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    Los Angeles, CA - October 25, 2016 - Eagle's Flight, an industry leader in the development and delivery of practical training programs for the global business community, today announced it is publishing two guides aimed at helping companies build enthusiasm for training initiatives that change behavior and drive organizational growth. More details about these resources are available at www.eaglesflight.com/training-and-development-secrets-for-changing-behavior-and-driving-organizational-growth and www.eaglesflight.com/keys-to-gaining-employee-and-executive-buy-in-for-organizational-training-and-development. Practitioners charged with identifying, developing, and implementing corporate training programs often find themselves struggling with uninterested employees and unyielding organizational leadership. Even if training is truly valuable, team members and leaders alike may still view it negatively. Choosing and implementing the right training program is easiest when both sides are involved in the process. Eagle's Flight's new guides offer tips on how to implement organizational training and development initiatives that are embraced by all employees and result in long-term behavior change. The resources are: Training and Development Secrets for Changing Behavior and Driving Organizational Growth: This guide provides strategies for building enthusiasm for organizational development and training programs. Keys to Gaining Employee and Executive Buy-In for Organizational Training and Development: This guide details approaches for getting buy-in from both employees and executive leadership. "Training and development programs offer an opportunity for organizations to noticeably improve their operations and boost productivity," says Michelle Bennett, Marketing Manager for Eagle's Flight. "Buy-in from both employees and the leadership team increases the chances that training will be effective, sustainable, and transformative for your company. Our new guides offer actionable advice for companies looking to achieve buy-in." For more information about these guides or the innovative training and development programs Eagle's Flight offers, visit the company's website at www.eaglesflight.com. About Eagle's Flight Eagle's Flight is an innovative leader in the development and delivery of practical training programs for the global business community. Through the use of experiential learning, they assist organizations of all sizes to gain a competitive edge by significantly strengthening their workforce. Founded in 1988, Eagle's Flight offerings now include skill-based program development, conference training events, leadership initiatives, and custom development. Globally, their programs are offered in 25 languages and represented by international licensees in 45 countries. This global structure enables Eagle's Flight to work with large multinational companies to provide them with consistent training messages and methods around the world.

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    Atlanta, GA - October 25, 2016 - Atlanta-based Global Executive Group (GXG), a privately-held executive leadership company dedicated to making great leaders extraordinary, today appoints Craig Lemasters as CEO, elevating founder Bruce Barlag to Chairman and formalizing a partnership between the two effective immediately. "Since the founding of GXG in 2013, the firm has grown tremendously," says Barlag. "Craig has more than two decades of success in executive leadership positions and has proven to be a dynamic leader, accomplished at transformation and strategy execution. Under his leadership GXG will be able to accelerate its growth tremendously. As a former client, Craig is ideally suited to lead GXG on the next phase of its journey." Lemasters will take over the day-to-day operations and leadership of GXG, freeing up Barlag to delve deeper in to his passion of client work. "Bruce is a trusted sounding board and strategic partner, exceptionally well-versed in helping senior executives navigate the unique stressors and constant pressures of both their professional and personal lives," says Lemasters. "His passion is helping companies grow and flourish.  Bruce has a reputation for steadfastly establishing trust. This, coupled with his ability to bring creativity to business and development challenges, has made him an indispensable resource for the top executives at some of the world's most respected companies." Before joining GXG, Lemasters served more than a decade as the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Assurant Solutions business of Assurant, Inc (NYSE: AIZ), serving 27 years with the company overall. During Lemasters' tenure as CEO, Assurant Solutions more than doubled in size to $4B and transformed to a dynamic, high-growth, digitally-astute global provider, expanding a service offering of protection products to new innovative, digitally-focused risk management solutions in the connected living space. Lemasters reinvigorated the culture while focusing on growth—both internationally and through new businesses, expanding from a B2B to B2C business and establishing Assurant Solutions in 25 new markets around the world. Prior to GXG, Barlag was managing director at Alvarez & Marsal (A&M), a $1 Billion+ professional services firm. He was responsible for the formulation of go-to-market strategies for A&M's business consulting segment, expanding their service offering and significantly growing their business. Prior to A&M, Barlag was the CEO of World 50, a private organization that manages executive peer communities for the senior-most officers from global corporations. Under Mr. Barlag's leadership, the company grew at a compounded annual rate of 35%.  Barlag was also CEO and founder of New Science Associates, an emerging digital technology and strategy think tank. New Science Associates was later acquired by Gartner, Inc., where Mr. Barlag was then named executive vice president of interactive services, chief marketing officer and member of the executive leadership team. About GXG Now serving more than 70 senior executives and their teams, GXG helps their clients identify and achieve targeted growth goals by identifying specific knowledge gaps and building a targeted learning plan to accelerate business success and achieve long term profitable growth.  GXG clients include top executives at some of the world's most respected companies including BASF, American Express, Xerox, Cardinal Health, Jabil Circuit, CISCO, Delphi, GlaxoSmithKline, TD Ameritrade, Aon, Assurant, Kohl's, and many others.

