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    Raleigh, NC – September 22, 2016 – TrainingIndustry.com has announced its Top 20 Gamification Companies List, as a 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 2016 Top 20 Gamification Companies Selection to this year’s Top 20 Gamification Companies 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 “Our third annual Top Gamification Companies List showcases the tremendous impact gaming is having on the corporate learning space,” said Ken Taylor, president, Training Industry, Inc.  “These companies are able to incorporate gamification strategies like adaptive learning, coaching and simulations to increase employee engagement and material retention.” “Gaming, and the use of games in corporate training, is serious business,” said Doug Harward, chief executive officer, Training Industry, Inc. “These training companies bring gaming and training together in a way that can help businesses achieve learning and development goals by improving the efficiency and effectiveness of training initiatives.” Email info@trainingindustry.com for thoughts or feedback regarding the list. View the 2016 Top 20 Gamification Companies About Training Industry, Inc. TrainingIndustry.com spotlights the latest news, articles, case studies and best practices within the training industry. The company publishes the annual Training Industry Top 20 and Training Industry Watch List reports covering many sectors of interest to the corporate training function. 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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    San Francisco, CA – September 27, 2016 – Reflektive, the agile performance management platform, today announced the launch of Check-In, a flexible solution that is designed to replace the annual performance review with an integrated solution for continuous performance management. With a modular design integrated into third-party HRIS and business applications, Check-In makes it easy for HR leaders to launch and manage ongoing feedback programs for their managers and employees. Talent retention is a leading concern in the modern workplace. It costs between 30 and 40 percent of an employee’s annual salary to replace an employee. In the expensive war for talent, HR executives today are tasked with creating great employee experiences to attract and retain employees. At the same time, employees are seeking strong managers who develop their skills, help them remove obstacles, create clear objectives, and recognize their contributions. Check-In provides a scalable solution to develop managers, who, in turn, motivate and develop employees across the organization. Reflektive customer Protective Life surveyed their employees before and after an initial Check-In pilot program and found: 92 percent of employees surveyed said they knew exactly where they stood with their manager after using Check-In, a 40 percent increase compared to the company’s previous program 96 percent surveyed said they knew exactly where to focus their efforts over the next 90 days 95 percent average decrease in time spent completing the performance management process per manager each year, maintaining the same amount of time spent on manager-employee conversation and reducing shrinking administrative overhead. “While [efficiency] wasn’t the goal, because we are now thinking and talking about improving regularly, the time saving was a huge win for our managers. We feel very strongly that dialogue between an employee and their manager, not just what’s written on a piece of paper, is what really enables people to develop to become more and do more than they can do today,” said Stephen Owens, AVP Learning& Talent Development, Protective Life. “We chose Reflektive because of its ease of usability, real-time nature, and integration into our daily workflows.” “At the end of the year, businesses want managers to have insight into all their employees because they spent time with them each quarter,” said Rajeev Behera, CEO, Reflektive. “With Reflektive Check-In, you don’t need an annual performance review or a rating system because everyone should be on the same page with no surprises.” With the move to optimize the employee experience with real-time feedback and ongoing, bite-sized coaching opportunities, Reflektive Check-In enables managers and employees to have an ongoing structured conversation around progress towards key objectives, blockers, and developmental goals. Check-Ins can be run monthly, bi-monthly or quarterly, based on the goals of the business. These processes are designed to augment regular one-on-one meetings and ensure a regular structured time to sync on progress, blockers, and priorities. Over time, Check-Ins provide a historical view of an employee’s progress that can be used as supplemental data to support compensation increases and promotions in lieu of an inaccurate annual rating system. The solution features a variety of performance and development modules which enable employers to design the right talent management program for their employees. Check-In Modules Developmental Check-In Module: Focus on specific skills employee is working on such as learning a new technology, becoming a better public speaker, or building their personal brand Career-Pathing Check-In Module: Determine specific skills and steps into a new role upwards or laterally in the organization Evaluative Check-In Module: Review and (optionally) rate past performance over the last period of the Check-In Progress-Based Check-In Module: Help managers provide guidance to employees on how they can improve towards specific or general outcomes Goal-Based Check-In Module: Review OKR and S.M.A.R.T. goal success and progress, and record whether employee is ahead, behind, or on track Custom Check-In Module: Design your own Check-In or combine any of the other modules to create your custom Check-In program Check-In seamlessly integrates with Reflektive’s suite of real-time performance management products and dozens of popular HR and business applications. With seamless integration into other Reflektive applications as well as third-party software such as Human Resource Information Systems (HRIS) and email systems, Reflektive makes it easy to develop and manage a modern performance management program. About Reflektive Reflektive is the agile performance management platform. Serving hundreds of the world’s best places to work, the Reflektive suite includes real-time feedback, Check-Ins, performance reviews, and goal management. Integrated with dozens of popular HR and business applications, Reflektive optimizes productivity by enhancing employee-manager alignment, increases employee engagement and retention, and slashes administrative overhead from performance management processes. Reflektive serves over 175 companies including Protective Life, Ubisoft, Pinterest, Twilio, Instacart and Glassdoor. For more information, visit www.reflektive.com

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    Hermosa Beach, CA - September 26, 2016 – Pandexio, Inc. today announced that the United States Patent and Trademark Office has issued US Patent 9,443,098 addressing the sharing of micro-learning objects curated from content (Smartsnips). Smartsnips enable employees to capture, curate and share the most important parts of content along with their insights, while retaining one-click access to the source and context.  Prior to Smartsnips, software only had to manage rights to a single-layer object: a document, article or web page for example.  Smartsnips are multi-layer knowledge objects curated from content, and a user’s access rights may differ across layers. “This first patent is an important part of our IP portfolio related to micro-content capture, curation and sharing,” says John Burge, President of Pandexio and a former IP attorney.  “A multi-layered data structure is key to lightweight objects that are self-referencing.  This patent provides the technology for managing user rights across layers, which can be impacted by user role, content security settings, Copyright Law and a host of other factors.” The Smartsnips technology platform enables the curation of micro-learning objects from within the applications employees currently use to do their work – including social networks, web browsers, productivity applications and learning systems.  Smartsnips technology is available to enterprises through their HCM technology providers and SIs who enter into Smartsnips licensing and distribution agreements with Pandexio. "We need to make it as frictionless as possible for employees to capture what they learn, and make that knowledge hyper-accessible to themselves and others, particularly in social and mobile environments” says David Hain, CEO of Gotham Growth Group.  “Getting the data structure right is absolutely crucial to learning objects that are lightweight yet verifiable, and to generating a high-quality knowledge base that stands the test of time.  This is why we believe Smartsnips will emerge as the standard information format for micro-learning objects curated from content” says John Burge. About Pandexio: Pandexio’s mission: make it easy for employees to curate and share micro-learning objects from content, within applications they already use, with fingertip access anytime on any device. Using our platform, companies can Smartsnip-enable just about any system employees use to consume or share content.  Smartsnips are currently available as part of the Tribridge Content Sphere solution and the Cornerstone Connect social learning platform from Cornerstone OnDemand.  For more information on Pandexio Inc., please visit www.pandexio.com.

