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Countdown to Convergence: 5 Ways to Make the Most of Your Virtual Conference

Cornerstone Editors

Your eyes aren’t fooling you—it’s September! And that means we’re only two weeks away from Convergence, our all virtual, global conference bringing together the brightest minds in HR, learning and development. This year’s event will no doubt be unique and unbound, and we’re excited to engage attendees in an entirely new way.

We may not be in the same conference hall this year, but we’ll be together nonetheless—discussing the latest trends in the world of work, learning about the best ways to leverage technology and, of course, networking with analysts, customers and Cornerstone thought leaders.

Get ready now—here are five ways to make the most out of Convergence 2020!

Make Convergence Yours

This year’s event will feature not only inspiring keynotes from different personalities and experts—including some of Cornerstone’s own leaders, like CEO Phil Saunders and CMO Heidi Spirgi—but also offer focused tracks, such as the Bold Thinkers and Product Tours, where we’ll share inside looks at hidden gems within our products, discuss adoption and more! We’ll share more recommendations and tips for personalizing your agenda shortly—stay tuned.

And, from customer sessions to product-focused presentations and thoughtful panels, there will be no shortage of content—it’s up to you to chart your course! Head over to www.CornerstoneConvergence.com to create a personalized, custom-built agenda and sign up for the sessions you’re most interested in.

Work Hard, Play Hard

Who doesn’t love a giveaway? Convergence is your chance to score prizes, like a Peloton package, a Canon camera, a Breville espresso machine, or a Le Creuset cooking set, just to name a few. Connect with the Cornerstone community, conference speakers, and thousands of your peers in virtual networking forums and in-session chats and earn points as you engage in conference activities—it’s easy and the prizes are major.

When you’re ready for a break, grab that mat and participate in a yoga or meditation session. Or, head over to our virtual photo booth and say cheese!

Socialize and Network—Yes, Virtually!

Connect directly with other attendees, engage with session speakers, join all the hot conversations and trending topics and build your network. Rub elbows with the industry—from the comfort of your home.

And at the end of day one, participate in the celebrity chef cook-along with Michelin-starred chef, restaurateur, author and culinary entrepreneur Curtis Stone. Chef Curtis is a master when it comes to rolling pasta dough. Whether he’s rolling fettuccine, orecchiette, or cavatelli, his tips and tricks win over the most discerning chefs and cooks. In this demonstration, you’ll learn how to make the best handmade ricotta cavatelli with sage brown butter and parmesan. Once the demonstration is over, you’ll be able to share your newfound pasta skills with your family and friends—or get the whole family involved and cook along together!

Be sure to follow our Convergence channels on social media (Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram) for the latest news and updates throughout the event. And don’t forget to use the conference hashtag #CSODConf20 to share your Convergence experience!

Get Product Savvy

Mingle with Cornerstone’s teams to have all your questions answered and learn more about the latest capabilities and plans for your current solutions and the new offerings your organization might want to explore. And head over to our virtual Training Labs to get a sharper understanding of using and administering your products with sessions from Cornerstone’s training experts.

Already an expert user? Consider applying for our RAVE Awards! Cornerstone’s annual awards recognizes and honors organizations that have developed and implemented innovative approaches to using Cornerstone solutions. We’ve extended our deadline and taken the Awards global, so share your RAVE-worthy story here by September 30 for a chance to be recognized!

Avoid These Virtual Faux Pas

These days, we're all experiencing video conference fatigue, and we know your calendars are jam-packed. That said, we urge you to stay focused on the sessions you're attending. Close your extra tabs and put your phone down. Instagram's not going anywhere! Take your time to explore the agenda and pick out the sessions that work around you. Don't worry if you miss any of the live sessions, the content will be available to you on-demand.

We can’t wait to see you in a couple of weeks. Our countdown is on!

To register for either the Americas or EMEA Cornerstone Convergence and build your personalized session schedule, visit: www.cornerstoneconvergence.com.

