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Meet the Bold Thinkers Taking the Stage at Convergence 2020

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Last week, we announced the agenda for our first ever, fully-virtual Cornerstone Convergence conference! Convergence Unbound is a two-day conference jam packed with insightful content geared toward helping global HR and talent leaders navigate an unbound, uncertain future.

Now, we’re delighted to share more about Bold Thinkers, a dedicated track designed to highlight industry leading perspectives on the future of work—and talent management’s place in it.These experts will cover the latest research and concepts shaping our industry—designed to inspire with new ideas for shaping the future of work.

Here’s a preview of what our Bold Thinkers will talk about—everything from skills development to mental wellbeing.

Liggy Webb on How to Navigate Unprecedented Change

We are all experiencing a time of intense change as employees navigate new normals. Today, teams reckon with what ’remote’ means—all while processing the impact of a global pandemic.

Liggy Webb, award winning and bestselling author and thought leader on human resilience has some ideas on the matter. She’ll join Summer Salomonsen, head of Cornerstone Studios and Mark Lamswood, regional director for Cornerstone Content, as they discuss the best ways to address change head-on and highlight the value of designing plans for an uncertain future with skills front-of-mind.

Here’s Liggy Webb explaining her Convergence 2020 session:

Video of Convergence 2020: Liggy Webb

Josh Bersin on the Marketplace of Innovation

In this research-based presentation, global industry analyst Josh Bersin will present a comprehensive overview of the state of corporate skills development. He’ll discuss the emerging role of skills platforms, how they work and how to make sense of the market. Bersin will also explore how content and skills converge for employee learning, development, recruiting, and careers.

Attendees will walk away understanding the answers to these questions: What is a skills cloud and how do I understand these platforms? What is the emerging role of technical skills and soft skills and how can we develop people in an integrated way?

Joe Burton on Building Mindfulness, Resilience and Mental Wellbeing Skills

Did you know that the emotional wellbeing of employees is the top concern for 93% of employers? In this experiential session, Joe Burton, CEO of digital training platform Whil (Cornerstone’s new content partner), will share why mindfulness can—and should—be a central element of the workplace of the future. Burton will also offer tactical and practical mindfulness techniques for use in work and life.

"At Convergence, I’ll be speaking about mindfulness as the foundational skill for resilience and wellbeing," says Burton. "In my session you’ll learn practical techniques that you can immediately apply. You’ll walk away understanding how best to help employees manage stress while improving focus, learning and collaboration in high performance cultures."

Kim Cassady and Jeff Miller on What Leaders Need to Know in the New Normal

What do leaders need to be thinking about when it comes to the future of work? This is a question that goes beyond operational and health and safety necessities of reopening offices. The future of work requires a fundamental shift in how organizations empower people to connect, collaborate and get work done. And that shift requires a people-centric approach across a broad spectrum of talent and development strategies.

In this session, Cornerstone’s Kim Cassady, Chief Talent Officer, and Jeff Miller, AVP, Learning and Organizational Effectiveness, will provide a deeper understanding of how leaders cultivate a more mindful approach to coaching and developing people to adapt and thrive in the face of uncertainty.

A preview of the conversation from Kim Cassady: "The amount of dramatic change we’ve all experienced in 2020—in life and at work—has left people feeling insecure about today and uncertain about tomorrow. Organizational leaders need to help their people cultivate the right skills and mindset to adapt and move forward. This session is a conversation about how important it is for leaders to cultivate a more people-centric approach to connecting, developing and meeting the unique needs of their people to adapt and thrive through change and uncertainty."

Novartis and the Government of Singapore on Creating a Scalable Skills Development Culture

Organizations are struggling to keep pace with the acceleration of technology in today’s world amidst major shifts in employee and customer expectations. As organizations adjust their strategies to meet these shifting dynamics, how can talent leaders identify the expertise required today (and tomorrow) to deliver on key priorities and stay competitive? How do you engage your people in upskilling and reskilling so they are ready to adapt and lead through change?

This panel will feature leading organizations—Novartis and the Government of Singapore—as they share insight into their ambitious visions for scaling skills development. The session will cover strategy and capability-building at both the organizational and personal level. It will also offer recommendations for engaging people in skills programs that create a culture focused on people development to help thrive through innovation.

"Skills are top on every CHRO mind these days. What was true six months ago in the urgency of preparing your people for today’s and tomorrow’s challenges is acutely more important now in our new reality of work" says Vincent Belliveau, Chief Executive, EMEA, Cornerstone. "I’m very excited to be moderating this panel from our global community and sharing their insights into the importance of understanding organizational needs, identifying and mapping workforce skills, and developing their people’s skills to adapt and innovate in the future. We’ll be talking more about the outcomes they are working towards, the importance of creating an employee experience that creates a learning culture, the notion of an internal talent marketplace and how individuals play a role in creating broader change."

The Bold Thinkers track at Convergence 2020 promises to deliver authoritative perspectives on the very future of work—and offer guidance to talent leaders looking for clarity during a time of immense change. It’s going to be insightful, useful and interactive. What more could you want?

To learn more about the Bold Thinkers line-up and build your personalized Convergence session schedule, visit:

To follow Cornerstone Convergence 2020 on social media channels, visit: Twitter @CSODConvergence, Instagram @CornerstoneOnDemand and Facebook @Cornerstoneconvergence. You can engage with the conversation using #CSODConf20.

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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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