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    Chesterfield, MO - October 25, 2016 - BizLibrary, the leader in employee training and development solutions, is proud to announce KnowCyber as a new content producer partner. KnowCyber will be contributing the Security Awareness Now! Series, a PCI DSS Compliance course and more to The BizLibrary Collection. These video-based, interactive eLearning courses train employees how to minimize and combat cybersecurity threats. The course titles for the initial 12 courses include: PCI DSS Compliance A Tale of Two Breaches Using Email Securely Phishing Password Security Mobile Device Security Wireless Network Security Social Engineering Protecting Against Malware Protecting Personal Data Protecting Against Insider Threats Cybersecurity and Social Media With the shockingly high number of online attacks, it is more important than ever for employees to be trained on how to work safely online, recognize threats, and take effective action against them. The cybersecurity training content provided through KnowCyber helps employees understand how this issue applies to them, so they are motivated to make online safety a priority. Quote attributable to Debbie Williams, BizLibrary VP of Content Development “KnowCyber has created engaging, high quality content on such a critical topic, and we can’t wait to offer this video-based training content to our clients. Every company needs to be aware of online threats and how to prevent major issues, and having knowledgeable employees is a crucial preventative measure.” Quote attributable to Nick Schacht, KnowCyber CEO “Up to 95% of data breaches can be traced back to human error. People can be an organization’s biggest vulnerability or greatest cyber asset. When people know how to avoid common mistakes, spot cyber attacks targeting humans, and take basic, practical steps to counter those threats, the organization’s cyber risk can be reduced by as much as 80%. KnowCyber’s Security Awareness Now! modules build employees’ cybersecurity awareness and know-how quickly, painlessly, and effectively.” About KnowCyber KnowCyber™ helps organizations build cybersecurity through learning. We reduce organizational risk by preparing and motivating employees to think and act differently, providing them with the know-how to become the organization’s greatest cybersecurity resource. Our educational programs combine the latest technologies and best practices in learning and development with the latest and best thinking in cybersecurity. Concise on-demand instructional modules address top threats and vulnerabilities, engaging learners through narration, multimedia, interactivity, and knowledge verification. These programs are designed for seamless delivery to any device from mobile to desktop. We also offer classroom and virtual executive and professional development sessions led by expert practitioners. Learn more at www.knowcyber.com. 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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    Dublin, Ireland - October 24, 2016 -  The Digital Marketing Institute today announced that it has signed a three-year licensing agreement with U.S. education services training company, ProTrain. This follows on the heels of three other deals in America this year as the Irish digital marketing training provider expands its presence in America. A global leader in educational services, ProTrain works with over 150 institutions of higher learning to deliver in-classroom, live synchronous programmes, and online training programmes across the U.S. covering business, technology, healthcare and several more career technical fields. In addition to corporate and government clients, ProTrain students include individuals under initiatives such as Military Tuition Assistance (TA), Military Spouses Scholarship (MyCAA), Wounded Warriors, Veterans, Vocational Rehabilitation, and the Unemployed or Underemployed (WIOA). The new business partnership will see ProTrain add the Digital Marketing Institute’s professional certifications in digital marketing and digital selling to its 400+ portfolio of courses. ProTrain CEO, Betty L. Gardner said: “Digital and social marketing is a vital part of any organisation’s ability to sell and grow in today’s competitive markets. As sales continue to rapidly evolve, today’s professionals must become skilled in all aspects of this new digital world. Every business must realise that digital transformation is significant.” “ProTrain is committed to developing the skills for marketing and sales professionals across all industries. The addition of the Digital Marketing Institute’s professional certificates in digital marketing and digital selling to the portfolio of courses we offer our school and business partners nationwide will help us achieve this. Its courses and qualifications will give our training customers the competitive edge they need today to thrive and help our continuing education community to stay ahead of this new digital selling requirement,” stated Gardner. Other deals secured by the Digital Marketing Institute in the U.S. this year include education providers AA-ISP, the University of Utah and Logical Operations. Speaking of its success this year in the U.S., Ian Dodson, co-founder and director of the Digital Marketing Institute said: “As with so many other markets, the U.S. offers massive potential for growth as demand for quality courses in digital marketing and digital selling gathers pace. ProTrain will be a vital addition to our partner network worldwide given their standing in the education industry and its mission to provide quality education services courses to government, corporate and individuals in the USA.” Founded by entrepreneurs Ian Dodson and Anthony Quigley, the Digital Marketing Institute was established in 2008 and has grown to become the global certification standard in digital marketing with 66 partners in 80 countries worldwide. Through its professional programmes, it covers the full gamut of digital marketing skills and qualifications from diploma to master’s degree level. Thousands of professionals are certified each year by approved third party organisations to which the Digital Marketing Institute licenses its current syllabus. About the Digital Marketing Institute Founded in Dublin, Ireland in 2008, the Digital Marketing Institute is the certification standard in digital marketing education, training more graduates to a single standard than any other certification body. The organisation works with the world’s largest and most influential brands to define the skills and qualifications required to excel in this rapidly growing industry through its Diploma, Postgraduate and Masters education programmes. Industry-validated, the Digital Marketing Institute’s training is taught full-time, part-time and online in over 80 countries by the Digital Marketing Institute and its network of licensed education partners. The Digital Marketing Institute now certifies digital professionals through the following channels: Online: Where students can study for certification directly with the Digital Marketing Institute through online learning License: Where the Digital Marketing Institute licenses its syllabus to an approved third party organisation to teach the content on its behalf Corporate: Where the Digital Marketing Institute offers access to its learning library to enterprise level corporates and delivers tailored certification programmes ProTrain’s Mission Statement & Focus ProTrain offers quality classroom and online training courses, programmes, and certification tracks. The company partners with hundreds of colleges and universities to offer training programmes and certifications that meet national, regional, and local requirements which lead students to successfully enter a new job or grow a career in high demand fields. Since 2004, ProTrain has provided continuing education turn-key solutions and partnership opportunities for institutions of higher learning to provide various programmes for corporate and government clients as well as individuals including Military Tuition Assistance (TA), Military Spouses Scholarship (MyCAA), Wounded Warriors, Veterans, Vocational Rehabilitation, and for Unemployed or Underemployed (WIOA), etc. ProTrain’s complete program offerings prepare students for in-demand careers from entry level offerings through completion of certifications and job placement support that will help move them and America forward to achieve the goal of “Education-2-Employment.” 