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Countdown to Convergence: Customize Your Conference Experience

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Countdown to Convergence: Customize Your Conference Experience

Cornerstone Convergence is only six short days away! Since it’s an all-virtual event this year, you have the unique opportunity to personalize your Convergence experience by designing a custom schedule and choosing the sessions that most interest you. Below you’ll find details on the different tracks you can attend this year, along with a video guide for customizing your schedule. This is your Convergence—here’s how to make the most of it! Introducing the Convergence Virtual Event Platform Before you start designing your conference experience, take the time to explore your options and access the full agenda on the Convergence website. In addition to the keynote sessions, there are five different tracks to choose from: Product Training Labs, Product Discussions, Bold Thinkers, Tech Talks and Client Spotlight. And keep in mind—you don’t have to commit to one track. Feel free to mix and match your session options! Maybe you start the day in the Bold Thinkers track, and then shuffle to Product Discussions or Tech Talks tracks later in the day. Here’s a little more information on each track: Product Training Labs: Go beyond "what’s new" to "how to" with guidance from our training experts. Each lab will explore a variety of practical use cases and provide tips and tricks for better administering your current solutions, helping you develop a sharper understanding of your current products and expand your proficiencies in managing them for your organization. Product Discussions: Learn more about the latest capabilities and plans for your current solutions and the new offerings your organization might want to explore. You’ll not only get exclusive looks at our upcoming product roadmap but you'll also get to explore several hidden gems that can help you drive adoption and make the most of your current products. Bold Thinkers: Cornerstone and other industry bold thinkers discuss topics that will help you align your talent strategy to your evolving business strategy. Covering the latest talent research and the bold concepts shaping industries, these talks are designed to inspire you with new ideas about the future of work and your role in shaping it. Tech Talks: These sessions focus on some of the most popular topics your IT experts want to explore — from cloud and products to data and privacy — you’ll hear firsthand from our technology team about our latest platform advancements and technology direction. Client Spotlights: Imagination. Innovation. Inspiration. These sessions bring together industry peers from across our customer community to share ideas and success stories. Hear about lessons learned in using Cornerstone solutions to attract, develop, and retain talent, and how these clients delivered strategic outcomes for their organizations. Choose Your Convergence Adventure! Once you’ve explored the conference agenda and have an idea of which sessions you’d like to attend, it’s time to choose your Convergence adventure! Start by signing into the Convergence platform using your login information, which will be sent Monday, September 14th to all registered attendees via email. If you haven’t received an email by September 14th, try searching your inbox (including your spam folder!) or contact us at convergence@csod.com).  