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Realizing Our Potential: The Evolution of Cornerstone

Adam Miller

President & CEO, Cornerstone

In 1999, Cornerstone OnDemand started with a few modest start-up trappings: a whiteboard, a shared cordless phone, a meeting room at a Santa Monica bowling alley and a bold idea. We wanted to change the world through online learning. Sixteen years later, that idea has flourished into a multi-billion dollar global technology company with products in use by more than 20 million people in nearly 200 countries.

Our company's journey to this point has been marked by significant changes. Along the way, we picked up a new name. We ditched a bright orange logo. We expanded our mission beyond online learning to people development in its entirety (our suite of products now meets your company's needs at every stage of the employee lifecycle).

Yet, through all of these transformations, our core belief as a company has been steadfast: Learning and development are key to empowering people to reach their potential. And today, as we announce the next progression of the Cornerstone brand, this belief in potential remains the driving force behind our new identity.

Meet the New Cornerstone

Starting today, we are rolling out a brand new logo to better reflect where we’ve been and where we are headed as a company.

For starters, as we enter a new world of work where immediate and constant access to information is table stakes, our new logo reflects this by dropping the "OnDemand." Over the years, we have helped define the on-demand (and later Software-as-a-Service) standard as the first unified talent management software company to operate in the cloud and offer its products solely via SaaS. The company has always taken a lead and embodied innovation in this area.

To reflect our evolved brand, we've also designed the new logo to emulate our original and continued vision as a company: helping people develop at every stage in their careers, both personally and professionally. We have a new tagline communicating this vision — "Realize your potential," which certainly refers to our own potential as a company, but more importantly that of our employees, partners, clients and millions of users.

The new logo reflects the tagline’s focus in several unique and creative ways. First, the angle of the logo is 30 degrees, moving up and to the right to represent positive growth. We want people to grow in their careers. Second, the diamond-shape behind the "c" is a graphic representation of a wall corner, exemplifying our role as part of the foundational strength that helps you build a strong business with your human capital. Look again closely and you will notice that the "c" also appears to be wearing a graduation cap — again personifying our passion for lifelong learning.

Last but not least, the initial "c" and "o" join together to create an infinity symbol, reinforcing the idea that potential is limitless.

Beyond our reworked logo, we are also reimagining our color scheme and welcoming two new bright colors to our brand palette: seafoam and tech green. While we take our work seriously, we also firmly believe in having fun along the way — and our new colors represent this key aspect of our company culture (just ask any Cornerstar about our arcade and candy wall).

You'll see the new Cornerstone branding rolled out across all our products, websites and offices beginning today. As we embark on our next adventure as a company, we hope you'll join us in embracing the challenges and successes ahead — realizing your potential along the way.

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Cornerstone Partners With Microsoft to Bring Learning into the Flow of Work

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Cornerstone Partners With Microsoft to Bring Learning into the Flow of Work

Making time for learning during a busy workday is challenging. According to a recent survey, a majority of employees reported thattime is the biggest barrier to their development. But over the course of the pandemic, and even in the years before, we’ve seen how quickly business needs—and therefore, the needs for employee skills—change. Learning is more important than ever and needs to be delivered in new ways that drive accessibility and information retention. To help companies remain truly adaptable and nimble, they need to integrate learning into the flow of work. It’s why Cornerstone and Microsoft are partnering to make learning in the flow of work possible and support employees’ growing learning needs. Both of Cornerstone’s LMS platforms (Cornerstone Learning and Saba Cloud) will be integrated into Microsoft Viva—Microsoft’s new Employee Experience Platform (EXP)—to make it easy for employees to discover, share and engage with learning content without having to switch back and forth between solutions. "Cornerstone is bringing great value to organizations by integrating its solutions within Microsoft Teams, right where employees are working every day," said Kirk Koenigsbauer, COO, Experiences + Devices at Microsoft Corp. "The new Microsoft Viva empowers employees to make learning and development a natural and intuitive part of their daily work." How Cornerstone Powers Learning in the Flow of Work on the Microsoft Employee Experience Platform Powered by Microsoft 365 and experienced through Teams, Microsoft Viva seamlessly helps your organization build human connection, foster growth and wellbeing, and drive peak business performance. And now that experience encompasses learning, including the integration with Cornerstone. Incorporating learning opportunities from Cornerstone’s LMS offerings into Microsoft Viva Learning makes it easy not only to access learning, but also integrate it into the flow of work. Employees using Teams can seek out, share and/or assign learning content based on their current needs. For example, if an employee is struggling with their workload, a manager could engage in a real-time 1:1 conversation and based on that discussion, serve up training on time management or organization skills. This way, in addition to providing real-time coaching and feedback, the manager is also able to give their employee development resources in a timely and relevant manner. In another instance, an employee that’s familiar with HTML but hasn’t used the skill for a while might find a quick refresher course—rather than spending time and energy re-learning through trial-and-error. For more on the power of this partnership, watch this video announcing Microsoft Viva Learning Removing Barriers to Learning Cornerstone and Microsoft’s collaboration will help remove barriers to learning and empower organizations and their employees to grow and adapt for the future. Our learning solutions contain training to meet employee needs across on-demand learning, compliance and career development. Through this partnership and through Microsoft, employees will soon have the ability to access learning where they are, when they need it, to power stronger individual and company performance. As a leader and pioneer in learning, we’ve accumulated the largest pool of learning data and insights in the world over the course of our 20 years in business. We are thrilled to share that experience, expertise and passion with Teams and its users. Read the full announcement to learn more about Cornerstone’s partnership with Microsoft.

