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    Washington D.C.− October 26, 2015− The challenges and benefits of appointing an external provider to supplement your training capability are examined in a new research report from Hemsley Fraser, which highlights that ‘managed learning’ can be undermined by poor relationships or a mismatch of expectations. The report, “The Secrets of Successful Managed Learning,” follows a study involving 17 clients of managed learning providers, ranging from private companies and public sector employers to multinational businesses and global corporations. It explains what managed learning is, where it takes place, the services covered and who’s involved in the decision to outsource training activity. It also reveals the driving factors behind managed learning and the key business benefits. “Managed learning is a growing phenomenon, particularly in the UK and USA, yet uncertainty exists about exactly what it involves, what best practice looks like and how organizations can gain maximum benefit,” said Joanne Casson, a managed learning expert at Hemsley Fraser. “With IT, payroll and recruitment, the entire function can be outsourced to a third party provider. But this isn’t the case in L&D. Corporate learning teams are more likely to supplement their in-house capability by appointing an external provider to source, book, administer and evaluate their training and to manage their training suppliers.” According to the report, L&D teams usually manage bespoke training in-house but they’ll allow generic programs - including management and leadership development, behavioral skills, customer service, project management, health & safety and diversity training - to be managed by the external provider. The study reveals that a critical success factor is the relationship between the L&D team and the managed learning partner. “A third of participants said they’re not happy with their managed learning provider,” said Casson. “Fundamentally, the problems stem from a poor relationship or a mismatch of expectations. A good initial relationship can be undermined by factors such as poor project management, staff turnover, lack of trust, low proactivity, deteriorating service levels or an inability to deliver the anticipated results. An important conclusion here is that the market includes a range of different managed learning providers with different strengths. Organizations have a responsibility to choose their provider with care.” The report identifies ten challenges in setting up and running a managed learning service and ten lessons that early adopters have learned. It also gives advice of what to look for when choosing a partner. “There’s no standard process for appointing a managed learning provider but L&D, procurement, HR, finance and IT teams, as well as senior stakeholders in the business, are usually involved,” said Casson. “The key qualities to look for in a partner are training expertise, chemistry, credentials, the ability to add value and technological capability.” According to the research, managed learning is growing because organizations want to enhance the quality, effectiveness and efficiency of their training. Organizations also want to improve the return on investment from L&D, evaluate and control their training activity, rationalize the supply chain, cope with the volume of training requests, gain volume discounts on the cost of courses, ‘free up’ L&D practitioners to provide support in other areas and gain access to external learning expertise. 

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    Goshen, IN− October 27, 2015− Haiku Learning, a renowned K-12 digital learning platform and GoSignMeUp, a leading provider of online workshop and training registration software, are pleased to announce a new partnership that provides a turnkey solution for organizations and schools that manage and deliver online professional development courses. The partnership makes it easy to not only deliver online courses, but also offer course registration, credit tracking, transcript reporting, and payment support all in one integrated solution. It’s ideal for professional development organizations as well as school districts that want to scale their professional development program beyond their district and even monetize those offerings. “For schools, this gives them a seamless professional development solution from end to end,” says Bryan Falcón, CEO and co-founder of Haiku Learning. “GoSignMeUp gives administrators powerful tools to manage registration and closeout, while Haiku Learning takes care of everything in between, giving educators a 21st century digital learning platform with the tools they need for today’s classroom." According to a recent Gates Foundation study "Teacher’s Views on Professional Development", large majorities of teachers do not believe that professional development is helping them prepare for the increasing emphasis on technology and digital learning tools. The study also found that administrative tasks make it difficult for school leaders to effectively support professional development. Haiku Learning enables contextualized learning experiences that make it easier for teachers to foster the connective, deeper learning needed to develop 21st century learners. Teachers and students can easily embed hundreds of web 2.0 apps, so everyone learns to become content creators and web publishers. A suite of discussion forum options help facilitate peer collaboration, and there's a variety of formative and summative assessments. For teachers and administrators, analytics dashboards help track activity and performance. GoSignMeUp is used by organizations across the country that want to deliver any type of training or classes. The online class registration process is very simple and provides many automated features such as email reminders and confirmations, class lists, transcripts and much more. “GoSignMeUp has always delivered a great tool for an easy online class registration process, automated administrative features and powerful reporting and analytics,” says Ed MacNevin, CEO with GoSignMeUp. “With our new partnership with Haiku Learning, this total solution now includes class and content management.” Additionally, GoSignMeUp offers numerous reports for class and student history that help to improve learning pathways as well as financial analysis. In addition, custom email lists can be created based on student class history, or demographics. Certificates can be emailed out automatically to each student upon the completion of the course. About Haiku Learning  Founded in 2006, Haiku Learning is a digital learning platform designed for K-12 schools. Powering learning for more than 2.5 million students across the globe, Haiku Learning’s platform is known for its simple interface, flexible tools, and powerful integrations with other leading cloud services, such as Google Apps for Education. In 2015, Haiku Learning was honored as one of Indiana’s Companies to Watch Spotlight Award Winner. About GoSignMeUp  GoSignMeUp is the leading provider of online class registration and professional development management software. Used by organizations of all sizes and types--including corporations, health care, government agencies, and education--it is the preferred registration tool for professional development, continuing education, client education, and student enrichment. GoSignMeUp is ideally suited for face-to-face, online and hybrid class registration processes, and integrates with Learning Platforms such as Haiku Learning.