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    New Delhi, India - September 27, 2016 - NIIT, a global leader in skills and talent development has acquired the business of Bangalore-based start-up Perceptron Learning Solutions Private Limited. The strategic acquisition will bring together complementary technology platforms and capabilities of NIIT and Perceptron, enabling NIIT to further accelerate its Digital Transformation initiatives – StackRoute, digiNxt, and Training.com. 'Ilimi', which is Perceptron's next-gen learning platform combines leading edge developments in semantic computing, predictive analytics, learning science, and digital transformation technologies to create an environment for implementing learner-centric, immersive learning & mastery learning strategies. Perceptron's acquisition builds on NIIT's strategic focus for a leadership role in the Digital Learning world. Together with existing platforms, this will become an integral part of NIIT's future multi-modal learning platform and 360 degree learning eco-system. Further, Perceptron's co-founders and engineering team will strengthen NIIT's technology talent pool with their proven expertise.  NIIT also announced the appointment of Mr. Satish Sukumar, Co-Founder & CEO of Perceptron as CTO of StackRoute Labs. StackRoute Labs is an NIIT initiative to build deep competencies in areas such as machine learning, IOT and full stack product engineering.  These are critical to the digital transformation of enterprises. StackRoute Labs builds IP, offers consulting and creates advanced courses such as the full-stack bootcamps delivered at StackRoute and NIIT's DigiNxt. Commenting on the development, Mr. Rahul Patwardhan, CEO, NIIT Ltd said, "Taking forward NIIT's thrust on Digital Transformation in the EdTech domain, this strategic acquisition of Perceptron will further strengthen NIIT's leadership role in the Digital Learning World. We are happy to have Perceptron's team including the co-founders, Satish Sukumar and Feroz Sheikh, join us in this journey as NIITians. NIIT will continue to look for innovative start-ups and talent in the EdTech space" Ilimi's MOOC 2.0 learning environment, combines short videos with personalized attention guided by analytics & social learning. The custom Ilimi video player allows the integration of intercept points to integrate a range of learning activities with video content. The platform is cloud-based and mobile friendly and its Micro-Services architecture ensure scalability and high availability while retaining the flexibility to integrate with existing systems through API's. Mr. Satish Sukumar, Co-Founder & CEO of Perceptron said, "We are delighted to join forces with NIIT, an industry leader in the education and training space. Joining the NIIT eco-system gives us the opportunity to work on some of the most challenging problems in the EdTech domain and continue to innovate. We are excited by the range and scope of customer scenarios we can impact at NIIT." Ilimi technology is one of the core components of the EkStep learning platform. EkStep (www.ekstep.org), a not-for- profit initiative set up by Nandan Nilekani, Rohini Nilekani and Shankar Maruwada, is creating a collaborative, universal platform, digital infrastructure and tools to increase access to learning opportunities for children by facilitating creation and consumption of educational content. About Perceptron Established in 2014, Perceptron focuses on developing next generation learning platforms that combine deep analytics and semantic computing to ensure better learning outcomes. Perceptron has implemented its learning solutions in both adult learning and the primary education space. Perceptron's next-gen learning platform - "Ilimi" builds technology that helps identify lacunae in a learner's network of concepts and recommends appropriate recommendation. About NIIT Established in 1981, NIIT Limited, a global leader in Skills and Talent Development, offers multi-disciplinary learning management and training delivery solutions to corporations, institutions, and individuals in over 40 countries. NIIT has three main lines of business across the globe- Corporate Learning Group, Skills and Careers Group, and School Learning Group. NIIT's Corporate Learning Group (CLG) offers Managed Training Services (MTS) to market-leading companies in North America, Europe, Asia, and Oceania. The comprehensive suite of Managed Training Services includes custom Curriculum Design and Content Development, Learning Administration, Learning Delivery, Strategic Sourcing, Learning Technology, and Advisory Services. With a team of some of the world's finest learning professionals, NIIT is dedicated to helping customers increase the business value of learning and development (L&D). Built on the sound principles of 'Running Training like a Business', NIIT's Managed Training Services and best-in-class training processes enable customers to align business goals with L&D, reduce costs, realise measurable value, benefit from rock-solid operations, and increase business impact. NIIT's Skills and Careers Group (SNC) delivers a diverse range of learning and talent development programs to millions of individual and corporate learners in areas including Banking, Finance & Insurance, Retail Sales Enablement, Management Education, Multi-Sectoral Vocational Skills, Digital Media Marketing, and programs in digital transformation technologies. These programs are delivered through a hybrid combination of the 'Cloud Campus' online platform, satellite-based 'Synchronous Learning Technology' and a physical network of hundreds of learning centers in India, China, and select markets in Asia & Africa. The flagship multi-disciplinary course offerings include the industry-endorsed GNIIT – Digital Transformation program and a set of DigiNxt Programs for students from different streams, apart from a wide range of specialist short duration programs. To further strengthen its SNC portfolio in India, NIIT has tied up with industry majors like ICICI Bank for NIIT Institute of Finance Banking Insurance& Training Limited, IFBI; leading business schools in India for NIIT Imperia; Genpact for NIIT Uniqua; and a joint venture with NSDC for NIIT YuvaJyoti Limited. Besides this, for the China market, NIIT has tied up with governments and software parks in Guian, Chongqing, Wuxi, Suzhou, Changzhou, Zhangjiagang, Haikou and Dafeng, for state-of-the-art public-private partnership centres. NIIT has introduced - StackRouteTM, an initiative to produce the world's best full stack programmers.  StackRouteTM aims to create multi-skilled, and multi-disciplinary programmers who can become key members of high-performance teams in top notch product engineering companies, start-ups, and IT firms. Further the company has also launched NIIT.tv – a digital learning initiative that brings skilling from NIIT classrooms to every digitally connected Indian, for free, at any time and place of their choice. A disruptive innovation by NIIT for the education space. NIIT.tv will deliver for the very first time, skill-based live courses as well as on-demand courses to the masses, through the digital medium. As NIIT's wholly owned subsidiary for its K-12 school learning initiative - MindChampion Learning Systems Limited, is providing technology based learning to around 2,000 private schools across India, reaching out to more than a million students. The futuristic NIIT nGuru range of learning solutions for schools comprises Interactive Classrooms with digital content, technology-driven Math Lab, IT Wizard programs and Quick School - an Education Resource Planning software. As the Most Trusted Training Brand in India for 4th year in a row (Brand Trust Report, 2016), NIIT's learning and talent development solutions, continue to receive widespread recognition globally. NIIT has been named among the Top 20 Training Outsourcing Companies for the past nine consecutive years by Training Industry, Inc. USA. Further, leading Indian ICT journal Dataquest has conferred upon NIIT the 'Top Training Company' award successively for the past 20 years, since the inception of this category. NIIT has also been featured as the 'Most Respected Education Company'- 2016 by leading financial magazine, Business World.

