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Bersin & Associates Presents Learning Leaders Webinar Series

Senior learning leaders discuss winning strategies and initiatives for sales training, leadership development and management of learning organizations

Oakland, CA – July15, 2010 – Bersin & Associates, the only research and advisory firm focused solely on enterprise learning, talent management, and talent acquisition, today announced it will present a series of three public webinars highlighting corporate learning success stories at leading U.S. companies. Each one-hour webinar will feature speakers from organizations named as winners in the Bersin & Associates 2010 Learning Leaders Program. Learning Leaders is an annual, research-driven program designed to recognize innovation and excellence in critical areas of corporate training and talent management.

Following are the webinar details:

Learning Leaders in Sales Training: Cisco and Coldwell Banker Commercial, Tuesday, July 20, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. ET – Josh Bersin, president, will host this presentation with speakers Mary Ellen Buchheit, program manager, Cisco, and David Rubenstein, director of learning, Coldwell Banker Commercial. Cisco, faced with a slashed training budget, was able reduce channel training costs by 85% – while meeting all learning objectives – by re-tooling 40 hours of instructor-led sales training into a 16-hour virtual training program. In a weak real estate market, Coldwell Banker Commercial increased sales transactions from new hires by 30% through the use of a blended training program comprised of virtual classroom instruction, coaching, and fieldwork assignments. Attendees will hear about how these organizations used technology to achieve scale and success, fostered collaboration, and tracked progress and results. Click here to register.

Learning Leaders in Executive Development: Amway and Qualcomm, Tuesday, August 17, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. ET -- Kim Lamoureux, principal analyst and director of research, will host this webinar with speakers Larry Looker, manager of global leadership development, Amway, and Rita Buffington, senior director of learning, Qualcomm. To support its growth through innovation strategy, Amway needed to build executive bench strength and improve its succession management process. Using both on-the-job and formal learning experiences touching every level of leadership, the company created a highly successful executive development program to create teams of global top-performing junior executives. Qualcomm successfully redesigned its flagship leadership development programs for emerging leaders and senior executives. As an organization rooted in technology and engineering, the company was driven by the need to grow world-class leaders and build an internal talent pool that fully understands the business. Attendees will learn about how these companies used multiple learning approaches and achieved diverse global participation and outstanding executive engagement. Click here to register.

Learning Leaders in Organization and Governance: Booz Allen Hamilton and NetApp, Tuesday, September 14, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. ET -- Stacey Harris, principal analyst and director of research operations, will host this webinar with speakers Aimee George-Leary, director of learning and development, Booz Allen Hamilton, and Sundar Nagarathnam, vice president of training, NetApp. Booz Allen has implemented a structured governance process to ensure alignment of learning with the business and the effective use and sharing of learning-related processes, tools and best practices. NetApp’s learning organization has implemented process improvements that facilitate how it works with business units and a sophisticated approach to measuring the impact of formal and informal learning. Attendees will learn how these leading companies have optimized the structure of their learning functions to meet business needs. Click here to register.

“Our Learning Leaders presenters were faced with challenges common to most organizations – such as supporting globalization, fostering skill development, improving the leadership pipeline, and maintaining operational efficiency – despite reduced budgets and resources,” said Josh Bersin, president. “Their winning strategies and programs successfully tackled critical challenges and yielded positive, significant business impact. Webinar attendees can gain great insight from their successes.”

The call for applications is now open for the Bersin & Associates 2011 Learning Leaders program. Organizations interested in applying can go to to download applications. The deadline for application submission is October 8, 2010.

About Bersin & Associates

Bersin & Associates is the only research and advisory firm focused solely on research in enterprise learning, talent management, and talent acquisition. The company’s WhatWorks® membership program offers actionable guidance, improves operational effectiveness, and delivers business impact to companies in all industry segments.

Bersin & Associates research members gain access to a comprehensive library of best practices, case studies, benchmarks, and in-depth market analyses and research-based services designed to assist professionals in making fast and confident decisions. Members also have direct access to analysts and a wide range of tested tools and models to address both strategic and day-to-day challenges. More than 5,000 organizations worldwide have used Bersin & Associates’ research and advisory services to guide talent and corporate learning strategies. Research areas include planning and strategy, learning programs and delivery, talent management, leadership development and succession planning, talent acquisition, technology and infrastructure, informal learning, social networking, measurement and analytics.

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