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    Seattle, WA - October 26, 2016 - Fierce Inc., the leadership development and training company, today released survey findings that reveal people’s sentiments towards leaders in both business and politics. Fierce conducted the nationwide survey of several hundred professionals to identify how their views on leadership compared in the business and political worlds. “What we found is that people want the same qualities in their leaders, regardless of the context. Whether it’s heading a large corporation or the country, leaders need the same traits to be successful,” said Susan Scott, founder and CEO of Fierce.  When asked if the personal qualities of the CEO of their current employer influenced their decision to join the company, respondents were almost equally divided (53 percent indicated they agreed, 47 percent did not). However, nearly 70 percent of respondents revealed that the personal qualities of their organization’s CEO did influence their decision to stay with or leave a company.  “Once people have made a decision to be a part of an organization and invest their time and energy into it, the stakes are raised and the actions of that leader hold more weight,” said Scott.   Desired Qualities of a Leader When presented with a variety of characteristics, 51 percent of respondents ranked “communicator” as the most important quality for business leaders and 56.18 percent ranked it as the most important quality for politicians. Along with strong communication skills, open-mindedness, respectfulness and transparency all ranked in the top five qualities desired in a leader for both political and business positions.   “Radical transparency is a vital philosophy at Fierce and is at the very center of our increasingly hyperconnected world,” said Scott. “And transparency goes both ways. When communication is one way, from the leader to everyone else and the reverse isn’t welcomed, you don’t have communication. You have directives, often resulting in lackluster compliance. A true exchange of ideas, opinions and perspectives throughout the decision-making process allows leaders to make better-informed decisions, creates buy-in and makes it easier for people to understand why certain conclusions are reached, even when there’s disagreement.”  Business Leaders Are Trusted Over Politicians One differentiator between the two forms of leadership was trust. The majority of respondents (63.35 percent) consider CEOs and business leaders to be more trustworthy than politicians.  When Fierce asked respondents if they were confident that business leaders and CEOs would deliver on their promises, 72.52 percent responded favorably.   “Based on these findings, I would assume that a significant contributing factor to this disparity in trust and confidence is due to a perceived lack of consistency among many politicians and business leaders in their values, priorities and behavior,” commented Scott. “We want leaders whose stated beliefs are aligned with their behavior. For example, if a leader says that he or she values input and doesn’t ask for it or rejects it out of hand when it’s offered, then decisions are made before the conversation has an opportunity to begin. Unfortunately, many of us have gotten so used to saying what we think others want to hear, we forget that some people actually want the truth.” Radical transparency goes hand-in-hand with another Fierce philosophy—that trust also requires persistent identity. These concepts are rooted in Fierce’s principle: the conversation is the relationship.  Given that our most valuable currency is relationship, politicians need to take greater responsibility to articulate how and why their opinions may evolve over time and invite dialogue.  “Given that we are in the middle of a contentious, unpredictable election cycle, our goal was to have a better understanding of what people are looking for in political leaders,” said Stacey Engle, EVP of marketing at Fierce. “Looking at the bigger picture, we also wondered if there would be any difference with desired attributes for politicians compared to leaders in the corporate world. What we found interesting is that most people do not feel like their leaders have their best interest in mind, regardless of the setting in which they are leading. Leaders across the board need to gain people’s heads and hearts. Those who clearly and effectively communicate the reasoning behind their decisions and points of view will gain the trust of their audience.” Fierce designed and conducted the survey this spring, receiving more than 250 responses from professionals of all positions, the majority in the manager or director role (54 percent), and ranging in age from 45 to 64 years old (60 percent). The findings highlight how people feel about leaders in business and politics and what qualities they value in a leader.  About Fierce Fierce, Inc. is an award-winning leadership development and training company that drives results for business and education by improving workplace communication. Fierce creates authentic, energizing, and rewarding connections with colleagues and customers through skillful conversations that lead to successful outcomes and measurable ROI. Tailored to any organization, Fierce principles and methods translate across the globe, ensure individual and collective success, and develop skills that are practical, easy-to-learn and can be applied immediately. Fierce’s programs have been successfully implemented at blue-chip companies, non-profits, and educational organizations worldwide, including Ernst & Young, Starbucks, Wal-Mart, Coca-Cola, CARE, and Crate & Barrel. Fierce has received numerous industry and business accolades. The company has been honored as an Inc. 500|5000 company seven times, in 2011 was named to TrainingIndustry.com’s “Companies to Watch” list, and for the past five years was selected to Seattle Business magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” in Washington lists.

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    Chicago, IL - October 26, 2016 - Kaplan Professional Education, in conjunction with its global partner CHINA READY & ACCREDITED, today announced the launch of its online training program designed to equip business leaders with cultural insights and understanding that are essential for successfully doing business in China. “Culture plays a central role in Chinese life that transcends into the business world. It comes with numerous nuances big and small that are largely foreign to Westerners, including business leaders who are looking to tap into China’s $10 trillion-dollar economy,” said Jonathan Altenberg, Director of Marketing at Kaplan Professional Education. “If you don’t know how to recognize, appreciate and understand both the written and unwritten China business rules, you are putting your prospects for long-term success at risk.” According to former Shanghai Minister for Education and current China Ready & Accredited® Vice Chairman, Dr. Yuan Cai, the CHINA READY® Program is the only program of its kind to be overseen and approved by high-ranking Chinese government officials and business executives. “The content was created in conjunction with one of China’s most globally awarded art directors and provided by China’s government and industry experts who wanted Westerners to have a proper understanding of China and its people through ‘Chinese eyes,’ rather than ‘China through Western eyes. Training is not limited to western businesses working in country, as CHINA READY® helps all cultures understand how Chinese people think and act. That is especially important as more than 100 million tourists, students and investors from China travel abroad each year.” CHINA READY® provides insightful, engaging and memorable teaching that boosts the ‘Chinese appeal’ of both individuals and organizations. “For example, students will learn the concept of face, which refers to one's own sense of dignity or prestige in social contexts,” added Altenberg. “Face is central to Chinese society -- a business person with no understanding of it can easily cause their customer embarrassment and loss of stature.” Upon completion of the self-paced course, the student earns a certificate with rights to utilize the global registered CHINA READY® certification trademark on their promotional materials and business cards. This designation signifies that the student as reputable and able to meet the unique Chinese business service expectations. To learn more about CHINA READY® go to: https://www.kaplanfinancial.com/pdc/professional-development-programs/china-ready About Kaplan Kaplan, Inc. serves over 1.2 million students globally each year through its array of higher education, test preparation, professional education, English-language training, and university preparation, and offerings to individuals, institutions, and businesses. Across its 75-plus year history, first as small test-prep pioneer and then an early online education leader and now a global education provider, Kaplan has been recognized for expanding educational access and using technology and learning science innovations to continually improve outcomes for its students and partners. Kaplan has operations in over 30 countries, employs more than 17,000 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 Professional Education helps professionals obtain in-demand certifications, licensing and designations that enable them to advance and succeed in their careers. Through live and online instruction, Kaplan Professional Education provides test preparation, licensing, continuing education, and professional development programs to businesses and individuals in the accounting, insurance, securities, real estate, financial planning, and information technology industries. Kaplan is a subsidiary of Graham Holdings Company (NYSE: GHC) and its largest division. For more information, please visit www.kaplan.com.

