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    Portland, OR - November 29, 2016 - While jobs in the technology industry continue to grow at unprecedented rates, the lack of diversity remains an issue. For example, women only fill 20% of positions in tech and Hispanics and African Americans combined only comprise 8% of the technical workforce. Diversity in tech is good for everyone: the industry benefits from new ideas, solutions, and better products, all while providing careers with great benefits and mobility to those looking for opportunity. Which is why Treehouse is launching a $1M Tech Ed Scholarship Program focused specifically on nonprofits that offer support to veterans, underrepresented populations in technology, and those with socio-economic barriers. Through our scholarship program, we will give nonprofits the tools to help individuals gain access to education and take control of their future. Partner with Us Treehouse is currently accepting applications from nonprofits as we rollout the seat-matching donation portion of our scholarship program. For organizations who qualify, Treehouse will double the amount of account seats, so we can continue to expand access to quality tech education. If you work with a nonprofit that could benefit from a Treehouse for Business account, nominate or urge them to apply today at teamtreehouse.com/scholarships. Together, we can do more. “Access to an affordable education in technology is essential to continue to break down barriers in the field. But too often women, minorities, veterans and the socio-economically disadvantaged need services beyond the classroom. By partnering with nonprofits who can offer additional support we are setting people up for success,” said Emily Schweiss, Sales Director of Treehouse for Organizations. First Scholarship Recipients Today, it is our honor to announce the first three recipients, who each received an annual Treehouse for Business account. These organizations have done tremendous work for their respective communities to break down barriers and empower people and we’re excited to support their efforts. Veteran-founded and led, Operation Code is on a mission to get active military, citizen-soldiers, veterans, and their families coding and building software to change the world. Path Forward is a nonprofit organization on a mission to get people back to work after they’ve taken time off to care for a loved one. They work with companies to create mid-career internship opportunities to re-enter the paid workforce. LaunchCode is a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating economic opportunity for aspiring developers through job placement and training in technology. To learn more about the Treehouse Scholarship program, schedule an interview by contactingscholarship@teamtreehouse.com. About Treehouse Treehouse is an online education platform that specializes in technology. With a robust content library spanning 17 topics, our students range from absolute beginner to professional developer. Headquartered in Portland, Oregon, Treehouse has provided outstanding tech education for over 6 years, and currently has 75k enrolled students. Visit teamtreehouse.com to learn more.

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    Kansas City, MO - November 29, 2016 - CD2 Learning announced that president, Becky Sterling, was honored at the 13th Stevie® Awards for Women in Business as the Silver Award winner in the category of "Female Executive of the Year - Business Products -11 to 2,500 Employees - Computer Services and Computer Software." The Stevie® Awards for Women in Business are the world's preeminent business awards for female entrepreneurs, executives, employees and the organizations they run. 2016 Stevie winners were announced on November 18 in New York. The Stevies received more than 1400 entries from 31 nations and territories for the 2016 Women in Business Awards, which recognize the worldwide accomplishments of women executives, entrepreneurs, and the organizations they run. Ms. Sterling is a pioneer in the elearning industry. Her current area of focus is championing a learning and development platform for today's workforce - under her tutelage, CD2 Learning has been recognized and awarded dozens of industry honors for innovation and for empowering organizations to provide strategic and engaging learning. She has over 25 years of progressive advancement and standout achievements in sales, management, and executive experience making her a sought after speaker and authority on learning technology and talent management. She is passionate about her service as a Great Plains Regional youth volleyball coach (mentoring young women), her membership on the Make-A-Wish Foundation's Friends Council, and her history of developing young women as leaders in the industry and community. "It's an honor to be included in these prestigious awards and with this impressive field of deserving honorees. I can't think of anything more exciting than to be recognized for achievement in efforts that I'm both committed to and love." said Sterling. "In the 13th year of the Stevie Awards for Women in Business, the judges were very impressed with the quality of each nomination that qualified as a Stevie Finalist. The competition has grown each year because there are so many high-achieving women all over the world, who serve as an inspiration to those who would like to start, grow or lead a business," said Michael Gallagher, founder and president of the Stevie Awards. Dena Bartlett, C.O.O., and Co-Founder of CD2 Learning said, "I can't think of anyone more deserving of this honor. Being in the talent development technology industry, we know the importance of skilled coaches, nurturing mentors and inspirational role models. Becky Sterling is the definition of these traits, combined with amazing industry knowledge, a history of innovative success, and true dedication to her clients and team members. CD2 Learning is a majority women-owned company and that makes being recognized by the Stevie Awards for Women in Business especially meaningful." About CD2 Learning CD2 Learning is an award-winning learning and development technology providing a portfolio of products designed to meet the needs of the modern workforce. CD2 offers a single, cloud-based solution that takes an innovative approach to traditional development. Through the CD2 platform, organizations can create, manage, library and deliver content/learning to internal and external users from any device at any time. www.cd2learning.com About The Stevie Awards Stevie Awards are conferred in seven programs: the Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards, the German Stevie Awards, The American Business Awards, The International Business Awards, the Stevie Awards for Great Employers, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business and the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service. Stevie Awards competitions receive more than 10,000 entries each year from organizations in more than 60 nations. Honoring organizations of all types and sizes and the people behind them, the Stevies recognize outstanding performances in the workplace worldwide. Learn more about the Stevie Awards at http://www.StevieAwards.com.