Once you’re logged into the event platform, you’ll want to create your profile and make sure that your time zone and region are correct. Then, it’s time to select the sessions you’d like to attend! To add events to your agenda, simply enroll in the sessions you’d like to attend and they will be added to your ’My Agenda’ page. Click here to watch a video explaining how to bookmark a session and explore other Convergence activities via the platform. Network with Speakers and Peers Throughout Convergence Once the conference starts, follow your agenda to attend the sessions you’ve selected. In between sessions, use the chat bubble icon at the top of the homepage to chat with peers and Cornerstars. Each session will also have a chatroom where you can engage in discussions with fellow attendees. Some sessions will also have live Q&A to engage speakers too! Announcing a Cook-Along with Curtis Stone! You’ll want to get shopping for the latest addition to the agenda: an exclusive LIVE cook-along with celebrity chef Curtis Stone on September 16 from 1:30–2:30 pm PT / 4:30–5:30 pm ET / 12:30-13:30 pm BST. Chef Curtis is a master when it comes to rolling pasta dough, and he’ll share his tips and tricks while teaching you how to make handmade ricotta cavatelli with sage brown butter and parmesan. Yum. No need to sign up for the live cook-along in advance. You already have free access to the session because you registered to attend Convergence; simply enroll in the activity when you access the platform—along with the 40+ other sessions you won’t want to miss. ;) Here are the ingredients you need to cook along with Chef Curtis: Cavatelli 115 g (4 oz) fresh, very soft ricotta cheese 5 g (≈1 1/2 tbsp) beaten egg 15 g (≈1 1/8 tbsp) parmesan cheese, microplane 100 g (≈3/4 cups) plain flour Sauce 13 oz broccoli florets with 1-inch stems 8 tbsp unsalted butter 1/2 cup coarsely chopped basil 1/2 cup pine nuts, toasted 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice Salt and pepper Extra virgin olive oil for serving Parmesan Tuile 3 oz grated parmesan cheese Don’t fancy getting your hands dirty? Then join the session to pick up tips and tricks, save a new recipe for later and have a good time! Join in on the Fun and Games! While Convergence is virtual this year there is still tons of opportunity to network and engage in fun experiences throughout the conference. From the Convergence platform select the "Fun and Games" icon to join a yoga or meditation session, check out what people are saying on social, or as mentioned earlier, cook along with Curtis Stone! Every action you take during the conference, whether it's participating in Fun & Games, completing your profile, attending sessions, participating in chats or visiting our sponsor booths, will help you earn points. And you’ll want to collect as many points as you can because they will put you in the running for some amazing prizes—like a Peloton bike package, a Breville Express machine, Apple Airpods and more! Join the Convergence Experience From Anywhere, At Any Time We’re excited to offer you a global conference this year, enabling attendees to watch from anywhere in the world. And if you can’t make all of the live sessions, that’s okay! They will all be made available on-demand, so you can watch them at a later time. Will we see you at #CSODConf20? If you haven’t registered for Convergence yet, then what are you waiting for? It’s all-virtual, all free and offers plenty of learning, connection, and fun! To register and build your personalized session schedule, visit: www.cornerstoneconvergence.com. If you’ve already registered, be on the lookout for your registration email. See you September 16th and 17th! Click here for a video on how to navigate the virtual Convergence platform and create your own conference agenda. And to follow Cornerstone Convergence 2020 on social media, visit our Twitter @CSODConvergence, Instagram @CornerstoneOnDemand and Facebook @Cornerstoneconvergence. You can engage with the conversation using #CSODConf20.

