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    Chesterfield, MO - October 10, 2016 - BizLibrary, a leading provider of online employee training content, has recently added over 140 additional micro video lessons to its library of over 5,500 videos. Topics of recently released videos cover a range of training and skills such as HIPAA compliance, anti-harassment, coaching, and career development. Some recent releases include: HIPAA Basics video course Stop Bullying in the Workplace video course Developing B Players into Top Performers video course Cutting Edge: Simple English series Career Advancement video course The BizLibrary Collection is the largest online video content library, with an emphasis on micro video lessons to promote learning retention. It offers a variety of content formats to meet the needs of all types of learners from short, micro-video lessons, to more in-depth video courses, interactive video programs and eLearning courses. Many lessons and courses include quizzes and additional support materials to extend the learning process, increasing both retention and the ROI of investing in training. “We’re very excited about this recently released content because of some of the early feedback we’ve already received,” said Debbie Williams, VP of Content Development at BizLibrary. “The HIPAA Basics series has been one that our clients are especially excited about utilizing, as it provides them a simple and effective solution to required compliance training.” About BizLibrary BizLibrary is a leading provider of online employee training solutions. Our award-winning online training library contains more than 5,000 micro-video lessons, video courses, interactive videos, and elearning courses covering a wide variety of topic areas and includes additional support materials to further increase learning retention. Our learning technology platform is powerful and easy to use. All of our online training solutions are mobile-ready, allowing learners unlimited access to training content on any device, anytime and anywhere for true just-in-time learning. Engage your employees and drive business results by improving the way your employees learn with BizLibrary. Learn more at www.bizlibrary.com.

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    San Francisco, CA - October 11, 2016 - Everwise, a new model for talent development, today announced it has closed a $16 million Series B financing round. Sequoia Capital led the round with significant participation from prior investors Canvas Ventures and Webb Investment Network. The company is also announcing the general availability of its Enterprise Social Learning Platform, defining a new category of software that connects professionals to the people, development resources and experiences they need to thrive at each stage of their careers. "At Sequoia we’ve been actively tracking the learning and development market for many years. Everwise caught our eye as a breakthrough company,” said Joe Dobrenski of Sequoia Capital. “Their approach turns conventional professional development on its head by providing, at enterprise scale, the individualized learning experiences required to help the modern knowledge worker reach his/her full potential." Everwise launched in 2013 as a platform to make mentoring work at scale. The Enterprise Social Learning Platform, available today, is designed to help the world’s leading organizations solve their most critical talent-related challenges such as enabling front-line managers, creating diverse and inclusive cultures, engaging millennials, effective onboarding or navigating significant organizational change. “HR leaders have historically had to choose between solutions that scale and those that are effective,” said Mike Bergelson, co-founder and CEO of Everwise. “We believe this is a false choice. Every employee should have access to a personalized, impactful social learning experience. The human connection is critical to translating knowledge into behavior change.” Every stage of the talent development process can be managed on the new SaaS-based Enterprise Social Learning Platform, the first solution that moves beyond content to incorporate comprehensive, personalized social and experiential learning experiences at scale. “Today’s most successful companies realize that impactful learning and development does not come from content-driven programs. They know that people learn best with others and by doing,” said Steve Kerr, the world’s first chief learning officer who served in that capacity for General Electric and Goldman Sachs. “Everwise offers learning experiences that result in a more engaged workforce and will ultimately provide better business outcomes.” “Businesses spend more than $130 billion today on corporate learning programs around the world,” said Josh Bersin, Principal at Bersin by Deloitte, Deloitte Consulting LLP, a leading industry research and advisory organization. “Offerings that bring together a wide variety of learning experiences – including mentoring, coaching, assessment, curated content, and access to external experts – represent a new breed of platforms which are helping to reinvent the corporate learning market.” Since announcing its Series A funding last year, Everwise has grown to more than 250 enterprise customers. Market leaders such as Genentech and Oracle, as well as high-growth companies like Lyft and Zendesk are among the organizations already using Everwise. Everwise will use the new funding to further develop the capabilities of its software platform, accelerate team growth and expand marketing activities. In conjunction with the financing, Dobrenski will join the Everwise Board of Directors. About Everwise: Everwise provides a completely new model for talent development by connecting employees to the people, development resources and experiences they need to thrive at every stage of their career. Everwise extends beyond traditional, content-driven solutions which, while scalable, are largely ineffective on their own. Everwise works with Fortune 500 enterprises, fast-growth startups, and the social sector. The company is based in New York City and San Francisco and its investors include Sequoia Capital, Canvas Ventures and Webb Investment Network. Additional information can be found at www.geteverwise.com.

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    Cary, NC - October 11, 2016 - Relias Learning expands its position as the most comprehensive training and education provider in the healthcare industry, from pre-acute to acute to post-acute care, by announcing the acquisitions of Swank HealthCare and AHC Media.“Entering the acute care market is an important step towards training healthcare workers in all care settings,” said Jim Triandiflou, CEO, Relias Learning. “One-third of healthcare workers work in acute care settings. These acquisitions provide Relias a strong foothold in acute care, and allow us to further broaden the award-winning educational content that we provide to our clients across the continuum of care.”Swank HealthCare is a distributor of online training for the acute care market that serves community hospitals across the United States and globally as well as the U.S. government. AHC Media provides continuing medical education (CME), medical information, and publications to physicians and other healthcare professionals, aimed at improving patient care and outcomes. For over 40 years, the company has fostered professional development through award-winning healthcare and clinically related content in emergency medicine, clinical medicine and hospital management.“We’re excited to join Relias Learning in providing training and education services to healthcare professionals,” said Tim Swank, Chairman of Swank Motion Pictures, Inc., the parent company of Swank HealthCare. “Partnering with Relias Learning is in the best long term interests of our healthcare education customers, who will benefit from the very best in technology and content available in the industry. At the same time, Swank Motion Pictures will continue to focus on the distribution of patient entertainment to the healthcare market.” “Our clients will benefit from Relias Learning’s vast training catalog, which is constantly updated to address emerging issues and trends, said David Fournier, Publisher & CEO of AHC Media. “We’re thrilled to join Relias Learning and to continue educating healthcare professionals across multiple disciplines.”Relias Learning offers more than 3,000 unique courses that are accessed by 3 million healthcare workers – from doctors and nurses to social workers and administrative personnel – helping them complete regulatory training, meet license requirements, and build the clinical expertise required to provide the very best patient-centered care. Relias focuses on “measurable improvement” and clinical outcomes, with products based on key principles of adult learning and the practical necessity of putting new learnings into practice in employees’ daily routines. New products include Pro On The Go™, a series of short mobile-optimized snippets focused on key clinical procedures and requirements, and BrainSparks™, follow-up reminder questions that are generated automatically after a completed training course, geared to put learning into action at the point-of-care. About Relias LearningRelias Learning provides an online training solution for over 6,000 healthcare providers across the continuum of care, covering both physical and mental health needs, as well as to law enforcement and correctional facilities. Relias offers unrivaled content, provides 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. Learn more about Relias Learning at www.reliaslearning.com.About Swank HealthCareSwank HealthCare is a leading distributor of online healthcare education for civilian and government hospitals, clinics and medical treatment facilities worldwide. Swank HealthCare is a division of Swank Motion Pictures, Inc.®, headquartered in St. Louis, MO. Founded in 1937, Swank is the world's largest non-theatrical distributor of motion pictures for public performance.About AHC Media AHC Media provides practical, concise and peer-reviewed medical information, publications, study guides and continuing education to healthcare professionals in order to improve patient care and outcomes. For four decades, AHC Media has fostered professional development through award-winning healthcare and clinically related content in emergency medicine, clinical medicine and hospital management.