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    New York, NY - November 30, 2016 - Today, Thrive Global, Arianna Huffington's new and groundbreaking venture, has launched. The company aims to revolutionize the way we work and live by offering companies and individuals science-based solutions to lower stress and burnout, and enhance well-being and productivity. Thrive Global rejects the myth that burnout is the price we must pay for success. The company takes a multi-tiered approach to ending the epidemic of stress and burnout, with mutually reinforcing core elements that include: corporate trainings with leading partners; a media platform designed to be the global hub for the conversation about well-being and productivity; and an e-commerce platform that offers top technology and well-being products that individuals can use to help them move from surviving to thriving. All three components work together to create sustainable change. "We are at an inflection point in history where technology has granted us powers that accelerate the speed of life beyond our capacity to cope," said Arianna Huffington, Founder and CEO of Thrive Global. "Thrive Global is born in response to this need to take control of our lives and offer new strategies and tools, based on the latest science, to address the unintended consequences of these profound and invasive changes." After disrupting the world of media in 2005 with the launch of The Huffington Post, Arianna is now disrupting the way we work and live both at the corporate and individual levels with the rapidly expanding Thrive Global organization, based in New York City. International Partnerships Since stress and burnout and our relationship to technology are problems across the world, Thrive Global is global from day one. In India, Thrive Global is partnering with The Times Group, India's largest media company, to enter the Indian market, scale its business and advance its mission. The Times Group, which publishes The Times of India, the world's most widely-circulated English-language newspaper, has previously invested in and partnered with Uber, Airbnb, Coursera, VICE Media, The Huffington Post and others via its global investment arm Times Global Partners. In Italy, Thrive Global is launching in partnership with the Digital Division of Gruppo Espresso, one of Italy's leading publishing groups operating in all sectors of communication, from dailies and magazines to radio, the internet and advertising. The company is also partnering in South Africa with Discovery and its global Vitality Network – the pioneer in Shared-Value – which will make Thrive offerings available through its global insurance partners and corporate clients in Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, South Africa, Thailand, United Kingdom and United States. "This partnership is another advancement in our global mission to make people healthier and enhance and protect their lives," said Discovery Founder and Chief Executive Adrian Gore. "Overcoming stress and burnout are key factors in managing overall health and wellbeing -- with Thrive Global we'll be able to offer the latest research and tools to our global Vitality network of over 4 million members in 14 countries worldwide." Antenna Group, an international media and entertainment organization operating across Europe, North America and Australia, is partnering with Thrive Global to bring the venture to Greece, Cyprus, Romania, former Yugoslavia, Slovakia, Hungary, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Turkey and Russia. Through its Amplifier unit, Antenna Group offers the best way for high-growth digital ventures such as Thrive Global to accelerate their expansion into traditionally hard-to-reach-markets through its wealth of local relationships and its extensive set of media assets. Antenna Group has already built a successful partnership with VICE Media in the region. "Thrive Global will have a tremendous impact on how we work and live and we're excited to be working with Arianna and her team to help achieve their global ambitions," said Theodore Kyriakou, shareholder and chief executive of Antenna Group. "We set up the Amplifier unit to do exciting work with innovative companies just like Thrive Global. The Amplifier unit has a strong track record of growing profitable, digital businesses in the region and what would normally take five years for a company to achieve in these regions, we can help them do in a year." Though burnout is a global epidemic and the modern science about well-being and productivity is universal, the solutions Thrive Global brings to different regions will be rooted in the philosophy and ancient wisdom of those regions and cultures. Corporate Partnerships Corporate leaders around the world are increasingly aware of the direct connection between the bottom line and employee well-being, resilience, engagement and sense of purpose. Thrive Global partners with companies around the world to deliver customized workshops, ongoing coaching and technology in order to create a thriving corporate culture. Its launch partners include Accenture, Airbnb, Glassdoor, JPMorgan Chase, SAP and Uber. Thrive Global is teaming with Accenture to support the company's ongoing commitment to employee well-being. This includes interactive live workshops delivered in the US, India, Ireland, Argentina and Japan -- each of which is customized for local cultures and customs -- as well as personal assessments, ongoing coaching, and weekly tips designed to help individuals take micro steps for macro benefits. "We are committed to being the most truly human organization, where our people can be successful both professionally and personally," said Ellyn Shook, Accenture's chief leadership and human resources officer. "Teaming with Thrive Global is an important step forward in advancing our focus on the whole person – helping our people not only achieve a sense of belonging and purpose, but be physically energized and mentally focused in our hyper connected, digital world." Thrive Global and Airbnb will bring Thrive's science-based, whole-human well-being approach to the Airbnb "Work Like a Human" initiative, in an effort to help people live more fulfilling, productive lives both at home and at work. The effort will kick off in 2017 with Airbnb employee trainings. Thrive Global and Glassdoor, the leading job search site that also offers job seekers access to company reviews, ratings and salary data for more than 600,000 companies, are partnering in the following key ways: The two companies will collaborate to evaluate and release a co-branded Thrive Index based on employees' assessments of how their employer incorporates meaningful "thrive" practices into their workplaces and cultures. As an initial step, as of today, Thrive and Glassdoor are encouraging employers to "Pledge to Thrive" to show they are committed to prioritizing employee well-being. Any employer may promote their Pledge on their company's Glassdoor profile page and job listings to showcase their commitment to job seekers and employees. Glassdoor is also a Thrive Global launch partner for editorial content and will regularly contribute relevant articles and bylines from both the employer and employee points of view on the new Glassdoor channel on Thrive's media platform. "As an employer and as a growing platform where employers actively recruit candidates and manage their employer brands, Glassdoor recognizes the value of helping employees thrive inside and outside of work," said Robert Hohman, co-founder and CEO of Glassdoor. "Jobs are more than paychecks. Today's top talent want to work for a company with a strong mission and purpose where they feel like they can make a difference and where they believe they are supported not just professionally, but personally with a meaningful life outside of work. At Glassdoor our mission is simple: to help people find a job and company they love, and we are delighted to join with Arianna and the Thrive Global team in our shared commitment to help employees and employers thrive by promoting and sustaining employee well-being." JPMorgan Chase is partnering with Thrive Global as the company focuses its attention on employee emotional well-being around the world. JPMorgan will work with Thrive to offer resources for employees and increase awareness about the dangers of burnout through an internal communications campaign. The partnership has launched with a four-week interactive well-being challenge to provide employees with tips and resources in four key areas – sleep, unplugging from technology, mindfulness and gratitude. "What we love about Thrive Global is that it gives our employees tools to improve both their physical and mental wellness," said JPMorgan Chase Chief Marketing Officer Kristin Lemkau. "Most people are aware of how important physical fitness and nutrition are, but we are still behind in understanding how important sleep, unplugging and mindfulness are. Arianna and Thrive will help us with that." As part of a global content partnership, Thrive Global will integrate its science-driven, action-oriented content with SAP's human capital management suite – SAP SuccessFactors – which is used by 45 million people worldwide. Thrive content will be categorized for SAP SuccessFactors users by themes, including wisdom, wonder, well-being, giving, productivity and technology. "There's no more important leadership topic than the future of work and the workforce itself," said Jennifer Morgan, President of SAP North America. "The future of work will be shaped by those who can keep their employees healthy, vibrant, and engaged in new and dynamic ways with the same caliber of quality content they've come to expect as consumers and readers – and SAP is thrilled to be breaking new ground in this area with Thrive Global." Thrive Global and Uber have partnered to develop a scalable, data-driven approach to creating a productive, thriving culture in the fast-growing start-up environment. Together, the two companies will develop an interactive employee learning program that will launch in early 2017, empowering Uber's 9,000+ global employees with the tools and techniques to identify and manage work productivity in their individual roles. "When you run a global business that never sleeps, often you don’t either. I used to think it made me tough not to get much sleep," said Travis Kalanick, CEO of Uber. "Luckily, I had a good friend who made me to rethink my relationship with rest -- and I've been a lot happier and more productive ever since. So when Arianna started Thrive Global to change the way people live and work, I immediately asked how everyone at Uber could participate. Today Uber is proud to be one of the first companies to partner with Thrive Global to help our employees get the most out of their time in and out of the office." Non-Profit Partnerships Thrive Global launches with a foundation which is offering free trainings to leaders of non-profits, as well as civic leaders who are on the front lines of serving others. Those who have already received training or who are scheduled to include Alliance for Children's Rights, EduCare Foundation, Global Citizen, Global Health Corps, Khan Academy, LeanIn.Org as well as the mayors and mayoral staffs of Minneapolis, Oakland and Providence and the Mayor of Boston and the City of Boston's 18,000+ employees. "I'm thrilled to be partnering with Arianna and everyone at Thrive Global as this important work launches, said Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges. "I'm living proof that it is completely possible to be in a high-powered executive function and take care of yourself. I lend my voice to the chorus that says you will be more effective in your work and happier in your life if you take the risk of self-care. Arianna has been an inspiration to me and so many others, and I look forward to seeing the vision of Thrive Global become a reality, and make a real difference in people's lives." Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf said: "It's critical that we begin the practice of putting self-care, health and wellbeing at the top of Americans' to-do lists. Under Arianna Huffington's leadership, Thrive Global will help businesses better serve their employees and their shareholders by creating a better-balanced workforce that is healthier, happier, and more creatively productive." Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza said: "Here in Providence, we are excited to get involved with Thrive Global and appreciate their focus on maintaining strong and sustainable work-life balance for our employees. I have seen firsthand the hard work that non-profit and public sectors employees put into their work and I know that providing them with resources and trainings they need is critical to supporting their quality of life both at work and at home." Boston Mayor Marty Walsh said: "The City of Boston is focused on providing a healthy, balanced and sustainable quality of life for all its employees. I'm looking forward to working together with Thrive Global to provide their work/life balance training to all of our hard-working City employees throughout Boston." Media Platform The second pillar of Thrive Global is its media platform, which will serve as the global hub for the well-being and performance conversation, with an emphasis on action and change. It features original video content, the latest science, expert commentary and community contributions. To make it easy for users to take action and see immediate progress, included in the stories will be recommended microsteps – small changes that, over time and taken together, can deliver dramatic results. The media platform also functions as a sustainability arm for all corporate trainings, and will be continuously updated with new features, such as social and peer networks called Thrive Tribes, launching in early 2017. Thrive Global is using Medium to power its media site, which will be home to original and curated stories from Thrive's editorial staff, and diverse perspectives from contributors and content partners. "We welcome Thrive to Medium, and look forward to seeing them enrich the conversation around well-being, productivity and the science behind success" said Ev Williams, Medium Founder and CEO. "Arianna brings with her a deep understanding of the media landscape and how it has evolved in the last decade. We're excited to discover how that expertise shapes Thrive's direction on Medium." Thrive Global's media platform launches with contributions from business leaders, athletes, politicians, entertainers and world-renowned scientists and researchers. Some of the first voices you'll hear from include Sheryl Sandberg, Russell Wilson, Tufts University Director of Center for Reading and Language Research Maryanne Wolf, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, Duke Professor Murali Doraiswamy, Ohio State University Professor Ali Rezai and Anne-Marie Slaughter and more, who share their stories of health and well-being in first person pieces or videos. The media platform also introduces The Thrive Global Questionnaire, in which influencers ranging from Jeff Bezos, Howard Schultz and Brian Grazer to Selena Gomez, Priyanka Chopra, Shane Smith, Valerie Jarrett and Ashton Kutcher share their well-being and productivity habits. Other Thrive Global media partners include NowThis, VICE, iHeartMedia, and The New York Times. Thrive Global and millennial news brand NowThis are launching their partnership with a video series called "Turning Point," which puts the spotlight on millennial women who experienced a burnout wake-up call and made a positive change in their lives as a result. Thrive Global is partnering with Tonic, VICE's new channel dedicated to health and wellness, to jointly create a mental health index for college campuses that will help young people better understand one of the most important issues they and their friends may face. VICE and Thrive will also launch a global conversation about mortality and life's biggest questions in partnership with the not-for-profit Death Over Dinner. In addition, Thrive and the VICE Brand Studio will introduce a video series focused on high-performance athletes and their daily and nightly routines. The premier episode features NBA all-star Andre Iguodala, who credits his improved performance on the court to changes in his sleep habits. "Arianna is an inspiration and a leader in the digital media landscape and her Sleep Revolution has made a huge impact on my life on and off court," said NBA finals MVP and Thrive Global Partner Andre Iguodala. "Bringing health and wellness to the forefront in our everyday life is a terrific concept and will allow everyone to reach their full potential. Thrive Global is an innovative and life changing initiative that I'm extremely excited to be a part of." Thrive Global and iHeartMedia will launch The Thrive Global Podcast with iHeartRadio in January 2017. Arianna will host the podcast, which will feature interviews with notable leaders, celebrities, athletes and influencers who will discuss how they thrive. Listeners can hear the bi-weekly series via iHeartRadio, iHeartMedia's digital music and streaming radio service, as well as on thriveglobal.com. They can also hear the teaser episode on iHeartRadio, which is now available on 90 unique device platforms spanning in-home entertainment, wearables, gaming, mobile and auto. "We are excited to help Arianna bring the Thrive message to more than a quarter of a billion iHeartMedia listeners on-air and in app," said Gayle Troberman, Chief Marketing Officer of iHeartMedia. "Everything sound is hot. Radio, streaming, concerts and podcasts are all on the rise, and we expect the Thrive Global Podcast will be an instant hit with iHeartRadio listeners." In addition, Thrive Global is working with T- Brand studio, The New York Times's in-house brand marketing unit, to produce native advertising campaigns for Thrive Global partners. The media platform includes a six week e-course, hosted by Arianna Huffington, which helps consumers move from surviving to thriving by using scientifically proven methods to decrease stress and burnout and improve overall health, performance and happiness. Thrive Global is launching with a branded content partnership with the Quaker Oats Company -- a year-long campaign that focuses on making mornings more joyful and productive. "For nearly 140 years, Quaker has stood as a symbol for quality, great taste and nutrition," said Morgan Flatley, Chief Marketing Officer, PepsiCo Global Nutrition Group and Senior Vice President, Global Grains. "We share in Thrive's principle that micro-steps are an easily adoptable path to change and through this partnership, we look forward to bringing more of that oat goodness and nutritional value to people around the world in ways that educate, entertain and entice." Technology Core to a Thrive culture shift is addressing our relationship with technology. Our technology improves our lives on a daily basis, but on a long-term basis we're losing the ability to regulate and manage this increasingly powerful and addictive new element in our lives to serve our best interests. This is the background for Thrive Global's partnership with Bennett Miller, the Academy Award-nominated director of Moneyball, who also has a documentary coming out soon on our troubled relationship with technology. To begin re-calibrating that relationship, we've created an app called Silo. Putting a phone into "Silo Mode" means turning our smartphones into dumb phones for a specified period of time, with only emergency calls or texts allowed to get through. By selectively blocking distractions, Silo allows you to reclaim space in your life for focus, creativity and well-being. Silo is the first step in a campaign to change our relationship with technology and make disconnecting not only an option but a regular part of our daily lives. "The Silo app is a great idea. Our lives are getting overwhelmed by interruptions and notifications, which makes it hard to focus on the things that really matter around you," said Christian Plagemann, Director of Udacity Blitz. "The ability to take a digital break with confidence can be truly impactful. Our Udacity Blitz mobile engineering team worked closely with the Thrive Product Engineering team to make this idea a reality -- and we are delighted with the result." Thrive Global will also be introducing Thrive Away, a vacation email tool that, by deleting your incoming emails while you're away, allows you to truly disconnect and recharge. Thrive Away's insight is simple: the key is never seeing the email, while also letting the sender know when you'll be back. Commerce Platform Thrive Global's commerce platform offers a curated selection of the best technology and products – including newly developed Thrive products -- for well-being and performance. Thrive Global has launched its signature product, The Phone Bed, which is the world's first family bed for devices. The charging station -- which charges up to ten devices at a time -- helps the whole family get a better night's sleep by putting all devices to bed outside the bedroom. Thrive Global is collaborating with Amazon on an Alexa skill, Power Down, to help customers incorporate well-being activities into their everyday lives – just in time for the busy holiday season. The Power Down skill helps customers relax before sleep with guided meditation. Starting November 30, Alexa device owners can enable the skill by saying, "Alexa, enable the Thrive skill." Once enabled, customers can start their Power Down meditation by saying, "Alexa, open Thrive," or "Alexa, ask Thrive for a Power Down." "The holiday season can sometimes be stressful with family to host, presents to buy and parties to attend, so we're excited to collaborate with Ariana Huffington and Thrive to offer customers a way to escape the busyness and focus on their well-being," said Steve Rabuchin, Vice President, Amazon Alexa. "The Thrive skill complements other Alexa capabilities – like timers, to do lists and smart home – to help make customers' lives easier and more balanced year round." Arianna and Thrive Global have joined forces with Audible, the world's largest producer of downloadable audiobooks and other spoken word entertainment, to create "Goodnight Smartphone," a timely and soothing parody of the beloved children's book "Goodnight Moon" that encourages listeners to eliminate distractions at bedtime in favor of better sleep. The story, which Arianna narrates, will be available as a free download exclusively at Audible this January. In collaboration with its scientific advisory board, Thrive Global vetted hundreds of the latest and most cutting-edge health and well-being technologies, products, and services to curate those that meet standards for quality and impact. To see the complete curation visit shop.thriveglobal.com. Examples of our commerce partners are below, many of which are exclusive to Thrive Global or first-to-market. Thrive Global is partnering with Fitbit, the leader in the connected health and fitness category, to offer Thrive Global clients the Fitbit corporate wellness experience, which provides a custom company storefront, Fitbit activity trackers, a program dashboard and engaging corporate challenges to help companies promote employee well-being. In addition, Fitbit's leading wearable devices that help people stay motivated and improve health and wellness by being more active, exercising more, eating smarter, managing weight, and tracking sleep, will be available to consumers through the Thrive Global online shop and pop-up retail store. Thrive Global has also partnered with ergonomics pioneer Humanscale, both online and in the pop-up store, where the global design and manufacturing company's new Sit to Stand and OfficeIQ technology -- which inspires active workplaces -- will be showcased. Headspace, one of the top-ranking Health & Fitness apps on iTunes, with over 10 million users in more than 190 countries, is partnering with Thrive Global to bring a course of guided meditations to our corporate partners. Thrive Global will bring Dr. Howard Murad, the founder of clinical skincare brand Murad, to their pop-up for a live-streamed conversation about the power that a holistic, whole-person approach to health and beauty has in helping people live happier, healthier and more fulfilling lives. Thrive Global is one of the first retailers of Peloton, the groundbreaking fitness company that lets you join studio cycling classes from the comfort of your home. A favorite of busy people, Peloton offers live and on-demand classes from world class instructors and performance tracking to inspire the best and most convenient workout. In addition, Thrive Global is collaborating with Pour Les Femmes as their first US retail location. The socially conscious sleepwear label, founded by actress and activist Robin Wright and designer Karen Fowler, supports charitable organizations that directly help women in conflict regions around the world. "I am thrilled that Pour Les Femmes was asked to participate in the launch of Thrive Global," said Robin Wright. "At Pour Les Femmes, we think it is so important to give back to those who are in need, especially during this time of the year. These are principles that serve as the foundation for both Pour Les Femmes and Thrive Global, and we couldn't be more excited to partner with them." Rebecca Minkoff, the renowned designer of handbags, accessories, footwear and apparel and a long-time Thriver, is designing an oversized leather pouch for Thrive Style that is branded "Sleep Your Way to the Top", the perfect accessory for travel and being on the go! Sense by Hello, a bedroom environment and sleep tracking system, is a breakthrough product from another Thrive Global partner that is continuously innovating to improve our sleep. The Thrive Global store and e-commerce site will feature Hello's new-to-market, groundbreaking voice-activated version of the successful Sense sleep system. For the launch of Thrive Global, Thrive Market has created custom Thrive kits for the holidays – Relaxation, Sleep & Balance, Meditation and Healthy Snacks. Thrive Market offers top-selling, organic groceries at wholesale prices, democratizing access to healthy foods for all. To mark the launch of Thrive Global, Zeel, the leading on-demand massage service that delivers vetted, licensed massage therapists to homes, hotels and workplaces, is creating the Thrive Massage, which combines bedtime rituals like breathing, aromatherapy, acupressure and tea with their signature massage to prepare the mind and body for a restful sleep. "Zeel is thrilled to partner with Thrive Global to further Thrive's mission to ease the stress and burnout endemic in modern life and work, said Zeel CEO Samer Hamadeh. "At Zeel, we pride ourselves on making massage accessible to everyone, no matter how busy, 365 days per year, from start times as early as 8am to as late as 10:30pm. We know that in home massage from Zeel will be a valuable part of the Thrive Global solution, helping people thrive, not just survive." Thrive Global Pop-Up Store In addition to visiting e-commerce at shop.thriveglobal.com, consumers can do their holiday shopping at the Thrive Global retail pop-up store in New York City. The Thrive Global store, located in a 5,000-square-foot SoHo loft at 419 Broome Street, will offer live demonstrations, education, and trials of the latest products and technologies across the categories of mind, body, sleep, productivity, recharging, creativity, and giving. The pop-up will be open seven days a week, from 10:00am to 7:00pm, December 1 through January 15, 2017. Josh Wood Productions (JWP), a global leader in spectacles and innovative events, is Thrive Global's design, production and event partner for the pop-up store experience. Led by Jason Jones and Mimi Eayrs, JWP designed the pop-up store and integrated all partner brands and aligned organizations into the experimental retail space. To build out the pop-up store, Thrive Global formed a partnership with The New School's Parson's School of Design and Parsons Board of Governors Chair Kay Unger. Under Unger's leadership, Parsons, one of the leading institutions for art and design education, created two installations in the Thrive Global store. Room to Daydream is a space to nap and recharge, created by Parsons' Healthy Materials Lab. The second installation, Resonance, uses light to spread the image of participants infinitely in two directions — into the past and future -- as they move within the work. Christian Swafford and Lauren Larson, founders of Material Lust, showcase their Crepuscule Floor Lamp and Lancia Floor Lamp. The Sleep Sanctuary, an integral installation in Thrive Global's pop-up store, was developed by COCO-MAT Sleep On Nature, an international bedding company which focuses on creating the highest quality metal free beds, mattresses and bedding accessories handcrafted solely from natural materials and produced through sustainable methods, in partnership with The Lionesque Group. The Lionesque Group, founded by Melissa Gonzalez, is a full turnkey agency specializing in pop-up retail activations and is the lead pop-up retail store advisor to Thrive Global. In addition, the Thrive Global pop-up store was produced with support from Design Within Reach, Inc., the world leader in authentic modern design; award-winning producer, director and cinematographer Louie Schwartzberg, whose notable career spans more than three decades providing breathtaking imagery for feature films, Imax and theme park ride films and founder of Moving Art™, the world's first collection of 4K moving imagery created as fine art for digital screens; Stefani Greenfield, co-founder of SCOOP NYC Retail and founder/CEO of brand marketing agency My Next Act, has been instrumental in cultivating the Thrive Global Retail Team culture and curating its merchandise assortment; and UrbanStems, the flower delivery startup that makes sending flowers and "spreading happiness" an everyday experience, has provided the Instagram flower wall. About Thrive Global Thrive Global's mission is to end the epidemic of stress and burnout by offering companies and individuals sustainable, science-based solutions to enhance both well-being and performance. Thrive Global's three interconnected core components are: corporate trainings and workshops that bring the latest strategies and tools around health and well-being to organizations; a media platform that serves as the global hub for the conversation about well-being and performance with an emphasis on action; and, an e-commerce platform that offers a curated selection of the best technology and products for well-being. Together, the three components create an integrated platform that empowers people to make sustainable changes to their daily lives, going from knowing what to do to actually doing it. Thrive Global is committed to accelerating the culture shift that allows people to reclaim their lives and move from surviving to thriving.

