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

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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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Learning Technologies 2022: key takeaways and learnings

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Learning Technologies 2022: key takeaways and learnings

Missed us at Learning Technologies 2022 this year? Here’s a roundup of our activities and sessions at the event. It was great to be back face to face, chatting all things learning and development. It was also the first opportunity to hear the findings from our latest Cornerstone People Research Lab Report, our enlightening global survey on everything skills development. These are some key findings from the Report: Employers and employees aren’t fully aligned on current skills focus. There continues to be a significant Skills Confidence gap between employers and employees when it comes to confidence in their organisation’s current ability to help them develop new skills. This gap not only persisted from 2020, but - on average - grew wider. Employees are not confident their companies are prioritising skills in the future. The research revealed that only 55% of employees are confident in their organisation’s future prioritisation of new skilling opportunities for them. The Skills Confidence Gap narrowed or widened depending on organisational strength. High-performing organisations (HPOs) had a much smaller gap between employees and employers. HPOs not only prioritised skill development at a much higher level than their peers, but their employees also agreed with them — with only an 11% gap between employer and employee perception. Meanwhile, Laggards (low-performing organisations) not only rated their prioritisation of skill development much lower, but less than 20% of employees in those organisations also agreed that skills development is an important objective — a 42% gap. Key Cornerstone executives such as Mark Debono, VP of UK, Ireland and the Middle East and Mark Lamswood, Regional Director of Content at Cornerstone as well as valued customers NSPCC, Essex County Council and DP DHL were all in attendance to share their industry insights and their own compelling stories. Here's a rundown on some of the sessions that were held: Mark Debono: Powering a future-ready workforce On the first day of Learning Technologies, Mark Debono, hosted a session unpacking some of the key messages from our Cornerstone Skills Report. Mark discussed how the playing field has fundamentally changed in the world of work, and the winners are the ones who can collaborate and engage with their workforce. Mark also delved into some of the most common challenges and opportunities facing every organisation including the skills shortage and shared actionable insights on how to efficiently scale your business’s growth and development plans. A key takeaway from the session Mark hosted, was that talent leaders hold the golden thread of connecting people with growth opportunities, bringing in new talent, alongside optimising future-readiness for all.  Mark Lamswood and Sarah Spence: Content takes centre stage - How the pandemic and great resignation are super-charging L&D Mark Lamswood and Sarah Spence, Senior Solution Consultant at Cornerstone together discussed how to engage employees and make work, learning and development meaningful for everyone. As we know, learning has changed for good: employees expect personalised, on-demand and impactful development approaches. These are some interesting stats and insights from the session: Interest in learning increased six-fold during the pandemic 4.63 million minutes of learning has been consumed in the UK over the last twelve months On average, interest in learning has tripled, with key topics ranging from unconscious bias, diversity, equity and inclusion to mental health and effective communication NSPCC: Re-imagining the learner experience to improve outcomes for children The session hosted by one of our customers, the NSPCC, was certainly interesting as they discussed how they’re using Cornerstone technology to reimagine the learner experience for Childline, improving outcomes for child wellbeing through learning and development. They elaborated on their approach of blended learning, improving digital accessibility, and making sure all learners can come together to share resources. NSPCC shared their journey of how they have successfully integrated the Cornerstone learning platform and their vision for 2031. It was a brilliant event that led to insightful discussions and informative sessions and indeed fostered a learning environment for all who attended. To read more on the Cornerstone Research Lab Report “Addressing the Global Skills Shortage: Your Path Through the Wilderness” please click here.

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Everything Cornerstone accomplished in Q2

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Everything Cornerstone accomplished in Q2

