TTA and WR Grace win a 2020 Brandon Hall Group Gold Award for Excellence in Learning

Marlborough, MA – August 26, 2020 – TTA is excited to announce that we have won the 2020 Brandon Hall Group Gold Award for Excellence in Learning in partnership with WR Grace based on our partnership to help prepare their team for a retirement cliff and develop a learning strategy and program to help successfully onboard new hires.

W.R. Grace develops, manufactures, licenses, supports, and sells leading technologies to a wide variety of industries. They have 49 office locations in 27 different countries and nearly $2 billion in revenue annually. Grace was facing the challenge of having a large percentage of their leadership team retire over a short period of time, leading them to need to backfill over 40 roles. Grace partnered with TTA to help prepare for the retirement cliff and develop a learning strategy and program to help successfully onboard new hires. The program had a transformational impact at WR Grace including:

  • Reduced time-to-proficiency among new hires has been reduced from 18 months to one year, netting an average increase of $3M of revenue per sales team member​
  • Established a standardized knowledge retention strategy which helps capture and organize all tribal knowledge ​
  • Increased productivity, proficiency, and retention among employees

“We are honored to receive the Brandon Hall Group Gold Award in partnership with WR Grace for our collaboration on Project Spark. We are thankful to have partnered with Grace on this transformational initiative which helps prepare their team for upcoming retirement, strengthen their onboarding program, and retain and share valuable knowledge throughout the organization.” said Maria Melfa, TTA’s President and CEO.

The full list of 2020 Brandon Hall Excellence Awards winners are listed at:

“Organizations around the world highly value Brandon Hall Group Excellence Awards – so much so that we received a record number of applications in the middle of a global pandemic,” said Rachel Cooke, Brandon Hall Group COO, and leader of the HCM Excellence Awards Program. “The awards provide valuable recognition and validation of best practices in all areas of HCM at a time when they have never been more important to both employers and employees.”

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.

Excellence Awards winners will be honored at Brandon Hall Group’s HCM Excellence Conference, January 26-28, 2021, at the Hilton West Palm Beach, Florida. Select winners also will serve as presenters in breakout sessions, sharing their leading practices during the conference.

“The Excellence Awards serve the critical function of reinforcing the essential business benefit of creating great experiences for candidates and employees,” Brandon Hall Group CEO Mike Cooke said. “All award winners must demonstrate that their HCM programs drive bottom-line business results. That’s what sets our awards program apart from all others.”

About TTA

An award-winning innovator, TTA is a recognized global leader for Learning & Development (L&D) talent and solutions. Organizations of all sizes, including Fortune 500 corporations, rely on TTA’s agility to support their L&D initiatives of any size or scope across all training modalities.

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 20 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.

Brandon Hall’s Mission: Empower excellence in organizations around the world through our research and tools each and every day. At the core of our offerings is a Membership Program that combines research, benchmarking and unlimited access to data and analysts. The Membership Program offers insights and best practices to enable 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. (

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