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    Schaumburg, Illinois - September 27, 2016 - Caveo Learning, a consulting firm providing learning strategies and solutions to leading organizations, announces the acquisition of Ellegro, a preeminent developer of custom eLearning. Ellegro was a subsidiary of extended workforce management provider Beeline, a division of Adecco Group North America. The Ellegro acquisition expands Caveo’s eLearning, creative, and technical development capabilities, augmenting Caveo’s core areas of focus—learning strategy, instructional design, metrics and measurement, and performance improvement. “Ellegro brings an impressive infrastructure of technology and eLearning expertise,” said Caveo President Gary Schafer. “When we were presented with the opportunity to augment Caveo’s core service offerings with such an admired eLearning development organization, we jumped at it. We’re proud to incorporate Ellegro’s world-class eLearning development capabilities and expand our capacity to deliver value to our clients.” Ellegro has won six Brandon Hall Excellence Awards, including a Gold Award for Best Custom Content. “Caveo’s service offerings complement the Ellegro technology,” said Doug Leeby, Beeline president. “Ellegro has been an impressive, award-winning eLearning business for many years and this merger will provide clients with more robust software and enable continued success.” The combined organization continues to be known as Caveo Learning. Caveo Learning is a learning consulting firm, providing learning strategies and solutions to Fortune 1000 and other leading organizations. Caveo’s mission is to transform the learning industry into one that consistently delivers targeted and recurring business value. Since 2004, Caveo has delivered ROI-focused strategic learning and performance solutions to organizations in a wide range of industries, including technology, healthcare, energy, financial services, telecommunications, manufacturing, foodservice, pharmaceuticals, and hospitality. For more information, visit http://www.caveolearning.com.

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    Pleasanton, CA - September 27, 2016 - Workday, Inc. (NYSE: WDAY), a leader in enterprise cloud applications for finance and human resources, today announced the availability of Workday Learning, an application that offers a personalized, meaningful learning experience for organizations to encourage career development at every stage of the employee lifecycle. Leveraging a consumer-like approach with recommendations and leading-edge video and user-generated content capabilities, Workday is reimagining professional learning to help companies improve employee engagement. Built into the core of Workday's unified suite of applications, including Workday Human Capital Management (HCM) and Workday Financial Management, Workday Learning extends customers' ability to cultivate their workforces and enables them to better align employee development and workforce productivity to drive better business outcomes -- all in a single system. Learning Designed for Ever-evolving Individuals and OrganizationsToday's constant rate of change and disruption has forced companies and institutions to reinvent themselves in order to keep pace, prompting a transformation of people, cultures, and entire organizations into adaptable enterprises. Workday Learning was created to meet the evolving needs of organizations and employees with a personalized approach to learning and development, similar to the experiences sought out with consumer technologies. With greater parity between personal and professional learning, people can learn at work as they do in their everyday lives in a more engaged and productive manner. As a result, employees can benefit from broadened skillsets, additional growth opportunities, and greater control of their career paths while organizations become more change-ready and able to retain their best people and close talent gaps, ultimately boosting their bottom line. Customers using Workday Learning, including early adopters CareerBuilder, Commerce Bank, Hootsuite, McKee Foods, TalkTalk Group, and Unum Group, benefit from: Peer-to-Peer Learning: Utilizing the latest collaboration and social learning technologies, Workday empowers people to consume as well as create and share content anywhere, any time, and on any device. By doing something as simple as shooting and sharing a video tutorial using their smartphone, employees can foster a more interactive community that promotes learning, teaching, and coaching across all levels within the workforce. Contextual Content: Because it's unified with Workday HCM, Workday Learning is interconnected with all of an organization's people practices and can recognize individuals and recommend content based on their preferences and topics of interest. Workday anticipates the evolution of the system to encompass the ability to make recommendations based on an employee's current role and their career goals. For example, a person preparing for her first management role would receive a notification when a new management seminar opens up for registration. Later, once that same employee is promoted, the system could automatically push relevant content such as new video-based management training and coaching tips to her in order to support development in this area. Democratization of Video: Workday takes the complexity out of video so users can focus on creating and sharing content. With unlimited storage, a smart video player that supports standards like HTTP live streaming (HLS), and a cloud infrastructure that encodes, stores, and streams video via a top-tier global content delivery network, Workday Learning ensures the highest quality video experience. It also supports existing packaged learning content in SCORM and AICC formats. As an example, in a few clicks, new employees can learn about their company's core values by watching a short video created by colleagues, on any device -- all without streaming delays. Targeted Campaigns: Workday's campaign management leverages system data to push required and relevant content to targeted employee groups. For example, HR leaders can create a learning campaign for managers leading teams with remote workers, ensuring that they have the relevant resources and communication training needed to effectively guide and motivate individuals from afar. Built-in, Actionable Reporting and Insights: Workday Learning makes it possible to measure the ROI and effectiveness of learning activities for better alignment with business priorities. For example, after a new manager development course has finished, business leaders can track manager effectiveness by capturing upward feedback from teams in the following months to gauge the impact and value of that learning experience, and then determine if it's worthwhile to run the program again for others. Comments on the News"With Workday Learning, we are delivering an application unlike any other -- one that goes beyond compliance and accreditation to provide a high-quality, consumer experience that encourages social sharing and collaboration," said Leighanne Levensaler, senior vice president, products, Workday. "At the same time, our rich context allows organizations to create data-driven learning experiences that can predictively steer employees toward content that helps them grow. For the learner this means continuous development and enrichment, and for the business, the evolution of workplace learning from a cost center to a growth engine." "Adding learning to our existing investment in Workday's financial and HR suite provides us with a robust, unified system that will help us further connect employee development with strategic goals that drive the business forward, enhance our suite of total rewards, and reinforce our culture of accountability, agility, integrity, and growth," said Wendy Walker, director, HR Portals, eLearning & Innovation, Unum Group. "We are committed to the personal and professional development of our employees so that they thrive and can deliver for our customers when they need us most. By encouraging career growth and creating new opportunities for our people, Workday Learning will help us sustain the competitive edge that enables Unum to be the leading provider of employee benefits products and services." "To support our colleagues in today's changing environment, we needed to re-ignite learning as an essential and daily quality of the employee experience," said Louisa Fryer, group development manager, TalkTalk. "Workday allows us to do this in a way that's mobile, modern, engaging, and impactful." "We needed a learning system that could meet the social and digital expectations of today's workforce, while still fulfilling our basic organizational needs for compliance," said Mark Newsome, director of corporate human resources, McKee Foods. "Workday Learning has very effectively married the consumer world with the necessary and contemporary aspects of learning, and utilizes our rich data in Workday HCM to create an entirely new experience that will help our people advance and adapt to new roles and projects. With Workday Learning, I am confident our employees will be able to better develop their careers and grow with the company, and as a result, McKee Foods will be better equipped to drive our business forward." "In today's dynamic business environment, organizational success is heavily influenced by employee engagement," said Josh Bersin, principal, Bersin by Deloitte, Deloitte Consulting LLP. "To drive that engagement, we're seeing a big shift in the market as solution providers try to make learning more compelling through discovery and personalization, with a wider variety of content in formats popular in our consumer lives, such as video and mobile. By bringing on-demand video learning, user-generated content, campaigns, and intelligent recommendations to the enterprise, Workday is well positioned to help make workplace learning a far more personal, engaging, and exciting experience for employees." About WorkdayWorkday is a leading provider of enterprise cloud applications for finance and human resources. Founded in 2005, Workday delivers financial management, human capital management, and analytics applications designed for the world's largest companies, educational institutions, and government agencies. More than 1,000 organizations, ranging from medium-sized businesses to Fortune 50 enterprises, have selected Workday.