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    Waltham, MA and Houston, TX - October 12, 2016 - Brainshark, Inc., delivering SaaS-based sales enablement solutions, and CloudCoaching International (CCI), a leading global sales performance training and technology company, today announced an expanded partnership to help organizations improve sales readiness and performance. Through the partnership, Brainshark for Coaching customers can now gain access to CCI’s sales performance experts for personalized, virtual coaching sessions – tapping into the experts’ knowledge and proven successes to drive greater results from their coaching initiatives. Brainshark’s award-winning sales coaching technology empowers managers to coach their teams anytime, anywhere. Sales reps can practice their calls, presentations, sales messaging and more, and receive instant, detailed feedback from managers, peers and – now – CCI expert coaching professionals.  With CCI’s professional coaching services, sales leaders can get their coaching culture off to a strong start, scale their programs and provide personalized, expert advice to their sales teams that ensures higher performance. CCI was co-founded by America’s No. 1 business and life strategist, Tony Robbins – who has reached over 50 million people with his best-selling books, events, speaking engagements and more – and Walter Rogers, a thought-leader in sales and change management, who has created and led businesses in 13 countries on three continents. In addition to the coaching services, CCI continues to provide eLearning content through Brainshark for Coaching. Now, through the expanded partnership, Brainshark for Coaching users can also opt to take advantage of: Individual coaching reviews by a CCI expert – delivered through the Brainshark for Coaching interface and personalized based on each rep’s presentations and needs. Interactive group workshops – delivered virtually by CCI and including best practices to help reps deliver exceptional presentations and to kick off a successful coaching program. “Game-tape reviews” – where CCI experts analyze reps’ recorded presentations and develop action plans during virtual group sessions. The sessions are designed to equip reps with the preparation, skill development and real-world advice they need to achieve greater levels of sales success. “World-class performance never happens by accident,” Robbins said. Rogers added: “It’s guided practice that makes perfect, and for sales reps, coaching plays a critical role. Getting personalized advice from a hands-on, expert coach – who’s familiar with the landscape and strategies for success – brings reps’ performance to the next level. By pairing CCI’s deep-seated knowledge with Brainshark’s acclaimed coaching technology and delivery platform, sales teams can execute more effectively and be prepared to close more deals.” Training more than 50 percent of the Fortune 500 sales teams, CCI’s coaches hold many external certifications. With credentials from the International Coach Federation (ICF), the International Association of Coaching (IAC) and more, CCI coaches undergo rigorous internal certifications as well. They coach all levels of employees to higher performance: from sales reps to sales management to executive management. “Consistent and valuable sales coaching is a critical part of improving sales effectiveness,” said Brainshark CEO Greg Flynn. “We’re pleased to work with CCI, who shares our philosophy and whose coaches are world-class, to give companies a powerful way to improve sales readiness.  With Brainshark’s technology, reps can be trained and perfect their pitches in our virtual role-playing platform. They can then receive feedback from their managers, peers and – thanks to our CCI partnership – professional experts as well.” For more information about Brainshark for Coaching, please see www.brainshark.com/solutions/coach.  About CloudCoaching International, Inc. CloudCoaching International designs and deploys company-wide Sales Performance Improvement Systems that integrate processes, methodologies, skills tools and psychology to maximize organizational effectiveness. With a global presence in more than 20 countries, CloudCoaching International helps corporations create organizational breakthroughs, maximize the use of corporate systems, improve strategy execution, accelerate growth and improve customer engagement. 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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    Playa Vista, CA - October 10, 2016 - As the issue of implicit takes center stage in U.S. public-policy discussions, virtual reality startup SPACES Inc. has created an implicit bias VR program that can be used by both scientific researchers, corporate trainers and law-enforcement organizations. “VR is enabling us to understand how implicit bias affects our views of the world and the way we work and interact with others,” said SPACES CEO Shiraz Akmal. Implicit bias refers to measurable, objective attitudes and stereotypes that everyone carries. In recent months, implicit bias has become a topic of growing interest – and concern – leading to discussion of national programs to directly address it. Initially developed to assist an academic research examination of implicit bias, the SPACES program “embodies” participants – bringing to life the age-old adage of “stepping into someone else’s skin” to develop greater sensitivity. As applied in the research project, the SPACES program, which has been in development for several months, illuminates the potential of VR technology to reduce implicit bias. “The work we’ve done with researchers indicates that VR could possibly reduce the effects of implicit bias,” Akmal said. “The idea that VR can be used for much more than entertainment is one of our core philosophies, and is particularly important at a time when the issue of racial sensitivity is reaching a critical point in our society.” The academic research study powered by SPACES’ technology was one of the first projects that attracted the company’s attention when it was formed earlier this year, he added. During the first presidential debate between Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump on Sept. 26, Clinton said of implicit bias, “I think it’s a problem for everyone, not just police. I think unfortunately too many of us in our great country jump to conclusions about each other.” The SPACES implicit bias VR program is designed to be used in both research environments and in training programs, ranging from law-enforcement to corporate training. Based in Playa Vista, Calif., SPACES Inc. is a privately held virtual reality startup that has raised more than $3 million in initial funding and has also entered a $30-million joint venture with China-based Songcheng Performance Development Company Ltd. SPACES is led by CEO Akmal and chief technology officer Brad Herman.

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    Cardiff, Wales - October 13, 2016 - Leadership & Management Wales has launched a new self-learning platform for leaders and managers in Wales. Designed for busy professionals, the LMW Hub is dedicated to providing access to the best leadership & management development related tools, resources, content and discussion - all in one place. Successful managers have one thing in common: they never stop learning. According to the latest research from Degreed “How the Workforce Learns in 2016” almost 85% of employees learn things for work by searching online at least once a week. And nearly 70% of business professionals learn by reading articles and blogs every week. Gone are the days when employees rely solely on training departments to meet their learning needs. Today’s managers are more proactive in their outlook and are embracing self-managed learning. “It’s the getting a little better every day that leads to great things.” KIMO KIPPEN, HILTON WORLDWIDE CHIEF LEARNING OFFICER The LMW Hub will help Welsh leaders and managers raise the game when it comes to leadership & management skills by providing access to the best development tools and resources, including practical and bite-sized articles, videos, audio, research, theory and more, from world-leading experts. According to LMW’s research, the majority of Welsh businesses want to develop their team’s management and leadership skills, but time and budget constraints form considerable barriers for many. “The LMW Hub has been developed to help overcome these issues and to provide the tools and resources for managers to develop themselves.” explains Jo Riley, Director of Leadership & Management Wales. “We know that managers find it difficult to fit learning into their busy working lives so the LMW Hub editorial team monitors the content published from over 300 world-leading sources including Forbes, Harvard Business Review, Business Insider and Entrepreneur. We pick the ‘best of the best’ for the LMW Hub, saving managers time and effort, plus we provide an Online Mentoring tool, helping managers make time for their professional development. Some of Wales’ leading businesses are already embracing the benefits of edtech and have signed up to the LMW Hub including, Legal & General, British Gas, Sony, Arriva Train Wales, Aneurin Leisure and the University of South Wales Commercial Services. Edtech is about the effective use of technological tools to enhance learning. The tools we use to learn are almost as important as the lessons themselves and the edtech revolution is arming us with a multitude of tools that convey learning in the most impactful, engaging and cost-effective way. To celebrate the launch of the new LMW Hub, we are offering an introductory discount (use LAUNCH50) as well as the opportunity to trial the platform for free. To find out more visit www.lmw.org.uk. 