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    Chicago, IL - November 30, 2016 - SurePeople, a global technology innovator providing cloud-based talent solutions driven by qualitative and quantitative data, and Zelf Experience, a talent management and human resources consultancy based in Chile, today announced a strategic partnership to bring SurePeople’s unified technology platform to businesses across South America. As a certified partner, Zelf Experience will bring SurePeople’s world-class human capital management solutions and people analytics to its clients to help them hire, engage, develop and retain high-performing employees in Latin America’s evolving market with an increasing competition for talent. “Latin America represents six percent of the world’s population, with offices for some of the best national and multinational companies in the world, like Accor, Belcorp and Cisco,” said Niko Drakoulis, the founder and CEO of SurePeople. “After we identified the need and the right market for SurePeople’s expansion, it was equally important for us to conduct a rigorous selection process in choosing a strategic partner. And, Zelf Experience is the right partner to bring our solutions to Latin America.”  Zelf Experience’s CEO, Germán Picó S., and his leadership team have deep experience in the fields of human resources, talent management, organizational development and executive recruitment. Over the years, the team at Zelf Experience have become known for their integrity, character and ability to service clients with a high-quality personalized experience that delivers sustainable results. Zelf Experience provides consultancy services for organizations across industries in Chile. Some of its current clients in the market include Derco, Entel, Prosegur, Socofar and Tecnofarma.  “Our partnership with SurePeople is an amazing opportunity for Zelf Experience, our clients and organizations across Latin America,” said Germán Picó. “Much like in the U.S., talent management software solutions in Latin America tend to be outdated, fragmented and unable to reach frontline employees. With SurePeople and our team at Zelf Experience, we can bring a scalable, cost-effective and next-generation technology platform to the market.”   To serve Latin America’s business market, SurePeople’s cloud-based applications are now available in Spanish. Through SurePeople’s suite of talent management solutions, businesses can leverage individual and organizational data, scale and automate personalized development plans, support hiring decisions with people analytics, share anonymous surveys to track employee engagement levels, and use many more features available on-demand and across devices. “We are excited to begin our expansion into Latin America with Zelf Experience,” said Drakoulis. “Currently, we are also identifying additional markets for SurePeople to serve, most notably the Middle East and India, while conducting our selection process for certified strategic partners that align with our values and solutions.” For more information, visit SurePeople (www.SurePeople.com) and Zelf Experience (www.ZelfExperience.com) online. About SurePeopleSurePeople (www.SurePeople.com) is a global technology innovator providing cloud-based talent solutions driven by qualitative and quantitative data. Its mission is to make people sure of themselves and businesses sure of their people. SurePeople’s proprietary SaaS (software-as-a-service) architecture, powered by its Prism® psychometric algorithm – a global trade-secret developed and enhanced since 1987 – delivers Emotional, Relational and Team Intelligence (ERT-i®) through one integrated platform that’s scalable, measurable and actionable. Together, we can achieve extraordinary outcomes. About Zelf ExperienceBased in Santiago de Chile, Zelf Experience is a consulting firm that promotes conscious awareness to improve people's quality of life and looks to maximize sustainable business results. Comprised by a top-level professional team, Zelf Experience delivers in depth cultural transformations, talent and change management, gamification, training and outplacement using internet technologies and human capital analytics solutions. For more information, visit www.ZelfExperience.com or email contacto@zelfexperience.com.

