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    New York, NY - January 26, 2017 - EY announced today a new service offering and holistic program that helps companies develop workforces optimized for the new, highly digital work environment. Future Work Now offers business leaders configurable tools and processes to assist organizations in diagnosing, assessing and leading transformation and change to activate and inspire individuals, teams and organizations for success in tomorrow's marketplace. "Effective leadership in this technology-driven era of workforce and workplace change will require a complete rethinking of how people, culture and organizational strategies are managed," said George Brooks, EY Americas People Advisory Services Leader. "More than ever, employees want to find purpose and human connection at work. At the same time, we're seeing a continued shift to a gig economy and virtual workforce. Digital innovation and technology, like bots and artificial intelligence, are shifting the workplace dynamic – companies need to augment workers with automation to leverage the best of what humans and technology bring to the workplace. At the same time, businesses must work aggressively to adapt to keep their people and organizations engaged and inspired to do their best work in an increasingly competitive talent market." Future Work Now offers business leaders a clear road map to organizational transformation.  The seven interconnected levers of the Future Work Now framework help organizations transition to a more comprehensive talent management framework tailored to re-shape how they attract the right talent. While talent attraction is key to any successful enterprise, Future Work Now also connects to a new HR function of the future that engages and inspires those same employees to perform at new levels. The levers include: Collective purpose: Identify the corporate purpose and align the strategic vision with metrics that measure success. Companies are crystalizing their mission around a higher purpose that can be shared with individuals to energize their entire workforce and elevate the value of work. Global digital leadership: Identify and develop new competencies that are necessary to lead in the digital age. Teaming ability: A series of diagnostic assessments and coaching services to identify and support high-performing teams, with an emphasis on understanding roles and team fit. Mind clarity: A comprehensive program helping each employee bring his/her best self to work by increasing individual mindfulness, removing internal stressors and changing mindsets to better respond to external stimuli. Performance and rewards: Featuring measures to reinforce the changes and behaviors desired on the Future Work Now journey. Companies must create a new value proposition that speaks to the priorities and purpose that attract the next generation of talent. Technology experience: Techniques to activate adoption and usage of new collaboration and communication technologies that enhance the employee experience. Physical environment: An extensive set of services designed to create synergies between work experience and the physical environment, including work spaces. Future Work Now, combined with EY's Total Talent Workforce Management and HR Transformation, will reshape how companies attract, engage, inspire and innovate. Watch this short video for examples of the kinds of experiences that Future Work Now can create. Visit www.ey.com/fwn to learn more about the implications and interactions between each of the different levers. About EY EY is a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services. The insights and quality services we deliver help build trust and confidence in the capital markets and in economies the world over. We develop outstanding leaders who team to deliver on our promises to all of our stakeholders. In so doing, we play a critical role in building a better working world for our people, for our clients and for our communities. EY refers to the global organization, and may refer to one or more, of the member firms of Ernst & Young Global Limited, each of which is a separate legal entity. Ernst & Young Global Limited, a UK company limited by guarantee, does not provide services to clients. For more information about our organization, please visit ey.com. This news release has been issued by Ernst & Young LLP, a member firm of EY serving clients in the US.

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    St. Louis, MO - January 29, 2017 - Alpine Security's Live Online system offers an effective and proven online learning experience providing the freedom to attend their cybersecurity training from virtually anywhere.  The Live Online platform reliably delivers their live instructor-Led training experience directly to attendees anywhere (home, work, vacation, etc.). Similar to their In-Person training, attendees using the Live Online system have a real-time, live instructor experience. The live instructor teaches the course and provides the opportunity for online attendees to participate in discussions and exercises with both in-person and remote attendees.  Alpine Security's Live Online system provides a fun, rich, and engaging live classroom environment that allows attendees to easily interact with instructors and fellow attendees. Many of Alpine Security's cybersecurity courses involve hands-on activities and labs. These activities are performed in the Live Online system via a secure cloud-accessible environment. This could-based environment allows remote students to follow along in real-time with labs in the same manner as local, in-person students. Most lab materials are also available outside of class times so attendees can continue to study and learn at times that work with their schedule. Alpine Security is an EC-Council Accredited Training Center (ATC). Their EC-Council courses offer cloud-based iLabs subscriptions available 24x7 for students up to 6 months after the start of a course. Alpine Security's Training Schedule has been updated to reflect courses available for Live Online Delivery.

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    Boston, MA - January 30, 2017 - Skillsoft, the global leader in eLearning, has been selected as an official learning content provider for the IBM developerWorks Premium membership. IBM developerWorks Premium helps software developers advance their careers by building new skills through powerful tools, services, training, and networking opportunities. Skillsoft and IBM have signed an agreement in which developerWorks Premium subscribers will have access to Skillsoft’s vast library of IT learning content. IBM selected Skillsoft to provide thousands of searchable IT books on topics including cloud computing, virtualization and big data, user experience design, agile project management, software testing, and many others. This provides developerWorks Premium subscribers with access to Skillsoft’s expansive library of digital reference content from the world’s leading technology publishers. All content is delivered through Skillsoft’s integrated learning portal, which provides a highly curated and robust experience. “We are excited to be partnering with IBM in the shared goal of providing top quality learning solutions to the developerWorks community,” said Bill Donoghue, chairman and CEO, Skillsoft. “This partnership gives us the ability to provide a best-in-class learning experience to users with the objective of setting developerWorks apart from similar platforms and making it the preferred destination for IT practitioners globally.” IBM developerWorks attracts millions of developers monthly and is the go-to site for users to develop and master skills, solve problems, collaborate with peers, and stay ahead of the latest trends in open technologies and IBM products. The site offers more than 40,000 resources from tutorials and training to trials and downloads, to blogs and forums, as well as access to expert answers on IBM and the latest technical resources for the cognitive developer. “With a strong 20-year track record in online learning and skill development, we knew that Skillsoft was the best choice to collaborate with, as we continually expand our developerWorks platform,” said Dirk Nicol, director of developerWorks, IBM. “We are confident that the addition of Skillsoft’s content to our premium learning platform will provide greater overall value to the platform and improve the overall user experience.” For more information on Skillsoft’s offerings, visit: www.skillsoft.comFor more information on IBM developerWorks, visit: www.ibm.com/developerWorks About SkillsoftSkillsoft is the global leader in eLearning. We train more professionals than any other company and we are trusted by the world's leading organizations, including 65 percent of the Fortune 500. At Skillsoft, our mission is to build beautiful technology and engaging content. Our 165,000+ courses, videos and books are accessed more than 130 million times every month, in 160 countries and 29 languages. With 100% cloud access, anytime, anywhere. www.skillsoft.com

