Ascent | July 16, 2020
Ascent Funding, LLC (Ascent Student Loans and Skills Fund), an award-winning education finance company, announced today's launch of a new $1,000 monthly, no-essay scholarship opportunity for students focused on supporting social causes that motivate them. Students can enter on AscentStudentLoans/SocialCauseScholarship by sharing on social media how they influence positive social changes in their local community and beyond."Students are among the biggest demographic supporting social change movements by joining peaceful protests, signing petitions, making donations, showing up to the voting polls, and sharing resources on their social media platforms," said Kim McNealy, Chief Marketing Officer of Ascent. "Our students are showing up, and now it is time for us to do our part – promoting and rewarding the positive changes they want to see in the world."For Ascent's first monthly $1,000 social cause scholarship giveaway, students are asked to share a resource on one of their social media platforms to support the fight against racism. After the winner is randomly selected on August 15th, a new social cause scholarship task will launch. (You do not need to have an Ascent or Skills Fund loan to participate, but you must be 18+ and a U.S. citizen).
CORPORATE LEARNING SYSTEMS
Cornerstone | November 17, 2021
Cornerstone OnDemand, Inc., a leader in adaptive HR solutions, today announced new content offerings expressly designed for today’s modern, skills-forward workforce. These updates include a groundbreaking new learning series, “A Seat at the Table,” the hiring of Emmy-award winning producer, Dave Grant, and new partnerships with Skill Pill and Sponge Compliance to support business performance skill-building. Today’s announcements come on the heels of the launch of Cornerstone Xplor, the market’s first solution to bring every element of people growth into a single experiential destination. When combined with the company's vast content offerings, Cornerstone Xplor helps organizations meet their people where they are with a highly personalized and fully connected growth experience, at scale.
Through its own content production studio, Cornerstone Studios, the company is delivering innovative content designed in non-traditional formats. Considered one of its most ambitious series to-date, “A Seat at the Table,” is a new original learning series that showcases honest and authentic dialogues to develop the understanding of diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging (DEIB) as a skill in the workplace. By featuring multiple perspectives from non-actors in unscripted, open conversations around sensitive, yet critical, topics within the workplace, the series helps to facilitate more inclusive and authentic work environments. To supplement the series, Cornerstone Studios developed thoughtful guides to encourage leaders to take action and actively promote team dialogue. Cornerstone will premiere the first episode, "Talking about Depression," today at Cornerstone Convergence 2021, and the full series will drop in Cornerstone Content Anytime, the company's content subscription offering, in December.
To elevate Cornerstone Studios’ production of high-quality, binge-worthy content, Cornerstone has hired a new head of production, unscripted television executive Dave Grant. A three-time Emmy-award winning producer, Grant will play a key role in meeting learners where they are with innovative and engaging consumer-grade content. Since joining Cornerstone, Grant has been instrumental in the production of the “A Seat at the Table” series and will be responsible for helping the organization evolve workplace learning content.
“Reengaging modern, tech savvy employees will require new content that is fresh, educational, inclusive and entertaining,” said Dave Grant, Head of Production, Cornerstone. “By expanding Cornerstone’s learning experience to meet the expectations of today’s modern workforce, we are acknowledging the high expectations for quality content required by consumers and pivoting our strategy to meet that demand.”
In addition to investing in original content creation, Cornerstone is also focused on augmenting its curated content offerings through partnerships. Now available within Cornerstone Content Anytime subscriptions, new business performance and integrity content from Skill Pill and Sponge Compliance will provide organizations with access to a vast, multilanguage content library. By the end of the year, fully localized courses in French, German, Spanish, Dutch, Italian, Arabic and Turkish and subtitled courses in Chinese, Korean and Japanese will all be available. Cornerstone is also offering flexible catalogs from Skill Pill, allowing organizations to choose specific courses and provide them with the flexibility to customize their catalog to their exact needs.