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    Austin, TX− October 27, 2015− Santia, a leading global provider of health, safety, and environmental risk management solutions, has partnered with e-learning training provider 360training.com. 360training.com currently works with 1,500 e-learning partners who together have trained more than 3 million users worldwide. The partnership will see internationally recognized health and safety e-learning training become available to individuals looking to progress their career within health, safety, and environmental roles within the Middle East, Africa, United States and Asia. The NEBOSH International General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety is now available through 360training.com and Santia's collaboration. Upcoming e-learning courses that will be sold by 360training.com and delivered by Santia include: NEBOSH International Diploma IOSH Managing Safely IEMA Associate Certificate in Environmental Management "We are excited to be offering our best in class accredited e-learning training to a wider audience through 360training.com,” said Michael Carlick Santia, head of operations at UAE. “Each of the courses available, provide a solid grounding of health, safety and environmental management and will raise the professional competence of those who choose to undertake one or more. With each of the qualifications recognized worldwide, for those looking to further their career there are no better courses to undertake." “The combination of Santia's expertise in health, safety and environmental management together with their internationally recognized course offering, further enhances our comprehensive environmental, health and safety library,” said Sharmeen Niaz, director of international operations & business development at 360training.com “Santia's content together with our e-learning platform provides those looking to enhance their career with a truly best in class learning solution." About 360training.com 360training.com is a leading provider of regulated and non-regulated online training courses. Our integrated strategy provides organizations with the most fiscally responsible, flexible, access-anywhere regulatory compliance and risk management solutions. We partner with our clients to reduce, manage, and mitigate the operational and compliance risks within their organizations. As the world's leading provider of online training courses, 360training.com provides a convenient alternative to traditional classroom-based instruction without compromising the quality of training. 360training.com is a privately-held company with headquarters in Austin, Texas and several remote offices to cater to the needs of our global learners. About Santia Consulting Services Santia Consulting Services FZ-LLC, based in Dubai, is the Middle East regional office of Santia Consulting Ltd, a leading independent provider of health, safety and environmental risk management services and consultancy. Santia provides services including risk assessments and inspections, gap analyses, management system design, implementation and training. Santia delivers solutions to complex industrial and high risk businesses that operate across a number of sites and geographic areas as well as lower risk business environments. Santia's unique consultancy framework ensures customer focused solution design, delivery that meets goals and objectives, a consistent approach and complete customer lifecycle management. Our framework is underpinned by an innovative, integrated business intelligence system providing real-time insight to support the management of organizational risk.

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    Cary, NC− October 28, 2015− Relias Learning, the leader in online training and compliance solutions for the healthcare market, announced that it has completed the acquisition of RediLearning, an online learning company focused exclusively on the senior care industry. Relias’ acquisition of RediLearning reflects a continued investment in healthcare education by adding more than 400 new senior care courses to Relias Learning’s comprehensive training library, along with a talented team of senior care experts. “The acquisition of RediLearning is another step towards our goal of being the premier provider of online training across the healthcare continuum of care. As healthcare continues to evolve, Relias is providing training that educates staff to deliver the highest quality of care in the most efficient manner,” says Jim Triandiflou, CEO of Relias Learning. “RediLearning’s success with large senior care providers, based on deep industry knowledge and outstanding customer experience, is a perfect complement to Relias. Together we can lift the level of care provided by our clients to new heights.” RediLearning was founded in 2006 to empower senior care providers to engage their teams, grow returns, and ensure compliance. RediLearning was built, like Relias Learning, to focus on client success and improving compliance and the quality of care in the healthcare industry. “The key to Relias’ growth has been our focus on our clients’ success,” said Triandiflou. “ Together, Relias Learning and RediLearning are uniquely positioned to serve the senior care industry and meet their needs in a rapidly changing healthcare environment. We know that organizations must meet certain levels of compliance training, but it is critical that their staff also learn best practices that can impact client outcomes and overall organizational performance. Joining forces gives customers of both organizations an unprecedented breadth of learning options, access to RediLearning’s human capital performance partnership with Skillsoft, and the power of Relias Learning’s unparalleled investment in research and development.” Relias Learning has shown exceptional growth since its inception in 2012 and has been recognized on the Inc. 5000 list of the fastest-growing private companies in the U.S. in 2012, 2013 and 2014. As a cornerstone of Bertelsmann’s newly created Bertelsmann Education Group, Relias is planning to continue its aggressive growth by offering new products, moving into new area of healthcare market and entering into international markets in early 2016. “Our success at RediLearning was formed on the combination of offering great content, innovative technology, and exemplary client service,” says Michael Hemlepp, founder and CEO of RediLearning. “We’re thrilled that Relias is also dedicated to these key pillars and will help bring an even higher level of investment, innovation and impact to our customers and the healthcare industry as a whole.” The acquisition follows Relias’ recent release of three innovative product capabilities: a mobile series of wellness training, simulated learning and gaming elements to increase learner engagement. These three capabilities are the latest in a series of product enhancements to ensure providers can keep up with the new demands of the ever-changing healthcare industry. About Relias Learning  Relias Learning provides an online training solution for the healthcare market. Relias offers unrivalled content, the ability for customers to create unique content including live training, and allows for the demonstration of skill and performance, all in a singular, powerful learning management system. About RediLearning Corporation  Headquartered in Boca Raton, FL., RediLearning partners with senior care providers to comply, engage teams and grow returns in a challenging healthcare environment with education technology, advanced communication tools, and strategic guidance to achieve organizational goals. Coast to coast, clients of RediLearning depend on fully automated compliance and accelerate high-performing teams by getting the right resources to the right people at the right time.  

