Boston – March 14, 2019 – Harvard Business Publishing Corporate Learning and Degreed today announced a partnership to help organizations address their most critical talent development and skill gaps through a personalized, learner-driven solution. The next release of Harvard ManageMentor® Spark™ brings together world-class leadership and management expertise with an industry-leading learning platform to help organizations foster a culture of continuous workforce learning. Harvard ManageMentor Spark provides employees with a personalized, learner-driven experience that allows them to explore their interests and develop their skills to keep pace with the ever-changing business world.

We are at a critical crossroads where the rate of technological and digital advancement is surpassing the current abilities of today’s workforce to keep pace in developing the critical capabilities required to successfully compete. Now more than ever, engaging and developing talent is a main concern—and priority—for the majority of global executives who believe they will need to retrain or replace a quarter of their workforce within the next five years. To ensure they have the critical capabilities required to execute their strategies, learners are also exerting more influence over their own career development. According to a recent survey from Harvard Business Publishing Corporate Learning and Degreed, 85% of learners feel confident that they know their own skill gaps. But at the same time, 61% percent of learners say their organizations need to help them align learning to their individual goals and skill gaps. It’s clear that L&D teams must find a balance between enabling employees to make decisions about their own learning priorities and providing the guidance they are looking for to keep learning relevant and contextual.

Harvard Business Publishing Corporate Learning is collaborating with Degreed on the next release of Harvard ManageMentor Spark, a powerful, personalized learning journey that provides in-the-moment access to a wide array of compelling experiences that help learners develop skills in the areas most critical to their success. For more than 20 years, Harvard Business Publishing has been an innovative leader in digital learning with solutions such as Harvard ManageMentor®, the trusted standard for in-depth, on-demand leadership development. Harvard ManageMentor Spark builds on that standard by responding to the market need for continuous, learner-driven experiences. Through the partnership with Degreed, clients will gain access to a solution that develops talent and addresses skill gaps using engaging, high-quality resources and an experience that reflects how today’s employees learn through on-demand, collaborative, and social approaches.

“We are coming to a point where AI, data and automation will become table stakes in business, and success will be determined by how well talent is driving disruption and execution through increasing complexity and on a global scale,” said Ian Fanton, senior vice president and head of Corporate Learning, Harvard Business Publishing. “We already provide the most credible and trustworthy thought leadership and learning experiences available in the market. As one of the world’s foremost leadership development companies, we understand that highly personalized and contextualized experiences, embedded in the flow of work, are what will ensure organizations have the leaders they need to succeed. We understand how this content requires the most engaging and compelling experience. At Harvard Business Publishing Corporate Learning, we identified the need to bring our industry-leading content to a best-in-class solution, and this partnership with Degreed on our latest release of Harvard ManageMentor Spark allows us to accelerate the delivery of an unmatched learning experience.”

“We’re honored and excited that, after a thorough and thoughtful analysis of all the major learning experience platforms, the Harvard Business Publishing team selected Degreed as the platform for the next release of Harvard ManageMentor Spark,” said Chris McCarthy, CEO of Degreed. “We’re constantly exploring partnerships that amplify our ability to help people connect their skill-sets to learning opportunities. Now, through this first-of-its-kind partnership, we’re combining our best-in-class learning platform with their premier learning content.”

Drawing on a variety of over 15,000 learning assets from Harvard Business School and Harvard Business Review, with new assets added daily, Harvard ManageMentor Spark enables organizations and learners to address current and emerging hot topics, such as authenticity, big data and analytics, design thinking, and digital transformation. The solution provides learners with daily learning feeds focused on their own interests—as well as the interests of those they follow—and the ability to join groups and make their own recommendations, while also giving L&D leaders opportunities to help them master skills through curated pathways. Predefined and customizable learning pathways can be personalized to address key business issues, providing the organization the ability to pinpoint specific skills and areas for growth.

To learn more about the latest version of Harvard ManageMentor Spark, please visit the Harvard Business Publishing Corporate Learning website.

About Harvard Business Publishing Corporate Learning

With more than 25 years of success delivering dynamic learning experiences to the world’s biggest brands, Harvard Business Publishing Corporate Learning partners with Global 2000 companies to co-create leadership-development solutions that align with strategy and engage learners. The company combines unrivaled subject-matter expertise and scale with unmatched flexibility and contextualization to bring the right programs to the right learners in the most useful ways. From highly focused executive leadership programs to enterprise-wide engagements for thousands of global employees, each learning experience leverages the remarkable depth and breadth of Harvard Business School and Harvard Business Review resources, industry experts, technology-enabled and user-friendly solutions, and a creative, collaborative mindset to help clients discover something new. The result is stronger companies better prepared to meet their challenges and thrive both today and in the future. Harvard Business Publishing is comprised of three market groups, Higher Education, Corporate Learning, and Harvard Business Review Group, and is an affiliate of Harvard Business School. For more information on Harvard Business Publishing Corporate Learning, visit www.harvardbusiness.org. Follow the company on Twitter @HBPCorpLearning, as well as on Facebook and LinkedIn.

About Degreed

Degreed connects all the resources people use to learn and grow — including corporate learning systems and millions of courses, videos, books, articles, podcasts, and subject experts. Then we use data science to provide people and businesses with the tools, insights and feedback they need to continuously build and measure the skills they need next. Founded in 2012, Degreed is headquartered in San Francisco, with additional offices in Salt Lake City, New York and Amsterdam. Learn more about Degreed at: Website | Facebook | YouTube | LinkedIn | Twitter

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