SweetRush was a top overall winner at the coveted and prestigious 2018 Brandon Hall Excellence Awards. The company earned 21 honors including 13 Golds in a wide range of categories, a remarkable validation of its versatility and commitment to excellence.

San Francisco, Calif., August 23, 2018 — The Brandon Hall Group bestowed 21 Brandon Hall Excellence Awards, including 13 Gold awards, to SweetRush, recognizing the company as a leader in performance improvement, custom learning development, and learner engagement. SweetRush, one of the top overall winners for the year, shares these recognitions with client-partners Cisco, Sika, Bridgestone, Deloitte, Hilton, Google, and Mondelez.

SweetRush’s versatility and commitment to innovation was on full display during the awards announcement, as the company earned top honors in numerous categories—including Gold awards in categories such as Best Advance in Custom Content, Best Use of Mobile Learning, and Best Learning Team, and three Golds in Best Unique or Innovative Learning Program, among many others—proving SweetRush’s capabilities and high standards in developing custom learning solutions.

In 2017, SweetRush won a similar array of accolades. SweetRush’s focus on excellence and commitment to clients and craft, coupled with its caring culture have created a winning formula that has resulted in a world-class client roster and the delivery of highly effective learning solutions.  

The competition’s judges were independent senior industry experts and Brandon Hall Group senior analysts and executive leadership, who evaluated the entries based on the following criteria: fitting the need, design of the program, functionality, innovation, and overall measurable benefits.

Here is the complete list of SweetRush’s 2018 Brandon Hall Excellence Awards:

2018 Brandon Hall Excellence Awards







GOLD – Best Advance in Competencies and Skill Development

GOLD – Best Advance in Creating a Learning Strategy

GOLD – Best Advance in Creating an Extended Enterprise Learning Program

GOLD – Best Advance in Custom Content

GOLD – Best Advance in Learning Measurement

GOLD – Best Certification Program

GOLD – Best Learning Program Supporting a Change Transformation Business Strategy

GOLD – Best Learning Team

GOLD – Best Unique or Innovative Learning and Development Program

GOLD – Best Unique or Innovative Learning and Development Program

GOLD – Best Unique or Innovative Learning and Development Program

GOLD – Best Use of Mobile Learning 

GOLD – Best Use of Mobile Learning 

2018 Brandon Hall Excellence Awards







SILVER – Best Advance in Compliance Training

SILVER – Best Unique or Innovative Learning and Development Program

SILVER – Best Use of Blended Learning

SILVER – Best Use of Games and Simulations for Learning

SILVER – Best Use of Virtual Worlds for Learning

SILVER – Best Unique or Innovative Leadership Program

SILVER – Best Unique or Innovative Sales Training Program

2018 Brandon Hall Excellence Awards







BRONZE – Best Sales Training Program for Extended Enterprise

“One of my very favorite things to see is what can happen when a vendor and client become one team addressing the needs of the people they serve,” said Andrei Hedstrom, SweetRush CEO and Cofounder. “We are blessed to have so many client-partners who trust us and to have a team at SweetRush who keeps earning that trust. These awards are an important celebration of the hard work we do together, and we’re grateful to Brandon Hall for helping the industry maintain a very high bar of quality  year after year.”

“I just feel so fortunate to be surrounded by people who genuinely care about the work they do and how it affects the lives of others,” said Arturo Schwartzberg, Cofounder and Chairman at SweetRush. “These awards validate that the passion and commitment they bring to SweetRush every day is making a difference for the clients and learners we serve.”

“Excellence Award winners personify innovation that drives business results. Our winners embrace the future and embrace change and the challenges that go with it,”said Rachel Cooke, Chief Operating Officer of Brandon Hall Group and head of the awards program. “It is amazing in reviewing these entries how organizations – bothlarge and small – work across functions to make human capital management a valuable asset the enables business success.”

For the complete list of winners, visit the Brandon Hall Group website. Congratulations to all the winners!

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 17-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

Brandon Hall Group is an HCM research and advisory services firm that provides insights into key performance areas, including learning and development, talent management, leadership development, talent acquisition, and 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 providing strategic insights for executives and practitioners responsible for growth and business results (www.brandonhall.com).