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    Portland, OR - September 28, 2016 - OpenSesame, the leader in on-demand elearning courses for the enterprise, announced today it raised $9 million in a Series B funding round led by Altos Ventures with continued participation from Partech Ventures. "OpenSesame has experienced tremendous growth in the last two years because leading organizations understand that simple and effective online training gives them a competitive advantage," said OpenSesame's CEO, Don Spear. "It is exciting to have Altos Ventures bring their deep experience to OpenSesame. Ho Nam's insight and counsel on our Board of Directors will be a great addition." Ho's experience includes leading Altos' investments in Axis Systems (Cadence), Enwisen (Infor), Evolve (Oracle), Pixo (Sun), SayNow (Google), and Yosemite Technologies (Barracuda Networks) among others. In addition, Nicolas El Baze of Partech Ventures will continue his role on the Board of Directors. The funding round will further accelerate sales and marketing efforts and support OpenSesame's best in class customer experience. Additionally the Company will use the backing to continue global expansion and enhance product offerings in new training technologies like Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality. "Altos Ventures invests in companies that are leaders in their industry," said Ho Nam, Managing Director for Altos Ventures. "OpenSesame's continued growth with strong fundamentals, innovative market approach and accomplished management team is exactly what we look for in a strong partnership." This is Altos Ventures' second investment in a Portland-based company, a testament to Portland's establishment as a hub for start-up technology companies and recruiting talent.  Technology, generational transition, and competition are driving change more quickly than ever before. Organizations realize that everyone from entry level employees to senior executives need to advance their skills to stay productive and grow. And elearning is now the most efficient way for workers to gain skills anytime and anywhere. OpenSesame continues to experience success in addressing the elearning course needs of leading enterprise companies such as Toshiba, Wyndham Hotel Group, CSX,Rheem and Estee Lauder. About OpenSesameOpenSesame is the trusted provider of on-demand elearning courses for the enterprise. Serving Global 2000 companies, OpenSesame delivers: The most flexible buying options to maximize training & development budgets The broadest catalog with 20,000+ courses from the world's leading publishers, updated constantly Compatible with every Learning Management System (LMS) For more information visit www.OpenSesame.com or follow @OpenSesame on Twitter. About Altos Ventures Altos Ventures invests in fast-growing software, mobile and Internet companies across North America and South Korea. Preferring founder-led companies, Altos looks for teams that can grow efficiently and will benefit from an active partnership. Altos Ventures has offices in Menlo Park, CA and Seoul, South Korea.

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    Raleigh, NC – September 29, 2016 – TrainingIndustry.com has announced its Gamification Companies Watch List, as a 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 2016 Gamification Watch List Companies 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 “The companies recognized in this year’s Gamification Watch List are focused on improving the impact of corporate training,” said Ken Taylor, President, Training Industry, Inc. “These are innovative companies with a wealth of capabilities to support learning, ranging from immersive and robust games to simulations.” “Our Gamification Companies Watch List reflects the growth and impact gaming is having on corporate learning and its respective technologies,” said Doug Harward, Chief Executive Officer, Training Industry, Inc.  “We have seen many new entrants in the gamification space and look forward to seeing the impact they will have in promoting stimulating and engaging learning environments.” Email info@trainingindustry.com for thoughts or feedback regarding the list. View the 2016 Gamification Watch List Companies About Training Industry, Inc. TrainingIndustry.com spotlights the latest news, articles, case studies and best practices within the training industry. The company publishes the annual Training Industry Top 20 and Training Industry Watch List reports covering many sectors of interest to the corporate training function. 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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    Columbia, MD. September 30, 2016.  Global performance improvement solutions provider GP Strategies Corporation celebrates 50 years in business this month. GP Strategies was established in 1966 to provide technical services to the Navy Submarine Nuclear Power Program in the areas of operations, safety, and training. Today, GP Strategies serves a variety of industries, including aerospace, automotive, financial & insurance, energy, manufacturing, government, life sciences, electronics, and oil & gas to name a few. Its service offerings have also grown to meet the needs of its global customers to empower companies to perform above their potential. On the actual anniversary date, September 20, the Company brought their 3,300 employees together virtually via technology where they shared videos and presentations featuring the location and culture of their global offices, and also enabled employees to chat real-time and share photos from their office celebrations. Additionally, GP Strategies has been sharing 50 years of learning across various social and online media since the beginning of 2016. Each week, using the hashtag #50LearningTips, they share a new learning insight to help organizations perform at their best and achieve extraordinary results. Visit https://www.facebook.com/gpstrategies/app/882450208533888/ to see the tips as they are unveiled each week. 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. Additional information may be found at www.gpstrategies.com.