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    Austin, TX - October 27, 2016 - Leading global sales training provider Imparta announces today the release of the Virtual Sales Academy™. The Virtual Sales Academy is an immersive, cloud-based, experiential technology platform that replicates a full sales academy in a digital form, allowing salespeople and managers to learn, refine and apply the skills that are central to success. The Academy reimagines the delivery of sales training, and significantly raises the bar for online sales training. The Academy was originally designed in collaboration with Cisco for their Global Virtual Sales & Customer Success Organization. “Face-to-face training is expensive and does not always engage a largely millennial salesforce, yet traditional e-learning fails to build real-world skills,” said Richard Barkey, the founder and CEO of Imparta. “We’ve reimagined sales training by taking the best of what we know works in the traditional sales training world: the skill building, the assessments, the importance of manager interaction and coaching, and the play on the natural competitive instincts of salespeople. We’ve combined all that with the advantages digital learning offers: 24/7 learning, experiential scenarios and simulations, gamification and online social interactions. We have been determined to give learners the best possible experience.” The curriculum At the heart of the Virtual Sales Academy is the concept of customer-centricity. This concept is central to Imparta’s proven Creating Client Value sales methodology, as deployed by many leading sales organizations, including GE, Intel, Cisco and Telefonica. Participants learn how to build their position as a trusted advisor to their clients, bringing insights that drive new opportunities. They hone their ability to understand and influence the customer’s decision process in order to add value to it, but also to make sure that they maximize their win rate and the return on their invested time. The Virtual Sales Academy curriculum also includes modules around interpersonal skills and negotiation, and an option to cover the organization’s core products and services. The curriculum can be customized as required, and also adapts itself to the strengths and weaknesses of each participant. Who benefits? “The Virtual Sales Academy responds to many of the ongoing challenges faced by sales and L&D leaders,” said Janet Garcia, Imparta’s Commercial Director. “The Academy is perfect for getting new hires up and running and accelerating their first sale. It can also help to reinforce existing sales academies and sales excellence programs, and allows L&D teams with limited budgets to provide sales training to a wider range of support roles than would normally be possible. It provides a platform for establishing a common understanding of client-centric sales language, particularly for organizations with dispersed salesforces.” Client feedback Director of Cisco’s EMEA Sales Acceleration team, Tania Day, led the Cisco team that collaborated on the initial development of the Virtual Sales Academy as the Academy’s first customer. “We couldn’t find one, complete digital solution in the market that we believed would achieve our goals. So we asked Imparta to help us reimagine digital sales training. The program has been incredibly well received, particularly the interactivity of the sales simulations and the multiple learning mediums that appeal to our millennial learners. It’s really scalable, and we’ve projected savings of $1 million in 3 years,” said Day. For more information please visit the Virtual Sales Academy. If you would like to discuss the Imparta Virtual Sales Academy or Imparta’s offerings, please contact us at tivsa@imparta.com or call us directly at 512 514 6970. You can also visit our website at www.imparta.com. About Imparta Imparta improves its clients’ business performance in the areas of sales and service, using highly practical and researched approaches, and an integrated solution that goes well beyond simple training interventions. Imparta’s Capability Building® System combines assessment, training, coaching, application tools and impact measurement, using leading-edge technologies to create sustainable performance improvement. With offices in the United States, Europe and Australia, Imparta has the capability to deliver worldwide programs in multiple languages with local knowledge and experience. Clients include GE, Intel, Cisco, Telefonica O2, and the WPP Group. Imparta has been a pioneer in sales academies and business simulations for 20 years, and the Virtual Sales Academy builds on this expertise and extends a world-class blended approach to a global audience.

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    Vero Beach, FL - October 26, 2016 - eMindful, Inc. (“eMindful”), the industry leader in offering live, online, applied mindfulness programs today announced it had closed a $6.85 million, Series B round of financing. The financing will allow eMindful to accelerate its engagement marketing, new product development, and sales expansion. LFE Capital, (“LFE”) led the round and Leslie Frecon, Managing Partner of LFE, has joined the eMindful board of directors. Also participating in the round are existing investors One Earth Capital and the Bridge Builders Collaborative, as well as new investors New Ground Ventures and Fairground Capital. “We are very fortunate to have a number of high-quality venture capital firms support our Series B round, but LFE’s 15-year track record in the health and wellness space, along with their reputation for creating value, is simply unsurpassed,” said Kelley McCabe Ruff, CEO of eMindful. “LFE’s expertise in building enterprise value, and their skill in helping organizations with both long-term strategy and finance, will be excellent additions to our current outstanding board of directors.” “LFE is excited to be partnering with Kelley and the eMindful team to take the business to the next level. With mindfulness gaining widespread adoption, the quality and proven impact of the eMindful product create a compelling purchase proposition for corporations, healthcare providers and payors, and individuals. eMindful is well positioned to capitalize on this opportunity,” said Leslie Frecon. About eMindful: eMindful, based in Vero Beach, FL, provides globally scalable programs that specifically address stress and resilience, metabolic syndrome, chronic pain, diabetes, tobacco usage, and cancer. eMindful’s programs are backed by rigorous research and the company has years of experience collaborating in mindfulness research with such institutions as Vanderbilt University, Harvard Medical School, Chatham University, University of British Columbia and the University of Calgary. eMindful’s technology-enabled solutions are delivered through live, online classrooms taught by licensed health professionals and are designed to assist individuals prevent, mitigate, and slow the progression of diseases associated with family, work and lifestyle risk factors. The Company markets its programs to various customers, including corporations, managed care organizations, and third party administrators. About LFE Capital: LFE Capital is a private equity firm with offices in Naples and Minneapolis that provides growth capital to second stage businesses in the health and wellness sector. Its team believes that superior investments are found in smaller companies where the commitment to innovation and the opportunity to create significant value drive performance. A relationship with LFE Capital brings expansion capital and an operations oriented investor who will dedicate the time and resources required to build successful businesses. http://www.lfecapital.com

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    Austin, TX - October 31, 2016 - TalentGuard, the Predictive People Development company, today announced a partnership with The Center for Competency-Based Learning & Development to bring a full range of people engagement, retention and talent development solutions to organizations in the APAC region. TalentGuard’s talent management software has helped a range of organizations – from Fortune 500 to SMB, international and domestic, in many different industries – to streamline talent management practices, better manage an adaptive workforce and improve employee engagement.   TalentGuard’s SaaS offering includes a comprehensive suite of applications including competency management, performance management, succession planning, career pathing, 360 degree feedback, development planning, certification tracking and robust analytics. It’s a flexible, cost-effective and intuitive solution for companies doing strategic workforce planning.    “Talent management is critically important to companies operating in the Asia Pacific because of high turnover and the increasing need for companies to engage and empower their employees. TalentGuard’s talent management solution enables The Center for Competency-Based Learning & Development to work with organizations to overcome these critical challenges,” said Linda Ginac, CEO of TalentGuard. “Today, the Human Resource function is more than just an administrative role. In the 21st Century HR, HR Practitioners are gearing up their competencies to be Strategic HR Business Partners to drive the organization’s talent through constant engagement via technology. Being a strong advocate of competency-based processes, we see the benefits of adopting a competency-based talent management software - TalentGuard. We believe as the brilliant duo, CBLD and TalentGuard come ready with immense knowledge and experience to transform companies operating in various industries across the Asia Pacific.” said Elizabeth Chan, CEO of Center for Competency-Based Learning & Development. About TalentGuard, Inc. TalentGuard is a global provider of competency-based talent management solutions delivered as Software-as-a-Service. Our cloud-based software suite is unmatched in its ability to engage and retain employees. Our integrated technology helps organizations automate performance management, 360 degree feedback, career pathing, succession planning, individual development planning and certification tracking. TalentGuard also helps improve business outcomes with our extended network of credentialed career coaches, training programs and content. Through its network of trusted integration partners, TalentGuard is seamlessly integrated with the broader HCM ecosystem including HRIS, Applicant Tracking, Compensation Planning and Learning Management. For more information visit http://www.talentguard.com. About The Center for Competency-Based Learning & Development: Center for Competency-Based Learning & Development (CBLD) is a one-stop resource center providing agencies, organizations and individuals with a complete range of services relating to competency-based learning & development and human capital management. CBLD offers a broad base of competency-based consultancy services that address industry and organizational needs. This ranges from developing competency and career pathing frameworks, providing consultancy and training on the use of the Singapore Workforce Skills Qualifications (WSQ) frameworks for human capital development & management, customizing competency-based training to meet organizations’ needs, including On-the-Job training and E-Learning. For more information, visit http://www.cbld-center.com