Cornerstone Cares Free Learning Portal Recognized for Online Learning Innovation by EdTech Breakthrough

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Cornerstone Cares Free Learning Portal Recognized for Online Learning Innovation by EdTech Breakthrough

Today, we are honored to share that EdTech Breakthrough, a leading market intelligence organization that recognizes the top companies and solutions in the global educational technology market, has selected Cornerstone as the 2020 winner of its "Adaptive Learning Solution of the Year" award in the second annual EdTech Breakthrough Awards program. This year’s program attracted more than 1,750 nominations from over 15 different countries throughout the world. Helping K-12 teachers transition to online learning With more than 55 million U.S. students displaced from school closures due to COVID-19, thousands of educators were forced to quickly adapt to an online learning format, requiring them to rapidly transform how they teach and engage with their students. Responding to this vast and pressing need, Cornerstone leveraged its internal expertise in online learning to create a free content playlist as part of its Cornerstone Cares solution for teachers, offering best practices and tactical information as educators shift to this new way of teaching. To date, over 70,000 people have visited the site since its launch in March, in addition to the millions of users who leverage Cornerstone Learning and Content Anytime through their organizations’ portals. A critical need for adaptive learning solutions "Both the significant increase in online learning consumption by learners on the Cornerstone Learning platform and the free resources offered through Cornerstone Cares demonstrate the critical need for adaptive learning solutions that provide relevant and authentic content," said Lisa Hartley, AVP of Growth Products at Cornerstone. "We are extremely proud to contribute to the dedicated educators during this difficult time and this 2020 EdTech Breakthrough Award is a fantastic validation of the hard work and innovative thinking from the entire Cornerstone team." This specially curated Cornerstone Cares playlist features courses such as "A Teacher’s Guide to Online Learning," designed by former teacher and Head of Cornerstone Studios, Summer Salomonsen, Ed.D. The resource includes bite-size, informative videos and downloadable guides that elevate the conversation from "How do I teach online?" to "How might I continue to connect with and impact my students online?" Due to teachers being under a significant amount of pressure with limited time to make this transition, the content is short, digestible and available on any device or platform and also easily downloadable for those who don’t have online access at home. Learn more about EdTech Breakthrough and Cornerstone Cares If you want to learn more about the 2020 EdTech Breakthrough Awards and see a complete list of winners, please visit their site. You can also check out Cares.CSOD.com to access learning content on a variety of critical topics that can help you transition to a remote working or teaching environment, manage stress and mitigate unconscious bias - all for free on Cornerstone Cares.

Cornerstone Earns Multiple 2020 Top Rated Awards by TrustRadius

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Cornerstone Earns Multiple 2020 Top Rated Awards by TrustRadius

As a global people development leader, Cornerstone is obsessed with enabling our clients to achieve significant business results through world-class learning, recruiting, performance and HR technology solutions. Because innovating for the success of our clients is our top priority, we are honored to be named a leader among Corporate Learning Management, Talent Management and Employee Performance Management solution providers! The recognition by TrustRadius holds significant value to our company as these lists are based purely on above-average customer satisfaction ratings for business technology. Since 2016, the TrustRadius Top Rated Awards have become the industry standard for unbiased recognition of B2B technology products. Based entirely on customer feedback, they have never been influenced by analyst opinion or status as a TrustRadius customer. Learn more about the TrustRadius Top Rated Awards and hear from verified users on how much they value Cornerstone: ● Corporate Learning Management ● Talent Management ● Employee Performance Management Are you a Cornerstone client and looking to share your own feedback? Please leave a review here!

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