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    Austin, TX - January 31, 2017 - YouEarnedIt, the Austin-based SaaS company known for revolutionizing how companies drive employee engagement and bottom-line performance metrics, today announced the close of a $6.5 million Series A funding to fuel product development across their engagement platform and grow their sales and marketing efforts. The Series A financing is co-led by Austin-based Silverton Partners and San Francisco-based IDG Ventures USA, an independent early-stage firm that's part of a global network of IDG-affiliated venture capital funds with over $3 billion under management. Existing investors include WPP, Social Starts, the Motley Fool and Capital Factory. "The business of getting work done has changed dramatically, and the need to meet these new models in a way that drives meaningful results is more important than ever. We have a huge network of enterprise buyers of software, and unique method for employee engagement that the YouEarnedIt platform offers resonated with us. Plus, we are super excited about this management team and its vision to improve work and its outcomes," said Alexander Rosen, Managing Director of IDG Ventures USA. "Companies have prioritized finding partners and solutions that understand the importance of driving results through a highly engaged and motivated workforce. We found this partner in YouEarnedIt and are impressed with the growth and results they are delivering to some of the world's most competitive and compelling companies." Since launching in October 2013, YouEarnedIt has held true to its "employee-first" philosophy to driving employee engagement and attributes high user engagement with the platform, minimal customer churn and upwards of 100 percent year over year revenue growth to staying true to the focus on building a platform that gets at the heart of what today's employees need to engage and perform. Rather than the traditional top-down approach to the employee experience and HR tools, YouEarnedIt's 100,000+ end-users are more motivated at the office by having a meaningful role in real-time peer recognition and earning rewards for behaviors aligned with both their employer's business objectives and individual needs. "YouEarnedIt took a strong stance in its commitment to solving the real problem for employee engagement and performance and asked, 'What does the employee need, and how is this different than what is being offered through the traditional HR tools that exist today?' By focusing on the employee, YouEarnedIt can deliver better results for businesses and stay committed to driving real change for the employee," said Mike Dodd, a partner at Silverton Partners. "Over the past three years, I've watched the growth of the team, the customer base and the impact of the platform not only here in Austin but also globally. The executive team at YouEarnedIt has a proven track record and Silverton is excited to be part of another Austin growth story." The new funding will enable YouEarnedIt to expand capacity, drive innovation through new product development and support sales and marketing initiatives to position YouEarnedIt as a stand-out platform within the growing HR Technology space. "We're elated to have the backing from IDG Ventures and Silverton. From early in the conversations, it was clear both firms saw our unique philosophical approach and supported our vision of building an engagement and performance platform owned and managed by employees. This is the only way to drive real change across the organization, and customers like Whole Foods, Zuora and Hasbro are showing this commitment to their employee base. Both partners bring a wealth of operational experience to the mix that will assist us through this next phase of growth," said Autumn Manning, CEO of YouEarnedIt. "Our primary product focus in 2017 is to enhance the feedback mechanisms and increase the level of actionable insights for our users and customers so they can continue to improve their impact and performance individually and across their teams." About YouEarnedItYouEarnedIt is a SaaS HR technology platform that redefines the way companies engage with their employees. By providing a platform to connect, reward, reveal, and report in real-time, YouEarnedIt can consolidate employee engagement initiatives into one, easy to use mobile platform for teams of all sizes. Since launching in 2013, YouEarnedIt has delivered its flexible software to small enterprises and Fortune 500 brands across several industries. Visit youearnedit.com for more information or to schedule a demo.

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    Evanston, IL - January 31, 2017 - Brella Productions has expanded its offerings with Brella Learning, a new business division for corporate training and educational publishing clientele. Brella Learning creates custom-crafted digital content that inspires learners to achieve a higher level of performance. The new division supports corporate trainers and educational publishers in a wide variety of industries including, but not limited to, primary and secondary education, health care, finance, and retail. This learning division’s capabilities and services include e-Learning development, content creation, LMS integration, mobile learning development, virtual reality programs, and video production. Clients benefit from an extensive in-house production team of programmers, writers, designers, video production staff, and project managers dedicated to identifying the perfect media and methodologies to support their client’s objectives. The official launch for the division coincides with Brella’s sponsorship of Training Magazine’s 2017 Conference and Expo on January 30 through February 1. Brella Learning will debut by showcasing the innovative use of virtual reality in digital training programs and presenting a special speaker session on first-person narrative as a tool to engage learners. “The importance of ongoing adult education has never been more relevant,” said Bernadette Burke, President. “Organizations have rapidly shifting performance needs, tied to specific business requirements, that can’t be met with off-the-shelf solutions. In addition, the voracious need for adult learning content from our educational publishing clients worldwide reinforces that Brella’s timing for this launch could not be better. We are excited to showcase Brella’s commitment toward the training industry and learners worldwide through the launch of Brella Learning.” Custom crafting digital resources has been a strength of Brella Productions since the company’s inception 25 years ago, and devoting a division to those capabilities recognizes Brella’s deep understanding and commitment to supporting corporate, adult, and youth learning in a more meaningful way. Visit http://www.brellalearning.com to explore Brella Learning’s capabilities, previous work, and the sectors this division serves. About Brella Productions Brella Productions is an Evanston, Ill.-based strategic communications firm that provides creative services to trade associations, small businesses, and multinational corporations in the healthcare and educational publishing industries. It provides custom video production, event planning & support, digital learning development, and website & app development services that support each company’s individual needs for digital messaging, interactive technology, and visual storytelling. For more information, visit http://www.brella.com.

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    Raleigh, NC - February 2, 2017 - Training Industry has announced its Top 20 Leadership Training Companies List, as part of its mission to continually monitor the training marketplace for the best providers of training services and technologies. View the 2017 Top 20 Leadership Training Companies Selection to this year's Top 20 Leadership Training Companies List was based on the following criteria: Thought leadership and influence within the training industry Industry recognition and innovation Breadth of programs and range of audiences served Delivery methods offered Company size and growth potential Quality and number of clients Geographic reach Experience serving the market “We received a record number of applications for the Top Leadership Training Companies list,” said Ken Taylor, President, Training Industry, Inc. “The companies selected for the 2017 Top 20 Leadership Training List are meeting ever-evolving leadership development needs, including the importance of communication and coaching in the workplace, with an increased focus on the impact and outcomes of their programs.” “The Top Leadership Training Companies list is one of our most anticipated,” said Doug Harward, CEO, Training Industry, Inc. “As reflected by the 2017 Top 20 Leadership Training Companies, these companies have demonstrated tremendous innovation in the use of learning technologies to enhance the learner experience.” View the 2017 Top 20 Leadership Training Companies Please provide any thoughts or feedback on this list by emailing info@trainingindustry.com. About Training Industry, Inc. Training Industry spotlights the latest news, articles, case studies and best practices within the training industry and publishes annual Top 20 and Watch List reports covering many sectors of interest to the corporate training function. Our focus is on helping dedicated businesses and training professionals get the information, insight and tools needed to more effectively manage the business of learning.