“We are set on breaking down barriers and pushing the envelope in how we deliver authentic, relevant and brief learning content to employees around the world. Continued innovation in this area, combined with our organization’s unique ability to connect learning back to skills, reinforces our fierce dedication to providing customers with resources for creating a more engaged, inclusive, future-ready workforce.”
Summer Salomonsen, Vice President, Content Product, Cornerstone
Cornerstone’s continued focus on its content business stems from an increased demand in online learning correlated with changing work environments and a focus on developing new and different skillsets. Due to ongoing shifts caused in part by the pandemic, Cornerstone has seen a 4x increase in registrations of self-directed learning content in February 2021 compared to pre-pandemic levels in February 2020. In 2021, 36 million minutes of learning content have been consumed through Cornerstone Content Anytime. Of those 36 million minutes, 50% of that time was spent on self-directed learning, implying a newfound interest in personal skill building from both organizations and people.
Cornerstone powers the future-ready workforce with adaptive HR solutions designed to unite technology, data and content and inspire a work environment of growth, agility and success for all. With an AI-powered, skills-forward, experiential system designed for the contemporary workforce, we help organizations modernize their learning and development experience, deliver the most relevant content from anywhere, accelerate talent and career mobility and establish skills as the universal language of growth and success across their business. Cornerstone serves over 6,000 customers and 75M users and is available in 180 countries and 50 languages.
ENTREPRENEURS AND LEADERS
meez | December 30, 2021
meez, the first-of-its-kind, digital recipe platform is honored to announce its partnership with prominent bicoastal culinary school, the Institute of Culinary Education (ICE). meez's built-in operational empathy and essential functions provide unprecedented culinary technology for the on-campus and new online diploma programs.
Launched in 2020 by entrepreneur, chef and restaurant industry veteran Josh Sharkey, meez is the all-in-one recipe tool created for chefs by chefs. ICE instructors and students can engage with collaborative and shareable recipe books, laser accurate ingredient costing, automated recipe scaling and conversions, customized training capabilities, and nutrition calculations with a database of 20,000 unique ingredients. "ICE powered by meez" gives the school's aspiring culinary professionals curriculum access via recipes and docs on digital devices.
"After more than 25 years in the culinary industry, I am incredibly excited and humbled to provide the next generation of food professionals with a digital tool dedicated to the craft of cooking and recipe development," said meez Founder and CEO Josh Sharkey. "Our mission at meez is to empower chefs worldwide to take control of their content and enable them to manage their work at every stage of their career from early days of learning the fundamentals, all the way through running their own operation as a culinary professional. We could not be more grateful for the opportunity to partner with ICE to start every student's journey into the food world with a tool for every recipe and bit of information they learn or develop along the way."
This fall, ICE introduced its inaugural online diploma program, Culinary Arts & Food Operations, which is derived from its award-winning program and developed by the chefs and educators at New York and Los Angeles campuses.
"We aim to develop the future generation of food professionals by equipping them with the best culinary tools available to succeed. Meez allows our students to move on from their culinary education equipped with a premier tool for success in the hospitality industry."
ICE VP of Culinary Operations Barry Tonkinson
The partnership includes discounts for students and faculty to upgrade their subscriptions on the most comprehensive culinary operating system in the food tech landscape.
Launched in 2020 by entrepreneur, chef, and restaurant industry veteran Josh Sharkey, meez is the all-in-one recipe tool for culinary professionals. A first-of-its-kind culinary operating system created for chefs, by chefs, meez is the epitome of user-friendly, built with operational empathy and ever-evolving product updates via industry feedback. meez is the tool that chefs have been waiting for, featuring offerings such as collaborative and sharable recipe databases, laser accurate ingredient costing, automated recipe scaling and conversions, customized training capabilities, and specialized allergen identification and nutrition calculations, and much more. Currently in use across hundreds of kitchens over five continents, meez has quickly taken the culinary world by storm as the must-have recipe solution.