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    Stockholm, Sweden - November 30, 2016 - BTS, a leading global strategy implementation firm, has partnered with a Japanese multinational conglomerate corporation to pilot a new global innovation leadership development program. The experience is particularly noteworthy in both design and scope, as it takes participants through every step of the innovation process in a very hands-on, detailed way over the course of five months and two program modules, held first in Milan and next in Tokyo. The journey includes visits to innovative companies, customer exploration materials, augmented reality exercises, presentations by external speakers, and more. The goal of the program is to develop the leadership skills needed to build a culture of innovation – which this organization recognizes as a key to its future. “Leaders must not only understand the “why” behind the importance of innovation and the role they play in it, but also believe that it is the right direction and have the capabilities and customer-centricity needed to act on it. This is where BTS comes in,” says Peter Mulford, EVP and Head of Innovation at BTS. “Leaders must have the right knowledge, leadership skills and abilities to make the everyday decisions that will reinforce this and enable their company to gain market confidence and value as an innovation leader.” This customer-focused innovation leadership experience fully immerses participants at every level: they have to listen and observe customers in order to understand their needs; they work side-by-side with industrial designers in an innovation studio, creating prototypes of their ideas, and they visit other world-class innovative companies, fostering open innovation. The overall experience is truly global, not only in terms of location and reach but also in terms of the involved team, as it is being designed and facilitated by members of BTS from Europe, Latin America, the United States and Asia.   The program targets the following competencies: Creativity and design thinking Innovation management Perspective Strategic agility Motivating others Building effective teams Customer focus The first module, held in Milan over four days, has recently been completed and involved a hands-on, action-oriented experience designed to provide the team with the essential frameworks, practices, and tools to do and lead innovation. The program took place in a variety of locales within the city, including the design studio at the recently acquired company Design Innovation, and involved consultants from the recently acquired Cesim Italia.  The intermediary months between the first and second modules will allow participants to start carrying out innovation and leadership experiments, applying the tools and skills learned. When gathering in Tokyo for the second and final session of the program, participants will share their findings with the organization’s CEO and top executives, and learn how to multiply the confidence and capabilities they have gained.

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    Burlington, MA - December 1, 2016 - Qstream, makers of sales acceleration software that uses science, data, and mobile technology to ignite high-performing teams, has completed a $15 million Series B round of funding led by Polaris Partners, with participation by existing investors Frontline Ventures, Launchpad Venture Group, and Excel Venture Management. The Series B funding brings Qstream’s total VC investment to $23 million, and will be used to help the company more rapidly increase US and EMEA market share. As part of the funding, Gary Swart, partner at Polaris, will join the Qstream board of directors. Selected as one of the top 100 fastest growing companies in North America on the 2016 Deloitte Fast 500 list, Qstream has achieved cumulative revenue growth of 1,000%+ over the past three years. Its award-winning sales acceleration platform allows large sales organizations to drive revenue through a data-driven approach to helping busy sales leaders reinforce critical sales behaviors with an engaging user experience that’s non-disruptive to selling time. Client results have included a 20% increase in annual quota attainment, 3% improvement in gross margin, and 12% market share gain. With offices in Boston, San Francisco, Dublin, and London, Qstream currently serves 300+ global brands in the technology, financial services, and pharmaceutical industries, including LinkedIn, Mastercard, Sun Life Financial, Pfizer, and Bristol–Myers Squibb. Polaris’ Swart specializes in the emerging sales technology market and formerly served as CEO of oDesk, the world’s largest online workplace, which he guided to industry leadership and through a successful merger with Elance. “Qstream’s promise as a transformative SaaS technology lies in its unique ability to use data, science, and an engaging mobile interface to address the human side of sales acceleration,” said Swart, partner, Polaris Partners. “While there has been an influx of innovative new sales technologies, we were immediately impressed with Qstream’s ability to tackle an aspect not yet addressed by others, and the scientific backing of its ability to change sales behaviors at scale.” “We’re tremendously honored to have the validation of Polaris Partners, with its notable track record in the $12 billion sales acceleration market, to complement the expertise we have come to enjoy from our existing investment partners as Qstream enters its next phase,” said Duncan Lennox, CEO and co-founder of Qstream. “Sales processes remain ripe for disruption and, with the addition of this funding and expertise, Qstream’s singular ability to address the human side of sales is well-positioned to change how enterprises achieve sales optimization now and into the foreseeable future.” About QstreamQstream’s sales performance platform is used by leading brands in technology, financial services and life sciences, including 14 of the world’s top 15 pharmaceutical companies, to manage the effectiveness of their sales teams and front-line managers at scale. Qstream’s scientific approach has been validated in more than 20 randomized control trials to boost performance and durably change behaviors in just minutes a day using any mobile device. To learn more, visit Qstream.com, follow us @Qstream or like us at facebook.com/Qstream. About Polaris PartnersPolaris Partners invests in exceptional technology and healthcare companies across all stages of their life cycles.  With offices in Boston, San Francisco, and Dublin, we partner globally with an unparalleled network of entrepreneurs, top scientists and emerging innovators who are making significant contributions in their fields and improving the way in which we live and work. For more information, visit www.polarispartners.com.