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    Hong Kong - October 12, 2016 - (ISC)²® today announced it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (“MOU”) with Cyber Security Agency of Singapore (CSA) to address the capacity building of the cybersecurity workforce, enhance public cybersecurity awareness, and complement existing efforts in the development and maintenance of the cybersecurity competency framework in Singapore. The MOU allows CSA and (ISC)² to enhance the professional pipeline and quality of the cybersecurity workforce, and to raise awareness about the need for continuous improvement for specialized cybersecurity competencies in Singapore. To address the skills shortage, they will work to promote the academic acceptance of real world skills in cybersecurity, and to facilitate the conversion of professionals from related fields of study such as information and communications technology, engineering, and accounting. In addition, as part of the public awareness initiatives, the two organizations will join forces to customize cybersecurity awareness initiatives for various demographic profiles in Singapore through (ISC)²’s Center for Cyber Safety and Education’s Safe and Secure Online® program. “Professional bodies have an important role to play in developing the cybersecurity workforce and fostering trust within the profession. Through this collaboration with (ISC)2, we will join forces to raise competency standards, elevate the profile of the profession and jointly introduce more public awareness initiatives for the Singapore audience,” said David Koh, Chief Executive of CSA. “(ISC)² is pleased to be part of CSA’s efforts in addressing the capacity building for cybersecurity, which is key to protecting the critical services in Singapore,” said David Shearer, CEO, (ISC)². “We also look forward to combining our efforts towards assuring the cyber safety of the most vulnerable groups of society—our seniors and children—by leveraging our Safe and Secure Onlineprogram. It is through collaboration like this that we can all work in complementary ways to inspire a safe and secure cyber world.” The MOU will be in place for an initial period of three years. About the Cyber Security Agency of Singapore The Cyber Security Agency of Singapore (CSA) provides dedicated and centralised oversight of national cyber security functions, and works with sector leads to protect Singapore’s critical services. It also engages with various industries, and stakeholders to heighten cyber security awareness as well as to ensure the holistic development of Singapore’s cyber security landscape. The Agency is part of the Prime Minister’s Office and is managed by the Ministry of Communications and Information. Information on CSA is available at www.csa.gov.sg . About (ISC)²®  (ISC)² is an international nonprofit membership association focused on inspiring a safe and secure cyber world. Best known for the acclaimed Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP®) certification, (ISC)² offers a portfolio of credentials that are part of a holistic, programmatic approach to security. Our membership, over 115,000 strong, is made up of certified cyber, information, software and infrastructure security professionals who are making a difference and helping to advance the industry. Our vision is supported by our commitment to educate and reach the general public through our charitable foundation – The Center for Cyber Safety and EducationTM. For more information on (ISC)², visit www.isc2.org, follow us on Twitter or connect with us on Facebook.

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    New Delhi, India - October 17, 2016 - NIIT Limited, a global leader in Skills and Talent Development, today announced their intention to be the leader in Digital Training and Development for leaders and their organizations in India, China and Emerging Markets such as Indonesia, Vietnam, and Nigeria, as companies and their leaders struggle to survive and grow in today’s network and platform centric world dominated by new-age digital disruptor companies. With a strong focus on becoming the leader in the Digital Learning World and to further accelerate NIIT’s own growth and profitability, the Company has charted a two-pronged business strategy: First an Internal Initiative addressing the Digital Transformation of its entire business model to drive growth, value and profitability; and Second an External Initiative focusing on training and consulting of individual and corporate customers to enable them to succeed in the digital world  To this end, NIIT has entered into an exclusive partnership with US based OpenMatters LLC, the leader in Business Model Science. Under this partnership, NIIT will bring the content and expertise developed by OpenMatters for Wharton’s SEI Center, Knowledge@Wharton, and Harvard Business Review (HBR) to the India, China and Emerging Markets to address the leadership and management needs of the CXO/VP/Middle Management community.In a related move, NIIT has appointed Barry Libert, CEO of OpenMatters as the Digital Advisor to the NIIT Board. Barry Libert, is a Senior Fellow at the Wharton School and an author and columnist at HBR, K@W, Forbes and the WSJ. As an expert in Digital Leadership and Business Model Transformation, Barry has co-authored numerous books, articles, training materials, workbooks and faculty guides. Barry leads a team of experts who are continuously researching digital leadership and business models using machine learning and advanced text mining while exploring the underlying drivers of value and growth in the age of platforms and networks.NIIT’s current digital transformation initiatives StackRoute and DigiNxt focus on Digital Innovator training and Digital Developer training respectively. Now this new relationship with Barry Libert and OpenMatters will expand its digital offerings - Digital to Leaders, and allow NIIT to address the end to end needs of organizations and governments seeking to reskill their entire workforce from CXOs to frontline workers to succeed in the digital age.Speaking on this significant development Mr. Rahul Patwardhan, CEO NIIT Ltd., said, “This two tiered partnership is in line with our strategy to play a leadership role in the Digital Learning World, leveraging the exciting new age Digital Technologies that are impacting every industry and every company and their business model. First, we are delighted to have Barry Libert as a Digital board Advisor, whose valuable advice will help us build and execute a digital transformation roadmap for companies in India, China and Emerging Markets and our own company; and second, we are going to leverage the training materials developed for Wharton and HBR in the India, China and Emerging Markets”Speaking on his appointment as a Digital Transformation Advisor to the NIIT Board, Barry Libert said, “This is indeed an exciting role that will allow us to offer our insights and advice to NIIT in order to partner with NIIT to help leaders throughout India, China and Emerging Markets drive their digital transformation agenda starting with leadership transformation and ending with more valuable business models.” According to the MIT Centre for Digital Business, 77% of organizations consider missing digital skills as the key hurdle to their transformation strategy. Therefore, Indian & Global IT Companies are investing heavily in building digital transformation skills to enable their clients transform digitally.  About NIITNIIT is a leading Skills and Talent Development Corporation that is building a manpower pool for global industry requirements. The company, which was set up in 1981 to help the nascent IT industry overcome its human resource challenges, today ranks among the world’s leading training companies owing to its vast and comprehensive array of talent development programs. With a footprint across 40 nations, NIIT offers training and development solutions to Individuals, Enterprises and Institutions. 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 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 Digital Transformation, Banking, Finance & Insurance, Soft Skills, Business Process Excellence, Retail Sales Enablement, Management Education, Multi-Sectoral Vocational Skills, Digital Media Marketing, and new-age IT.  As NIIT’s wholly owned subsidiary for its K-12 school learning initiative - MindChampion Learning Systems Limited (MLSL), provides futuristic NIIT nGuru range of learning solutions for schools comprising, interactive Classrooms with digital content, technology-driven Math Lab, IT Wizard programs and Quick School - an Education Resource Planning software. About OpenMattersOpenMatters is the leader in Business Model Sciencetm.  It focuses on analysing business models, the missing ingredient in leadership and corporate governance (capital allocation) and the underlying sources of value. The firm harnesses today’s advanced technologies including machine learning and text mining to categorize and measure business model performance and capital allocation (both financial and non-financial) by boards and leaders which it calls The Business Graphtm.  Further, it has developed three products – Training, Ratings and Rankings, and Investment Indices (ETF’s) – that help leaders and investors make better decisions in order to drive growth, value and profits.     As Senior Fellow at the Wharton SEI Center, Barry Libert, along with Megan Beck (Wharton SEI Research Fellow), leads the dedicated research project called the 21stCentury Enterprise. The mission of the 21st Century Enterprise is to examine the emergence of new digital platform and network based organizational models and their impact on leadership, growth, profits and value. (see below research announcement)https://news.wharton.upenn.edu/press-releases/2016/06/networks-and-platform-based-business-models-win-in-the-digital-age-according-to-a-new-study-by-the-wharton-school-of-the-university-of-pennsylvanias-sei-center-for-advanced-studies-in-m/​​The Wharton SEI Center for Advanced Studies in Management is the world’s first “think tank” for management education. The Wharton SEI Center ensures the relevance of management research and teaching to the evolving needs of business and society in the 21st century.