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    Chesterfield, MO - November 1, 2016 - BizLibrary, the leader in employee training and development solutions, is proud to announce WILL Interactive as a new content producer partner. The micro video-based content to be added to The BizLibrary Collection will initially include over 75 segments from WILL Interactive’s Cinario series. Cinario videos are live-action, cinematic clips that can be incorporated into training programs across a wide range of industries. These videos cover topics in leadership, communication, workplace harassment, ethical decision-making, and many others. Both linear and branching models are used within WILL’s interactive videos – linear scenarios run straight through to the conclusion, while branching scenarios allow the learner to make choices that affect the path of the scenario. This style of interactivity vastly increases engagement with the content and helps learners see how their actions affect outcomes. Once the learner has reached a conclusion, they also have the ability to return to the decision and see how a different choice would affect the outcome. This micro video-based content from WILL Interactive will add a brand new style of interactivity to The BizLibrary Collection, giving training programs the ability to further engage employees and create the development and behavior change that organizations are seeking through online training. Quote attributable to Debbie Williams, BizLibrary VP of Content Development “WILL Interactive’s content is such an exciting addition to The BizLibrary Collection because of their immersive scenarios that truly engage learners. Allowing the learner’s decisions to affect the outcome of their own training brings a personalized element that helps them to determine best decisions in real-life situations after training. We’re really looking forward to seeing our clients’ response to this new content and how employees engage with it!”  Quote attributable to Sharon Sloane, President & CEO of WILL Interactive “We are delighted to partner with BizLibrary in adding our unique content to their Collection. We look forward to helping organizations bring important concepts to life through live action scenarios that adapt to learners’ input and improve performance.” About WILL Interactive WILL Interactive creates live action immersive learning simulations that are played on a computer or mobile device and address important issues (leadership, communication, ethics, talent acquisition, prescription drug abuse, PTSD, veteran reintegration, etc.) that require new and novel approaches to organizational change. During the interactive movie, called a "simulation", players are prompted to make a variety of decisions by choosing one of several courses of action related to the storyline. When play resumes, they experience the outcome of their choices. Clients look to WILL to help them change peoples' behavior and improve decision making. Some of these clients include the U.S. Departments of Defense, State, Justice, Homeland Security, and Health and Human Services; the National Football League, Hilton Worldwide, 3M, Comcast, Florida Hospital and thousands of healthcare organizations, law enforcement agencies and schools around the country. 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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    Waterloo, ON - November 1, 2016 - Axonify, the company behind the world’s first SaaS employee knowledge platform, announced today that it has raised US$27 million in growth equity funding to drive further expansion of its business. The round was led by new investor JMI Equity, a growth equity firm focused on investing in leading software companies, and existing investor BDC Capital through the BDC IT Venture Fund. Axonify’s all-in-one SaaS platform enables organizations to completely modernize corporate learning to achieve specific business outcomes. By intelligently delivering information to employees in a way that is personalized, convenient, engaging, and designed for long-term knowledge acquisition, “Axonified” organizations see measurable behavior change that gets bottom line results. The company’s microlearning approach has enabled powerhouse brands such as Walmart, Toyota, Bloomingdale’s, and Johnson& Johnson to ensure that their employees have the critical knowledge they need to be top performers in the workplace. Axonify is experiencing record demand for its product and this round of funding will support the company as it moves into the next phase of growth. “We are absolutely thrilled to have JMI Equity join our investor group and to have the BDC IT Venture Fund affirm its confidence in our business by investing more,” said Carol Leaman, Axonify’s President and CEO. “JMI has a successful track record of supporting high-growth SaaS companies, and we are excited that they believe in the future of Axonify as much as we do. This growth round will allow us to accelerate our pace of customer acquisition, continue to raise our profile in the market, and extend our platform in ways that will blow away the competition.” “We have been tracking Axonify over the last several years and share in its vision that improved employee knowledge is a critical imperative for enterprises today,” said Matt Emery, a General Partner at JMI Equity. “Customers rave about the ability to drive increased knowledge retention and business outcomes through Axonify’s employee knowledge platform. We look forward to partnering with Carol and her team to help continue Axonify’s market-leading innovation and highly successful customer engagement.” “Axonify is a tremendous success story and we are looking forward to partnering with JMI in contributing to Axonify’s future growth,” indicated Ron Warburton, a managing partner and the investment lead from the BDC IT Venture Fund. Organizations across most sectors still struggle to bridge the gap between the formal training employees need on the job and the training they receive currently, relying on outdated learning management systems (LMSs) or incomplete tools that don’t provide full skills acquisition. Early on, Axonify established itself as a leader in the employee knowledge market by developing and marketing a training model that provides meaningful results, while cutting the average cost of training per employee by more than $1,600 annually. These results have helped Axonify secure leading global brands as clients while breaking into new geographical markets across the globe. About Axonify Axonify is pushing beyond the boundaries of eLearning with the introduction of the world’s first Employee Knowledge Platform. Powerhouse brands like Walmart, Toyota and Johnson & Johnson are leveraging the Axonify platform to fuel their employees with the knowledge they need to be successful on the job. Built with the fundamentals of brain science, adaptive learning, gamification, microlearning and knowledge-on-demand at its core, the award-winning Axonify Employee Knowledge Platform is proven to encourage employees to take the right actions—ultimately driving business outcomes that increase revenue or decrease expenses. Through its unique analytics and reporting capabilities, Axonify is the only solution that allows organizations to finally tie the impact of employee knowledge to behavior change to bottom line results. Axonify: Fuel your people + power your organization. For more information, visit www.axonify.com. About JMI Equity JMI Equity is a growth equity firm focused on investing in leading software companies. Founded in 1992, JMI has invested in over 120 businesses in its target markets, successfully completed over 85 exits, and raised more than $3.0 billion of committed capital. JMI partners with exceptional management teams to help build its companies into industry leaders. For more information, visit www.jmi.com. About BDC Capital With more than $2 billion under management, BDC Capital is the investment arm of BDC, serving as a strategic partner to Canada’s most innovative and high potential firms. It offers a range of equity, venture capital and flexible growth and transition capital solutions to help Canadian entrepreneurs scale their businesses into global champions.   To find out more, visit bdc.ca/capital.