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    Burlington, VT - January 24, 2017 - Champlain College, ranked among The Princeton Review’s Best Colleges, today announced the launch of its specialized Master of Science in Human Relations and Organization Development. The degree will equip graduates to manage talent and nurture business growth across the public sector, nonprofits and private industry. According to an industry study, human capital is critical to growth, which is why leaders worldwide are making HR a key function to business operations. “Over 90 percent of executives are realizing crucial gaps to be filled at the leadership level and are targeting organizational design as a top priority,”said Mika Nash, PhD, Academic Dean of Continuing Professional Studies at Champlain College. “Champlain’s M.S. in Human Relations and Organization Development prepares those who wish to rise as business advisors to drive and achieve missions and business objectives.” The fully online program teaches the problem-solving skills needed to retain a strong workforce, attract engaged workers, and strengthen an organization’s ability to achieve goals. The rigorous curriculum and experiential learning arms graduates with effective ways to leverage diverse worldviews and generational perspectives. Through emphasis on peer collaboration, and regular instructor feedback, students engage with their classmates on real-world business challenges to determine effective solutions. “HR has shifted from historically administrative duties – like employee contracts and benefits management – to a proactive, deeply strategic role involving organizational and workforce development,” said Sean Collins, Senior Director, Global Organization Development at Cox Automotive, Inc. “In many cases, leaders have difficulty finding candidates that can fill such a dynamic role. As a truED Alliance member, Champlain’s programs continue to energize, inspire, and professionalize our workforce, the processes, and ultimately the success of our business.” Champlain's truED Alliance partners – which include more than 60 government and private sector organizations – also have access to the Human Relations and Organization Development program at a considerable discount through the Alliance. The 30-credit program delves into business management and strategy, metrics and data-driven analysis, managerial decision-making and conflict negotiations. Students gain a competitive advantage through embedded certificates and have the opportunity for specialization. To see if your organization is a Champlain partner, please visit Champlain.edu/truEDalliances. About Champlain College Founded in 1878, Champlain College is a small, not-for-profit, private college in Burlington, Vermont, with additional campuses in Montreal, Quebec and Dublin, Ireland. Champlain offers a traditional undergraduate experience from its beautiful campus overlooking Lake Champlain and more than 60 online undergraduate and graduate degree programs and certificates. Champlain's distinctive career-driven approach to higher education embodies the notion that true learning occurs when information and experience come together to create knowledge. Champlain College is included in the Princeton Review's The Best 381 Colleges: 2017 Edition. Champlain College is featured in the "Fiske Guide to Colleges" for 2017 as one of the "best and most interesting schools" in the United States, Canada, and Great Britain. Champlain was named one of the “Most Innovative Schools” in the North by the U.S. News and World Report’s 2017 “America’s Best Colleges” and #91 in the overall list of “Best Regional Universities in the North”. For more information, visit www.champlain.edu. About truED® truED is a bold reimagining of workforce development that creates opportunities for adults to further their education in Champlain College's award-winning online academic programs, including the 2017 designation by U.S. News and World Reportas a “best online bachelor’s program”, and brings easy-to-deploy talent management solutions to employers. Through strategic alliances with leading organizations in government and industry, Champlain College Online delivers an affordable, accessible and immediately applicable higher education to help employees gain the skills and knowledge needed to enhance their careers and achieve their organization's business objectives. Champlain's undergraduate and graduate certificate and degree programs not only provide field-specific knowledge, but also the critical thinking, problem solving, and communication skills essential for the modern workforce. For more information about truED, visit http://www.champlain.edu/trued.

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    Columbia, MD - February 2, 2017 - Global performance improvement solutions provider GP Strategies Corporation(NYSE: GPX) announced today that it has completed the acquisition of certain assets and the business of McKinney Rogers, a results-driven global consultancy firm, that provides strategy-through-implementation services with a proven track record of delivering tangible improvements in clients' business results. McKinney Rogers highlights: Founded in 1999 with offices in New York and London Holds customer relationships with the C-suite of large, multinational blue chip organizations spanning a number of sectors, including food, beverage & consumer goods; financial & banking; healthcare & life sciences; manufacturing; and retail Generated revenues of approximately $7M for the 12 months ended December 31, 2016. Developed proprietary intellectual property that underpins its delivery methods and uses a Mission Leadership® methodology to set the strategic dynamic direction of an organization: Business Execution Operating System (BEOS)® – an overarching dynamic strategy/operational framework that connects hardware, software and "peopleware" within an organization to enable it to drive performance and withstand shocks The Advance Diagnostic® – a tool that accurately measures an organization's business execution capabilities in order to identify strengths or gaps and make appropriate recommendations Mission Leadership Dashboard® – a state-of-the-art performance-mapping measurement tool that creates linked accountabilities (top to bottom) and real-time performance auditing, enabling strategic business decisions at pace This acquisition will expand GP Strategies' solutions offerings, giving it the ability to leverage McKinney Rogers' intellectual property and consulting methodologies to help its global client base meet strategic business goals. McKinney Rogers will operate as part of GP Strategies' Performance Readiness Solutions segment. Damian McKinney, McKinney Rogers Chief Executive and Founder, stated, "This is the perfect match. We are fulfilling our vision to make our brand globally recognized as a leader in business execution and delivering extraordinary results.  We are delighted that GP Strategies shares our vision and belief in the desire to unlock the potential of companies around the world. This acquisition also ensures that our existing client base will have continuity in programs, people and ongoing support while also having access to GP Strategies extensive set of capabilities. This is an exciting next chapter for McKinney Rogers." Debbie Ung, GP Strategies' Executive Vice President, stated, "The acquisition of McKinney Rogers will further equip GP Strategies with the essential resources our customers require to successfully execute business strategies and provide greater transparency and visibility into their business outcomes at the C-suite level. We believe that McKinney Rogers' expertise will bring a synergistic value to our Global 500 customers." Additional information may be found at http://www.mckinneyrogers.com/. About GP Strategies GP Strategies Corporation (NYSE: GPX) is a global performance improvement solutions provider of training, eLearning solutions, management consulting and engineering services. GP Strategies' solutions improve the effectiveness of organizations by delivering innovative and superior training, consulting and business improvement services, customized to meet the specific needs of its clients. Clients include Fortune 500 companies, manufacturing, process and energy industries, and other commercial and government customers.