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    New York, NY and El Segundo, CA - October 18, 2016 - Warburg Pincus, a global private equity firm focused on growth investing, today announced that funds affiliated with the firm have invested in NEOGOV, the leading talent management software platform focused on government, education and public sector clients.  Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Founded in 2000, NEOGOV provides market-leading software-as-a-service (SaaS) talent management solutions to automate and streamline the recruitment, onboarding and performance evaluation processes for government and other public sector institutions.  NEOGOV's software is designed specifically for the unique human capital management requirements of these complex and regulated end-markets and serves more than 1,500 organizations including over 40% of the largest U.S. cities and more than 20 state customers.  "The team at NEOGOV has built the leading provider of human capital management software to the public sector," said Alex Berzofsky, Managing Director, Warburg Pincus.  "We are excited to invest in the company and partner with the NEOGOV management team as they continue to broaden the product platform and identify additional opportunities to serve their large and growing customer base." "Warburg Pincus has deep experience in cloud-based software and the firm will be a valuable partner as we continue to focus on growing our whole talent management suite tailored for the local government sector," said Damir Davidovic, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of NEOGOV.  "With this investment, we plan to enhance our product offerings, serve more customers and accelerate growth of the business." "As more companies continue to use SaaS-based systems to deliver HR solutions, we see a significant growth opportunity for NEOGOV given it is configurable specifically for the needs of the public sector, where fewer organizations have adopted these technologies," said Brian Chang, Principal, Warburg Pincus. About NEOGOVNEOGOV HR software automates the entire hiring, onboarding and performance evaluation process, including position requisition approval, automatic minimum qualification screening, test statistics and analysis, and EEO reporting. NEOGOV works with more than 1,500 federal, state and local government, universities and K-12 organizations nationwide, ranging in size from 100 to over 100,000 employees, including agencies such as the State of South Carolina, the State of Tennessee, City of Dallas, TX; City of Houston, TX;Baltimore County, MD; City and County of Denver, CO; City and County of Honolulu, HI; City of Nashville, TN; and more than 25% ofCalifornia's Counties, including Santa Clara County, San Bernardino County, San Diego County, Los Angeles County, and Orange County. Because NEOGOV's solutions are both easy-to-use and fast to implement, it is able to offer a public sector model that is low risk, but offers a high ROI at the same time. About Warburg PincusWarburg Pincus LLC is a leading global private equity firm focused on growth investing. The firm has more than $40 billion in private equity assets under management. The firm's active portfolio of more than 120 companies is highly diversified by stage, sector and geography. Warburg Pincus is an experienced partner to management teams seeking to build durable companies with sustainable value. Founded in 1966, Warburg Pincus has raised 15 private equity funds, which have invested more than $58 billion in over 760 companies in more than 40 countries.  Warburg Pincus has been an active investor in SaaS companies, with current investments including The Gordian Group, DocuTAP, Liaison International, PayScale, and Avalara, among others. The firm is headquartered in New York with offices in Amsterdam, Beijing, Hong Kong, London, Luxembourg, Mumbai, Mauritius, San Francisco, São Paulo, Shanghai, and Singapore. For more information please visitwww.warburgpincus.com.

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    Salt Lake City, UT - October 18, 2016 - Pluralsight, the global leader in online learning for technology professionals, today announced the release of its notes feature, an in-product tool that allows members to take virtual, time-stamped notes while watching any of the 5,000+ courses in Pluralsight's technology learning platform. With contextual note-taking, technology professionals can grasp difficult concepts by taking notes in their own words and then tagging them based on a specific topic or project for easy reference and skill mastery. "Technology professionals work in fast-paced environments that require them to retain a large amount of information," said Nate Walkingshaw, chief experience officer at Pluralsight. "We built the notes feature to make it easier for Pluralsight members to take notes in context as they learn, then locate and recall key information later as they're working through or applying a concept." The notes feature enhances the learning experience on Pluralsight by allowing members to benefit from: Contextual note-taking – The notes tool includes a timestamp feature which registers the note to an exact moment in any given course. When reviewing previously written notes, members—with just one click—can jump directly to the point in a Pluralsight course where the note was originally created. Quick and simple accessibility – Each note is automatically organized and saved to a member's account for future reference. Members can tag notes with hashtags to structure them on important topics, courses or projects for fast and simple recall. Easy download for knowledge-sharing – The new feature allows members to download personal notes. Downloaded notes can then be added to a different note system or shared with colleagues. The new notes feature adds functionality to Pluralsight's comprehensive technology learning platform, which includes adaptive skill measurement, directed learning paths, expert-authored courses, instant live mentoring and more. To learn more about Pluralsight's notes feature, visit http://plrsig.ht/PSnotes. For more information on Pluralsight, visit www.pluralsight.com. About PluralsightPluralsight is an enterprise technology learning platform that delivers a unified, end-to-end learning experience for businesses across the globe. Through a subscription service, companies are empowered to move at the speed of technology, increasing proficiency, innovation and efficiency. Founded in 2004 and trusted by Fortune 500 companies, Pluralsight provides members with on-demand access to a digital ecosystem of learning tools, including adaptive skill tests, directed learning paths, expert-authored courses, interactive labs and live mentoring. For more information, visit pluralsight.com

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    Bellevue, WA - October 18, 2016 - Media Partners Corporation, a leader in video-based learning for business, announced today that it has attracted a major investment and new leadership to oversee the growth and transformation of the company. Along with his major investment, John J. Hansen has joined Media Partners as Chairman and CEO. Mr. Hansen, a skilled and successful serial CEO with more than 20 years of experience in software and telecommunications, brings with him a proven track record for developing world class organizations, defining winning product strategies and increasing sales and profitability. John's unique blend of experience and expertise equips Media Partners to fulfill their distributors' and customers' growing need for innovation. This, combined with Media Partners firm foundation of successful high-quality business learning tools, creates an immense growth opportunity and change to the industry. Media Partners founders, Robert Johnson and Jim Gulian, will remain as significant shareholders. "To say John is a perfect fit is an understatement," says Robert Johnson, Founder and President of Media Partners. "He brings the necessary skills, desire and vision to grow Media Partners beyond our status as an industry leader in the production of high-quality training videos, to being the premier provider of video-based learning for business with our innovative online streaming service." "I am thrilled to join the team at Media Partners," says John. "After observing the unparalleled quality of Media Partners' products, I am excited to take the reigns, and together with the team, realize the tremendous opportunity that lies ahead." About Media Partners CorporationA leading producer and distributor of premium corporate training videos including the award winning "Give 'em the Pickle!" with Bob Farrell, and "The Practical Coach", Media Partners was founded in 1993 and is headquartered in Bellevue, Washington. Specializing in industries such as Government, Aerospace, Leisure and Hospitality, Energy, Healthcare, Education and Diversified Services, Media Partners' programs cover diverse topics ranging from Leadership and Management to Harassment / Respectful Workplace and Safety. These titles are available on DVD, USB or through their online streaming subscription platform. Media Partners learning programs have been embraced by trainers in over 80 countries and used by industry leaders such as Boeing, FedEx, RE/MAX, Crate&Barrel, and American Express.

