Cornerstone OnDemand Reveals Speakers and Agenda for Convergence 2011 Annual Client Conference

Keynote from Forrester VP and author Josh Bernoff, 35 expert-led sessions and an industry analyst panel to help attendees shift From Employment to Empowerment

SANTA MONICA, Calif. April 21, 2011 – Cornerstone OnDemand (NASDAQ: CSOD), a leading provider of a comprehensive learning and talent management software solution, today unveiled the speaker line-up and agenda for its Convergence 2011 client conference, scheduled for May 16-18 at the Terranea Resort in Los Angeles.  The annual event connects learning, HR and talent management professionals from around the world with top industry thought leaders and Cornerstone OnDemand team members to discuss workforce trends and share talent management strategy and technology best practices. 

In addition to the opening address delivered by Cornerstone OnDemand founder and CEO Adam Miller, the conference welcomes keynote speaker Josh Bernoff, senior vice president, idea development for Forrester Research and author of Empowered: Unleash Your Employees, Energize Your Customers, and Transform Your Business.  Bernoff’s presentation will explore the innovation, collaboration and management frameworks that make it possible for HEROes – Highly Empowered and Resourceful Operatives – to do their jobs in 21st century organizations. 

“As organizations shift from cost-cutting and retrenchment, it is critical for them to plan for the future in order to stay nimble and competitive.  That is why this year’s conference theme is From Employment to Empowerment – moving away from simple employment and robotic execution to true employee empowerment,” said Frank Ricciardi, vice president of global account services for Cornerstone OnDemand.  “Conference sessions will give attendees actionable knowledge for using talent management strategies and technology to empower their people, which can have a positive impact on everything from retention and productivity, to innovation and, ultimately, company profitability.” 

Talent management industry luminary Bill Kutik, technology columnist for Human Resource Executive and host of “The Bill Kutik Radio Show,” will moderate a dynamic expert panel discussion on “Critical Trends in HR Technology.”  Participants include top-tier industry analysts such as Jason Corsello, senior vice president, strategy and corporate development for Knowledge Infusion; Steve Goldberg, principal analyst for Bersin & Associates; Jim Holincheck, research vice president for Gartner; and Lisa Rowan, program director, HR and talent management services for IDC.  

The agenda also boasts 35 interactive sessions led by top-tier Cornerstone clients, as well as Cornerstone executives and other industry experts, organized into five tracks tailored for professionals at every level – including business leaders, managers and administrators – as well as a track for new and prospective Cornerstone clients.  Topics cover the talent management spectrum, from learning and development, enterprise social networking, and performance management, to succession planning, employee career management, extended enterprise enablement and more.  Client presenters include executives from ADP; Airgas; American Bankers Association (ABA); BJC HealthCare; Carlsberg Breweries; Flextronics; State of Nebraska; and Teach for America, among many others. 

The Convergence 2011 Diamond Sponsor is ADP.  Platinum Sponsors include Element K; Intrepid Learning Solutions; KnowledgeAdvisors; OutStart; and Vemo.  Gold Sponsors include Affiliated Computer Services (ACS); Digital Publishing; First Advantage; HRSG; Human Concepts; iCIMS; Iconixx Software; Intelladon; J.J. Keller; Korn Ferry International; and RapidLD.   

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About Cornerstone OnDemand
Cornerstone OnDemand is a leading global provider of a comprehensive learning and talent management solution delivered as software-as-a-service (SaaS). We enable organizations to meet the challenges they face in empowering their people and maximizing the productivity of their human capital. Our solution consists of five integrated platforms for learning management, enterprise social networking, performance management, succession planning and extended enterprise. Our clients use our solution to develop employees throughout their careers, engage all employees effectively, improve business execution, cultivate future leaders and integrate with their external networks of customers, vendors and distributors.  We currently empower more than 4.9 million users across 164 countries and in 23 languages. 

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