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    Huntington Beach, CA - December 7, 2016 - Dale Carnegie, the iconic global leadership training provider, today unveiled a new visual identity as part of a sweeping global brand modernization. The new visual identity includes an updated logo and style guide for all communications. A redesigned website incorporating the new branding will launch in 2017. The massive rebrand comes as Dale Carnegie's perennial bestselling book, How to Win Friends and Influence People, celebrates its 80th anniversary. The organization (formerly known as Dale Carnegie Training – now referred to simply as Dale Carnegie) is also marking its 104th anniversary this week at its biannual International Convention in Huntington Beach, Calif. "We are excited to use our new brand to better tell the Dale Carnegie story," says CEO Joe Hart. "Just as my first Dale Carnegie course inspired and transformed my life back in 1995, the new design and visual identity better captures the empowering effects of Dale Carnegie courses. Dale Carnegie is truly a powerful force, enabling people to make a difference in their lives, their businesses and their future opportunities." The new Dale Carnegie visual identity features a crisp new logo. Taking the form of a "DC" monogram, the logo's resemblance to a butterfly symbolizes the transformative nature of Dale Carnegie training courses. This new visual identity – coupled with strong, professional branding and a vibrant color scheme – conveys the inner potential of every professional and the enduring nature of Dale Carnegie's values. "Dale Carnegie believes that everyone has inherent greatness – a special spark – and this is now captured in our bright, bold new branding," adds Michelle Bonterre, Chief Brand Officer. "As our brand has evolved over the past 104 years, we have always remained focused on our core belief that Dale Carnegie can empower individuals to take risks, rise to challenges and contribute to boosting a company's performance." The work was conceived and created by renowned branding agency Carbone Smolan Agency (CSA), with foundational research and strategy from Siegel+Gale. In 2017, Dale Carnegie will embark on updating its entire online presence – from its corporate website to local franchisee sites worldwide. Each franchisee will also receive a toolkit for implementation of the new branding across all materials. For more information on the brand relaunch and a glimpse at the new look, click here. About Dale Carnegie Dale Carnegie delivers time-tested personal development and growth training that is a catalyst for individual and workforce transformation, helping people from all walks of life become fearless and giving leaders the confidence they need to get the most out of life and work.  Headquartered in Hauppauge, New York, Dale Carnegie is represented in all 50 of the United States and over 90 countries. More than 2,700 trainers present Dale Carnegie programs in 30 languages every day.  For over 100 years, Dale Carnegie has helped communities all over the world prosper by improving the personal and financial well-being of the people who live there, and the companies that do business there. Today, we continue to cross borders and generations, showing people how to tap into the best parts of themselves to create positive change.  Over 8 million people worldwide have attended a Dale Carnegie training.

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    Iowa City, IA - December 7, 2016 - ACT announced today that it will provide workforce certification that measures foundational job readiness for thousands of workers in Mexico and for Mexicans working abroad under special agreements with the National Council for Standardization and Certification of Labor Competencies; CONOCER, a public entity of the Mexican federal government responsible for promoting the development of the National System of Competencies; and the Foundation for the Improvement of Education in Mexico, AC (FUNDAMEE). ACT workforce development certification is based on assessments and training that assists employers in identifying candidates who possess core competencies of career readiness, such as critical thinking and problem solving, as well as teamwork and collaboration. “ACT’s workforce certification will enable employers to confidently identify, select and hire qualified candidates, especially first-time job seekers,” said ACT Chief Commercial Officer Suzana Delanghe.  “ACT’s agreements with CONOCER and FUNDAMEE are designed to help thousands of younger workers and students bridge the gap between education and workplace competencies and take advantage of new opportunities to improve their personal and work lives.” CONOCER, which reports to the Ministry of Public Education, is responsible for promoting and regulating the processes of standardization and certification of labor competencies. Its mission is to develop the productive potential of human capital for the competitiveness of Mexico, through the National System of Competencies. Thus, it ensures the quality of the certification processes of workers and serves as a fundamental reference for work training systems. FUNDAMEE is a non-profit organization certified by CONOCER to train, evaluate and certify the labor competencies and skills of individuals, based on national labor standards. “CONOCER and its National Network evaluate and certify worker’s competencies, and in doing so, we boost productivity and competitiveness of enterprises and organizations,” said Director General of CONOCER Alberto Almaguer Rocha, Ph.D. FUNDAMEE President Alberto Ortiz-Pavon stated, “Our partnership with ACT will further our ability to provide a valid credential recognized by more than 20,000 employers and organizations in Mexico and the USA.”  Under this agreement, ACT will provide assessments and materials in English and Spanish. More than 3.5 million individuals have participated in workforce readiness training and certification and earned a Career Readiness Certificate in the US. The credential distinguishes qualified candidates in the hiring process, benefiting workers and employers. ACT is a mission-driven, nonprofit organization dedicated to helping people achieve education and workplace success. Headquartered in Iowa City, Iowa, ACT is trusted as the nation’s leader in college and career readiness, providing high-quality achievement assessments grounded in more than 50 years of research and experience. ACT’s uniquely integrated set of solutions provide insights that empower individuals to succeed from elementary school through career. To learn more about ACT, go to www.act.org.

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    New York, NY - December 7, 2016 - Grovo, an innovator in workplace learning, proudly announces that the company has achieved significant growth and momentum in the core business areas of customer acquisition and retention, revenue growth, and continued product innovation through industry leadership. As platforms such as Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook, etc., redefine how people consume and interact with information, Grovo continues to provide learning & development professionals with cutting-edge microlearning technology, content, and strategy that captures learner attention and impacts performance. “Since Grovo’s inception, driving innovation in the way people learn has been core to our DNA,” said Jeff Fernandez, Cofounder and CEO, Grovo. “As the pioneer in microlearning, we’ve continued to push the industry forward with new media, intuitive technology and a continually-evolving method that is designed to make learning stick. Our growth signifies that Grovo’s mission to transform workplace learning is resonating with organizations, and we’re excited to continue to deliver millions of ‘aha’ moments that create meaningful change within their people.” Achievements in Sales, Revenue, and Customer Acquisition Grovo has achieved 3x ARR growth over the past 18 months. As a result, the Grovo platform has reached 17 million learning moments since its inception, with more lessons delivered in the past year alone than in the previous five years combined. With this momentum, the company has further strengthened its customer base, including significant growth in hospitality and advertising/media verticals. Notable new customers include:  InterContinental Hotel Group Time Warner/Spectrum Reach Madison Square Garden FCB Global Boingo Wireless VaynerMedia "With Grovo, the impact on engagement is amazing. Our training managers are excited to create their own courses depending on their goals, and learners are excited about the bite-sized microlearning —they’re more apt to go through it,” said Chris Zoloth, Director Customer Experience Optimization, IHG. “We see people making time to learn. It’s changed the way we think about getting our people trained.” New Executive Talent Supports Innovation and Growth Grovo is thrilled to announce that Maksim Ovsyannikov has joined Grovo as Vice President of Product, a newly-created role, to create transformational products that accelerate the company’s trajectory. Maksim has more than 17 years of product leadership experience building breakthrough products and talented teams at world-class enterprise technology companies, including Totango, Salesforce, Zendesk, and Saba. Maksim will be leading Grovo's product, design, and content strategy into the future. "The market for enterprise learning software is undergoing a radical shift, and thanks to its continuous focus on innovation, Grovo is positioned to revolutionize the role technology plays in talent development,” said Maksim Ovsyannikov, VP of Product, Grovo. “I am delighted to join Grovo at such a pivotal point in its journey and build simple, powerful learning technology that gives every company the ability to transform its people and its business.” Industry Recognition Grovo has been recognized across the industry with more than a dozen awards in 2016 for both its workplace and business practices, including: Named #2 on Fortune’s Best Medium Workplaces list Received Stevie Award for Front-Line Customer Service Team of the Year Recognized by HR.com as a LEAD2016 Leadership Execellence Award Winner Looking Ahead Grovo has announced plans to expand to the West Coast in 2017 with an office slated to open in San Francisco. For more information, please visit: http://www.grovo.com. About Grovo Grovo is reimagining learning for the enterprise. The workplace learning company combines beautiful technology, engaging content, and hands-on advisory support to deliver a better way to learn at work. The heart of Grovo’s approach is microlearning -- bite-sized video lessons, exercises and real-world practice delivered in the right way, at the right time. Founded in 2010, Grovo has delivered more than 17 million learning moments at world-class organizations like Chevron, Capital One, WeWork, The Ritz-Carlton Company, and DDB. Its own culture of learning has earned the company recognition as a "Best Place to Work" by Fortune Magazine, Entrepreneur Magazine, Crain’s, and Internet Week. Headquartered in NYC, Grovo has raised venture financing from some of the world’s best investors, including Accel Partners. Learn more at http://www.grovo.com.