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    Santa Monica, CA - October 18, 2016 - Cornerstone OnDemand (NASDAQ:CSOD), today announced that Electrolux, a leading global appliance manufacturer, is expanding its use of Cornerstone’s cloud-based talent management software solutions in an effort to support the company in executing its business strategy. Electrolux, which has been using Cornerstone Recruiting for more than a year, plans to further leverage capabilities from Cornerstone’s talent management suite. This includes implementing solutions for learning management, performance management, succession planning, and compensation management, as well as utilizing Cornerstone Link, the software company’s recently released solution for people data management. Headquartered in Stockholm, Electrolux is a global leader in household appliances and appliances for professional use, selling more than 60 million products to customers in more than 150 markets every year. Known for its commitment to continuous product innovation, Electrolux aimed to implement an equally innovative approach to talent management across its global operations. Global Alignment at Electrolux Following a successful implementation of Cornerstone Recruiting, Electrolux now plans, as a next step, a region by region introduction of Cornerstone’s talent management suite across its salaried employee population. Enhancements to its current talent management initiatives will include: Globally aligned employee data. Leveraging Cornerstone Link, Electrolux will have a global repository of employee data to have more visibility of their organization and make better business decisions. Enhanced learning and development. Through Cornerstone Learning, Electrolux employees will be able to access critical training, as well as participate in handpicked development courses. Efficient compensation management. Cornerstone Compensation will enable an intuitive line manager-facing annual salary review process to facilitate Electrolux’s pay-for-performance approach. Consistent and aligned performance. Cornerstone Performance and Cornerstone Succession will support strategy execution through objectives alignment, continuous feedback and development plans that are in line with future organizational needs. Comments on the News “During the last 18 months, we have worked together with Cornerstone to make our recruitment module implementation a success,” said Andreas Olofsson, vice president of HR Projects, Group HR, Electrolux. “We now look forward to a period of close collaboration and partnership developing the other talent management functionalities in order to support our managers execute the business strategy.” “Electrolux has a clear strategy to support the development of its employees, as well as the organization as a whole, by building a better foundation for global HR processes with our unified solution,” said Vincent Belliveau, executive vice president and general manager of Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), Cornerstone OnDemand. “We’re excited to deliver a solution that not only meets the needs of Electrolux’s HR team and business leaders, but that will also ultimately help employees realize their potential.” Additional Resources For more information about Cornerstone’s unified talent management suite, visit www.cornerstoneondemand.com/products. About Electrolux Electrolux is a global leader in home appliances, based on deep consumer insight and developed in close collaboration with professional users. We offer thoughtfully designed, innovative and sustainable solutions for households and businesses, with products such as refrigerators, dishwashers, washing machines, cookers, vacuum cleaners, air conditioners and small domestic appliances. Under esteemed brands including Electrolux, AEG, Zanussi, Frigidaire and Electrolux Grand Cuisine, the Group sells more than 60 million products to customers in more than 150 countries every year. In 2015, Electrolux had sales of SEK 124 billion and about 58,000 employees. Electrolux has been doing business since 1919. The headquarters are located in Stockholm, Sweden, and the Electrolux share ELUXb is listed on Nasdaq OMX Stockholm. About Cornerstone OnDemand Cornerstone OnDemand (NASDAQ: CSOD) is the global leader in cloud-based learning and talent management software. The company’s solutions help organizations realize the potential of the modern workforce. From recruitment, onboarding, training and collaboration, to performance management, compensation, succession planning and analytics, Cornerstone is designed to enable a lifetime of learning and development that is fundamental to the growth of employees and organizations. Based in Santa Monica, California, the company’s solutions are used by more than 2,700 clients worldwide, spanning 26.3 million users across 191 countries and 42 languages. To learn more about Cornerstone, visit us on Twitter, Facebook and our blog.

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    Greenbelt, MD - October 18, 2016 - Cybrary, the world’s first and only no-cost cybersecurity MOOC (massive open online course) provider, today announced a partnership with the Information Technology Disaster Resource Center (ITDRC) to help train ITDRC’s IT and communication technical support staff on critical cybersecurity skills. A non-profit organization run solely by a national network of volunteers, ITDRC provides communities with the necessary technology resources to continue operations and recover from disaster. ITDRC volunteers will use Cybrary Teams Platform which provides ITDRC with access to Cybrary’s training catalogue through a customizable dashboard. There, ITDRC can manage its members, export member training data to their learning management system, track skill development and training progression, customize training requirements for enrollees, enforce course completion, and expand access across their organization. “Cybrary’s mission is to make cybersecurity training cost-affordable and available to anyone, anywhere, which is especially important for non-profit organizations such as ITDRC that are providing an invaluable service, but are dependent on donated or complimentary tools and the skilled volunteers to run them,” said Ryan Corey, cofounder, Cybrary. “With our Teams platform, ITDRC can ensure that the techs responding to disasters in the field are properly trained on the latest practices in cybersecurity threat mitigation.” ITDRC is comprised of hundreds of volunteer professionals with expertise in numerous technology disciplines. They harness the collective resources of the technology community to provide no-cost Information, Communications, and Technology (ICT) resources; as well as technical recovery assistance to help communities continue operations in times of disaster. “We’re pleased that Cybrary has partnered with ITDRC in order to arm our nationwide team of volunteers with a robust and easily manageable system for gaining or enhancing their network, systems, and cybersecurity knowledge,” said Joe Hillis, operations director at ITDRC. “Cybrary can help us ensure our teams keep cybersecurity top of mind as we provide critical services for those impacted by devastating disasters such as fires, floods, hurricanes and tornadoes.” Since launching in 2015, Cybrary has become the largest cybersecurity community on the Internet with more than 650,000 registered users from around the globe and thousands more joining every day. To date, Cybrary has delivered more than 90 million minutes of cybersecurity training and educational content on 2,000 plus topics – all for free. Cybrary is already one of the highest trafficked websites in the cybersecurity industry and has won numerous awards in the past year including Best Cyber Security Education Provider and Best Technology Start Up. Last month, Cybrary secured a series seed round of funding for $1.3 million. To learn more about Cybrary, visit http://www.cybrary.it.     About Cybrary Based in Greenbelt, MD and founded in 2015, Cybrary is the largest cybersecurity community on the internet and is helping to advance the cybersecurity industry by providing anyone, anywhere with free resources to learn and grow in the field. The training from Cybrary is designed to help people build a career in their chosen field, or advance in their current cybersecurity career. About ITDRC The Information Technology Disaster Resource Center, Inc is a 501(c)(3) non-profit comprised of volunteer IT professionals from across the United States who provide technology continuity and recovery assistance to communities affected by disaster. Services are provided at no cost as a public service of the technology community. Founded in 2008, ITDRC is headquartered in Dallas, Texas. To volunteer, sponsor, or learn more, visit http://www.itdrc.org.

