards from our peers and high ranking on the top training industry lists.

Every solution we deliver is infused with creativity. Instructional creativity allows us to discover effective and unique solutions to our clients’ challenges. Artistic creativity spurs us to create visually exciting, engaging user experiences. Technical creativity allows us to embrace new capabilities and platforms as they emerge, such as virtual reality, gamification, and mobile delivery. Cultural creativity empowers our clients to create the conditions that energize and empower their people and unleash the energy in their teams. Our Talent Solutions team builds on its unique knowledge of talent, team building, and learning and development to craft a unique, creative solution for clients who need the best temporary staff to augment their team. We apply the creative lens to all things, from project management to our treatment of our teammates, clients, and the planet.

We are over 150 people strong and have been in business since 2001. Every day, we give thanks for the trust of our world-class clients. Our deliverables span from analysis and curriculum mapping to the creation of blended training products, including live and virtual classroom training, custom-developed eLearning, and innovative use of emerging technologies.

Dream with us, and together let’s make a positive impact!

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.