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    Santa Monica, CA - December 7, 2016 - Cornerstone OnDemand (NASDAQ:CSOD), a global leader in cloud-based human capital management software, today announced that Western Union, a worldwide leader in payment services, is using Cornerstone’s software to enable employee self-development and engagement, as well as to focus on data-driven talent initiatives. With Cornerstone, Western Union has built an award-winning and dynamic learning and development program that not only links directly to business outcomes, but also has created efficiencies and trimmed costs. Western Union’s rich history in American business dates back to 1851, when it was founded as a telegraph company with a focus on connecting people. From enabling fast coast-to-coast communication via the transcontinental telegraph line and being the first stock traded on the New York Stock Exchange, to introducing the first consumer charge card and inventing the money transfer, Western Union truly embodies American innovation and ingenuity. Completing an average of 31 transactions every second, Western Union has continued to grow and evolve. However, prior to Cornerstone, its learning and development strategy and talent management processes weren’t evolving at the same pace. The company wasn’t measuring results from its learning and development programs, there was no direct link between talent initiatives and business objectives, and the training experience was not consistent across departments and geographic regions. In 2012, Western Union signed on with Cornerstone to utilize its unified talent management platform, including Cornerstone’s solutions for learning and development, workplace collaboration, performance management and succession planning. This has allowed Western Union to: Create a consistent employee experience across 59 countries. Prior to Cornerstone, Western Union relied on two different learning management systems, which wasn’t optimal. Today, all 10,000 employees can access the same content from anywhere in the world, at any time. By utilizing one unified platform, Western Union has not only reduced costs, but it has also improved the learner experience and can now effectively measure the success of its programs, identify and address skills gaps, and instantly assess the capabilities of its workforce. Increase engagement and career mobility with a dynamic and blended approach to learning and development.With Cornerstone, Western Union has created a self-directed learning system with modern, relevant training that includes gamification, as well as video, social, online and micro-learning content, to meet the needs of today’s employees. Cornerstone’s suite of products has enabled Western Union employees to drive their own professional development and has encouraged career mobility throughout the organization. Make data-driven talent decisions that link back to business objectives. Previously, Western Union’s dual learning systems made it difficult to evaluate and report on the effectiveness of its talent initiatives. With accurate and real-time reporting, Western Union can now easily make important course corrections, invest more in programs that drive business results and strategically plan for the future. Comments on the News “The entire landscape of workplace learning and employee engagement is always shifting, so it was important to us to find a software partner that was equally as innovative, technologically forward and committed to supporting our evolving talent initiatives. We’re lucky to have found that partner in Cornerstone, a company that is continuously evolving based on where the future of work is headed and on the needs of its clients and today’s workforce,” said Joshua Craver, vice president of talent management for Western Union. “Western Union is not only a company with deep roots in American history, but also is a company with many remarkable achievements that have made history. At the core of this success is its people,” said Kirsten Helvey, chief operating officer for Cornerstone OnDemand. “We’re incredibly proud to support Western Union’s talent management efforts in offering its people the most innovative learning and professional development opportunities and helping employees realize their potential.” Additional Details To learn more about Cornerstone’s human capital management software, visit www.cornerstoneondemand.com/products. For more information about Western Union’s success using Cornerstone, visit www.cornerstoneondemand.com/clients/western-union. About Western Union The Western Union Company (NYSE: WU) is a leader in global payment services. Together with its Vigo, Orlandi Valuta, Pago Facil and Western Union Business Solutions branded payment services, Western Union provides consumers and businesses with fast, reliable and convenient ways to send and receive money around the world, to send payments and to purchase money orders. As of June 30, 2016, the Western Union, Vigo and Orlandi Valuta branded services were offered through a combined network of over 500,000 agent locations in 200 countries and territories and over 100,000 ATMs and kiosks, and included the capability to send money to billions of accounts. In 2015, The Western Union Company completed 262 million consumer-to-consumer transactions worldwide, moving $82 billion of principal between consumers, and 508 million business payments. For more information, visit www.westernunion.com. About Cornerstone OnDemand Cornerstone OnDemand (NASDAQ: CSOD) is a global leader in cloud-based human capital 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, people administration 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 2,800 clients worldwide, spanning nearly 28 million users across 191 countries and 42 languages. To learn more about Cornerstone, visit us on Twitter, Facebook and our blog. www.cornerstoneondemand.com. Cornerstone® and Cornerstone OnDemand® are registered trademarks of Cornerstone OnDemand Inc.

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    Orlando, FL - December 6, 2016 -  In July of 2016, CRCC launched its CRCC e-UNIVERSITY using Digitec Interactive's Knowledge Direct ® 7 learning management system. In August 2015, CRCC began a rollout of their new CRCC COMMUNITY, the first online community built exclusively to serve all rehabilitation counseling professionals.  The CRCC COMMUNITY includes three state-of-the-art online platforms: CRCC ENGAGE, a professional networking platform that empowers its subscribers to create meaningful, engaging dialogue through information sharing, discussion groups, and resource libraries; CRCC ASPIRE, an online job board built exclusively for Certified Rehabilitation Counselors (CRCs) and CRC applicants as well as employers who value the CRC in their hiring practices; and CRCC e-UNIVERSITY, offering self-paced, interactive, on-demand eLearning to the entire rehabilitation counseling profession. "Research conducted in 2013-14 indicated that CRCs wanted more products and services from CRCC beyond the certification," explained Cindy Chapman, Executive Director for CRCC.  "Continuing education was one of these products.  Our certificants wanted quality continuing education that was affordable and convenient.  That's when we turned to Digitec Interactive." In July 2016, CRCC launched CRCC e-UNIVERSITY using the Digitec Interactive Knowledge Direct ® 7 learning management system (LMS).  With this cutting-edge platform, learners experience an easy-to-use interface combined with the added convenience of automatic placement of completed continuing education to a certificant's personal CE log, which saves time and money.  The Knowledge Direct ® 7 LMS provides an integrated learning solution, connecting CRCC's certification/credit monitoring applications, AMS, and website, which help to support CRCC's marketing initiatives to grow CRCC e-UNIVERSITY annual subscriptions and course enrollment.  Plus, Knowledge Direct ® 7 meets 508/ADA compliance standards. "We have a great working relationship with Digitec Interactive," said Susan Brown Zahn, Ph.D., and CRCC's E-Learning Manager.  "Digitec is always responsive to our needs.  We aren't locked into a one-size-fits-all system.  We can control what we want in our LMS.  That's a big reason why we chose Digitec Interactive and the Knowledge Direct ® platform.  We know if it's possible, Digitec will make it happen." To encourage rehabilitation counseling professionals to try CRCC e-UNIVERSITY, CRCC is offering a free one hour course entitled Ethics: Exploring the 2017 Code.  This free course provides an overview of the new and revised enforceable standards of the 2017 CRCC Code of Professional Ethics for Rehabilitation Counselors.  Enforceable standards are intended to assure the public that the rehabilitation counseling profession accepts its responsibility to provide quality service to individuals with disabilities. "All rehabilitation counselors need to stay current in ethics," explained Scott Dunnell, Director of Marketing and Strategic Alliances for CRCC.  "So a free course that provides the latest changes to the Code of Professional Ethics is the perfect way for anyone to try CRCC e-UNIVERSITY with no risk or obligation.  Plus, everyone who completes the free course receives one hour of CE credit." ABOUT THE COMMISSION ON REHABILITATION COUNSELOR CERTIFICATION (CRCC) Since 1974, the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRCC), the world's largest rehabilitation counseling organization dedicated to improving the lives of individuals with disabilities, has set the standard for competent delivery of quality rehabilitation counseling services through its nationally accredited and internationally recognized Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) certification program.  Currently, there are over 16,000 CRCs in active practice around the world. Learn more at www.crccertification.com ABOUT DIGITEC INTERACTIVE  Digitec Interactive is an eLearning services and Learning Management System (LMS) provider, developing educational products for corporate, association, academic, medical and non-profit clients. It is best known for its signature learning management system, Knowledge Direct. Digitec delivers courses to more than 600,000 annual users. Additionally, Digitec has created custom learning experiences for many Fortune 500 companies including Disney, P&G, Symantec, Cisco Systems, Yum Brands, Genentech and Hilton Worldwide. 

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    New York, NY - December 6, 2016 - The Confidence Factor for Women in Leadership presents The Academy. The Academy is an online platform with over 18 hours of streaming content for women in leadership who are seeking the right tools for growth and acceleration. The Confidence Factor for Women in Leadership is a global executive leadership firm, which focuses on diversity and inclusion initiatives for women in c-level leadership and high performance business models. Their work has been featured in the Huffington Post, Madame Noire, Entrepreneur.com and more. In addition, The Confidence Factor has been the trusted keynote presentation and advisor for organizations such as Women in Government, San Jose State University, Suncoast HR/SHRM, ABASBO Antigua, and more. The Academy was created for new and mid-level women seeking access to senior level leadership, while shattering the glass ceiling at the c-level. The Academy features over 18 hours of content from previous live trainings. The sessions include content on negotiation, partnerships, unclaimed currency, presentations & speaking, consultations and more. The content will allow attendees to create value on their journey in leadership, while avoiding many barriers to entry. To enroll, visit http://the-confidence-factor.teachable.com About Carol Sankar: Mrs.Sankar is a high level business consultant and the founder of The Confidence Factor for Women in Leadership, which is a global executive leadership firm focused on diversity and inclusion initiatives for high level women. Carol has been featured at TEDx, The Steve Harvey Show, Bounce TV, Inroads, The Society for Diversity, SHRM, Huffington Post, Entrepreneur Magazine, Homevestors and more.