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    Saint Louis, MO - September 30, 2016 - According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), language barriers contribute to 25 percent of all workplace injuries. No matter a person’s age, race, ethnicity, or primary language, everyone should have an equal opportunity to learn the skills they need, stay safe at work, and succeed at their job. Using professional translation services, ej4 has added Spanish closed captioning to all the courses from its Workplace Compliance Library, including Safety Content, and over 100 courses from its Business Skills Library. ej4 intends to continue to incorporate closed captioning into many other existing and future courses. “ej4 dedicates many hours to improving and expanding the inclusiveness of our training content,” said CEO, Ryan Eudy. “By adding Spanish closed captioning to a significant amount of our content, we will be able to help more employees improve their skillsets and become more engaged at work.” Breaking down these language barriers has become a priority to ej4 due to the high number of multinational companies that were experiencing internal struggles because of miscommunication. In addition to safety concerns, language barriers are known to hinder productivity, collaboration, customer retention, and market expansion. For more information or to view ej4’s training courses, please visit www.ej4.com. About ej4 Founded in 2004, ej4 is a leading provider of online video training solutions. Closing the gap between potential and results, ej4 provides an adaptable on-demand learning experience for companies throughout the world. Led by some of the most dedicated and knowledgeable professionals in the industry, ej4 continues to be a trailblazer in the eLearning industry.

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    Toronto, Ontario, October 3, 2016 – In alignment with an aggressive growth strategy, eroleplay Inc. will change its name to Practica Learning Inc., launch a new company website and introduce an updated Corporate Identity. For the past sixteen years (established in 2000), over 650,000 individuals from nearly 200 customers have experienced individualized role-play coaching from e-roleplay Inc. As of October 1, 2016, the company will officially change its name to Practica Learning, reflecting an expansion in their service offering that applies the science of deliberate practice to assist corporate learning teams with their sustainment challenges. Our customers’ need to lower training costs yet achieve higher rates of learning adoption and application has fueled our innovation and growth. Practica Learning better represents a broadened offering that continues to bridge the knowing/doing gap.” Cameron Anderson, Co-President Since purchasing the company in 2012, owners Cameron Anderson and Randy Sabourin have experienced double digit growth and continue to serve existing clients such as BMO Harris, Biogen, Time Warner Cable and TD Bank plus newly acquired accounts such as AT Kearny and Oerlikon. These clients and many others have utilized these unique learning sustainment services delivered by a team of instructional designers, professional writers, learning specialists and professional actors to rapidly develop critical soft skills of leaders, managers, service reps and sales reps. I think this shows a commitment to growing the organization and emphasizing to our customers and our team that this change aligns the organization with the value that we deliver. Randy Sabourin, Co- President The company was established in 2000 and has grown dramatically over the past 16 years. The company is looking forward to this next chapter in its history.

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    Boston, MA and Chicago,IL - October 4, 2016 - At the world's biggest conference on HR technology, HR Tech, sixQ announced its formation and the release of its cloud-based PeopleStrategy Assessment Platform, available at sixQSoftware.com. The sixQ PeopleStrategy Assessment Platform is available today and the company is offering a free pilot at sixQSoftware.com as well as demos at Booth 1246U in HRTech's start-up pavilion. Developed by the PhD-led sixQ team, the world's first PeopleStrategy Assessment Platform is built on the sixQ Management Framework, an approach that is steeped in the science of questions. The sixQ platform can take existing or new assessments—for competencies, culture, engagement, sales programs, etc.—and frame them within the six question-types. Customers can easily move from the strategic (what, why) to implementation (how) and then context (when, where), while providing insights to the right people (who). The sixQ platform also provides powerful analytics and reporting that guide decision-making.  sixQ is led by CEO and Founder Dr. Brian Glibkowski, PhD, a human resources and organizational behavior professor, published scholarly author, and experienced management consultant, who has trailblazed the science behind questions. Joining Glibkowski is President and Founder Eric Anderson, a sales and operations executive with more than 15 years of experience creating strategy and executing rapid and sustained growth for business-to-business technology organizations. "We are thrilled to bring sixQ to market with an exciting cloud-based platform that will enable all organizations to take advantage of the sixQ Management Framework and move quickly from questions to answers," said Dr. Brian Glibkowski, PhD, CEO and Founder, sixQ. "We are already working closely with enterprises to optimize their talent development and leading consulting firms to productize their intellectual capital." One early sixQ customer, Boston Mutual Life Insurance Company, a national provider of insurance solutions for individuals and at the workplace, is using the sixQ cloud-based platform as well as custom PhD-led sixQ consulting services to conduct extensive research on its buyer personas for individual life insurance. "While we have been working with sixQ for about 18 months on several initiatives, we were excited for the opportunity to be one of the first to use the new platform for one of our key research projects," said David Mitchell, CLU, MSI, Vice President of Strategic Planning & Communications at  Boston Mutual. "sixQ has been able to offer valuable resources, guidance, and insights to help us arrive at key findings and implement changes in our go-to-market strategy." About sixQ sixQ works with enterprises to optimize their talent development and leading consulting firms to productize their intellectual capital. The company provides the world's first PeopleStrategy assessment platform that asks and answers the six question-types to connect people with the strategies for competitive advantage. Whether it's competencies, culture, engagement, sales program, or any other management framework, sixQ enables you to understand the strategy (what, why) and implementation (how) in context (when, where), while providing insights to the right people (who). Learn more at sixQsoftware.com.