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    McLean, VA - October 19, 2016 - Monster Government Solutions, a leader in connecting jobs and people in the public sector and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Monster Worldwide, has been selected to provide human capital strategy, training and development, and performance improvement services to United Statesfederal agencies under the $11.5 billion Human Capital and Training Solutions (HCaTS) contract award vehicle. The exhaustive selection process required companies to compete on criteria including past contract performance, client satisfaction, company financial health and viability, and more. "We're thrilled to have the opportunity to help meet the training, development and broader talent management needs of all federal agencies," said Steve Cooker, Executive Vice President of Monster Government Solutions. "It's a critical time for our federal workforce. Through both our comprehensive service offerings and information technology (IT) solutions, we look forward to continuing to empower federal personnel to maximize their productivity in support of mission success." Monster Government Solutions was selected based on successful demonstration of its ability to increase the efficiency of critical business processes, provide optimal professional development opportunities, support effective change management initiatives, as well as the development of key metrics in assessing an agency's human capital management initiatives. Under the HCaTS vehicle, Monster Government Solutions will offer the Federal Government a holistic set of talent management and workforce services to help personnel thrive in today's enterprise workplace. For 15 years Monster Government Solutions has provided the federal government with professional management and leadership development, customized workforce training and performance management and digital recruiting tools, as well as additional IT support of existing Human Resources (HR) systems. Monster pioneered online recruiting in 1994 and in the decades since, Monster Government Solutions has made significant investments in human capital management solutions to support the government in finding, hiring and developing its workforce. The HCaTS award vehicle will be administered by the U.S. General Services Administration on behalf of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, which will be responsible for HCaTS policy oversight to ensure that federal agencies are properly matched with HR solutions that best meet their needs. Selected companies will be competing for task orders over the 10.5-year contract term. About Monster Government Solutions For 15 years, Monster Government Solutions has been working with leaders in government and education. Along the way, we changed the way people look for government jobs and we constantly strive to make a difference in the lives of people across the country, the way employers look for people, and how organizations connect with their target audiences. Our software solutions also vastly improve the recruitment experience by increasing speed-to-hire and accelerating the onboarding process, so new employees become more productive, faster. There are nearly 100 federal government agencies that rely on Monster's federal products and services every day, including 14 of 15 cabinet-level agencies and all five branches of the uniformed armed services. Monster Government Solutions, a wholly owned subsidiary of Monster Worldwide, Inc., is a U.S. company with offices in McLean, Virginia. About Monster Worldwide Monster Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: MWW) is a global leader in connecting people to jobs, wherever they are. For more than 20 years, Monster has helped people improve their lives with better jobs, and employers find the best talent. Today, the company offers services in more than 40 countries, providing some of the broadest, most sophisticated job seeking, career management, recruitment and talent management capabilities. Monster continues its pioneering work of transforming the recruiting industry with advanced technology using intelligent digital, social and mobile solutions, including our flagship website monster.com® and a vast array of products and services. For more information visit monster.com/about.

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    Seattle, WA - October 19 - Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), an Amazon.com company (NASDAQ:AMZN), today announced new capabilities for AWS Educate, a global initiative to provide students and educators with the resources they need to accelerate cloud-related learning. AWS Educate now offers students a more direct way to put their cloud knowledge to use with over 25 self-paced content modules known as “Cloud Career Pathways,” which are made up of instructional videos, lab exercises, online courses, whitepapers, and podcasts. The Cloud Career Pathways align to four overarching job families, which are also represented in the new AWS Educate Job Board: Cloud Architect, Software Developer, Operations-Support Engineer, and Analytics and Big Data Specialist. AWS Educate maps students’ academic training on AWS Educate, and their achievements in the Cloud Career Pathways to relevant internships and jobs posted on the AWS Educate Job Board, which features top employers, including Amazon, Cloudnexa, Instructure, Salesforce, Splunk, Udacity, and more. To learn more about AWS Educate, visit: http://www.awseducate.com. “We built AWS Educate with a vision of helping to cultivate a cloud-enabled workforce. It’s been inspiring to see students from every corner of the globe – from Brooklyn to Bombay to Singapore to Seoul – embrace AWS Educate, eager to digest learnings from top computer science courses, and get their hands on their first Amazon S3 bucket,” said Teresa Carlson, Vice President, Worldwide Public Sector, AWS. “Based on that vision, we are taking the program one step further and adding a connection to employers who are in need of the cloud skills students can learn on AWS Educate. We’ve designed Cloud Career Pathways that will help students get targeted experience and skills, and placed those side-by-side with relevant jobs from some of the most in-demand technology employers today.” In addition to AWS Educate’s core benefits – AWS Promotional Credits, online training, self-paced labs, a library of AWS resources, and educator-shared content – AWS Educate now features Cloud Career Pathways and the AWS Educate Job Board. The more than 25 Cloud Career Pathways are made up of content modules designed to teach the technical skills required in hundreds of cloud-related jobs. Each Cloud Career Pathway includes a minimum of 30 hours of content designed to build core skill sets across the four job families. After students successfully complete Cloud Career Pathways, they receive digital micro-credentials in the form of badges and certificates that appear on their AWS Educate profile, which students can leverage on their own job applications. Students can apply directly to relevant jobs posted on the AWS Educate Job Board, which features cloud internships and jobs from some of the top technology companies. At Carnegie Mellon University, Dr. Majd Sakr’s cloud computing course uses AWS Educate, and has grown from a few dozen students in 2013, to several hundred students in 2016. Dr. Sakr said, “AWS Educate hasn’t just been beneficial, it has been transformative. We have the ability to give students the opportunity to learn computer science skills through large hands-on projects on the AWS Cloud. With AWS Educate, we can offer projects at scale and be innovative, without needing to buy any on campus resources. Students have been eager to bring these timely cloud skills to their first jobs, and I’m thankful that AWS Educate can help.” Udacity is an online education company with a mission to bring accessible, affordable, and highly effective learning to the world. Udacity helped design AWS Educate’s Cloud Career Pathways by providing over 30 courses that align to the job families. “We’re thrilled to make Udacity courses available to students via AWS Educate Cloud Career Pathways,” said Zhalisa Clarke, VP of Business Development at Udacity. “These courses are applicable to some of the most in-demand fields today. The mission of AWS Educate perfectly aligns with our belief that education and lifelong learning is a basic human right, and we look forward to working with AWS to make STEM content available to more students around the world.” Instructure, a learning management system (LMS) company, is using the AWS Educate Job Board to recruit employees. Jeff Weber, Instructure’s senior vice president of people and places, said, “Today, technology is helping to drive business growth. At Instructure, we believe our success can be attributed to our team of innovators, who not only believe in our mission to make software that makes people smarter, but have the aptitude and capability needed to execute on our vision. We are a lean but growing team and we depend on each member to help us deliver proactive solutions to our customers. To that end, we are excited about the opportunity to align our open positions to AWS Educate’s new Cloud Career Pathways. The skills learned through the pathways represent core competencies we are looking for in our future employees and leaders.” Since May 2015, AWS Educate has provided over 500 institutions with access to cloud computing training, tools, and technologies. The new AWS Educate capabilities are available to students in the United States, India, Singapore, South Korea, Japan, and China at launch. To learn more about AWS Educate, visit: http://www.awseducate.com. About Amazon Web Services For 10 years, Amazon Web Services has been the world’s most comprehensive and broadly adopted cloud platform. AWS offers over 70 fully featured services for compute, storage, databases, analytics, mobile, Internet of Things (IoT) and enterprise applications from 38 Availability Zones (AZs) across 14 geographic regions in the U.S., Australia, Brazil, China, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Singapore, and India. AWS services are trusted by more than a million active customers around the world – including the fastest growing startups, largest enterprises, and leading government agencies – to power their infrastructure, make them more agile, and lower costs. To learn more about AWS, visit http://aws.amazon.com. About Amazon Amazon is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, and Alexa are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon. For more information, visit www.amazon.com/about.

