Grant Thornton wins Gold in Brandon Hall Group’s Excellence in Technology Awards


Connected Classroom recognized for its use of innovation in the learning space


CHICAGO — Grant Thornton LLP, one of America’s largest providers of audit and assurance, tax and advisory services, was recognized by the 2023 Brandon Hall Group Excellence Awards™ for its Connected Classroom program. The program earned a Gold designation in the category of “Best Advance in Business Strategy and Technology Innovation.”


Connected Classroom is a new, hybrid learning method that connects learners and instructors across the country, allowing teammates to participate in the same class, use the same tools and track their progress.


According to Wendy Wright, Grant Thornton’s senior director of Learning and Effectiveness, the method “bridges the gap between in-person and virtual learners” — providing a more flexible way for colleagues to learn together regardless of their physical location.


“With Connected Classroom, our team leaned into new technology and hybrid working models, creating a learning experience that helps our people engage each other in meaningful ways,” added Wright.


The award from Brandon Hall Group is part of a string of recent accomplishments for the firm. For example, Grant Thornton was honored as one of the Best Places to Work in 2024 by Glassdoor and was named one of the 2023 ‘100 Best Companies’ by Seramount for the 18th year in a row. Grant Thornton also recently earned two other accolades from Brandon Hall Group: its digital badging program and Career Compass skills framework were recognized with Gold awards.


"In our 30th year, the Excellence in Technology Awards continue to showcase the best innovations in learning, talent management, talent acquisition, HR, workforce management, and sales enablement technologies,” said Brandon Hall Group Chief Operating Officer Rachel Cooke, leader of the Excellence Awards program. “We are proud to receive applications from a diverse range of organizations globally, reflecting the ever-evolving landscape of technology solutions.”


The 2023 Brandon Hall Group Excellence Awards™ are the longest-running honors in Human Capital Management (HCM), and its honorees were selected by a panel of veteran, independent senior industry experts. When judging the contenders, the panel focused on criteria like program design, functionality, innovation and overall measurable benefits. Excellence Award winners will be honored at Brandon Hall Group's HCM Excellence Conference, February 13-15, 2024, at the Hilton West Palm Beach, Florida.



About Brandon Hall Group™ 

Brandon Hall Group is the only professional development company that offers data, research, insights, and certification to Learning and Talent executives and organizations. The best minds in Human Capital Management (HCM) choose Brandon Hall Group to help them create future-proof employee development plans for the new era.


For over 30 years, we have empowered, recognized, and certified excellence in organizations worldwide, influencing the development of over 10 million employees and executives. Our HCM Excellence Awards program was the first to recognize organizations for learning and talent and is the gold standard, known as the "Academy Awards of Human Capital Management."


The awards recognize the best organizations that have successfully developed and deployed programs, strategies, modalities, processes, systems, and tools that have achieved measurable results. We are honored to receive applications from organizations worldwide ranging from small, medium, large, and global enterprises to government, not-for-profits, and associations.


About Grant Thornton

“Grant Thornton” is the brand for two professional-services entities: Grant Thornton LLP, a licensed, certified public accounting (CPA) firm that provides audit and assurance services ― and Grant Thornton Advisors LLC (not a licensed CPA firm), which exclusively provides non-attest offerings, including tax and advisory services. With revenues of $2.4 billion for the fiscal year that ended July 31, 2023, and dozens of offices nationwide, Grant Thornton represents a community of more than 9,000 problem solvers, relationship builders, and industry specialists who know that how we serve matters as much as what we do.


Grant Thornton LLP, Grant Thornton Advisors LLC and their respective subsidiaries operate as an alternative practice structure (APS). The APS conforms with applicable laws, regulations and professional standards, including those from the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.


Grant Thornton LLP and Grant Thornton Advisors LLC serve as the U.S. member firms of the Grant Thornton International Ltd (GTIL) network. GTIL and its member firms are not a worldwide partnership and all member firms are separate legal entities. Member firms deliver all services; GTIL does not provide services to clients.




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