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    Boulder, Colorado - October 04, 2016 - Xyleme, Inc., a leader in learning content management software, is pleased to announce the appointment of Greg Schottland as their new President and CEO. He will assume responsibilities immediately and will succeed Mark Hellinger, who has stepped down from his role as CEO and will take an active role on the Board of Directors. Schottland has led the company operations and engineering teams for 5 years. During that time he has spearheaded the transition of the company's software solutions to a SaaS-based learning platform, positioning them for further expansion. "I am pleased to lead Xyleme as we continue to help our customers create and deliver stunning learning content which they can also measure and analyze. With a strong and growing customer base this is an exciting time for both our company and the learning industry as a whole." Mr. Schottland has over 25 years of experience in starting and growing software companies in evolving markets. He has both created and run start-ups, as well as large public companies, and is familiar with all aspects of the software business. David Brunel, Chairman of the Board of Xyleme, noted that, "We believe Greg is well suited to lead Xyleme and accelerate our growth in this fast-moving market in both the US and Europe." Xyleme was founded in 2004 on the idea that learning content is a strategic business asset that drives business performance. By leveraging XML-based technologies, Xyleme provides organizations with significant efficiencies to deliver higher quality training products faster. With the evolution of the cloud, Xyleme has forged new ground in learning content delivery and analytics, elevating learner experience on mobile, web and print. Xyleme is well poised to lead new and innovative solutions with the learner at the center of the design process. For more information about Xyleme's products and services, visit xyleme.com. About XylemeXyleme delivers content management for learning and development. We partner with organizations to transform the way they author, publish, deliver, and analyze learning content to drive business performance. With Xyleme, organizations have everything they need to create a dynamic learning environment -- from rapid single-source content development to anywhere delivery. It's a content management solution that brings increased velocity to the entire learning technology ecosystem and makes learning content a competitive advantage. Xyleme is headquartered in Denver, Colo., and can be found online at www.Xyleme.com.

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    Concord, Massachusetts - September 21, 2016 - Holden Advisors, thought-leaders in B2B pricing and executing price through the sales force, announced today the release of their first-of-its-kind Backbone Basics, an interactive, engaging digital learning experience for large global companies looking to transform sales teams from discount vendors to value defenders. “We are really excited to offer this ground-breaking digital learning approach to support our clients,” said Carolyn Holden, CEO of Holden Advisors. “Backbone Basics gives salespeople the skills and tools to better manage the toughest part of the selling cycle – the price conversation. Many of our clients are under the gun to transform the skills of large sales teams and this learning platform delivers results fast. Customers realize faster profit growth as large, global sales teams apply a consistent approach to close more deals at higher prices.” Holden Advisors chose to partner with SwissVBS, the award-winning, digital learning agency specializing in driving change through global organizations. “SwissVBS is thrilled to partner with Holden Advisors in this effort,” said Shahin Sobhani, President of SwissVBS. “Newer generations are learning in very different ways, they really want to be empowered and inspired. Backbone Basics is the perfect addition to Holden’s thought-leading content because its creative, engaging, and accessible - it’s there when and where sales teams need it, without pulling them out of the field.” Offered as part of Holden Advisors’ Negotiating with Backbone transformational services, Backbone Basics is an animated, accessible, application-based learning offering. It is designed to be engaging and effective in building price negotiating and value selling skills for global, customer-facing, B2B teams. The platform allows sales leaders to follow the progress each salesperson makes and how well they apply the concepts. The micro-learning modules are designed to develop new skills on a salesperson’s own schedule, while reducing time out of the field. When paired with Holden Advisors’ 1-day workshop, Backbone Basics becomes a powerful and effective blended learning solution that drives behavior change and reinforces the confidence of salespeople. Based on the ground-breaking book by Dr. Reed Holden, Negotiating with Backbone, Backbone Basics provides the framework for building negotiating power and defending price, including how to know your value, create Give-Gets, recognize different buyer motivations and types, and change your tactics to level the playing field during nail-biting negotiations with customers you can’t afford to lose. About SwissVBS: SwissVBS is a full-service digital learning design and production agency, focused on providing value at every step of the learning journey. They leverage their suite of offerings to create industry-leading, customized learning solutions that drive meaningful change in behavior and performance. SwissVBS is the also a winner of the prestigious Brandon Hall Award 2016. About Holden Advisors Holden Advisors is a team of pacesetters. We specialize in coaching clients to develop price to value capabilities and high impact sales negotiation skills for optimal results. Our subject matter experts foster an outside-in view of the customer while providing a lens to diagnose and solve our client’s evolving issues. Our collaborative approach builds client capability which achieves improvement in ROS, higher average margins and improved, cross functional alignment.

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    October 3, 2016, Blagnac Cedex, France - ATR, the world-leading regional aircraft manufacturer, is implementing the Fox training management platform by Britannica Knowledge Systems. Fox was selected in order to optimize ATR’s management processes covering training areas including scheduling, grading, trainee recordkeeping, and instructor qualifications. Fox was also chosen to improve the communication and workflow between managers, administrators, schedulers, instructors, and trainee profiles. Fox will manage the training scheduling of more than 3000 pilots, maintenance, flight ops and cabin crew trainees per year. Fox will also oversee resources at ATR’s four 24H/7D training centers, which comprise several full flight simulators and numerous instructors.  “We are excited and proud to serve ATR, the industry experts of latest generation turboprop aircraft,” said Miki Ringelhim, VP Business Development at Britannica Knowledge Systems. “We look forward to helping ATR achieve all of its training management goals through the industry-leading Fox system.” About Britannica Knowledge Systems (www.britannica-ks.com) Britannica Knowledge Systems offers the industry’s most complete and comprehensive portfolio of integrated training and readiness management solutions. The company’s proven track record is based on more than 30 years of hands-on experience in providing optimal solutions for the most prestigious, complex and demanding operations in the areas of civil aviation, defense, security forces, and corporate training management. For the civil aviation sector, Fox enables airlines, aircraft manufacturers and training providers to most efficiently and effectively manage and optimize scheduling, qualifications, AQP/ATQP requirements, training and learning.