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    Lehi, UT - February 2, 2017 - Career Step, an online provider of career-focused education and professional training, is pleased to announce that it has acquired the Revenue Capture and Coding and Documentation Divisions of Panacea Healthcare Solutions. Career Step and Panacea will now provide end-to-end education, consulting and data analytics solutions to the revenue cycle and healthcare financial marketplaces, further augmenting Career Step’s Professional Training Division. “At Career Step, our focus is on improving lives and business results through education,” said Steve Tober, Career Step President and CEO. “With the acquisition of Panacea and the combination of our complimentary product and service offerings, we will now be able to drive better results for healthcare organizations by tying the information available through their consultants and data analytics to the education we offer. We have been working closely with Panacea for the past two years, and we have proven through our joint efforts that our combined offerings can meet an important market need.” Founded in 2007 and based in St. Paul, Minnesota, with additional offices in New Jersey and Florida, Panacea Healthcare Solutions provides expert coding, compliance, technology and financial advice to hundreds of healthcare providers each year. These services help healthcare organizations improve their bottom line, and industry-proven Panacea products and strategies include CLAIMSauditor®, I10Focus™ and Hospital Zero-Base Pricing®. “The Panacea team is excited to join Career Step,” said Frederick Stodolak, Panacea CEO at the time of the acquisition. “Both companies have worked successfully together for years, and we look forward to integrating our combined talent and technology to offer our clients a more synergistic and comprehensive offering. The combined business model is unique in that we provide learning solutions at the onset of individuals’ careers as well as integrated educational, consulting and technology services to support them throughout their career lifetime.” Career Step’s acquisition focuses on tying its educational offerings to the information available through consulting and data analytics. This acquisition also brings more than 25 industry experts in-house, which will augment Career Step’s Professional Training division and enable faster development and delivery of educational products. “Since the implementation of ICD-10, the need for new and continuing revenue cycle education has grown,” said Mike Hodgson, Career Step Professional Training Division Executive Vice President. “The combination of Career Step’s programs and Panacea’s consulting services and data analytics software will enable us to identify opportunities for revenue improvement by capturing lost charges and underbilled services and then improving pricing models based on actual costs. The information we gather for clients through consulting and software services will help us identify areas for education that will facilitate long-term staff performance improvement.” Career Step will run the Panacea Healthcare Solution business as an independent brand and entity within the Career Step Professional Training Division, and as part of the transaction Frederick Stodolak and others on the current Panacea management team will continue as shareholders. The transaction closed February 1, 2017, and Hogan Lovells US LLP acted as exclusive legal advisor to Career Step. More information on the available products can be found at http://www.panaceainc.com. About Career Step Career Step, a portfolio company of Denver-based equity firm Revelstoke Capital partners, is an online provider of career-focused education and professional training. The company has trained over 100,000 students for new careers, has more than 150 partnerships with colleges and universities nationwide, offers a variety of continuing education courses for healthcare professionals and has educated more than 8,000 health information professionals through its Professional Training Division. Career Step provides training for several of the largest and most respected healthcare employers in the nation and is committed to helping students and practicing healthcare professionals alike gain the skills they need to be successful in the workplace—improving lives, advancing careers and bettering business results through education. More information can be found at http://www.careerstep.com or 1-800-246-7836. About Panacea Healthcare Solutions Panacea Healthcare Solutions, a Career Step company, provides expert coding, compliance, financial consulting and information technology to hundreds of healthcare providers and organizations each year to proactively maintain compliance and identify risk and new incremental net revenue opportunities. Each solution is rooted in Panacea’s extensive frontline experience in healthcare finance and coding, including chargemaster and coding compliance auditing, CLAIMSauditor®, I10Focus™ and Hospital Zero-Base Pricing®, which has earned the coveted HFMA Peer Review® designation. The company maintains offices in Minnesota, New Jersey and Florida. More information can be found at http://www.panaceainc.com or 1-800-252-1578.

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    Princeton, NJ - February 1, 2017 - Edison Partners today announced it is leading a $9 million growth financing round in New York-based GAN Integrity Inc., a leading provider of enterprise compliance management software. Edison was joined in the funding round by NorthCap, Chicago Ventures, MissionOG, and Cultivation Capital. GAN will use the financing to fuel go-to-market expansion and product innovation. GAN provides global businesses with the most comprehensive compliance management solution on the market. With the significant increase in global compliance and regulatory action disrupting core operations of the financial services industry, GAN is poised to benefit significantly. The cloud-based software suite transforms the way global brands manage compliance by integrating applications, including training, policy management, third-party due diligence, case management, and reporting into a single, easy to use platform that enables global brands to eliminate thousands of hours of paperwork and reduce global risk exposure. “With increasing global regulations, stricter regulatory action, and rising compliance costs, effective compliance management solutions are now in very high demand,” said Michael Kopelman, Edison General Partner, who led the investment and joins the GAN Integrity board of directors. “We are impressed by GAN’s vision, product maturity, rapid growth and blue-chip customers, and believe the company has the potential to be the U.S. market leader.” The current $5 billion anti-corruption market is expected to grow to $20 billion over the next five years, driven in part by highly publicized scandals around the world. Regulators, investors, and business partners are putting increasing pressure on organizations large and small to improve their compliance capabilities, leading to tremendous interest in compliance solutions like GAN Integrity that can enable small compliance teams to effectively manage complex and comprehensive compliance programs. “This round of financing led by Edison Partners positions us to significantly increase our growth, accelerate customer deployments and expand the capabilities of our platform,” said Thomas Sehested, CEO and co-founder of GAN. “We’re extremely pleased to be able to leverage the support, experience and wisdom of Edison and their network as we enter this pivotal period for the company.” GAN Integrity marks the fourteenth investment, and fourth Fintech growth investment in Edison’s latest fund, Edison Partners VIII. It is also Edison Partners’ forty-second investment completed by the Financial Technology practice. Notable exits include Edgetrade, FolioDynamix, GAIN Capital, Liberty Tax and Princeton Financial. Current investments include: Axial, BFS Capital, Billtrust, Clearpool Group, ComplySci, MoneyLion, OptionsCity, Predata, Scivantage and Trader Tools. About GAN Integrity GAN Integrity’s compliance management software transforms the way compliance programs operate by bringing critical compliance applications and data together into a single, fully integrated cloud based platform. Since 2004, GAN has been helping companies around the world manage corporate risk and misconduct. Today, many of the world’s leading brands trust GAN’s innovative software to help them better manage compliance. GAN’s compliance management software offers applications including training, policy management, third-party due diligence, whistleblower hotline, case management, and reporting into a single, easy to use platform. GAN has offices in New York and Copenhagen, Denmark. GAN also produces the Business Anti-Corruption Portal, the world’s largest and most recognized online resource for anti-corruption compliance aimed at the business community, endorsed and sponsored by the European Commission. About Edison Partners For 30 years, Edison Partners has been helping CEOs and their executive teams navigate the entrepreneurial journey and build successful companies. Through the unique combination of growth capital and the Edison Edge platform, consisting of operating leverage, the Edison Director Network, and executive education, Edison employs a holistic approach to accelerating growth and creating value for businesses ($5 to $20 million in revenue) in financial, healthcare, enterprise and marketing technology sectors. Edison investment objectives also include: buyouts, recapitalizations, spinouts and secondary stock purchases. Edison’s active portfolio has created aggregate market value exceeding $10 billion. Its long-tenured team based in Princeton, NJ manages more than $1 billion in assets throughout the eastern United States.