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    Dallas, TX - November 1, 2016 - Linux Academy, the foremost online Linux and cloud training platform and community, has secured $2.3 million of growth financing from Arthur Ventures. Over the past five years, Linux Academy has become the largest community dedicated to Linux and cloud training on the web. The Company was founded on the belief that high-quality, certification-based training should be available to everyone at an affordable price. Linux Academy is a student-centric company with a mission to help people find or progress within careers in high demand segments of the technology industry including: Azure, AWS, OpenStack and other cloud and big data technologies. This commitment to students has resulted in the highest certification exam pass rate of any cloud training platform in the market. “Linux Academy is excited to partner with Arthur Ventures as a capital partner to support our Company through this phase of hyper growth,” said Anthony James, Founder and CEO. “Our strategy of matching the largest cloud training content library with intuitive, value-added learning tools is resonating within the market. We are dedicated to supporting our growing community of tens of thousands of students and we have exciting new products to introduce in the coming months. This financing will largely be used to support those initiatives.” “We are pleased to partner with Anthony and the team at Linux Academy in support of their mission of building the leading certification-based, online training platform for Linux and cloud technologies,” said Ryan Kruizenga, Partner at Arthur Ventures. “At Arthur Ventures, we are creating a network for elite enterprise software companies (and entrepreneurs) located anywhere outside Silicon Valley and we are looking forward to having Linux Academy in the mix.” About Linux Academy Linux Academy redefines continuing education for today’s IT business professional. Through self-paced courses, hands-on server labs, personal access to expert instructors and an ever-growing learning library, Linux Academy caters to beginners and experts alike. Courses are geared toward certifications in Linux, AWS, OpenStack, DevOps, Azure and Big Data, offering content that digs deeper to answer nuanced challenges of the latest emerging technologies. Linux Academy provides more value per dollar than any other online IT training program. To enroll or to explore enterprise tools and group rates, visit: www.linuxacademy.com. We’re hiring!

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    San Francisco, CA - November 1, 2016 - Hack Reactor, the leading network of immersive coding bootcamps in the U.S., today announced the unification of its network of schools, including MakerSquare and Telegraph Academy, under the Hack Reactor brand. As part of the change, it also announced the launch of the Hack Reactor Scholarship Fund, appointing Alexandra Cavoulacos, co-founder and COO of The Muse, and Alaina Percival, the CEO of Women Who Code to the company’s Scholarship Advisory Board. Subject to regulatory approval, MakerSquare’s network of schools are rebranded as Hack Reactor Austin, Hack Reactor Los Angeles, Hack Reactor San Francisco and Hack Reactor New York City. Each campus has undergone a thorough and complete instruction and admissions standardization process to ensure the same high quality of education that Hack Reactor is known for. Telegraph Academy is integrated into Hack Reactor’s immersive programs as the “The Telegraph Track,” a pilot program providing additional mentorship, career counseling and community support to underrepresented groups in tech. Following the acquisition of MakerSquare in early 2015, Hack Reactor has grown from a single campus with 175 graduates in 2013 to five campuses nationwide with more than 3,000 total graduates, an average of 170 percent year-on-year enrollment growth. “Hack Reactor has become the standard for coding education, producing the most highly skilled graduates in the industry. The decision to unify under one brand is a demonstration of our dedication to maintaining those high standards.” said Anthony Phillips, CEO and co-founder of Hack Reactor. “With the announcement of this new scholarship and our advisory board, we are reaffirming our commitment to our students and especially those from underrepresented groups, to provide the most transformative educational experience for a successful career in software engineering.” Beginning January 2017, Hack Reactor will distribute more than $1.3 million in scholarship funding over two years that is entirely funded by the school itself. The scholarship will be open to all applicants and will be awarded based on the merit of their submission. To emphasize the company’s efforts to bridge the diversity and inclusion gap in technology, at least 50 percent of the seats awarded will be dedicated to prospective students from underrepresented groups, including women, people of color and members of the LGBTQ community. The nomination and selection of the scholarship recipients will be determined by members of the Scholarship Advisory Board, a counsel of prominent technology and diversity-focused executives from across the industry, including: Cavoulacos; Percival; Tiffany Price, Community Engagement Manager, Kapor Center for Social Impact; Albrey Brown, Founder of Telegraph Academy. Additional board members to be announced. The decision to unite the brands comes as demand surges for highly skilled software engineers and graduation rates grow to the highest in industry history, with more than 16,000 graduates in 2015 compared to 6,700 the year prior. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, over 1 million technology jobs will go unfilled by the year 2020. Last year, Hack Reactor secured a 98 percent job placement rate within six months of graduation and an average graduate salary of $104,000. For more information about Hack Reactor, please visit http://www.hackreactor.com. The scholarship page can be found at http://www.hackreactor.com/scholarships. To speak with Hack Reactor, please contact George Morin at (646) 517-4334 or hackreactor@rlmpr.com. About Hack Reactor Hack Reactor's mission is to empower students to succeed in new careers in Software Engineering through our accelerated, best-in-class programs and our strong, caring community. Hack Reactor designs and conducts advanced immersion education programs that train students 11 hours per day, 6 days a week, over 12 weeks. Our curriculum cultivates mastery of computer science fundamentals and the JavaScript programming language. The Hack Reactor network of technology schools educates more software engineers every year than Stanford University, University of California, Berkeley and the California Institute of Technology, combined. Hack Reactor maintains a 98% employment rate and an average graduate salary of $104,000. Alumni work in a variety of mid- to senior-level engineering roles at industry leaders like Google, Adobe, LinkedIn, Uber and Amazon, as well as at several growing technology companies. For more information, visit www.hackreactor.com.