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    Denver, Colorado - October 4, 2016 - Career Step, LLC (“Career Step”), a portfolio company of Revelstoke Capital Partners (“Revelstoke”), a Denver-based private equity firm, has completed the acquisition of Medic-CE.com, LLC (“Medic-CE” or the “Company”). Career Step, based in Lehi, Utah, is a leading provider of online, career-focused education and professional training programs in the high-growth healthcare sector. Career Step offers high quality, cost effective, job-specific training solutions that help learners and corporate employees quickly gain career skills and prepare to sit for nationally recognized certifications. The Company has proprietary course content developed by industry experts and distributed through a robust online learning management system. Founded in 2006 and based in Houston, Texas, Medic-CE is one of the leading providers of online continuing education for emergency medical service (“EMS”) and firefighting professionals. Medic-CE currently serves over 75,000 learner subscribers as well as more than 200 unique EMS and fire departments throughout the country. The Company offers self-paced online continuing education that is written and developed by subject matter experts. All of the EMS programs are nationally accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Pre-Hospital Continuing Education (“CAPCE”) and are accepted by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (“NREMT”). Medic-CE provides a solution to the more than two million EMS and firefighting professionals who require various certification or recertification courses in the United States. “At Career Step, we continue to focus on helping people improve their lives and advance their careers through education designed for real application in the healthcare arena,” said Steve Tober, Career Step President and CEO. “The acquisition of Medic-CE enables us to take our education and innovative training one step further. We are now able to combine Medic-CE’s robust learning management system, over 200 hours of online continuing education and record management with our live online, instructor-led training, which we added this past January through the acquisition of Code3 CME. This combination of tools is the only unified solution in the market that enables EMS and firefighting professionals to meet all of their continuing education requirements in one place.” “We are enthusiastic about the success the Career Step management team has had in executing on our strategic initiative to expand the professional training service offering,” said Simon Bachleda, Managing Partner and Co-Founder of Revelstoke. “Medic-CE highly complements the continuing education foundation we established through our two previous add-on acquisitions in the space, and will aid in bolstering Career Step’s base of recurring revenue streams.” Hogan Lovells US LLP acted as legal advisor to Career Step in the transaction. Porter Hedges LLP acted as legal advisor to Medic-CE in the transaction. About Career Step: Career Step is an online provider of career-focused education and corporate training. The company has trained over 100,000 students for new careers, has more than 150 partnerships with colleges and universities nationwide, offers a variety of continuing education courses for healthcare professionals and has educated more than 8,000 health information professionals through its Professional Training Division. Career Step provides training for several of the largest and most respected healthcare employers in the nation and is committed to helping students and practicing healthcare professionals alike gain the skills they need to be successful in the workplace—improving lives, advancing careers and bettering business results through education. More information can be found at www.careerstep.com or 1-800-246-7836. About Revelstoke: Revelstoke is a private equity firm formed by experienced investors who focus on building industry-leading companies. Revelstoke strives to partner with management teams to execute on a disciplined organic and acquisition strategy to build exceptional companies. Since the firm’s inception in mid-2013, Revelstoke has raised in excess of $700 million in equity commitments across its various investing entities and has completed 25 acquisitions totaling over $1.2 billion in enterprise value.

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    La Crosse, Wisconsin and New York, New York - October 4, 2016 - Kaplan Schweser and the New York Society of Security Analysts (NYSSA) announced an alliance today that brings the global leader in CFA® exam prep and one of the largest CFA societies in the world together in a joint effort to provide exam preparation for CFA exam candidates in greater New York City. As part of the alliance, the two organizations will coordinate and co-brand their live classes in New York City, blending the unique class offering of NYSSA with Schweser’s popular exam prep classes and materials. In addition to the live classes, the two organizations will also collaborate on a 16-week live online class beginning in October. The interactive learning experience will leverage the strengths of each organization’s instructors, and allow CFA candidates to begin instructor-led exam prep three months earlier in the exam season than ever before. “We’re proud to be aligned with NYSSA to support candidate success in New York City,” said Dr. Andrew Temte, CFA, President of Kaplan Professional Education. “It’s a natural fit with our heritage, as Kaplan was founded in New York and NYSSA is a leading forum for the investment management community.” According to Temte, the two organizations will coordinate their sales and marketing efforts, and expect the cooperative effort to lead to additional educational collaboration in the future to provide courses from other Kaplan exam prep and professional development catalogs. “Blending the knowledge, skills, and power of two of the most reputable leaders in CFA exam prep will benefit our membership, and the broader candidate community as well,” said Daniel Dagen, CFA, CEO of NYSSA. “This alliance will have a strong positive impact on the exam prep process, and will lead to more confident, well-prepared candidates overall.” About Kaplan Schweser Kaplan Schweser is a recognized leader in providing exam prep materials and instruction for the CFA, CAIA, and FRM examinations. Dr. Carl Schweser, CFA and Dr. Andrew Temte, CFA founded Schweser Study Program in 1990. The company grew to a recognized market leader through the 90s, and was acquired by Kaplan in 1999. Kaplan Schweser has continued on its founding mission to help professionals earn life-changing professional designations. Learn more at www.schweser.com. Kaplan Schweser is part of Kaplan, Inc., which serves over 1.2 million students globally each year through its array of higher education, test preparation, professional education, English-language training, university preparation, and K-12 offerings to individuals, institutions, and businesses. Kaplan has operations in over 30 countries, employs more than 19,000 full- and part-time professionals, and maintains relationships and partnerships with more than 1,000 school districts, colleges, and universities, and over 2,600 corporations and businesses. Kaplan is a subsidiary of Graham Holdings Company (NYSE: GHC) and its largest division. For more information, please visit www.Kaplan.com. About NYSSA With a membership of nearly 9,000, NYSSA is one of the largest CFA® societies globally and a founding member of CFA Institute. Founded in 1937 by value investing pioneer Benjamin Graham, NYSSA is a leading forum for the financial services industry and a provider of professional education and career development. In addition to delivering more than 200 events annually for its members, investment professionals and the general public, NYSSA prepares hundreds of candidates to obtain the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation. NYSSA is committed to promoting best practices and the highest ethical standards in finance. Visit www.nyssa.org for more information.