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    Westborough, MA – October 28, 2015− The Training Associates (TTA), the largest provider of training talent and solutions, announced that it has been named to The Commonwealth Institute’s (TCI) list of 2015 Top 100 Women-led Businesses in Massachusetts for the second time, as published recently in the Boston Globe Magazine. The list was compiled using revenue or operating budget and other variables, including number of full-time employees in the state, workplace and management diversity, and innovative projects. TCI then ranked organizations according to their own formula.  They considered both for-profit and nonprofit organizations. This is the 14th year that The Commonwealth Institute — a local nonprofit that supports female business leaders — has created the list, and the third year that the Globe Magazine has partnered with the group. About The Training Associates Founded in 1994, The Training Associates is the largest, most recognized provider of on-demand learning and development talent and solutions. TTA's talent offerings feature over 25,000 L&D resources specializing in adult learning for all technologies and business/soft skills. Our services include our ability to undertake and manage projects of any size or scope related to the design, development, and delivery of training.   

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    Denver, CO− October 28, 2015− TwentyEighty, Inc., one of the largest modern workforce learning and performance improvement companies in the world, strengthened its portfolio of solutions and services with the addition of talent analytics from TwentyEighty. Businesses will now be able to take advantage of one of the deepest collections of insights on human traits that will help leaders understand what drives individual performance in their workforce. Talent analytics enhances the ability of business leaders to better understand the strengths of their teams in terms of leadership, sales performance, project management and other areas within the business. By asking a series of scientifically derived questions, talent analytics enables companies to identify, select and develop the best talent for their business, then creates a detailed report that outlines a customized development path individuals can take to improve performance. “Talent analytics is a perfect addition to the TwentyEighty portfolio of workforce improvement solutions and will allow us to bring even greater value to our clients as we partner with them to make their workforces great,” said Troy Kanter, CEO of TwentyEighty. “We believe this offering can help us add further measuring capabilities across our entire portfolio of solutions and that our customers can use it to drive success.” TwentyEighty is one of the only companies that uses talent assessments for both selecting and developing talent. TwentyEighty acquired talent analytics, formerly known as Kenexa Insights, from IBM. Based on more than 30 years of behavioral science-based research, talent analytics includes some of the richest intellectual property in the industry for selection and development of talent. By understanding what drives human performance, companies can determine leadership and performance gaps within their teams, and then build up those areas through additional learning and development, and strengthen the workforce through recruitment.  “The addition of talent analytics to everything we do improves what we can provide businesses in terms of how to better understand their talent and drive performance,” said Russ Becker, president and general manager of The Forum Corporation, a TwentyEighty company, who will lead implementation of talent analytics across TwentyEighty. “More and more, customers are looking to us to help them drive results, and talent analytics lays the groundwork for businesses to tailor training and development programs to maximize their existing talent and improve performance, both individually and as an organization.” TwentyEighty plans to incorporate talent analytics into its industry-leading portfolio of workforce performance improvement solutions, creating unique product offerings that combine the science of human behavior with proven performance improvement strategies to generate results.   “Data-driven human talent analytics enables an organization to understand factors critical to why people are successful in their work,” said Mike Wirth, vice president of talent analytics at TwentyEighty. “Guesswork and ideas turn into intentional people-centered strategies so companies can predictively improve business performance.” About TwentyEighty, Inc. TwentyEighty is a one of the largest workforce development companies in the world and is powered by some of the premier brands in the industry, such as Miller Heiman, VitalSmarts, Forum, Strategy Execution and Omega Performance. Our solutions are designed to help companies improve business results through the areas of Leadership Performance, Sales Performance, Credit Performance and Strategic Execution.   About Forum Forum is a recognized global leader in linking learning to strategic business objectives. Our tailored learning solutions help organizations effectively execute business strategies by focusing on their most important asset: people.  We provide clients with practical and research-based sales and leadership development training programs that mobilize employees, accelerate business-initiative implementation, and improve agility.     

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    CARY, NC − Oct. 29, 2015 – TrainingIndustry.com has announced its Gamification Companies Watch List, as part of its mission to continually monitor the training marketplace for the best providers of gamification services/technologies in support of corporate learning and development. View the 2015 Gamification Companies Watch List Selection to this year's Gamification Companies Watch List was based on the following criteria: Features and capabilities of the gamification products/services Company size and growth potential Quality and number of clients/users  Geographic reach Awards, recognition and competitive differentiation “We are excited to announce our second annual Gamification Companies Watch List which highlights returning and emerging organizations in the gamification space,” said Ken Taylor, president, Training Industry, Inc.  “These companies are some of the best at creating engaging training through gamification products and services and we will continue to see them grow and positively impact this segment.”   “We are continuing to see many highly effective entrants into the gamification segment and the 2015 Gamification Companies Watch List is no exception,” said Doug Harward, chief executive officer, Training Industry, Inc. “Any of these organizations can help enhance your training programs through implementing their gamification products and services.” Email info@trainingindustry.com for thoughts or feedback regarding the list. View the 2015 Gamification Companies Watch List   About Training Industry, Inc. TrainingIndustry.com spotlights the latest news, articles, case studies and best practices within the training industry. Our focus is on helping dedicated businesses and training professionals get the information, insight and tools needed to more effectively manage the business of learning.