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    Chesterfield, MO - February 3, 2017 - BizLibrary, a leading provider of online employee training content, has recently added over 150 new micro video lessons to its library of over 6,000 videos. A wide range of topics is represented within this batch of new additions. BizLibrary Productions has created new video courses on performance appraisals, igniting creativity and negotiation skills. Video lessons on teamwork, time management, building leadership skills and several other topics have been added by BizLibrary’s producer partners as well.  Some recent releases include: Leverage the Power of Generations video series Performance Appraisals video course Becoming a Great Leaders video course Igniting Creativity video course Communication Skills for Managers video series Building Your Leadership Skills video series Creating Great Teamwork video series Negotiating Skills video course The BizLibrary Collection is the largest online employee training content library, with an emphasis on microlearning to promote better learning retention. It offers a variety of content formats to meet the needs of all types of learners from short, micro-video lessons, to more in-depth video courses, interactive video programs and eLearning courses. Many lessons and courses include quizzes and additional support materials to extend the learning process, increasing both retention and the ROI of investing in training. Quote attributable to Debbie Williams, VP of Content Development at BizLibrary: “The BizLibrary Productions team has been working very hard to create new and engaging employee training video content for our clients, and we’re very happy with the new courses that have been released this past month. Along with all of the contributions from our producer partners, The BizLibrary Collection continues to grow with high quality and relevant video-based training.” About BizLibrary BizLibrary is a leading provider of online employee training solutions. Our award-winning online training library contains more than 6,000 micro-video lessons, video courses, interactive videos, and elearning courses covering a wide variety of topic areas and includes additional support materials to further increase learning retention. Our learning technology platform is powerful and easy to use. All of our online training solutions are mobile-ready, allowing learners unlimited access to training content on any device, anytime and anywhere for true just-in-time learning. Engage your employees and drive business results by improving the way your employees learn with BizLibrary. Learn more at www.bizlibrary.com.

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    February 6, 2017 -  Oxygen Learning, a learning and development consulting and services company, has partnered with Agility Selling to teach organizations how to more effectively recognize and align sales teams with customer needs. The Agility Selling methodology supports sales executives, sales reps and sales trainers, enabling the creation of sustainable training and sales processes. Brian Lambert, Ph.D., Oxygen Learning’s Director of Consulting, along with Tim Ohai, President of Growth & Associates and recognized as a “Top 40 Sales Influencers on Twitter,” created Agility Selling together. Lambert and Ohai also co-wrote the books, “Sales Chaos: Using Agility Selling to Think and Sell Differently” and the soon to be released “The Power of Problems.” Organizations need help in protecting the alignment between their sales team and the customer. This is the gateway to driving sustained revenue and productivity. With an often overwhelming amount of noise coming at individual sellers, it can be challenging to acquire the skills and competencies needed to attain success. The same dynamic holds true for organizations attempting to provide the proper training and skills for their sales force. Agility Selling is not a traditional sales approach. It is a full methodology that audits and improves everything from simple, B2C interactions that require a more consultative approach up to complex, enterprise-level B2B strategic relationships — all focused on driving relevance into customer conversations. Through Agility Selling organizations learn how to: INCREASE RELEVANCE TO BUYERS: Build-out of impactful, experiential, and reality-based sales team learning that embeds required skills to create and lead relevant sales conversations. DECREASE NEW HIRE RAMP-UP TIME: Optimized new hire training programs through modular and tailored approaches that are in lock-step with ongoing, advanced sales training ENABLE INSPIRED SALES KICKOFFS: Creation of innovative sales kickoff keynotes, breakout sessions, and learning experiences that inspire teams and launch genuine behavior change. “Surprisingly many companies still struggle to understand the new buyer-driven economy, and organizations that find themselves in a sales rut typically have a root issue that no “waterfall” or step-based sales methodology training will fix: they are focused on their products first and their customers second. As a result, they become irrelevant to their buyers,” says Lambert. “Agility Selling is tailored down to each individual on the team, from your sellers to your buyers. Agility Selling works backwards using an external focus on buyer conversations and data, compared to traditional sales training that work backwards from an internal focus, or the purchase point,” continued Lambert. For more information on engaging with Oxygen Learning about Agility Selling, please call 206.629.6424, or click here for more information. About Oxygen Learning Oxygen Learning is a consulting and custom learning services company that helps companies align its most valued asset and resource—their people—with to the key business strategies that drive business outcomes. Oxygen Learning deploys a specific and  non-traditional approach collaboratively working with clients to design and implement ‘active learning journeys’ combined with powerful and relevant learning experiences that foster enablement outcomes across the client organization. Oxygen Learning uses proprietary methodologies, frameworks, and tools to help leader’s link individual performance to business strategy, while helping employees maximize their productivity. For more information please visit www.oxygenlearning.com. 

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    Covington, LA - February 3, 2017 - One of the nation’s fastest growing Human Capital Management (HCM) providers, Netchex, today announced its ground-breaking onboarding dashboard that will help organizations enforce company culture through socialized on-boarding. By integrating company branding and team introductions, Netchex’s Onboarding platform increases new hire engagement and starts employees on the road to career success from day one. Recognized by Inc. 5000 for the past seven years, Netchex has consistently been an industry leader in bringing HR professionals the latest in cutting-edge technology and excellent customer service. The Onboarding Dashboard is a one-of-a-kind solution designed in-house by our team of developers with the purpose of creating a way to provide a consist, exceptional new hire experience. Netchex’s “Meet the Team” Dashboard creates a simple and social onboarding experience for all new hires. From the minute a new associate accepts an offer delivered by Netchex’s recruiting tool, custom, branded emails are delivered to new associates reflecting the company’s culture while clearly outlining which steps need attention. Immediately available are team member profiles with social communication options available. The delivery is a shift in focus to provide tools that employees will actually use and come back to as part of their experience with their new company. Key features of the Netchex “Meet the Team” Dashboard include:  Mobility. New hires can complete their profile and onboarding tasks from their phone or tablet Compliance. Foolproof to-do list with task countdown clocks to keep them on track Sociability. New hires can engage with new team members by viewing their respective profiles, learning job duties, interests, and social connections. Branding. Companies can impact first impressions with personalized, logo-branded welcome emails from company leaders, and dashboard configurations that promote engagement. “We’re really excited to expand our NetGuide module as it reflects our commitment to deliver on the demand for digital HR tools that drive productivity,” said Will Boudreaux, Netchex CEO. “It is our mission to continually provide the most accessible technology needed to manage the 21st Century workforce.” The Netchex “Meet the Team” Onboarding Dashboard is available as part of the Netchex’s paperless onboarding and lifecycle management solutions. It rounds out other features that focus on onboarding including capturing required new hire forms like I-9s, Federal and State tax forms, and other state specific forms with electronic signatures, sending automated task alerts for managers and completing online training. About Netchex: Founded in 2003, Netchex has grown to become one of the South’s largest Human Capital Management providers with offices throughout the U.S. Netchex’s single-source solution is a cloud-based, end-to-end platform for managing employees from hire to retire. Netchex currently services over 3,000 clients, with corporate headquarters in Covington, LA. Visit http://www.netchexonline.com for more information.