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    New York, NY - October 20, 2016 - Today, a new app designed to deliver behavioral reminders and coaching feedback to executives, in real-time, was announced by WJM Associates, an organizational consulting firm that provides high-impact, practical solutions for companies seeking lasting and measurable improvement in executive performance.   With a touch of a button, the WJM Development Tracker™ collects feedback from managers and colleagues, and charts an executive's progress against his or her personal coaching goals.  The app also allows organizations to quantify the effectiveness of coaching over time by aggregating and measuring the progress of all executives being coached.  This enables companies to measure the impact of coaching – a process that is currently largely subjective. Designed specifically to use in the context of executive coaching engagements, the WJM Development Tracker™ helps the executive focus on specific goals and sends reminders to 'deliberately practice' certain behaviors, helping them become new habits.  The app extends the benefits of executive coaching beyond the bi-monthly sessions that employees typically receive, and allows them to continue cultivating their skills after the coaching engagement ends.   The app was inspired by K. Anders Ericsson's Deliberate Practice model, which supports the theory that individuals become experts through repeated attention to and practice of new behaviors.  By engaging in deliberate practice, one can dramatically improve his or her performance, superseding genetic or natural inclination.  WJM Associates applied this concept to coaching and developed the WJM Development Tracker™ whereby practice is meant to be repetitive, guided by a coach, intended to improve specific skills, and accompanied with direct feedback.    The WJM Development Tracker™ serves as an extension to the traditional 360-assessment process, and compensates for some of its shortcomings.  This process is often characterized as lengthy, infrequent and embedded in companies' HR departments.  By contrast, executives receiving coaching own and control the data on the app, and can receive and solicit feedback anytime.  Unlike existing performance management technology, the WJM Development Tracker™ is solely for the eyes of the individual, and offers a private, safe space for executives to reflect on their progress. "Today's generation of new and soon-to-be leaders are technology-conversant and have a strong desire for frequent, specific feedback that they can act upon immediately to improve their performance," said Tim Morin, President and CEO of WJM Associates.  "This tool keeps coaching goals present in the minds of executives throughout their day, eventually rewiring neural pathways to create new, permanent changes in behavior." Mr. Morin and Alison Eydenberg, vice president of coaching services, revealed the WJM Development Tracker™ app for iPhones and iPads today during their joint presentation at the second-annual International Columbia Coaching Conference in New York. WJM Associates is currently seeking a research partner to further explore the use of this technology and its impact on coaching outcomes. For more information about the WJM Development Tracker™ and to watch a video demonstration, visit https://www.wjmassoc.com/services/the-wjm-development-tracker-app/. Or to sign up for the app, go to http://tracker.wjmassoc.com/. About WJM Associates WJM Associates, Inc. is a recognized leader in providing high-impact, practical solutions to companies seeking lasting and measurable improvement in their executives, teams and high-potential groups.  Founded in 1996 by William J. Morin, an internationally renowned authority in executive development, today the company is comprised of more than 300 experienced executive coaches, organizational psychologists and consultants from around the world.  WJM serves as a strategic partner and collaborates closely with managers and human resources to define success for coaching outcomes, while establishing the most comprehensive and effective approach to talent development.  Visit us at https://www.wjmassoc.com/.

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    Saint Louis, MO - October 20, 2016 - Recent studies by researchers at Washington University show that students forget 70 percent of what they are taught within the first 24 hours after the initial learning event. When it comes to workplace training, it can be assumed that these figures stay the same. If an employee can not retain the information they’ve learned after a training session, then why attend? It’s a waste of time for the company because it don’t reap the benefits of a highly-skilled workforce, which can improve revenue and overall company success. To combat the learning decay ej4 has launched a new training reinforcement program, 4tify Your Learning. 4tify provides users with follow-up exam questions and a video recap after each training session through its award-winning LMS, Thinkzoom. Users are notified to complete a short quiz two days after the initial course. To further their retention, the learners will receive another question in two weeks, two months, and a quick video recap (average of 2 minutes) of the entire course four months later followed by a short exam question. “ej4’s mission is to grow people, so incorporating 4tify into our learning strategy ensures that training is not just a one off event,” said ej4 CEO, Ryan Eudy. “To change behaviors, learners need to process the information learned and have the ability to practice it and apply it in their day to day.” 4tify’s main goal is to help transfer knowledge from short-term to long-term memory. When this happens, employees feel more confident, engaged, and knowledgeable. In order for employers to benefit financially from providing training, this reinforcement ensures that every dollar they’ve spent is a positive return on their investment. “Our concept for 4tify is based upon multiple sources of data-driven research pointing to the reality that one exposure to a training video just isn’t enough,” said Instructional Designer and Director of Operations, Kathy Irish. “We’re enthusiastic that 4tify will continue to showcase ej4 as an industry leader.” 4tify your Learning is available exclusively on ej4’s LMS platform, Thinkzoom. With Thinkzoom, employees can view training content in a user-friendly, engaging way. Through the use of leaderboards, badges and interactive exams employees stay up-to-date on the skills they need in a fun, interesting way. 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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    Philadelphia, PA - October 20, 2016 - Richardson, a leading global sales training and performance improvement company, today announced the launch of Richardson Accelerate™, a first-of-its-kind learning platform built to fit the different learning needs of sales teams. The Accelerate brochure is available for download from the Richardson website. "The goal of Richardson Accelerate is to keep sellers in front of clients," says Chris Tiné, Chief Product Officer. "Expectations for revenue growth are higher than they have ever been, and selling organizations are more integrated and diverse in response. With Accelerate, we look at your selling environment and the learning styles of your team and create the right blended approach of online and in-class learning that will help you reach your goals." Developed in response to the growing gap between the developmental needs of integrated multigenerational sales organizations and the learning solutions available in the market, Accelerate offers a flexible platform built to fit your selling team's needs, no matter who they are, where they are, or what they need to know. As a standalone online solution, Accelerate reaches remote users and improves the skills of your distributed teams. When a more centralized approach is practical, combine Accelerate with Richardson's traditional, classroom training to deliver a highly effective blended-learning experience. Core selling teams can go through an extensive development program, with hours of practice and feedback, while extended teams learn the same important concepts online in a more economically efficient way. Richardson Accelerate™ is powered by learning technology from BenchPrep, a leader in online learning solutions. "The science behind Accelerate supports the idea that learners are inspired when they are engaged," says Ashish Rangnekar, CEO of BenchPrep. "To engage sellers, the Accelerate online platform uses video-based scenarios, game mechanics, and bursts of micro learning, Ashish explains, "Accelerate meets learners where they are, allowing them to learn at their own pace and on their device. It also provides managers and coaches with data and analytics to promote learning interventions, when and where needed." Richardson Accelerate™ benefits your sales team in four major ways: Speed: Minimizes time-to-proficiency by onboarding new sellers quickly Efficiency: Improves skills of existing teams, allowing sellers to spend more time in front of clients and less time in the classroom Reach: Strengthens the selling skills of your extended sales team Insight: Provides sales managers with visibility into skill development with detailed analytics that enable managers to predict the success of sellers in the field For a list of Accelerate's complete benefits, download the brochure here. To learn more about Richardson, contact Sarah Dougherty at sarah.dougherty@richardson.com  or click here. About RichardsonRichardson is a global sales training and performance improvement company. We collaborate with sales organizations to achieve greater levels of success by changing the behavior of their salespeople and sales managers. Our approach is highly collaborative, with a focus on enabling the right sales activity and effective customer dialogues. To help you achieve your goals, we partner with you to develop customized training programs and a culture of continuous learning to help drive improved organization performance. About BenchPrepBenchPrep is an enterprise SaaS learning platform for education and training companies to create and deliver personalized digital learning programs across multiple devices including web, tablet and mobile. BenchPrep is helping millions of people all around the world learn better and faster by leveraging the power of technology, data science, usability engineering, and innovative instructional design models. The world's leading education organizations, including ACT, Hobsons, McGraw Hill Education, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and HR Certification Institute, use BenchPrep to help learners improve outcomes. For more information, please visit http://www.benchprep.com