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    Waltham, Massachusetts - October 4, 2016 - Brainshark, Inc., delivering SaaS-based sales enablement solutions, today announced it has launched the Brainshark Integration Engine, enabling organizations to connect all the content, data and applications in their sales enablement ecosystems. Reducing costs and complexities associated with getting integrations up and running, the Brainshark Integration Engine drives better performance by sharing real-time data and content across multiple systems for sales training, coaching and buyer engagement. "Sales enablement leaders often find themselves grappling with content and data that are isolated in disparate systems," saidHeather Cole, service director for sales enablement strategies at research and advisory firm SiriusDecisions. "Not only does this situation exacerbate the challenge of making internal and external sales content findable for the reps, it often limits the ability of those who create and manage content to track more than just hits or downloads. Better alignment of content to buying and selling cycles and consolidation of access and tracking are a critical first step. Only then can organizations start associating assets to outcomes and get actionable insight into what's helping or hurting sales performance." The Brainshark Integration Engine helps sales enablement professionals and supporting groups use their existing applications and workflows, while leveraging Brainshark to improve sales content creation and management, sales training and coaching, and buyer engagement. Data and analytics from Brainshark help companies "connect the dots" – providing real-time insights into how reps' knowledge and the sales content they use and share across systems impact sales results. Brainshark Integration Engine: Systems Supported The Brainshark Integration Engine makes it easy to integrate Brainshark with systems including: Content marketing – After the initial integration, content in these systems is regularly synced with Brainshark and made available for reps, without losing important metadata. Customer relationship management (CRM) – When sales reps share content with buyers – either through Brainshark,Outlook or the CRM – Brainshark's detailed engagement data is immediately tied to the lead, account and opportunity records in the CRM system. Reps can see who viewed materials, when, how much was consumed and more – highlighting opportunities for follow-up. Marketing automation – The new integration capabilities provide cross-platform visibility into buyer engagement data, enabling more accurate and comprehensive list segmentation and campaign results. Learning management system (LMS) – No matter what solution an organization uses for training (whether it's Brainshark or a third-party LMS), the systems can exchange course completion details. Brainshark can integrate with a wide variety of enterprise systems including: Marketo, Eloqua, Kapost, SharePoint, Box, Dropbox, Salesforce, Microsoft Dynamics, HubSpot, Oracle, Blackboard, Docebo, Tableau, SAP, Birst and others. The Integration Engine's standards-based Integration Platform as a Service (IPaaS) infrastructure is easier to implement than connecting through APIs, which can be time- and resource-intensive, and don't always carry over content attributes and metadata. "With a variety of sales applications that aren't 'talking to each other,' it's difficult for organizations to maximize value and ROI," said Brainshark CEO Greg Flynn. "The Brainshark Integration Engine helps organizations connect sales, marketing and learning systems with ease, providing a secure, scalable and customizable solution requiring no manual intervention. Sales teams benefit from having access to content and data that drive performance gains." Visit www.brainshark.com/solutions/integrations for more information about the Brainshark Integration Engine. About Brainshark, Inc. Brainshark is the leading sales enablement company that helps businesses harness the power of content to drive sales productivity. With Brainshark, companies can: empower salespeople with dynamic content that can be created quickly, imported easily and accessed anywhere; prepare sales teams with on-demand training that accelerates onboarding and keeps existing reps up-to-speed and in-the-know; hone performance with sales coaching that ensures reps make the most of every buyer interaction; and arm reps with the right content and resources for any selling situation to better engage buyers and close more deals. In addition, Brainshark analytics enable organizations to track sales content effectiveness and make smarter decisions that drive results. Thousands of companies – including more than half of the Fortune 100 – rely on Brainshark to improve sales productivity and increase the impact of their sales, marketing and training. Learn more at www.brainshark.com.

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    September 29, 2016 – New York, NY – TrivWorks™, a corporate team building company specializing in live trivia events, has joined forces with longtime corporate trainer, emcee and award-winning improvisation coach Rob Schiffmann to create an exceedingly unique and interactive new line of workplace training programs. Expertly combining practical workshops with improvisation and customized trivia, companies seeking to provide employees with novel training opportunities now have an extremely compelling new option available. By harnessing the raucous competitive energy of friendly team trivia with hysterical improvisation to reinforce practical workplace skills, audiences large and small can now enjoy a highly interactive and impactful learning experience like no other. Focusing on critical workplace skills frequently sought out by managers across all industries, this new line of courses includes seminars on Communication, Presentation, Feedback, Leadership, and Narrative. All five courses will feature a fast-paced combination of lively icebreakers, useful lectures, and hilarious practical games and exercises utilizing short-form improvisation, as well as team trivia challenges that have been meticulously tailored to specific groups and goals. Each course is available as a two-hour, half-day, full-day or multi-day program, and may be held as either a stand-alone class or in combination with other programs in the series. “Now more than ever, companies need fun & effective training programs which will hold employees’ attention and make an impact,” says TrivWorks™ founder David Jacobson, a team building professional with 10 years’ experience producing group bonding activities for corporate audiences. “This new collaboration is a natural expansion of the engaging trivia team building activities which companies have turned to TrivWorks™ for, and allows us to address essential skills in a highly focused and deliberate way.” Established in New York City in 2009, TrivWorks™ is a corporate team building company specializing in live trivia events. Known for full customization, professional event emcees and service industry expertise, TrivWorks™ offers a diverse range of high-quality event experiences including celebrity hosts, comedians, magicians, improvisers, karaoke, DJs and more. Servicing a robust client list of Fortune 500 companies, TrivWorks™ has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, U.S. News & World Report, Entrepreneur, Successful Meetings and other media outlets. In the summer of 2016, TrivWorks™ expanded by opening an office in Long Beach, CA, to better service clients along the West Coast and nationally. Rob Schiffmann is a veteran corporate trainer, facilitator and program developer with over 20 years’ experience. An award-winning professional improviser, seasoned event emcee and experienced game show host, his distinctive background and expertise make him uniquely qualified to lead this new program series. He notes how this collaboration will bring something completely new and riveting to corporate training. “I am excited for the marriage of trivia and improvisational skill building. Both involve listening, being present, and staying on your toes. Audiences should be prepared to learn – and have a blast doing it!”

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    Columbia, MD - October 7, 2016 - Global performance improvement solutions provider GP Strategies Corporation (NYSE: GPX) announced that it has completed its previously announced acquisition of Maverick Solutions, a leading provider of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) product training services. Maverick will operate as part of GP Strategies' Performance Readiness Solutions segment effective as of October 1, 2016. Headquartered in Wake Forest, North Carolina since 1999, Maverick Solutions offers training for both on-premise and Cloud-based Oracle ERP and Business Intelligence systems. It is a Platinum Partner with Oracle, providing support throughout the product lifecycle, specializing in both project-team training and end-user adoption services. This acquisition will extend GP Strategies' ability to deliver ERP systems training and user adoption services to its healthcare customer base and expand into the higher education sector. Maverick Solutions had approximately $8 million of revenue in their most recent fiscal year ended December 31, 2015. Deborah Ung, Senior Vice President of GP Strategies' Performance Readiness Solutions segment, stated, "I am thrilled to have Maverick Solutions join our team at GP Strategies. As a platinum partner with Oracle, this acquisition expands our reach into that market as well as introduces ERP project team training to our client base.  Additionally, Maverick's extensive experience in the healthcare and higher education industries will give us further depth in markets we have identified as growth areas." Additional information may be found at www.mavericksolutions.net. About GP Strategies GP Strategies Corporation (NYSE: GPX) 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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