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    Chicago, IL - February 6, 2017 - MicroTek, an industry leader in training room rentals, virtual training technologies, meeting services and large training roll-outs, is pleased to announce that it has released a significant upgrade to its Virtual Training Room product.  MicroTek’s Virtual Training Room is an innovative delivery solution that provides a hybrid learning experience by connecting the live, instructor-led class with remote participants—promoting an equal, interactive learning environment for all learners. The upgrade includes several enhancements designed to improve the overall learning and teaching experience: The inclusion of a breakout room function. Utilizing this feature, instructors are able to easily place participants into virtual breakout rooms for participation in small group activities An easier to use application that simplifies the process for remote learners to connect to the Virtual Training Room platform. A more intuitive interface that makes is easy for learners and instructors to use and interact with the system as well as take advantage of advanced training tools “Virtual Training Room is a cornerstone of our Next Generation Classroom suite of services and has been very popular with our customers — who have provided valuable insight into how to improve the interface and experience. These upgrades reflect that feedback and enhance the superior learning environment our users expect with Virtual Training Room,” said Ron Tolentino, manager, Technical Services at MicroTek. MicroTek Virtual Training Room is a hybrid learning solution that utilizes advanced video conferencing technology featuring two-way, high definition audio and video communications tools, customizable configurations, a Virtual Learning Labs plug-in and full technical support. This upgrade is part of a series of enhancements and promotions for MicroTek’s Hybrid Learning offerings, which combine the convenience of virtual learning with the effectiveness of instructor-led training. Other recent activities have included upgrades to MicroTek’s Virtual Learning Lab platform, a series of webinars discussing hybrid learning and an eBook, The Complete Guide to Hybrid Learning. To learn how MicroTek’s Virtual Training Room can better improve your training programs or to see a live demonstration, contact MicroTek at 1-800-226-7070 or visit www.mclabs.com. About MicroTek                                      Since 1991, MicroTek has been the industry’s leading, single-source provider of training and meeting solutions. With a base of 12 major metro learning campuses nationwide and a network of over 3,000 fully vetted training sites worldwide, MicroTek is equipped to manage and execute any sized training program—anywhere in the world. MicroTek’s end-to-end training and meeting solutions include virtual platforms, event management, instructor deployment, courseware management, scheduling and project implementation. MicroTek was named a Top Training Company for the eighth consecutive year by Trainingindustry.com.

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    London, U.K. - February 7, 2017 - Learning Tree International (OTCQX: LTRE) has been awarded a five-year contract by the NATO Communications and Information (NCI) Agency as their strategic learning partner for the provision of training solutions for up to 33,000 NATO staff across 28 European and North American countries. Learning Tree will provide training in project, programme, and portfolio management; cyber security; service management; and technical IT to support NATO in remaining resilient through continuous, rapid innovation. Learning Tree was selected after a competitive bid process, evaluating potential training partners on consistency, quality, and cost effectiveness. Under the contract, Learning Tree will provide commercial training services to the NCI Agency, plus the wider community of NATO agencies. The training will be delivered through a combination of on-site courses provided at over 40 different NATO locations, including permanent classrooms on NATO sites, fully equipped by Learning Tree; at publicly scheduled training events in Learning Tree Education Centres; and through AnyWare® — Learning Tree's virtual learning environment. "We have been working with NATO for more than 20 years, giving us an unparalleled understanding of their environment and an appreciation of their need for flexible, timely, and effective training solutions,” said Sean Craig, Managing Director, Learning Tree International EMEA. “Learning Tree is uniquely equipped to meet NATO's training requirements, thanks to our wealth of experience in delivering on-site training globally, the real-world experience of our instructor force, and our investment in digital learning technology.” About Learning Tree International Established in 1974, Learning Tree is a leading provider of IT training to business and government organisations worldwide. Learning Tree provides Managed Learning Services, as well as Workforce Optimisation Solutions — a modern approach to delivering learning and development services that improve IT service delivery. These services include: needs assessments, skill gaps analyses, blended learning solutions, and Project Acceleration Workshops. Over 2.4 million professionals have enhanced their skills through Learning Tree’s proprietary course library on topics including: web development, cyber security, project management, Agile, operating systems, networking, cloud computing, leadership, PRINCE2, and more. To learn more, call 0800 282 353 or visit LearningTree.co.uk

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    Mountain View, CA - February 6, 2017 - EdCast, the award-winning learning experience platform, is pleased to announce partnering with Watershed, the leader in learning analytics platforms, to address the growing demand for integrated human resources technology and personalized learning solutions. “This partnership with Watershed is a natural result of where visionary companies are looking to make their learning and development programs more data-centric and efficient,” said Karl Mehta, Founder and CEO of EdCast. “We are pleased to partner with the Watershed team to learning more trackable across all sources for our enterprise customers worldwide.” Since its founding at Stanford University, industry analysts have recognized EdCast as a new type of digital learning platform. Learner centric and learner driven. Powered by content pulled from many internal and external sources, and enhanced by collaborative knowledge sharing from within the organization. Mobile first and embedded with social and collaboration capabilities, EdCast delivers a new learning experience for employees and enhanced levels of performance for organizations. EdCast uses xAPI technology to collect data from the user's unique learning experiences. That data is then combined with other enterprise information to provide true business impact analytics and to provide a highly personalised learning experience. “We’re excited to partner with EdCast, and show how xAPI is helping personalize learning and change traditional L&D methods,” said Mike Rustici, Watershed founder and CEO. “And our upcoming webinar will be a great opportunity to show the L&D community how they can benefit from this technology and enhance their own programs.” Founded in early 2016, Watershed develops a SaaS-based learning analytics platform that assesses the impact and effectiveness of corporate learning and development programs. Before receiving any investment, the company was already working with high-profile clients and global companies such as Google, Visa, AT&T, and YUM! Brands. Watershed and EdCast are hosting a public webinar to discuss how personalization technology is changing the traditional approach of Learning and Development programs. It is an exciting topic about how HR departments are flipping the script on how they train employees and share knowledge within their companies. Join us for the webinar on February 7, 2017 at 11a PT / 2p ET. Register to attend this webinar. About Watershed Headquartered outside Nashville, Tenn., Watershed is dedicated to changing the world of corporate learning by helping training and learning departments get more from their learning and development initiatives. This includes the creation of a customizable learning analytics platform that provides actionable insights from training and performance data in real time. Made possible by a technology called the Experience API (a.k.a., Tin Can API), Watershed enables users to collect and study learning experiences and how they impact business outcomes. To learn more, visit http://www.watershedlrs.com. About EdCast EdCast uses artificial intelligence and curation to bring together all of you internal learning content, expert insights, and millions of external resources into an easy-to-use, personalized learning experience and knowledge platform. The EdCast executive team has a track record of building large-scale transformational technology; all are passionate about the global impact of mobile and online knowledge-sharing. EdCast is based in Mountain View, CA, in the heart of Silicon Valley, with offices worldwide.