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    San Francisco, CA - October 20, 2016 - Verbling, an online platform where language learners take lessons with professional teachers, today launched Verbling Enterprise. The new service enables companies to set up language lessons for their employees. Verbling Enterprise has already signed customers such as Volkswagen Group and Zara's parent company Inditex. Verbling was founded in 2011 by three former Stanford students from Sweden. The company launched in Y Combinator and has since raised $4.4 million in venture capital. As of today, 1 million people have used Verbling to study 38 different languages. Lessons take place with individual teachers over video chat, and Verbling vets prospective teachers to ensure they meet rigorous standards. The company aims to make the sharing economy a pillar of global education. "We started by building the most effective language learning product for serious, dedicated learners," said Jake Jolis, cofounder & CEO of Verbling. "Regular Verbling users who are managers at large multinationals then wanted a solution they could use as an organization. Because the quality of Verbling's teachers and software is already widely known, we earned the trust of some of the world's largest brands. We realized that we could provide even better service if we built a true business solution. We are proud to launch that today." Verbling Enterprise aims to address one of the biggest problems in international business: language barriers. Although email, chat, and video conferencing have made it easy to communicate over long distances, international colleagues don't necessarily understand each other. For the U.S. alone, this communication gap is significant. Foreign-owned companies employed 5.6 million people in the U.S., and U.S.-owned businesses employed 11.6 million workers abroad according to a 2013 report by the U.S. Department of Commerce. While some companies strictly hire multilingual employees, that practice can disqualify talented individuals who are willing and eager to learn. Normally, companies hire "language consultants" who visit the office during set hours to teach group lessons. HR managers get stuck coordinating schedules among dozens of employees. The difficulty of scheduling leads to conflicts, which, in turn, result in poor attendance because employees have to prioritize their core responsibilities over lessons. The burden of tracking language proficiencies and assigning employees to the appropriate-level classes also falls on HR. When companies sign up for Verbling Enterprise, employees can book their own language lessons with professional, native-speaking teachers. Employers don't have to worry about scheduling lessons, contracting instructors, or tracking language proficiencies. Their teams can learn new languages from the office or at home, and lesson times are available 24/7. HR or learning and development (L&D) teams can track usage at the company and individual level. Verbling provides metrics on adoption, progress, and performance so that HR can measure the return on investment. Verbling will enter the enterprise market with some well-known customers. Volkswagen Group, the world's largest automaker and #7 company on the Fortune Global 500, has signed up for Verbling Enterprise. The company employs more than 610,000 people across its brands, which include VW, Audi, Porsche, and other iconic names. Inditex, one of the world's largest fashion retail groups, has also joined Verbling Enterprise. The company operates over 7,000 stores worldwide and is best known for its flagship brand, Zara.   To learn more about Verbling Enterprise, visit www.verbling.com/enterprise. About VerblingVerbling is an online platform where language learners take lessons with professional teachers. The company's mission is to empower people all over the world to become fluent in a foreign language. While the core team is based in San Francisco, the teachers and students who make Verbling possible are spread across six continents. Verbling's investors include Bullpen Capital, Y Combinator, Ace & Company, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Ernström Kapitalpartner, SV Angel, and Sam Altman of Hydrazine Capital.

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    Houston, TX - October 24, 2016 - As we begin our 25th year in the learning management industry, RISC, Inc is pleased to announce these important milestones: development of a new product; a major update to our LMS.   Learn4ia We are currently developing a new product, Learn4ia, and will demo it at the eLearning Guild’s DevLearn Conference November 16-17, 2016. Learn4ia marries learning management software with eCommerce, enabling content sellers to seamlessly sell and launch courses or content via a web interface. The solution also includes a forum or group discussion feature, which will aid the learning process, as well as nurture a learner community. Learn4ia is anticipated to launch in Spring 2017. VTA v8.0 RISC, Inc has a major update to our learning management system, the Virtual Training Assistant (VTA) with the rollout of v8.0. In response to an independent study of our users by MakingBetter, we improved the Learner and Backoffice (LMS administrator portal) interfaces. Both have improved user interfaces to facilitate a better user experience, including visual aesthetics. The Backoffice update also includes additional reporting features. We launched the VTA Supervisor mobile app in October 2016, which completes the trio of mobile applications accompanying our LMS. The Student and Instructor mobile applications were released earlier this year – all 3 are available on the Apple and Google Play stores. We are also pleased to announce that VTA is the first cmi5-compliant learning management system. This is in keeping with RISC’s history of being early adopters of new specs to improve our product. 25 Years in Business RISC, Inc is celebrating the start of our 25th year in business! Company founders, Art Werkenthin and Vince Obrzut, began with a vision to craft a learning management solution that combined ease of use, efficiency and effectiveness, especially in high-compliance environments. We are honored to have served our clients’ learning management needs for a quarter of a century. We continue our commitment of providing a LMS, which evolves with our clients’ needs, as well as technological and industry developments. We at RISC look forward to the next 25 years! About RISC, Inc. Founded in 1992, RISC, Inc is an enterprise learning management system provider headquartered in Houston, TX. Our award-winning LMS, the Virtual Training Assistant (VTA) suite integrates training, assessment and competency management into a single system with robust reporting. VTA is capable of supporting the needs of organizations spanning multiple-sites and languages. As a cloud LMS provider since 1999, RISC supports hosted sites on six continents serving clients in oil & gas, energy, healthcare, and retail. To learn more about RISC, visit risc-inc.com.

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