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    Boston, MA− October 30, 2015− Recognizing the growing need for adjunct support, Cengage Learning, a global education company, is expanding its partnership with the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD), a membership organization committed to promoting and celebrating excellence in teaching, learning, and leadership at community and technical colleges. Together, the organizations will co-host a series of webinars, podcasts, and blog posts covering professional development topics for adjunct faculty and administrators. "Adjunct faculty face unique pressures that make it difficult to access the professional development support we know they want," said Sandi Kirshner, chief marketing officer, Cengage Learning. "This is an important need for adjuncts and Cengage Learning is committed to supporting them in their careers. We're mobilizing our network of digital educators to provide these resources, but we're also helping establish the connection to other colleagues that adjuncts so desire." According to the 2015 Cengage Learning Engagement Insights Survey, adjuncts said online tools and resources were the top resources that would help them conduct their classes more effectively. They also highly valued materials from other instructors at their institutions, but noted that establishing and developing relationships with colleagues can be a challenge. "Our goal is to help adjunct faculty at our member colleges improve their teaching practice and student learning," said Edward Leach, executive director, NISOD. "To these ends, collaborating with Cengage Learning is a great way for NISOD to provide these increasingly important faculty members with a variety of high-quality resources they can use to enhance their professional skills at their own pace and according to their personal needs and goals." The theme for the fall program is "Be Connected: Using Digital Tools to Create Meaningful Connections," and Cengage Learning Digital Educators and faculty partners will create blog posts, podcasts and webinars related to that theme. NISOD will host the content on their website for member institutions. The series will continue through the spring and the program will culminate with a live session at the 2016 NISOD Conference. Cengage Learning will also partner with NISOD to offer three scholarships to the NISOD conference, which will cover conference registration as well as travel and accommodations to adjunct instructors who submit winning proposals to create content as part of the professional development series in the spring.   About Cengage Learning Cengage Learning is a leading educational content, technology, and services company for the higher education and K-12, professional and library markets worldwide. The company provides superior content, personalized services and course-driven digital solutions that accelerate student engagement and transform the learning experience. Cengage Learning is headquartered in Boston, MA with an office hub located in San Francisco, CA. Cengage Learning employees reside in nearly 40 different countries with company sales in more than 125 countries around the world.   About NISOD NISOD is a membership organization committed to promoting and celebrating excellence in teaching, learning, and leadership at community and technical colleges. For community and technical colleges that want to make the most of their professional development dollars, NISOD provides budget-friendly, high-quality, and faculty-focused programs and resources. For nearly 40 years, NISOD's customer-focused approach has helped align our wide array of benefits with the needs of our members. 

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    Columbia, MD and New York, NY− November 2, 2015− Global performance improvement solutions provider GP Strategies Corporation and Future Workplace announced a strategic partnership to provide a new set of leadership offerings under an initiative called Future Workplace University – the corporate training arm for developing employees around the concepts of the Future Workplace. This innovative series of programs is designed to help executives, managers and individuals develop strategic solutions to address the challenges impacting workplaces in the coming decade. The impetus for the creation of Future Workplace University (and the source of much of its curriculum) comes from the groundbreaking work of author and workplace futurist Jeanne C. Meister and her executive development firm, Future Workplace. The first set of courses will be available starting today and include: The Leader in 2025 – An updated and dynamic review of the current trends affecting leadership in today's organizations Building Your Global Perspective – A learning experience to help leaders expand their cultural perspectives and capitalize on the opportunities presented by the global marketplace Building Generational IQ – A program focused on how to get the most from a multigenerational workforce Influencing Across the Matrix – A program that helps leaders not just navigate, but thrive, in a matrix structure Leading in a Virtual Environment – A course presenting methods to overcome the increasingly common challenge of leading those who are geographically remote "This new partnership and these cutting-edge solutions will allow us to assist many more global organizations and provide local, trained expertise to assist leaders in addressing the changes we see in the workforce and workplace,” said Meister, founding partner of Future Workplace and co-author of the award-winning book, “The 2020 Workplace: How Innovative Companies Attract, Develop and Keep Tomorrow's Employees Today.” “Our workplaces are experiencing radical disruptions, and it is important that organizations plan ahead to embrace the opportunities and challenges in the future of work." "I have worked with Jeanne Meister for a number of years, and I am excited about the launch of Future Workplace University,” said Don Duquette, executive vice president, learning services, GP Strategies. “By providing these world-class programs, we can help the next generation of leaders make better business decisions, improve their ability to manage risk and be successful in the volatile and uncertain world in which they operate.”. About Future Workplace Future Workplace is an executive development firm dedicated to rethinking and re-imagining the workplace. Future Workplace works with heads of talent management, human resources, corporate learning and diversity to prepare for the changes impacting recruitment, employee development and engagement. Future Workplace also hosts the 2020 Workplace Network, an Executive Council whose members include senior executives in Corporate Learning, Talent & Human Resources from over 50 Fortune 500 organizations who come together to discuss, debate and share "next" practices impacting the workplace and workforce of the future. About GP Strategies GP Strategies Corporation is a global performance improvement solutions provider of training, eLearning solutions, management consulting and engineering services. GP Strategies' solutions improve the effectiveness of organizations by delivering innovative and superior training, consulting and business improvement services customized to meet the specific needs of its clients. Clients include Fortune 500 companies, manufacturing, process and energy industries, and other commercial and government customers. 

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    Davie, FL − November 3, 2015 − Optimum Associates, a global leadership development and training company, today announced the launch of its Women's Leadership Training program. The program is designed to equip women leaders with techniques and skills that meet the specific corporate challenges and realities they face as they advance their careers, with the ultimate objective of helping them optimize their careers, impact, and influence. The Women's Leadership Program offers proven and practical approaches which were developed over 30 years of ongoing coaching and training thousands of female leaders. These careers have been closely tracked over the years, providing Optimum Associates with first-hand insight into which skills are crucial for sustained career progress. With a focus on the "unwritten rules" and "invisible hurdles" women face, the program includes candid discussions about attitudes towards power, perceptions of toughness, mental toughness, giving away power, politeness, self-promotion, executive presence, and self care at the office and home.  "In the program we take a balanced approach," said John Futterknecht, president and co-founder of Optimum Associates. "Women's strengths and leadership advantages are highlighted, while we also pinpoint the risks of overusing those strengths or using them in the wrong situation. We are very proud of this unique philosophy to women's leadership training and have already seen positive results from existing clients around it." Participants will leave the program with skills and strategies allowing them to: Leverage their strengths and competitive advantages Protect themselves in areas where they are vulnerable to being underestimated, pigeonholed or marginalized Effectively manage their career and navigate corporate life.   About Optimum Associates With over 30 years of experience, and having coached over 2,000 senior leaders one-on-one, Optimum Associates specializes in equipping leaders with essential skills to optimize performance. Widely recognized for our expertise and real-world approach, Optimum Associates provides leaders with practical, proven, and easy-to-learn skills to help them and their organizations be successful. Our concepts result in rapid skill acquisition and behavior change, for immediate and visible impact. Every skill Optimum teaches can be used in all aspects of life, where the same skills that drive performance and career, also lead to less stress, better health, and stronger relationships.