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    Palm Beach Gardens, FL - December 5, 2016 - Best Practice Institute is announcing its 2016 Best Practice Awards winners. The Best Practice Awards acknowledge innovators, practitioners, executives, CEOs and consultants who have made a significant positive impact on their organizations and on modern leadership and management principles and practices. The 2016 winners: Best Practice Organization/Practitioner Award Julie Dodd, Ultimate Software As Senior Vice President and Chief Service Officer of Ultimate Software, Dodd's core belief is that optimal customer experience is key. Dodd and Ultimate's Support Services team have utilized the "Voice of the Customer" program to conduct journey-mapping exercises, research various support models and deploy a comprehensive plan to implement a tierless, collaborative-support model for all UltiPro customers. This approach reduced the total time for Ultimate to resolve all customer support inquiries by 60 percent between May 2015 and June 2016 and resulted in a 97% customer retention rate. "Our collaborative support model exemplifies Ultimate's 'People First' philosophy and supports our goal of providing not only leading HCM technology but also the people and services behind it," said Dodd. "We treat our customers as Partners for Life, offering a range of specialized services to help them to grow and transform their organization." --- Best Practices Company Founders Anne Fulton, Fuel50 As CEO of Fuel50, Fulton and her team are on a mission to support great experiences for people working in large organizations across the globe. Fuel50 helps people define the right internal career path for them, and provides resources and tools to create a continuous career growth experience. Fuel50 is an interactive cloud-based career path software that helps employees be more engaged. With Fuel50 software, employees can create career acceleration through stretch assignments, peer learning, and coaching and connections with others across the organization, while fast-tracking their career growth with automated plans. "The talent wars are here, and we are facing a new talent economy, with employees having more power to demand a better career experience or find it elsewhere," Fulton explained. --- Best Practices Company Founders Award Adam Rogers, Ultimate Software Rogers, Chief Technology Officer and SVP of Product Development at Ultimate Software, is the responsible for overseeing the strategy, development, and delivery the company's UltiPro(R) human capital management (HCM) solution. One of the key issues Rogers and his development team tackled was employee retention. According to Rogers: "Retention is a top challenge for any successful organization. Research indicates that replacing a professional employee can cost more than two times an employee's salary, in addition to loss in intellectual capital and tacit knowledge when talent leaves." Rogers and Ultimate Software's development team created Leadership Actions, a new prescriptive feature embedded within its UltiPro HCM solution to help managers proactively nurture and engage their teams. With Leadership Actions, Rogers has elevated the role that analytics may play in not only identifying retention risks, but providing managers with in-context coaching and actionable insights that will help them to develop, retain, and motivate their teams. --- Best Practices CEO Award Adam Miller, Cornerstone OnDemand Miller is the founder and CEO of Cornerstone OnDemand. Miller believes in putting the right employees together to create a meaningful work environment that people will want to be a part of in the long run. Cornerstone helps companies realize the potential of the modern workforce through cloud-based learning and talent management. Miller works with the Product Development team and is involved with hiring and mentoring. Miller sees the future of talent management to be less about automated processes and annual reviews, and more about empowering employees and using compassion to make sure their reach their highest potential. Cornerstone Learning has been built over 17 years of continuous development. More than 80 percent of its 28 million active users take advantage of its learning and development solution. It provides deep capability around all types of organizational learning, with flexibility for different types of organizations. This learning ranges from instructor-led training, e-learning and video learning, to collaborative learning, mobile learning, just-in-time contextual learning and much more. --- Best Practices CEO Award Peter Louch, Vemo Louch is the CEO of Vemo, which offers workforce planning, workforce analytics, predictive analytic services, and implementation consultation to ensure effective and sustainable programs. Key to this work is Vemo's technology; its state-of-the-art workforce planning software is cloud-based so clients can access, manage, and share easily. Louch ensures that each client gets what they specifically need to reach the highest impact. Under his leadership, Vemo has successfully implemented dozens of enterprise workforce planning and analytics programs. "We want to help them be ahead of talent needs," Louch said, adding that companies never want to have too much talent too soon, or not enough talent when they need them the most. Achieving that balance can be tricky, which is why Louch and his team at Vemo go about it in a customized way. --- Best Practice Organization/Practitioner Award Mark Zides, CoreAxis Mark Zides is the President of CoreAxis, a company that focuses on people. With over 18 years of consulting and execution-oriented experience, Zides is responsible for building relationships and partnering with CoreAxis clients. Zides' leadership style builds trust and confidence in the leaders and individuals he works with, such as Bank of America, Liberty Mutual Insurance, Google, Staples, Verizon, and more. CoreAxis helps clients learn about the newest advances in learning and development, and to separate the fads from the true trends that will impact talent strategy in years to come. The science of how people learn shows that the old way of long training videos isn't effective. Shorter, interactive, and the ability of people to choose what they learn is key. "There is no broad brush. Learning is individual," said Katy Tynan, managing director of CoreAxis. --- Best Practice Institute wants to congratulate its award winners. BPI is a leadership and management association focusing on best and innovative business practices. BPI has more than 42,000 subscribers, from managers to senior and C-level talent, HR, and HR Tech executives, including corporate and individual members on five continents and executives and employees of more than half of the Fortune 500. Best Practice Awards are judged by C-Level, Fortune 1000 talent executives. BPI began honoring exceptional business leaders in 2006. The Best Practice Awards have become among the most coveted awards in management, leadership development and cutting-edge HR Technologies. "These winners embody the BPI spirit of learning, collaborating, and pioneering," said Louis Carter, BPI founder and CEO. "They are prime examples of where business is going--they are the innovators, the creators, the forward thinkers." Several past winners have gone on to join BPI's Senior Executive Board including MasterCard's Chief Talent Officer David Deacon, Humana's VP of Talent & OD Roger Cude, and KeyBank's Chief Talent Officer, Brian Fishel, among others. BPI's Senior Executive Board is an exclusive benchmarking consortium for heads of talent to share with and learn from each other the best and next practices in talent management, leadership development and organization development. 100s of CEOs have received BPI's CEO Award including Dow Chemical Company CEO Andrew Liveris, former Genentech CEO and current Apple Chairman Arthur Levinson, Xerox CEO Anne Mulcahy, FedEx CEO Fred Smith and others. More information about the Best Practice Awards is available at https://www.bestpracticeinstitute.org/best-practices-awards.html

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    London, UK - December 9, 2016 - FutureLearn, the leading global social learning platform, owned by The Open University, will partner with Australia's Deakin Universityto offer a range of postgraduate degrees.  This is the first time a MOOC (massive open online course) provider has offered several degrees, fully online, entirely on its platform.  The degrees in Cyber Security, Information Technology, Financial Planning, Humanitarian and Development Action, Property, and Diabetes Education will be available from early 2017. Students will study free, short 'taster' courses before deciding to commit and enrol in the equivalent of a university subject. The fee-paying programs will combine several short FutureLearn courses, to make learning manageable and flexible. FutureLearn CEO Simon Nelson said: "We are delighted to be partnering with an institution at the forefront of online learning like Deakin, to lead the way in bringing this type of qualification to students all over the world. Studying a postgraduate degree is a significant commitment so we are very pleased to be able to give students the opportunity to start to learn for free and pay-as-they-go before committing to the full degree. Our aim is to allow our learners to study a full degree flexibly, whenever they like, wherever they are, fitting the courses around the rest of their lives."   "Learning with a global cohort of students who are actively contributing and engaged through our approach to social learning will deliver a rich experience for learners that we think will add a new dimension to this type of post graduate study," Mr Nelson said. Deakin Vice-Chancellor Professor Jane den Hollander said Deakin was one of the first Australian universities to offer large-scale online learning and had topped student satisfaction surveys in the state of Victoria for the past six years. "I am confident that we can open up this high satisfaction experience to global cohorts, and FutureLearn is an ideal partner because its platform is an elegant next generation learning environment that matches our curriculum framework. We offer students a streamlined and engaging education aligned with their life and career aspirations. "Now more than ever it is incumbent on universities to provide broadening, global experiences for their students. In a troubled world where borders seem to be closing, we need more learners engaging with peers around the world. Deakin believes this can be achieved effectively through digital education at scale. These degrees are only the start, we are already exploring options for credit sharing with other FutureLearn partners around the world to further enrich the experience for our learners." Current taster courses available to enrol on now include: Disaster Management: Introduction To Humanitarian Aid And Cyber Security For Small And Medium Enterprises: Identifying Threats And Preventing Attacks 

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    Vienna, VA - December 8, 2016 - The Institute for Excellence in Sales (IES), a membership organization that provides services for sales departments around the world, announced a sales training provider referral service to help sales leaders identify ideal sales training resources. The program addresses the estimate that over $9 billion is spent on sales performance improvement every year, but 92 percent of those initiatives fail to produce any measurable impact. “A huge challenge we hear from the hundreds of sales leaders we meet with is the fear of selecting the wrong sales training provider and spending hundreds of thousands of dollars only to see no more success than before training began,” said IES Executive Director Fred Diamond. “Many of the problems were associated with simply picking the wrong provider.” IES has conducted dozens of independent, in-depth evaluations of sales training providers to identify what the training companies excelled at, which parts of the sales process they knew best, and what was unique about their methodology. IES has found that most sales training companies excel at a few areas but present themselves possessing a wider range of expertise. Many sales leaders have never hired a sales training firm. IES, as an independent, agnostic source, will help them make the right selection as they make a once-in-a-decade choice. IES will manage the training for them, if needed. “There were sales training challenges we faced that were different than those I have experienced at previous places,” said Source America’s Vice President of Sales Clara Conti. “I sought out a solution from my network and the IES was mentioned frequently as an organization to reach out to for help in selecting the right sales training provider.” Organizations seeking the optimal sales training solution should contact the IES at info@i4esbd.org or fill in the Contact page here. About the Institute for Excellence in Sales IES provides services to selling professionals at organizations large and small around the globe. It is an unbiased, agnostic, and trusted partner for the delivery of sales programs, speakers, training, services and products. IES also sponsors programs for Women, Millennials and Leaders in Sales. Contact IES at www.i4esbd.org or @IESBD.

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    Tampa, FL - December 8, 2016 - Vector Solutions, the leader in eLearning, workforce training and performance management solutions for architecture, engineering, construction (AEC), industrial and public safety organizations, announced today that it has acquired LearnSmart, a leading provider of high-quality professional skills, project management and IT and security training. LearnSmart has nearly 20 years of experience helping thousands earn career-related certifications from respected vendors, such as Project Management Institute (PMI), Cisco, Microsoft and CompTIA. LearnSmart serves clients from a broad range of Fortune 500 companies, as well as universities, government institutions, and the armed forces. The acquisition will provide customers of LearnSmart access to over 4,000 additional courses, new learning management system functionality, and continued first-class support from a team of eLearning and industry experts. Customers of Vector Solutions brands, RedVectorand TargetSolutions, will gain additional access to 1,000+ quality, video-based courses covering a wealth of new topics. “The Vector Solutions mission is to change the world through revolutionary technology solutions that save lives, inspire professionals and elevate performance,” said Vector Solutions CEO Jeff Gordon. “With that comes a commitment to growing our business so that we can provide the very best in eLearning and performance support to our customers. I am proud to announce our acquisition of LearnSmart, a company that shares our core values, strives for excellence and brings deep experience in video course design, microlearning and technology certification solutions.” LearnSmart’s 1,000+ courses covering IT and security, project management, HR and administrative, workplace safety and business are mobile-optimized and composed of thousands of smaller “lessons.” This format aligns with the Vector Solutions mobile-first strategy, as well as its goal of providing learning access to customers at the exact moment of need, in short bites, to improve operational performance. “Vector Solutions shares our same level of commitment to education, mobility and performance support,” said LearnSmart President Jay Gandee. “That’s why we are thrilled to add our experiences and expertise and begin our next chapter together. Collectively, we will be able to offer so much more value to clients.” About Vector Solutions Vector Solutions sets the standard for excellence in delivering online continuing education, training and performance management solutions to the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industries, as well as industrial, public safety and IT fields. Through its brands RedVector, TargetSolutions and LearnSmart, Vector Solutions offers individual courses as well as and large-scale corporate training solutions via a state-of-the-art Learning Management System. With an online library exceeding 5,000 courses authored by more than 200 subject matter experts, Vector Solutions serves professionals and firms across the globe. The recipient of numerous community honors and industry awards, Vector Solutions was founded in 1999 and is headquartered in Tampa, Florida. For more information, call 1-866-546-1212 or visit http://www.Vector-Solutions.com.