The first quarter of 2022 was a pretty great one for Cornerstone. You may have read our blog about everything we accomplished. So when we say that this quarter exceeded the high expectations we had coming out of Q1, know that we mean it. Mainly because we wouldn't have written this blog if we didn't. In the second quarter of 2022, we were all about growth. Growth in our people, capabilities, expertise and ambitions. Here are just a few of the things we accomplished in Q2: Uncovered leading trends across our industry Expanded our teams and capabilities Secured exciting wins with and for our customers Received consistent recognition from global industry expert Each of these achievements helped cement our position as a leader in learning, skills development, content, and AI-powered people experiences. And even with all that, there's still more to say about what Cornerstone accomplished in Q2. Identifying leading trends across the skills development landscape We kicked things off in a big way in Q2 with the release of our second global research study, Thriving in the Global Skills Shortage: Your Path Through the Wilderness. The report placed a bright spotlight on organisational trends in the evolving skills development landscape, with a specific focus on the widening employee-employer Skills Confidence Gap and the ongoing sense of urgency surrounding skills and talent shortages. The top three key findings from our research were: Employers and employees aren’t fully aligned on skill prioritisation Employees are not confident their organisations are prioritising skills in the future The Skills Confidence Gap narrowed or widened depending on organisational strength Cornerstone CEO Himanshu Palsule summed it up best, calling the research findings a demonstration of "how organisations and their people continue to see skills development as an increasingly important part of navigating their shared future successfully.” Remaining intentional in our business expansions We acquired a full other company this quarter. And we made definitive plans to acquire another. This is how we really kicked our “growth” into full gear. In Q2, we proudly completed the acquisition of EdCast, and with it promoted our intentions to revolutionise the learning landscape. Together, our teams have united and shared ambitious goals to solve the most critical talent and business demands we're seeing in work today. We can’t wait to watch as our shared vision comes to life. The Cornerstone and EdCast teams got to work quickly, announcing an exciting Zoom integration that will embed learning and training tools to help drive productivity and upskilling. And what comes next after the completion of one acquisition? Plans for a second, of course. We quickly followed the completion of our EdCast acquisition with the announcement of our definitive plans to acquire SumTotal. Now, we can’t share too much just yet, but we can say that this partnership will introduce some seriously impactful improvements for our customers in how they identify and develop the skills of the future, engage and grow their people, and adapt to organisational agility. EdCast and SumTotal weren’t the only newcomers on the block, however. We also welcomed two powerhouse leaders to our executive team: Ryan Courson joined Cornerstone as our chief financial officer. A fun fact about Ryan? He previously served as the youngest CFO of a public company, the Seaspan Corporation (no big deal!). Carina Cortez also joined Cornerstone as our chief people officer. Coming from Glassdoor as their CPO, Carina brings a unique perspective on the power of people growth and strong company cultures. Customer success all around the world Q2 was no exception when it came to helping our customers create purpose in what they do. Our successful efforts to help bring their organisations to the next level were reflected in our customers’ expanded partnership offerings, relationship extensions, and many new customers. Just a few of the legacy customers that saw more success with Cornerstone this quarter include: Smith and Nephew CDN UNHCR META O’Neal Allegis Group AmeriHealth Caritas Viking Group Inc. Americold Logistics Indiana Packers Corporation The National Bank of Indianapolis Ziggy’s Home Improvement Vital Farms Vensure Employer Services And new customers finding success as they start their journeys with Cornerstone: Grammar AG ASML Chewy Texas Commission TOI Management Many of our customers took their success to the big screen, garnering award-winning recognition. A special shout out to Suntory Holdings, Cardinal Health, DPDHL, and Estee Lauder Companies for securing big wins from the 2022 Chief Learning Officer in the Learning Elite Awards. Each of these customers was recognised for best-in-class levels of performance across five dimensions: learning strategy, leadership commitment, learning execution, learning impact, and business performance results We're just happy to be a part of it. Our customers weren’t the only ones winning in Q2 Seeing our customers thrive is always a win for us. We don’t mind accepting a little love from our industry, too. Cornerstone received a flurry of recognition from established industry experts and reports, including: Recognition as a Strategic Challenger in the Fosway 9-Grid™ for Talent Acquisition Ranking in HRO Today's L&D Baker's Dozen Named a Leader for Worldwide Modern Talent Acquisition Within Talent Management and Worldwide Modern Talent Acquisition by IDC MarketScape Winner of the 2022 Craig Weiss Top-Ten Learning Systems eLearning Industry’s Top Extended Enterprise Learning Management Systems List Rated as a Leader by HerbertNathan & Co. in the first Scandinavian LMS Report We also welcomed several meaningful awards in Q2 for our products, industry influence, and original content. Some highlights include: TrustRadius Top Rated Awards for Talent Management Winner Women Impact Tech 100 Honoree Top 100 HR Tech Influencers Winner Inspiring Workplaces Enterprise Finalist HR Tech Awards Winner for Best Advance in Practical AI in Talent Development 6-time Telly Award Winner for Cornerstone Originals for excellence in Diversity & Inclusion, Workplace Culture, Sustainability, and Corporate Training Q3 and beyond With the news of our intention to acquire SumTotal, there’s no doubt we will see even greater opportunities to help a larger, more diverse group of customers in Q3. Stay tuned for more on that in the second half of 2022. In the meantime, we’ll keep investing in our products, cross-functionality, and customer engagement to take our people experience, learning, and talent initiatives to the next level. We don’t take all these accomplishments lightly, and we’re proud to say that we’re on a clear path to changing the game in learning, skills development, content, people experiences and so much more. Be sure to check back in Q3 to see the latest and greatest from Cornerstone!

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