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    Raleigh, NC - November 3, 2016 - Training Industry has announced its Top 20 IT Training Companies List, as part of its mission to continually monitor the training marketplace for the best providers of IT training services/technologies in support of corporate learning and development. View the 2016 Top 20 IT Training Companies. Selection to this year’s Top 20 IT Training Companies List was based on the following criteria: Leadership and innovation in IT training Breadth of IT training and delivery methods offered Company size and growth potential Quality and number of clients/users Geographic reach Awards, recognition and competitive differentiation “The 2016 Top IT Training Companies List recognizes the most prominent names in IT training,” said Ken Taylor, President, Training Industry, Inc. “We found that these companies provide some of the highest quality corporate training available, often adapting their offerings to meet the specific training needs of their customers.” “The IT training market is one of the largest and most constantly evolving segments within the training industry,” said Doug Harward, Chief Executive Officer, Training Industry, Inc. “These organizations are the key players in this space in part because they have demonstrated the ability to innovate and respond to market needs.” Email info@trainingindustry.com for thoughts or feedback regarding the list. View the 2016 Top 20 IT Training Companies. About Training Industry, Inc. Training Industry 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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    November 2, 2016 - Washington, DC - Insider Threat Training Academy (insiderthreattraining.com) announced the launching of a one-of-a-kind online training platform dedicated to training corporate and government security, human resource, and risk management professionals on a range of insider threat related topics. Executive Director, Shawn Thompson said, "The need for trained insider threat professionals is on the rise. Recent insider breaches are increasing regulatory and legal scrutiny, forcing the creation of formal insider threat programs. Businesses and government agencies alike are discovering, however, that there is a severe shortage of trained insider threat analysts, investigators, and managers to staff these programs. Traditional cyber security skills or law enforcement experience is simply not enough. Effective insider threat management requires a broad and diverse set of skills and experiences that go beyond basic network security and criminal investigative experience. ITTA seeks to fill this need by providing relevant and practical insider threat training courses developed by bona fide insider threat experts." ITTA provides students with three certificate programs – Insider Threat Program Manager, Insider Threat Analyst, and Insider Threat Investigator. Certificates can be earned by completing courses covering a broad range of topics including: risk management, risk assessment, employee monitoring, investigations, vetting and evaluation, behavioral indicators, and insider threat law issues, among others. ITTA courses are organized into five curriculum objectives – Insider Risk Governance, Knowing Your People, Knowing Your Assets, Obtaining Visibility, and Incident Response. Students can learn everything about insider threats from how to create and manage an insider threat program, how to spot the behavioral indicators of an insider threat, the tactics, techniques, and procedures that insider threats employ, or how to lawfully monitor and investigate employees. ITTA's online platform can be accessed with any Internet browser with no additional software required. ITTA courses are delivered via live interactive one-hour webinars, 2 or 3-hour workshops, or multiple hour seminar training blocks. All ITTA instructors are certified insider threat experts with decades of practical experience analyzing, investigating, and managing insider threats. About Insider Threat Training Academy ITTA is a division of Insider Threat Management Group, LLC (itmg.co), a leading provider of insider threat management services. ITTA and ITMG were founded by Shawn Thompson, insider threat expert and noted author, who is a licensed attorney and former federal prosecutor, Special Agent, and Insider Threat Program Manager with nearly 20 years of insider risk management experience. Mr. Thompson is the author of the recently released e-book entitled "Insider Threat Program – Your 90 Day Plan." ITTA leverages the vast network of insider threat experts of ITMG and its premier partner, Insider Threat Defense, Inc.

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    November 2, 2016 - Toronto, ON - Docebo, the preferred learning management system (LMS) on the market for businesses, and OpenSesame, provider of on-demand eLearning courses for the enterprise, are partnering to offer their customers the best of both worlds within one centralized platform. The new integration between these two products makes it possible for learning and development professionals to purchase eLearning courses directly from within their Docebo LMS. With more than 20,000 courses from the world’s leading publishers, OpenSesame boasts the broadest catalog of courses in the marketplace and is updated constantly. “Docebo is committed to providing the integrations that the market needs,” says Claudio Erba, CEO and Founder of Docebo. “This is a partnership that’s going to make a real difference in the day-to-day of learning and development professionals, in particular those that administer many different types of training courses to large groups of employees and other learners.” OpenSesame offers access to thousands of online courses from award-winning providers without the traditional hassle of finding, evaluating and curating content from multiple vendors. With this integration, OpenSesame makes delivering training courses even easier for busy learning and development professionals. “At OpenSesame, we measure our success based on the ease and speed of our customer’s experience,” says Don Spear, Co-Founder, President and CEO of OpenSesame. “Our partnership with Docebo will make it that much easier for our customers to purchase eLearning courses when and where they need them, and customers will also be able to begin taking advantage of those courses even faster.” Discover how the Docebo and OpenSesame integration makes selecting, purchasing and delivering eLearning courses a breeze. Start your free trial today to see for yourself how much easier administering your corporate training program could be. About Docebo Docebo is a global SaaS enterprise Learning Management System (LMS) used in more than 80 countries and offered in over 30 languages. Established in 2005, Docebo (Latin for “I will teach”) offers a learning ecosystem for companies and their employees, partners and customers that is designed to increase performance and learning engagement. Docebo is a learner-centric technology, embraced for its ease of use, elegance and ability to blend coaching with social and formal learning. Docebo provides a scalable pricing model and a robust set of integrations and APIs, paired with reliable support available 24/7. It’s no wonder that Docebo has been heralded by PCMag.com as “the best online learning platform for business on the market.” About OpenSesame OpenSesame 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 http://www.OpenSesame.com or follow @OpenSesame on Twitter.

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    November 3, 2016 - Boston, MA - AchieveForum, a global leader in linking leadership to strategic business objectives, today released four new digital learning solutions designed to help mid-level leaders strengthen the tie between their people and the overall strategy of their business. Developing leaders at every level is a key to the long-term success of an organization. A recent study by Brandon Hall found that 71 percent of organizations surveyed said their leaders are not ready to lead their organization into the future. In addition, nearly half said their current leaders do not possess the skills needed to effectively lead their organizations today. Leadership solutions from AchieveForum are based on research and client insights, created with purpose, and specifically designed to help organizations solve their most pressing business initiatives by strengthening the skill level of their leaders. AchieveForum's new digital solutions for mid-level leaders were built with the modern learner in mind. They are based on technology and designed to enhance the skills gap of mid-level leaders, whose development is critical for getting the most out of their workforce. "We know that mid-level leaders play an important role in determining the long-term success of an organization because of their day-to-day, hands-on interactions with their teams that help drive strategic initiatives," said Russ Becker, chief executive officer of AchieveForum. "That's why we designed these new digital solutions so mid-level leaders can build stronger relationships with the people they manage and align what they do to the overall strategy of their company in order to have a greater impact on the business." The new solutions are: Developing Your Leadership Presence: Enables learners to develop an authentic leadership presence that improves how they influence and connect with others. Leading in Context: Through the use of videos, conversations and real-life practice situations, helps leaders learn and apply skills for using a variety of leadership styles to best fit the situation. Connecting People to Strategy: Provides leaders with the necessary skills to bridge strategy with the operations of their business. Building Commitment to Result: Enables leaders to achieve business results by creating a work climate that supports superior performance. The new solutions are built on AchieveForum's robust digital platform, which provides real-time access to the resources and tools leaders need to improve performance, both individually and for the company as a whole. Content is delivered through the digital platform to learners precisely when and where they need it most. The platform also includes tools to measure performance improvement at every level of the organization. AchieveForum based these new solutions on research that is backed by more than 45 years of expertise in the leadership development industry. As a result, AchieveForum is able to deliver leadership impact by design—built with purpose, refined through discovery and driven by innovation. The company's solutions are tailored to meet the customer's most pressing needs in order to create deep, meaningful and lasting change within the organization. Every solution is supported by assessment and measurement capabilities, along with the latest technology to drive enhanced performance and improved business outcomes. In addition to the four new solutions aimed at mid-level leaders, AchieveForum recently unveiled four digitally based solutions to help leaders improve collaboration and performance management skills.   Founded in 1971, AchieveForum delivers effective solutions that enable businesses to develop leadership strategies at each level, from individual contributors to emerging leaders to front-line managers to mid-level to the C-Suite. About AchieveForum AchieveForum delivers leadership solutions that are designed for the customer and are built on more than 45 years of global experience. Our tailored learning solutions are created with purpose and driven by innovation to help organizations effectively develop leaders to execute on their business strategies. We provide clients with practical and research-based solutions that mobilize employees, accelerate business initiative implementation and improve agility. For more information, go to www.achieveforum.com.