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    Hyderabad, India - December 12, 2016 - CommLab India, a global e-learning solutions provider, had launched a Train-the-Trainer e-learning course as a Thanksgiving gift for the L&D fraternity across the world. This course has been well received and appreciated by the learning community for its superior instructional design and user engagement. Train-the-Trainer course offers the essentials of perfecting classroom training. From tips to engage audiences, conduct sessions in accordance with adult learning principles, to pointers to prepare for the session, this course has it all. Practical scenarios that reinforce the application of effective presentation skills make the course more relevant. The eCourse catered to novice trainers and SMEs, who are newly assuming the role of classroom trainers. It also offered valuable refresher tips to experienced classroom trainers. The certificate after the final challenge endorsed them as a 'Power Trainer', equipped to face classroom audiences with ease and authority. With organizations continuing to leverage the benefits of classroom training, this course will be an all-time favorite of trainers. The eCourse used engaging interactivities and visuals that made it immersive and effective. Drag and drop assessments were used to help learners gauge the attention levels of their audience members and adapt their delivery style accordingly. Every topic was explained through suitable interactive presentations that helped learners connect to the topic. All these elements have made the course receptive to classroom trainers and helped them assimilate skills intuitively. Those who have completed the course have appreciated its comprehensive coverage and vouch for its efficacy. Dr. Ayesha Habeeb Omer, COO and Co-founder - CommLab India says, "We owe this tremendous success to our dedicated team of instructional designers and technology experts who've crafted an effective course on the challenging topic, based on sound instructional and visual design principles". If you have missed the eCourse, you can access it here. About CommLab India CommLab India is a global e-learning company that has been providing custom learning solutions to more than 100 organizations in 30+ countries for the last 16 years. Its learning solutions include e-learning courseware development, m-learning solutions, translation of online courses, and hosting and managing training materials on LMS. CommLab India helps organizations achieve their business goals through just-in-time product knowledge training, ERP implementation trainings, onboarding training, compliance trainings, and more.

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    Waterloo, ON - December 12, 2016 - Axonify, the company behind the world’s first SaaS employee knowledge platform, today revealed new workplace research that finds that organizations are still struggling to provide employees with the formal training they need to do their jobs effectively. The study, conducted on behalf of Axonify by Ipsos, a global market research firm, included more than 1,000 employed adult respondents and uncovered a significant gap between the realities of formal job training and the types of training employees identify as effective. We live in a world where ensuring employees have the right knowledge to achieve peak performance at work remains a pervasive problem despite advances in technology and an understanding of changing workplace dynamics. Most organizations still rely on either outdated training methodologies, like learning management systems (LMSs) that cost thousands of dollars per employee, or provide no training at all. The wide-ranging survey of employees across sectors uncovered that nearly one in two (46 percent) who receive formal training report that it is not very effective in helping them to succeed on the job. Moreover, the survey found that a surprising 30 percent of employees indicate they still receive no formal training on the job. “Getting employees to consistently do the right thing at work is a critical part of achieving strategic business objectives, but far too few organizations offer training programs that are actually designed to help employees build knowledge and translate that knowledge to performance,” said Axonify President & CEO, Carol Leaman. “It’s time for companies to wake up and adopt modern, intuitive, and engaging training methodologies that meet the needs of today’s workforce. With Axonify, the average cost of a year’s worth of formal training is a fraction of traditional methods—resulting in measurable outcomes that save organizations thousands, even millions of dollars each year.” Survey respondents showed strong agreement about what would matter to them in formal training programs, regardless of their experience with training at their current place of employment. 90 percent of respondents say training that is easy to complete and understand is important to them, with 55 percent saying it is very important. A large majority of employees (87 percent) feel that it is important to have access to training information anytime, anywhere they need it to do their jobs, and over half of employees place a premium on this ability (51 percent say very important). 85 percent of employees say it’s important that training is engaging and fun, with two in five (39 percent) citing this as being very important. Another 85 percent of employees recognize the importance of training that’s personalized and relevant to them, with another two in five (42 percent) rating personalization as being extremely important. Feedback from Axonify customers is consistent with the survey results in that learners are demanding that training must be convenient, applicable to them, engaging, and specific in order to unlock employees’ full potential and impact the business. “Every day, we hear stories from our customers and prospects about the importance of transforming the way employees learn, but we wanted to know what organizations are actually doing,” said Leaman. “That’s why we decided to solicit anonymous feedback from learners in a risk-free setting. It seems that awareness about the need for change is growing in the C-suite, but actual change is slow and employees aren’t yet seeing the dramatic shift they’re looking for. The study validated that our ground-breaking work on the Axonify employee knowledge platform will meet the needs of the modern learner and continue to make a difference in every organization it touches.” 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. About the Survey This survey was conducted by Ipsos from September 15-19, 2016, on behalf of Axonify. For the survey, a sample of 1,089 U.S. adults over the age of 18 who are employed full- or part-time was interviewed online, in English. The precision of Ipsos online polls is measured using a credibility interval. In this case, the poll has a credibility interval of plus or minus 3.4 percentage points for all respondents surveyed.

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    London, UK - December 12, 2016 - Optimizer Invest, Kinetic Investments and Right Casino’s Sam Miranda have invested a total of $2 million into a new online trading school Investoo.com, now part of the Investoo Group. Investoo.com is an online education platform with 50,000+ members that offers Forex, Binary Options and CFD courses in over 8 languages. It also offers other trading services including signals, indicators and trading tools. David Merry, Partner in Kinetic Investments, and Samuel Miranda, who both previously sold Right Casino Media to Catena Media PLC in November 2015 for $9 million, will also help oversee the development of educational products, community and increased marketing efforts. Their aim is to turn the Investoo Group into one of the biggest affiliates in the retail trading industry. They will be supported by Scandinavian investment company Optimizer Invest, the largest single shareholders in Catena Media PLC, which is one of the world’s biggest iGaming lead generation companies. Merry commented: “Ki is investing in a business with proven affiliate and subscription based models.Investoo.com offers fantastic content and user value through its products, which are reflected in its 50,000-strong membership. Having worked with all partners previously, I believe together we can achieve our goals.” The group will launch additional new services, such as SnipetheTrade.com, a Forex signals and EA service. Carla Maree Vella, CEO of Optimizer Invest added: “This investment is a natural next step for us. Optimizer has extensive experience in lead generation that we now want to implement in more areas. Foreign exchange and options trading are segments we believe in and where a lot is still undone. Investoo has built a business with great content and ease of use that we will develop further”. Investoo Group CEO and founder Adam Grunwerg, said: “The group is receiving the investment, expertise and resources to take it to the next level. We have a lot of concepts in the pipeline – better social trading products, community features and seamless integration with brokers.” Investoo Group, based in London, expects to grow to a team of 20 employees in the upcoming months. For more information on Investoo Group please visit: www.investoogroup.com

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    Columbus, OH - December 12, 2016 - Hondros Education Group will expand its education offerings through Blue Ocean Coding Bootcamp, a 12-week immersive course where students will learn the coding skills to launch a successful computer-programming career. A small class size, intensive course work and hands-on experience taught by industry experts will result in students who are prepared and confident in their coding abilities. Blue Ocean Coding Bootcamp will begin on January 16, 2017 and space is limited. At the beginning of the 12-week course, each student will be given a new laptop and, upon completion of the course, each student will receive one-on-one career counseling until they have secured a programming position. The program covers C#/.NET, SQL and HTML/CSS and prepares students to become a full stack developer. Blue Ocean Coding also has partnered with local and national staffing & consulting companies to ensure students will successfully find a job after the bootcamp concludes. "We understand that coding is a unique skillset that can differentiate a potential employee and offer them greater career potential," said Tina Lapp, president. "Hondros Education Group is committed to not only providing this specialized training, but also successfully placing our students." A career that requires coding skills not only pays more, but is also consistently in high demand. A June 2016 report by Burning Glass and Oracle reported that jobs requiring coding skills pay $22,000 per year more than jobs that don't – and programming jobs are growing 12% faster than the market average.   To learn more and sign up for Blue Ocean Coding Bootcamp, please visit blueoceancoding.com. About Hondros Education GroupHondros Education Group consists of leading real estate education companies that focus on classroom and online delivery as well as exam prep and textbooks. Hondros College of Business, Hondros Learning, CompuCram and the Arizona School of Real Estate and Business offer real-world career training to the adult learner through an engaging and highly relevant educational experience. Based in Columbus, Ohio, Hondros Education Group has been offering local classroom and national online professional education for over 40 years. For more information, visit www.hondroseducationgroup.com.

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