American Council on Exercise (ACE) Wins Gold at the 2022 Brandon Hall Group Excellence in Technology Awards

Posted: Dec 19, 2022 in ACE Press Releases

The American Council on Exercise, a leader in innovative health and fitness education, won a coveted Brandon Hall Group Gold award for excellence in the Best Advance in Diversity and Inclusion Innovation category in partnership with LearnUpon LMS.  

ACE’s flagship course, Taking Action with ACE: Practicing Equity, Diversity and Inclusion as an Exercise Professional, provides actionable steps that can be applied every day to address equity, diversity and inclusion in the health and fitness industry. Through practice scenarios pulled from real-life experiences of diverse clients and health and exercise professionals, course participants are given an opportunity to learn from an alternate perspective.  

“ACE is an organization with a deep commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion and we are honored to see our education recognized in this important category,” said Cedric X. Bryant, PhD, FACSM president and chief science officer at ACE. “The future of fitness is one where everyone is guaranteed access to the resources they need to move more and live better.” 

The goal of the course is to better equip health and exercise professionals to support traditionally marginalized groups, create an inviting environment that enhances client engagement and retention, and be a better advocate for the health and fitness industry. 

“From our research, we know that more than half of organizations say it is critical to advance the HCM technology ecosystem to succeed in the future of work. Winners of our Excellence in Technology awards are the pace-setters in ensuring employers have the leading-edge tools they need to evolve and prosper in the challenging environment we all work in,” said Brandon Hall Group Chief Operating Officer and awards program head Rachel Cooke.  

“We are honored to celebrate the foresight and ingenuity of our Technology award winners!” said Brandon Hall Group CEO Mike Cooke. “More than 80% of employers are optimistic about advancing digital transformation in 2023, our research shows, and that is because these organizations and individuals who are laser-focused on technology innovation.”  

Entries were evaluated by a panel of veteran, independent senior industry experts, Brandon Hall Group analysts and executives based upon these criteria:  

Product: What is 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?  

Winners of our Excellence in Technology Awards are scheduled to be honored at Brandon Hall Group’s HCM Excellence Conference, Jan. 31-Feb. 2, 2023, at the Hilton West Palm Beach, Florida. © 2022 Brandon Hall Group, Inc.  

ACE’s win was announced on Dec. 8, 2022. The winners are listed at


About American Council on Exercise 

Since 1985, the American Council on Exercise (ACE) has been the leading non-profit education and certification provider for health coaches and exercise professionals in the United States and around the world. 

With more than 90,000 highly respected certified health coaches and exercise professionals, ACE Certified Professionals are on the ground daily helping people move, stay active and make lasting lifestyle behavior changes to build healthier communities. 

Headquartered in San Diego, ACE collaborates with public health partners to educate people of all backgrounds about the importance of physical activity and other healthy lifestyle behaviors; advocates for public policies to increase physical activity opportunities; and supports scientific research that investigates the efficacy of behavior-change interventions and the effectiveness of exercise practices and trends. 

For more information visit AMERICAN COUNCIL ON EXERCISE, ACE and ACE logos are Registered Trademarks of the American Council on Exercise. 

About LearnUpon 

Founded in 2012, LearnUpon's mission is to partner with businesses that believe delivering great learning is essential to achieve great results. The company’s learning management system (LMS) is powered by leading technology and provides companies with a centralized hub to easily create and manage learning programs for every audience in an engaging, learner-friendly way.  

LearnUpon partners with over 1,300 customers to champion simple, learner-centric experiences for over 13 million learners across over 30 countries globally. With over 290 employees and offices in Dublin, Philadelphia, Salt Lake City, Belgrade, and Sydney, LearnUpon LMS makes it easy for businesses to deliver learning that impacts what matters: performance, retention, and growth. 

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. ( 

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