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    Carolina Women in Business (CWIB) provides the women of UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School with opportunities for career and community development and networking opportunities in preparation for their post-MBA journeys. One of the most successful events at UNC Kenan-Flagler, the Women in Business Conference serves as a powerful forum from which to learn, share, and inspire one another and the community around us. This year’s conference at the University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School features a strong line-up of leading executives and thought-provokers. Throughout the day, there will be opportunities to engage with experts in career development workshops and dynamic panels that explore a range of topics from mentorship to negotiations. On behalf of Carolina Women in Business, we look forward to welcoming you to our campus. This year’s workshops include: Negotiations with Professor Sreedhari Desai (Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior) Intercultural Communication for the Global Workplace with Professor Sharon Cannon (Clinical Associate Professor of Management and Corporate Communication) Communicating your Personal Brand with Professor Heidi Schultz (Clinical Professor of Management and Corporate Communication)   This year’s panels include: Prioritizing Work and Life Demands Women in Technology The Value of Mentorship Female Entrepreneurs For more information, click here.

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    Phoenix, AZ – November 6, 2015 − Avnet, Inc., a leading global technology distributor, today introduced IBM as the first member of the newly launched Avnet Cloud Marketplace. Through this membership, IBM’s cloud offerings will be available through the Avnet Cloud Marketplace to IBM Business Partners, including value-added resellers (VARs), independent software vendors (ISVs,) managed service providers (MSPs) and system integrators (SIs) in the U.S. and Canada. “We’re at a pivotal moment where new cognitive and cloud computing capabilities are bringing about a major structural change,” said Robert LeBlanc, senior vice president, Cloud, IBM. “Avnet is taking advantage of this opportunity to simplify how cloud service providers, IBM Business Partners, ISVs and customers create new routes to market, drive new revenue and inspire new ‘born in the cloud’ IBM solutions.” The Avnet Cloud Marketplace will provide the broader channel with a one-stop shop to access IBM Cloud infrastructure through SoftLayer and IBM Bluemix – IBM’s Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) to help developers quickly integrate applications and speed deployment of new cloud services. IBM Business Partners will also have access to IBM Software-as-a Service (SaaS) solutions related to cloud, analytics, mobile, social and security applications, and can leverage Avnet Cloud Marketplace’s cloud management toolset and flexible payment options, including consumption- and subscription-based models. Additionally, Business Partners can create branded storefronts in the Avnet Cloud Marketplace to help them quickly and cost-effectively feature bundled cloud offerings with their own IP and services. This is especially relevant as Business Partners will be able to use IBM Bluemix within the Avnet Cloud Marketplace to develop cloud-based, creative mobile and web applications without having to spend large amounts of time and resources on configuring infrastructure and multiple software licenses. Business Partners will then be able to incorporate these newly developed applications into their own branded storefronts, immediately creating routes to market for their innovations. “Avnet and IBM have continually evolved solutions together for more than 30 years to ensure that our joint business partners have innovative resources like the Avnet Cloud Marketplace to accelerate their success,” said Patrick Zammit, global president of Avnet Technology Solutions. “The Avnet Cloud Marketplace provides a clear way to quickly become cloud masters. Business partners can create their own cloud storefronts to showcase and sell the unique solutions they’ve developed for the IBM platform, giving them a clear competitive advantage and leadership position in the cloud solutions market. Also, the Avnet Cloud Marketplace will enhance their customer relationships and roles as trusted advisors by providing them with close connections throughout the entire cloud engagement.” IBM Business Partners will also have access to Avnet’s sophisticated management and optimization tools powered by the Avnet Cloud Toolset. This will provide Business Partners with analytics that they can leverage to offer dashboards that give them and their customers access to real-time, full-detail cloud usage with drill-down capabilities to better understand how and what services are being consumed. These analytics capabilities can also assess cloud spending and provide recommendations on changes the customer can make to save money, as well as insights into security risks and recommendations on best practice changes to remove potential vulnerabilities in customers’ environments. Avnet will also offer IBM Business Partners a host of educational and training resources to further expand their cloud expertise. For example, Avnet offers a wide range of courses on IBM’s Bluemix through the award-winning Avnet Academy, Avnet’s technical education and training organization, and an IBM Global Training Provider. These courses range from the essentials of cloud application development to immersive development experiences. “We’ve built a solid cloud solutions practice, and the time has come for us to scale and expand our cloud offerings,” said Jay Johnson, vice president of managed services and cloud at Sirius Computer Solutions, a leading national IT solutions integrator and an Avnet partner. “The Avnet Cloud Marketplace is exactly the type of platform we need to do this, especially with the depth of IBM solutions available. We will have the capabilities to launch our own storefront, create a new revenue stream for solutions designed with our intellectual property, rapidly provision our clients, simplify billing, and even leverage the tools to develop additional cloud-based applications for our portfolio.” Additionally, IBM Business Partners can rely on Avnet’s 30+ years of in-depth expertise in IBM solutions, as well as the Avnet Cloud Solutions team. This team helps partners and customers transform IT with data center automation and cloud solutions that embrace new consumption models and enable services delivery. Avnet’s cloud team has developed deep expertise and extensive cloud capabilities through its role in deploying more than 900,000 workloads in the cloud in the past two years alone across a range of public, private and hybrid cloud environments.   About Avnet, Inc. From components to cloud and design to disposal, Avnet, Inc. accelerates the success of customers who build, sell and use technology globally by providing them with a comprehensive portfolio of innovative products, services and solutions. Avnet is a Fortune 500 company with revenues of $27.9 billion for the fiscal year 2015. 