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    November 3, 2016 - Tulsa, OK - Hogan Assessments, a global leader in personality assessment and leadership development, will launch a new, innovative global training program in 2017 that aims to enable users to apply Hogan personality data toward solving real-world business problems. With thousands of people across the globe certified to administer feedback for the Hogan assessment suite, the new program will offer a more robust and in-depth curriculum by revamping the Level I Certification Workshop and creating a new Level II Certification Workshop teaching more advanced interpretation and feedback skills. "What we discovered through feedback from our clients is that they love learning about Hogan and the science behind our products," says Jackie Sahm, Hogan's Director of Global Learning. "However, we learned that our participants left our workshops wanting more, so we are creating additional learning programs to meet their needs. We believe it is our responsibility to deliver high-quality programs that prepare and inspire our learners to use our tools to make the world a better place to work." Hogan will roll out the new training program in January 2017, and is offering a $200 discount for those who sign up for Level I and Level II Certification by December 31, 2016. The standard rate for both levels taken consecutively will be $3,200 beginning January 1, 2017. Stand-alone pricing will be $2,300 for Level I and $1,200 for Level II. Hogan will pilot the new program in the US before implementing it abroad. "We're excited to get this new program underway," says Sahm. "Our mission at Hogan has always been to leverage the science of personality to improve the global workforce, and it all starts with equipping Hogan users with the tools and knowledge necessary to accomplish that goal." For a detailed overview and list of 2017 Level I and Level II workshops, visit hogancertification.com. To obtain your $200 discount code, contact training@hoganassessments.com by December 31, 2016. About Hogan Assessments Hogan Assessments is the global leader in providing comprehensive, research-based personality assessment and consulting. Grounded in decades of science, Hogan helps businesses dramatically reduce turnover and increase productivity by hiring the right people, developing key talent and evaluating leadership potential. Hogan's assessments are available in 57 countries and 46 languages, and are used by more than half of Fortune 500 companies. For more information, visit www.hoganassessments.com.

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    November 7, 2016 - Minneapolis, MN - In September, TTN Learning, creator of élan, the award-winning learning management system, officially became Brainier. The name change is the latest step in innovation for the e-learning leader. Brainier helps businesses and organizations achieve breakthrough results by providing better enterprise e-learning systems that educate, engage and empower employees. “The market has changed so much since we helped pioneer this industry. Since 1995, we’ve remained trailblazers, continually breaking new ground in developing the best e-learning solutions,” said CEO Jerry Cox. “The name change better reflects what we do now, the benefits we bring, and our unique competitive advantages. Because we’re dedicated to helping you discover a smarter approach to learning, the Brainier name just made sense for us.”  The company has changed its tagline as well to “Educate. Engage. Empower.” Each word in the tagline speaks to key elements in the company’s value proposition: Educate – Provides flexible, individualized solutions that employees can access anywhere, anytime and on any device. Engage – Speaks to Brainier’s local development team’s ability to be faster and more responsive. Empower – Articulates how employees become stronger and achieve better results using Brainier. “We are very proud that we are able to solve 98 percent of questions on the very first call,” said Jenny Ellingen, Vice President of Customer Experience and Marketing Services. “Our new tagline better reflects our dedication to helping companies and employees discover a smarter approach to learning.”  Brainier took a collaborative approach to developing the company’s new name and look by involving their employees in the creative process of renaming the business.    “We wanted to capture the positive experience that our customers feel about working with our company,” said Cox. “We are proud that every member of our team participated in the creation of the new Brainier brand.  Both the new brand name and logo came from the direct result of our employees’ creative teamwork.”  About Brainier Based in Minneapolis, Brainier has been helping clients discover a better approach to learning and development since 1995.  Products offered by Brainier include: élan LMS, Chameleon 2.0 (developed by BI WORLDWIDE) and Legacy LMS. They continue to win top industry awards. For more information, visit www.brainiersolutions.com. Brainier is part of BI WORLDWIDE, a global employee engagement agency that uses the principles of behavioral economics to produce measurable results for its clients. BIW continues to bring best-in-class solutions to its global and regional customers. For more information, visit www.biworldwide.com.

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    November 7, 2016 - Boston, MA - After making its debut to wide acclaim at HR Tech, sixQ, the company behind the world's first QuestionScience® assessment platform, today announced a $1 million funding round to accelerate sales, marketing and engineering efforts. In addition, the company has relocated its headquarters to downtown Boston at 180 Lincoln St., near the city's renowned Innovation District. sixQ also announced two key additions to the firm's management team. Dave Swindell, a veteran of the Bostontech scene, including j2 Global, Marathon Technologies and Relicore, will join as Chief Technology Officer. Dave will lead the development of sixQ's groundbreaking cloud-based QuestionScience® assessment platform. Joining Dave on the management team is Larry Epstein, who'll serve as Chief Operating Officer. Larry comes to sixQ with a background in operations management, software sales and development, most recently as co-founder of SiteSpect and prior to that, GSX Solutions, IBM, and Lotus Development. Larry will run day-to-day back-office operations of sixQ. "With a $1 million angel investment, a new headquarters and two new high-profile management team members in Larry and Dave, we couldn't be more thrilled about the progress we've made in such a short time," said Eric Anderson, sixQ President and co-founder. "Since announcing the formation of sixQ and releasing the world's first QuestionScience® assessment platform in October at HR Tech, we have seen an amazing response from companies who want a systematic approach to employee assessments formed in science with real-time analytics and reporting that hasn't existed." About sixQThe sixQ innovation is simple, and like most disruptive innovations, was hiding in plain sight—the entire assessment lifecycle should be designed to ask and answer six question-types. That's it. sixQ is the world's first QuestionScience® assessment platform that asks and answers the six question-types to connect people with the answers for competitive advantage. Whether it's competencies, culture, engagement, a 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). We work with enterprises to optimize their talent development and leading consulting firms to productize their intellectual capital. sixQ—from questions to answers. Learn more at sixQsoftware.com.

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