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    New York, NY - February 7, 2017 - Thirty years ago, Keith Rosen came up with an idea to create a new profession exclusively to help sales leaders, salespeople, and all people managers thrive in their careers and lives. He called it, "Executive sales coaching." "Thirty years later, this vision has evolved into Coachquest." Coachquest helps individuals and organizations clarify their purpose to create their own quest and culture-shift so they live and operate with a clear, collective intention around their priorities, values, vision and goals. Coachquest is the evolution of Rosen's 30-year-old coaching and training company, Profit Builders. It is the first transformational company focused on the personal transformation of people, processes and company cultures. Coachquest, another brainchild of Keith Rosen, is committed to transforming the world's leaders and salespeople into world-class coaches. "Top organizations do not think, respond to, communicate or see things the same way their competitors do," says Rosen. "That's why we don't train people, we transform them. When you transform your people's mindset, you transform their behavior, which in turn transforms your organization, your culture and ultimately, your results." Coachquest has mastered the art and science of developing both the optimal mindset and attitude in addition to the critical skills that electrify individuals and organizations to achieve what they never imagined to be possible. "Most sales training and leadership training programs fail to meet client expectations," Rosen states. "And that's because training doesn't develop champions and transform thinking. Leaders do. If managers and their salespeople don't upgrade their coaching skills and paradigm around making coaching their top priority, everyone, including your customers, suffer." Coachquest's evolutionary coaching technology ensures all core competences, processes and best practices are embedded and sustained within the company and each person so that every client achieves a measurable, long-term return from the investment in their people. Coachquest offers, three unique, comprehensive programs for salespeople, sales management and any people manager that become embedded in the culture of every organization so you can thrive. The Seller Coach, Coaching Salespeople Into Sales Champions and Own your Day. "It's been a precious gift to travel the world and immerse myself in the unique culture of every country so I can connect with all people in a mutually authentic, rewarding and aligned way," says Rosen. "This is my passion, which has resulted in the transformation of over 3 million lives in 60 countries. I feel fortunate to be able to continually honor my lifelong quest - to make a difference, one person at a time." About Coachquest Regardless of your position as a manager or salesperson, the evolution of your role will entail becoming a world-class performance coach. Founded by Keith Rosen, best-selling author of Own Your Day and the #1 best-selling sales management coaching book on Amazon, Coaching Salespeople Into Sales Champions, Coachquest specializes in human behavior. Coachquest focuses on personal and organizational culture transformation, sales competencies and processes, prospecting, time management, creating accountability, personal productivity, turning around underperformers, employee and client retention, on-boarding and hiring. Coachquest empowers managers and salespeople to adopt the mindset of elite leaders so they can facilitate critical, value-driven coaching conversations that result in making better critical business decisions, achieving business objectives faster, dramatically increasing sales and making you and your people your new competitive edge. Coachquest – Transforming lives and organizations, one person at a time.

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    Warner Robins, GA - February 7, 2017 - The Houston County Career Academy (HCCA), Central Georgia Technical College (CGTC) and PepsiCo's Frito-Lay division today expanded opportunities for students throughout Houston County by introducing an industrial maintenance program. The program – a first for Houston County and potential model for other areas around the country – addresses local workforce needs by connecting students with technical training and employment opportunities within the community. "This is an exciting opportunity for our students and community," said Sabrina Phelps, principal at HCCA.  "Our district is thrilled to work with Frito-Lay and CGTC to collaborate on this initiative to grow our own workforce by aligning our students' training with industry needs.  This workforce development effort with Frito-Lay and CGTC will meet local employment needs and also be a model for the state and nation."  In Houston County and throughout Central Georgia, demand for industrial maintenance mechanics is alarmingly high[1]. At the same time, the area faces a shortage of highly skilled workers. The same is true nationally, where nearly three-and-a-half million manufacturing jobs will likely be needed in the next decade, and two million manufacturing jobs are expected to go unfilled due to the shortage of skilled labor.[2] "At Frito-Lay, our business – and the way we do business – continues to transform. Ensuring we have highly skilled, qualified mechanics in place to manage the technical aspects of our operations is critical," said Gregg Roden, senior vice president of supply chain at Frito-Lay. "Innovative staffing solutions like the HCCA Industrial Maintenance program in Perry, Ga. will help ensure we have a pipeline of talent to fill high-tech roles now and in the future, while giving students a career path to ensure their future success." Through the HCCA Industrial Maintenance program, junior- and senior-level students will receive elective high school credits, as well as college credits from CGTC for learning basic engineering and maintenance skills. These skills will prepare students for entry-level employment in manufacturing roles upon graduating from high school.  This includes an opportunity to train with industrial mechanics; learn how to repair, troubleshoot and maintain automated equipment; and get hands-on experience in hydraulics, machine alignment, electricity and mechanical fundamentals. Upon completion of the program, students will be eligible to interview for Frito-Lay's apprenticeship program, which pairs entry-level associates with mentors at Frito-Lay's Perry, Ga. facility for on-the-job training while they work to complete their associate's degrees. Enrollment for the HCCA Industrial Maintenance program began in late 2016 and continues through April, 2017. Coursework begins in fall, 2017.  More information is available at www.hcca.hcbe.net. About Frito-Lay North AmericaFrito-Lay North America is the $14 billion convenient foods business unit of PepsiCo (NYSE: PEP), which is headquartered in Purchase, NY. Learn more about Frito-Lay at the corporate website, http://www.fritolay.com/, the Snack Chat blog, http://www.snacks.com/ and on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/fritolay. About PepsiCoPepsiCo products are enjoyed by consumers one billion times a day in more than 200 countries and territories around the world. PepsiCo generated more than $63 billion in net revenue in 2015, driven by a complementary food and beverage portfolio that includes Frito-Lay, Gatorade, Pepsi-Cola, Quaker and Tropicana. PepsiCo's product portfolio includes a wide range of enjoyable foods and beverages, including 22 brands that generate more than $1 billion each in estimated annual retail sales. At the heart of PepsiCo is Performance with Purpose – our goal to deliver top-tier financial performance while creating sustainable growth and shareholder value. In practice, Performance with Purpose means providing a wide range of foods and beverages from treats to healthy eats; finding innovative ways to minimize our impact on the environment and reduce our operating costs; providing a safe and inclusive workplace for our employees globally; and respecting, supporting and investing in the local communities where we operate. For more information, visit www.pepsico.com/.