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    London, UK – November 9, 2015 − Keypath Education is pleased to announce the acquisition of GlobalHealth Education, bringing together two leading higher education businesses to better address the demand for health care education. Keypath Education has partnered with higher education institutions for more than 26 years to create the world’s most prepared students. GlobalHealth Education provides access to online health care degree programmes for employees and employees of health organisations to advance their careers through a proprietary college and university network. Under the new company structure, GlobalHealth will be rebranded and enhance Keypath’s leadership in delivering online degrees in the fast-growing global healthcare vertical. The global healthcare market presents a significant platform for the combined company’s continued growth and increased penetration. The well documented shortage of nurses and doctors in the UK, as well as the overreliance on foreign workers, are a small example of the increasing demand for healthcare degrees from British universities. Together, Keypath Education and GlobalHealth will leverage deep health system relationships and B2B ties to deliver world-leading online offerings. The partnership immediately increases the degree options available to health care workers and professionals. Keypath Education, a global leader in marketing services and online enablement, works with its partners to launch programmes, grow student enrolment, improve learning and connect education to careers. By joining Keypath Education, GlobalHealth will expand its portfolio of degree programmes and provide more diverse and extensive support services to colleges and universities. “Combining Keypath Education’s global online enablement expertise with GlobalHealth’s industry-leading health care expertise will enable us to maximise student outcomes and deliver superior results for our partners,” said Keypath’s CEO (Europe) Rajay Naik. “This exciting acquisition adds scale and greater capability to help universities launch and grow new health-related degrees. Global demand for healthcare degrees continues to grow at an astonishing pace. Our partnership will enhance the ability of leading universities to deliver world-class degrees to students around the world.” Debbie Schwarzberg, founder and CEO of GlobalHealth, will join Keypath Education as president of its OPM Healthcare Division. Rajay Naik will remain CEO (Europe) of Keypath Education. Additionally, Keypath Education and dialogEDU, an intuitive global online learning platform owned by GlobalHealth’s former parent company, will enter into a strategic partnership to provide technology solutions to the higher education and healthcare sectors in the form of a next-generation learning management system utilised by institutions focusing on high-quality, personalised learning. “I am excited that GlobalHealth and I are joining the Keypath Education family," said Schwarzberg. "With our shared vision for online education and focused approach to the huge growth in the healthcare training and education market, GlobalHealth will now reach more students and healthcare organisations with a broader and deeper set of education offerings.” About GlobalHealth Education GlobalHealth Education provides support and turnkey systems for colleges and universities, including student recruitment and retention, programme development, instructional design, and technology services for online programmes in the health care education industry. Partner institutions, colleges and universities consider GlobalHealth and its learning management system, dialogEDU (which is owned by GlobalHealth's former parent company and will provide its learning management system), strategic allies in training and educating health care workers and professionals and supporting their career advancement by introducing them to online degree programmes. Since its inception in 2009, GlobalHealth and its affiliates have trained over 75,000 adults and enrolled over 2,000 students for their partners. GlobalHealth is a former subsidiary of MedVue Holdings LLC. Visit globalhealtheducation.com and dialogedu.com to learn more. About Keypath Education Keypath Education partners with higher education institutions worldwide to launch programmes, grow enrolment, improve learning and connect education to careers, using a proprietary technology suite. The company has helped more than 4,000 higher education institutions better serve students and graduates, resulting in a strong reputation for its education mission and quality in the United Kingdom, United States, Australia and Canada. Since its founding more than 26 years ago, Keypath Education has been dedicated to changing lives through education. 

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    Plainsboro, NJ – November 9, 2015 − InfoPro Learning, a corporate learning and development company with over 20 years of improving business performance, announced the acquisition of Sherwood Learning, a provider of leadership and development workshops and training to corporations in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. “We are excited about our acquisition of Sherwood Learning,” said Sriraj Mallick, president, InfoPro Learning. “Sherwood Learning’s leadership training library and workshops, combined with our innovative blended learning framework iPerform, will help us offer a wide range of leadership development programs. Our leadership training will now become more hands-on, interactive, and experiential, helping our customers achieve their desired performance outcomes.” Co-Founder, Kathy Sherwood, will work with an expanded team at InfoPro Learning to continue managing Sherwood’s leadership products and consulting services. Starting in January 2016, the Sherwood Learning office will transition into the InfoPro Learning office. This is the second significant acquisition for InfoPro Learning within the last 12 months. Late 2014, InfoPro Learning acquired a learning administration and resourcing company to advance their Learning Business Process Outsourcing (LBPO) offering. About InfoPro Learning  InfoPro Learning is an award winning performance consulting and training development company. With over 20 years of history in the L&D industry, their proprietary learning models and methodologies have been proven to help organizations around the world to achieve desired performance outcomes in various functions, such as sales, customer service, compliance and onboarding. Each model has been perfected over time to provide the right blend of learning strategy, design, training development, informal learning interventions, and an effective use of technology to achieve desired performance outcomes and reduce time to proficiency by over 30 percent.