ICYMI: Creating Moments that Matter at Convergence 2017

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ICYMI: Creating Moments that Matter at Convergence 2017

After a full day of networking, sessions and the return of rockstar Billy Idol on the first day of Convergence 2017, we began day two by talking about great experiences. As Dan Heath, co-author of the upcoming book The Power of Moments, shared, we're living in the "age of experience." From vacations to workplaces to conferences like this one, people want to encounter an impactful—and delightful—time wherever they go. But how do you create a good experience? It's a question explored by Heath and his brother Chip in their book. It's something we consider when designing a new product or feature. And it's the mission of any HR professional, manager or company leader who wants to attract and retain top talent. Check out the recap below to learn more about the ideas shared and discussed today about creating memorable experiences, and join the conversation with #CSODConf17! For information about the availability of presentations after the conference, follow @CSODConvergence on Twitter. Experiences Are Made Up of Moments As you might have guessed from the title of Dan and Chip Heath's book, they've found that great experiences aren't defined by the collective whole—they're defined by small moments, or what Heath called "peaks." Instead of simply fixing problems, he advised the audience to focus on creating such moments that stand out in a person's mind and elevate the entire experience. Keynote with "Switch" author Dan Heath "WE create the moments" #csodconf2017 pic.twitter.com/OCTv2QWU6Y — Angelique McAlpine (@drawingimpact) June 7, 2017 Listening to Dan Heath on creating a great employee experience. How do you mark transitions, milestones and pits at work? #CSODConf17 — Mark Goldin (@markgoldin) June 7, 2017 The 'peak-end' rule says that we always oversample the best and the final moments of an experience. #CSODConf17 pic.twitter.com/Il8iSNOfBR — Kharalis (@kharalis) June 7, 2017 Experience Is Rooted in Culture During yesterday's analyst keynote, co-founder of Aptitude Research Partners Mollie Lombardi explained that organizations should think about the user experience of a culture just as much as they think about the user experience of a software interface. Today's sessions emphasized her message, highlighting that a strong culture—rooted in development, communication and caring—is a critical part of building meaningful relationships with your employees. "Culture is the 3 C's, Culture, Communication and Caring" https://t.co/bImft1wlwg #FacebookLive #CSODConf17 — Cornerstone OnDemand (@CornerstoneInc) June 7, 2017 People care about learning culture. Great session today. Love your employees by developing them. #csodconf2017 pic.twitter.com/gKMbQF64zF — Jeff Miller (@jmillerphd) June 7, 2017 Experience Is Personal Today's speakers also reiterated the theme of personalization. Experiences are memorable when they speak to people directly as individuals, which means organizations should invest in understanding their employees' needs, challenges and aspirations—both personal and professional. Altria's approach to transforming #learnerexperience focused on understanding modern learner needs #CSODConf17 pic.twitter.com/W1NOS7Zdry — KristanEvans (@KristanEvans2) June 7, 2017 "Empathy and compassion are key factors in motivating employees" #CSODConf17 — Kevin Schultz (@kev_schultz) June 7, 2017 Client RAVE Awards Last but not least, here's to the organizations providing standout experiences to their employees and customers. At our RAVE Awards, we honored clients using our software and services in innovative ways to advance their talent management strategies. We do love our clients! Congrats to the finalists and winners of @CornerstoneInc Client RAVE Awards! #CSODConf17 — Mike Bollinger (@bollinger) June 7, 2017

ICYMI: Exploring the Future of Talent Management at Convergence 2016

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ICYMI: Exploring the Future of Talent Management at Convergence 2016

To kick off Cornerstone's 14th annual conference, Convergence, our CEO Adam Miller took a cue from Marty McFly and went back in time. After all, before diving in to our favorite topic—the future of talent management—it's important to think about the history of talent management. How far have we come, and where do we go from here? Our time traveling showed that the traditional approach to human capital management—from learning to recruiting to performance and more—has changed significantly. Social, mobile, and big data technologies have enabled us to reach more people, make smarter decisions and act proactively. Throughout yesterday's sessions, we heard from customers, clients and partners on how they're taking advantage of the latest innovations to not only improve core HR services, but impact their organization's success as a whole. Keep reading to learn about the innovative ideas shared at Convergence so far, follow @CSODConvergence on Twitter and join the conversation with #CSODConf16! Predicting the Future with Data Big data has changed the human capital management game, but as Miller shared in his keynote, the challenge is no longer just to understand the past, but to predict the future. This year, we announced an expanded suite of people analytics products, and throughout the day, analysts, partners and clients commented on the growing importance of data when it comes to strategic human capital management. Fulfilling Potential with Modern Learning Cornerstone began with a bold idea to change the world through online learning. Seventeen years later, we've expanded to encompass people development in its entirety, but our core belief remains steadfast: Learning is key to empowering people to reach their potential. Our new project, CyberU, embodies both this foundational belief and our dedication to innovation. As attendees noted during the keynote and throughout the day's sessions, modern learning needs to be mobile, visual and embedded in company culture to get through to the learner and impact your business. Acknowledging the Innovators What would a discussion on the future of talent management be without recognizing the companies leading the way? Our annual Client RAVE Awards acknowledged this year's most innovative talent strategies and the teams driving those initiatives—from redesigning learning to improving user adoption to reinventing "work" entirely. Congratulations to our winners! Turning It Up with Mr. Worldwide Capping off a great first day at Convergence was none other than Pitbull. The "Mr. Woldwide" rapper and two-time Grammy winner performed at our Client and Partner Appreciation Party to a full dance floor of more than 1800 attendees from nearly 30 countries.

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