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    San Francisco, CA - February 6, 2017 - The San Francisco-based Holberton School, an alternative to college for training students to become highly skilled full-stack software engineers, announced today it has raised $2.3 million led by daphni and joined by private equity and venture capital firms Reach Capital and Insight Venture Partners. The round brings to $4.3M the amount of financing raised by the school. Current investors Trinity Ventures (Dan Scholnick; board of directors, Docker and New Relic), Jerry Yang (co-founder and former CEO of Yahoo!), Partech Ventures, and Jonathan Boutelle (co-founder of Slideshare) are also part of the new round. Holberton School previously raised a $2 million seed round last year. Holberton, which accepts fewer than 2.5% of applicants (making it more than twice as hard to enter as Harvard) plans to expand their program to more than 100 students a year (from the current 30) responding to the overwhelming demand from both candidates and companies. Holberton will also use the funds to reach out to more potential students, especially those typically under-represented in the tech industry. Already, Holberton boasts a 40% class of women and nearly 50% people of color. "Holberton not only offers students an alternative place to a very exciting -- and lucrative -- career, they are turning Silicon Valley stereotypes on their head," said Marie Ekeland, co-founder at daphni. "We loved the admissions process that has resulted in a gender flipping near equal enrollment of men and women as well as almost an equal number of people of color. We also loved their approach to education, creating a collaborative community where everyone teaches and learns from everyone else." With less than half of their two-year program completed, the first class of Holberton students found internships and jobs at top Silicon Valley companies including Apple, Dropbox, NASA and Docker. Because students at the school are trained to "learn how to learn," companies remarked on their level of knowledge and skillset and how quickly they learned new languages and integrated with their teams. "(Holberton student) Rona Chong has been working with us for 3 months and I have been very impressed by her work," said Tammy Buttow, SRE Manager at Dropbox. "Thanks to her broad knowledge and how well she interacts with the team, she was able to make a difference very quickly." The students gained experience participating in a number of different projects and events, from hosting the first ever international bots hackathon in July 2016 to being invited to talk at the Top Women in Cloud Award at Google in December 2016. Holberton was the first US school to train software engineers through peer learning and project-based learning, and became the world's first school to deliver secure academic certificates within the bitcoin blockchain. The students have also published many articles in a wide variety of publications, and one student received a coveted internship at the SETI Institute. "Our mission is to open this high quality education to as many people, from as many walks of life, as possible," said co-founder Julien Barbier. "This is the reason why there is no upfront tuition and why we created an automated, software-driven admissions process that removes human bias. This has led to a unique (for the technology industry) 40% ratio of female students and 50% people of color. This funding will allow us to make our program accessible to even more students while still keeping our academic standards high." The San Francisco-based school offers an alternative to college, online courses and coding bootcamps. It trains world-class full-stack software engineers in two years by using a system already proven in Europe to scale to graduate thousands of elite engineers a year. The curriculum is based on the progressive education concept, a methodology that combines project-based and peer learning, where students help each other to learn and reach their goals. At Holberton, there are no formal teachers and no lectures. Students learn theory and tools by building, which guarantees that they are fully prepared to take on the most demanding jobs and maybe even hunt for asteroids. Join HolbertonHolberton is open to anyone -- ages of 18 to 128, whether an experienced programmer or not. The selection process is based only on talent and motivation. Holberton enables students from every community and background to have the opportunity to become a software engineer. That is also why there is no upfront cost to join the school, that charges a percentage of students' salary once -- and only if -- they find a job. Applications are now open for the May and September batches: Apply now. About daphnidaphni invests in European startups that will change how the world works. For good! To support founders, daphni built a digital platform and a closely knit community of entrepreneurs, executives, academics, artists and advisors. They provide the right connexions and insights to grow faster. About Reach CapitalReach supports the most promising entrepreneurs developing technology solutions for challenges in early childhood, K-12 and higher education. We invest in early-stage tech tools, applications, content, and services to improve education opportunities for all children. The Fund also acts as a catalyst, inspiring and enabling traditional and non-traditional investors to provide capital to the fast-growing ed tech market. About Insight Venture PartnersInsight Venture Partners is a leading global venture capital and private equity firm investing in high-growth technology and software companies that are driving transformative change in their industries. Founded in 1995, Insight has raised more than $13 billion and invested in more than 250 companies worldwide. Our mission is to find, fund and work successfully with visionary executives, providing them with practical, hands-on growth expertise to foster long-term success. About Holberton School Using project-based learning and peer learning, our mission is to train the best software engineers of their generation. At Holberton, there are no formal teachers and no formal courses. Instead, everything is project centered. We give our students increasingly difficult programming challenges to solve, and give them minimal initial directions on how to solve them. As a consequence, students naturally look for the theory and tools they need, understand them, use them, work together, and help each other. We are focusing on teaching how to learn instead of teaching a specific tool or programming language.

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    London, U.K. - February 6, 2017 - EY has announced the launch of Religious Literacy for Organisations (RLO), a diversity and inclusion training program designed to help organizations better understand religious inclusion and its positive impact on business process and performance. Developed in collaboration with Coexist House, an organization dedicated to transforming public understanding of the practices and perspectives of the world’s religions, and with research from Professor Adam Dinham, an expert in faith and public policy at Goldsmiths, University of London, the program can support organizations and their people to take effective steps toward religious literacy and their perceptions of religious diversity. Increasing demands for more impactful religious inclusion from government, workplaces and society are driving businesses to identify what is meant by religious literacy and why it is important. The Pew Research Center1 estimates that religiously affiliated adults and children around the globe represent 84% of the world’s population. Yet, secular assumptions still prevail, that religion is private and many organizations find faith a difficult social aspect to address. Adam Dinham, Professor of Faith & Public Policy and Director of the Faiths and Civil Society Unit, Goldsmiths, University of London says: “The concept of religious literacy starts from the observation that there is a lack of understanding about religion and belief in the workplace. However, it is not about religious education, or necessarily about having more religion in the workplace, rather, it is about having the confidence and skills to deal effectively and positively with religion and belief issues when they occur.” As more evidence shows that recognizing religious diversity within the workplace can improve recruitment, retention of employees and team cohesion as well as maintaining an inclusive culture and enhancing brand and reputation, organizations will increasingly want to shift the dial on diversity. The RLO program outlines what is meant by religious literacy and can help participants to explore their own perspectives of religion and belief, and to challenge their own thinking through interactive questions and answers. Participants are provided with views from selected leaders and professionals providing their own personal experiences of faith within the workplace and are provided with practical examples to help foster inclusion within a religiously diverse workforce. They will also be equipped with the skills and knowledge to ask more informed questions and provided with examples of how to recognize and foster inclusion within their teams. Kamran Malik, EY Global Learning and Digital Engagement Leader, People Advisory Services, says: “Rather than taking a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach, the EY RLO toolkit provides a framework that can be integrated into a business’s existing suite of inclusive learning tools to amplify and add value to working relationships. Its application can help businesses recognize that a religious diversity framework can be used to support team cohesion, satisfaction and performance; attract and retain talent, customers, clients and partners; as well as enhance stakeholder experience and client relations.” About EY EY is a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services. The insights and quality services we deliver help build trust and confidence in the capital markets and in economies the world over. We develop outstanding leaders who team to deliver on our promises to all of our stakeholders. In so doing, we play a critical role in building a better working world for our people, for our clients and for our communities. EY refers to the global organization, and may refer to one or more, of the member firms of Ernst & Young Global Limited, each of which is a separate legal entity. Ernst & Young Global Limited, a UK company limited by guarantee, does not provide services to clients. For more information about our organization, please visit ey.com. This news release has been issued by EYGM Limited, a member of the global EY organization that also does not provide any services to clients. About EY People Advisory Services As the world continues to be impacted by globalization, demographics, technology, innovation and regulation, organizations are under pressure to adapt quickly and build agile people cultures that respond to these disruptive forces. EY People Advisory Services believes a better working world is helping our clients harness their people agenda — the right people, with the right capabilities, in the right place, for the right cost, doing the right things. We work globally and collaborate to bring you professional teams to address complex issues relating to organization transformation, end-to-end employee life cycles, effective talent deployment and mobility, gaining value from evolving and virtual workforces, and the changing role of HR in support of business strategy. Our EY professionals ask better questions and work with clients to create holistic, innovative answers that deliver quality results. 1 The Pew Research Center, 2012: The Global Religious Landscape

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