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    Bergen, Norway – November 10, 2015− itslearning, a market leading learning management system provider, announced the company has acquired Scandinavian-based learning management system Fronter from Pearson. The acquisition is an important step in itslearning's global strategy of strong and sustainable growth, and will strengthen the company's competencies. The two companies have joined forces under the itslearning brand to continue to develop the best learning platform for education worldwide. This will result in additional value for customers and will help teachers improve learning outcomes for their students. The combined company is now the largest provider of learning management systems in Europe. Its aim is to strengthen each of its centres of expertise and intensify entry into new markets. Moving forward, Fronter will function as a strong product offering within itslearning's platform portfolio. It will continue to be developed to ensure the highest level of customer satisfaction. Fronter brings important complementary capabilities and functionalities to itslearning. These will be used to accelerate innovation and create value for customers, users and employees worldwide. "By uniting the expertise and experience of both organizations, we will strengthen our presence in both existing and new markets,” said Arne Bergby, CEO of itslearning. “Our goal remains firm - to provide the best product and services for our customers locally and globally, at the very heart of education." The acquisition consolidates itslearning AS' position as a leading learning platform provider, with more than 400 employees and millions of users worldwide.   About itslearning  itslearning is positioned at the heart of education, offering a cloud-based learning platform that helps teachers and learners support, improve and transform their learning and teaching processes. itslearning was founded in 1999 in Bergen in Norway, where the headquarters are still located, and has additional offices in Sweden, Finland, Denmark, UK, France, Germany, USA and the Netherlands.

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    Honiara, Solomon Islands− November 11, 2015− Parcus Group, a leading provider of training and consulting services for the telecom sector announced that it has signed an agreement with Solomon Telekom to provide consulting services around development of telecom product cost models. “Winning another national carrier contract this time with Solomon Telekom, proves the benefits of our telecom specific orientation and our rich global consulting experience,” said Igor Glavanic, managing director of Parcus Group. “Our aim is to, by close collaboration with our customers, improve telecom product development and general business processes and deliver market competitive products while increasing productivity and local staff skills in the same time. We are pleased to be collaborating with Solomon Telekom in this important undertaking and we look forward to the additional opportunity in exploring the natural beauty of their country in the same time.” “Solomon Telekom is growing its capabilities as a business and Parcus Group were able to demonstrate they had the skills and know-how to undertake the required project scope and could do so with agility,” said Loyley Ngira, CEO of Somon Telekom. “They are focussed on business improvement and we believe their telecom specific methodology will complement our market knowledge and contribute positively to the growth and professional development of our staff and business.”   About Parcus Group Founded in 2004, Parcus Group provides product development, service creation, product management training and consulting services for telecommunications and ICT businesses, to improve time-to-market delivery of new products and services, increase staff productivity and enhance competitiveness. The company serves customers globally across six continents.

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    Dublin, Ireland − November 13, 2015 − LearnUpon, the world’s fastest growing learning management system, announces their integration with Salesforce Cloud CRM. This seamless integration will provide LearnUpon customers with direct access to all of their training data within the world’s number one CRM. Enrollment, commencement, completion and other training data can now be automatically synced in real-time between LearnUpon and Salesforce. Administrators can quickly see what courses their users and contacts are signed up to using the real-time information display and widgets. The LearnUpon for Salesforce app also makes it super-easy to generate custom reports within the Salesforce environment. Administrators can simply drag and drop training history and required fields into their own reports, Visualforce pages or user/contact profiles – the possibilities are endless. Other features include single sign-on (SSO) and the ability to easily create and update users as learners gain traction in LearnUpon. Salesforce users and contacts can simply click on a learning tab, right within Salesforce, without ever needing to login to other applications or leave Salesforce in order to complete their training. This creates a truly seamless training environment for Salesforce organizations and communities. As learners access training materials, videos, exams and more, tracking and completion data is readily available to administrators directly within their Salesforce organization. Administrators will also benefit from having all of LearnUpon’s functionality readily available. LearnUpon’s portal management features make it even easier for Salesforce administrators to manage clients’ training needs, the licensing of courses and branding configurations. “We are delighted to announce the release of LearnUpon’s integration with Salesforce,” said Brendan Noud, CEO, LearnUpon. “With so many of LearnUpon’s customers using Salesforce as their CRM we see this integration as a great opportunity for them to assign training out to their sales staff, customers and partners directly from within Salesforce as well as giving them quick visibility on what training has been completed without ever needing to leave Salesforce and log into LearnUpon.” About LearnUpon LearnUpon is a cloud based Learning Management System (LMS) used by over 400 organizations worldwide. LearnUpon has over 250 customers in the US and Canada alone, including DocuSign, Citrix, WideOrbit, SDL and Newmont Mining. LearnUpon is quick to setup and easy to use. Our customers are up and running, delivering courses to their learners in less than an hour of signup.

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    Conshohocken, PA – November 12, 2015 – Advantexe Learning Solutions announced the launch of an industry-first Biosimilar pharmaceutical business simulation that teaches business acumen and business leadership skills to organizations working on and launching biosimilar products. As the world of healthcare and specifically pharmaceuticals continues to evolve, so do the training needs of the leaders making and executing strategic business decisions.  “Things are moving at the speed of light and pharmaceutical companies must develop learning agility to have the skills to take advantage of the evolving market place,” said Robert Brodo, co-founder and executive vice president of Advantexe. “If they don’t, they won’t be in business in a few years; it’s as simple as that.” “Biosimilars represent a new business model and the rules and methods that may have worked in the past won’t work today,” he added. “Add into the mix the Affordable Care Act and the ever expanding impact of managed markets, and leaders are going to be forced to make huge decisions without the skills and tools necessary to make the right decisions.” Advantexe has designed a flexible business acumen learning approach that integrates assessment, virtual mobile learning, simulation-centric learning, application, and reinforcement that enables today’s learners to gain new skills at their own pace and on their own time.  By leveraging the Advantexe Global Enterprises Simulation (AGES) platform, an award-winning cloud-based development system, Advantexe is able to tailor and customize the learning experience to place participants in an abstraction of reality that feels just like their world.  “Participants have been thrilled with the program,” said Brodo. “We had a great cross-section of Supply Chain, Marketing, Sales, Finance, Manufacturing, and Distribution working together in our programs and every person has walked away with a portfolio of new skills and individual action plans to take the new concepts and immediately apply them back to their jobs.”   About Advantexe Advantexe Learning Solutions partners with clients around the world to build the skills needed to execute their business strategies and achieve meaningful business results. Our toolkit includes skills assessments, dynamic learning engagements powered by computer-based business simulations, and reinforcement tools that encourage immediate skill application. These elements combine to produce a measurable and lasting impact on our client’s business. 

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    Redwood City, CA− November 19, 2015 – Workboard, a fast-growing provider of real-time goal management solutions, unveiled its latest app for line-of-business leaders to raise achievement velocity, gain greater agility, and improve cross-organization collaboration. The new features and improvements give leaders continuous transparency on business and operating goal progression and enables them to respond to changing market conditions much more dynamically. Workboard gives leaders greater capacity to coalesce and coach people to better outcomes on their most strategic initiatives. “When it comes to business today, it’s no longer about your IQ, it’s now about your VQ—Velocity QuotientTM,” according to Deidre Paknad, CEO and co-founder of Workboard. “The speed with which you respond to markets and achieve strategic goals defines your success. If you want to be a high velocity, goal-driven organization, you need to take your goals out of hiding.” This is the latest in performance management from Workboard—catered for goal-driven, data-starved executives and their teams. First and foremost, it brings to light Paknad’s measure of modern organizations, VQ—the most telling metric for performance. What does VQ measure? The rate of achievement and essential factors like speed, goal alignment and transparency—the must-haves of an agile, high performing organization. “Companies have always struggled to align execution to strategic goals, but it’s infinitely harder in a hyper accelerated, competitive climate,” said Paknad. “Business leaders need faster, more dynamic tools for setting and sharing goals, galvanizing efforts and getting continuous transparency.” The new Workboard features, available at through mobile, provide a full view of all objectives and key results. People’s goals are as visible as their email so it’s much easier to focus. In fact, Workboard users report checking their goals and syncing their work efforts in the app at an average of 15 times a week. Progress is updated automatically and both goals and results are visible across the organization, so cross- organization collaboration is better enabled. “Workboard gives leaders and their teams a simple, but powerful tool to stay aligned on goals, work at their highest levels, quickly triage execution roadblocks and accelerate achievement,” said Paknad. “Team members love the goal clarity Workboard provides, which empowers them to do great work with confidence; leaders love the velocity, scale and agility it brings their organization—the essential value of modern goal and performance solutions.” About Workboard  Workboard Inc. provides real-time goal management solutions to amplify business results and elevate people. Its next-generation mobile and Web app helps line of business leaders implement dynamic short-range goals and modern achievement models like objectives and key results, streamline execution, and improve their coaching and recognition. Thousands of organizations use Workboard to make work easier, more meaningful and successful including large pharmaceutical, financial, technology, oil and manufacturing companies.

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    Seattle, WA – November 19, 2015 − Do a Google search on “employee engagement” and you’ll get a ton of results telling you what it is. However, you won’t find a source to teach you how to do employee engagement – and that’s the one thing leaders need to boost employee engagement successfully. The employee engagement experts at TINYpulse have solved that problem. TINYpulse launched TINYinstitute (www.tinypulse.com/institute), the first-ever free online employee engagement learning center. The TINYinstitute will help guide leaders through the employee engagement journey step-by-step. It’s a resource for anyone – CEOs, HR leaders, department heads – to learn how to boost engagement. "We want to make our resources available to help anyone level-up their leadership and management skills from individual contributor, to CEO, to our next generation of leaders,” said David Niu, CEO, TINYpulse. “We’re excited to lend our knowledge of engagement best practices, free of charge, to any organization that’s interested.” The TINYinstitute gives guide leaders to full employee engagement in five steps: 1) Recruiting & Onboarding: How to hire talent and properly prepare them for success 2) Culture & Values: How to create a unique set of values and use them to attract and retain top talent 3) Recognition & Appreciation: How to understand the significance of properly recognizing the accomplishments – big and small – of employees to make them feel valued 4) Training & Development: How to foster professional growth and provide a path to career success 5) Advanced Retention: How to remain a diligent guardian of your company culture to keep employees engaged and developing over the long term  TINYpulse is already a leading resource for over 500 organizations around the world seeking to boost engagement. The resource will be backed by TINYpulse’s team of engagement experts and updated frequently with resources including: TINYpulse research reports, e-books containing advice and stories from employee engagement leaders, articles offering analysis of third-party employee engagement reporting, and webinars that offer HRCI and SHRM credit. “TINYinstitute is for leaders who want to increase engagement but are unsure of how to do it,” said Dora Want, TINYinstitute editor. “We’ve compiled the best resources for learning about engagement and combined that information with instructions on how to act on it.”   About TINYpulse We offer an easy feedback solution for leaders looking to boost worker happiness. TINYpulse takes the pulse of employees through a weekly, one-question survey, and helps boost company culture by making it easy for coworkers to recognize each other’s accomplishment. Over 500 companies around the world use our survey tool, and we reach more than 50,000 workers each week in industries ranging from tech to education, healthcare, and finance.

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