Employee Spotlight: Shivani Munjal

Ascend employees are the heart and soul of our company, and every employee changes lives with their hard work. We hope you enjoy getting to know one of our employees in this profile.

Shivani Munjal, a new member to the Ascend family, is a product manager at Public Safety Group and works in Burlington, Massachusetts. Product managers are often described as “CEOs of their products” which essentially means that Shivani collaborates with sales, marketing and technology to ensure that her team is selling the products they have built and continuing to build products that will sell. 

While Shivani has been with Ascend for less than a year, she looks forward to coming into work each day because of the collaborative culture of the various cross-functional teams that her role touches, fostering a sense of family and belonging. Shivani stands by the Ascend value of “courageous” as she emphasizes the importance of making decisions without the fear of failing and the valuable learning that comes along with it. 


What is one career lesson you’ve learned?

Always make the right decision for the business without worrying about who gets the credit.


Before working at Ascend, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?

I started my career working at IBM as a Java and DB2 developer. After being in the role for a few years I realized I needed more people interaction rather than interacting with code all day. I also wanted to learn how one of the most successful IT companies goes to market and makes money. With a great leap of faith, I took on a completely opposite role and went into sales. The sales role necessitated me to go out of my comfort zone and worked a completely different part of my brain to figure out how I was going to make my revenue quota each quarter. In hindsight, I am glad that I took a complete 360 with my career in the early days as it helped me gain business, marketing and presentation skills that I use each day in my current role as a product manager.


What’s something you’ve done that most people haven’t done?

While growing up I lived in the part of India where I could see the Himalayas from the rooftop of my house. This was remarkable because my house was about 300 miles away from the Himalayan base.

Jones & Bartlett Learning Acquires Allied Health Product Lists From Wolters Kluwer Health

Strengthens Jones & Bartlett Learning’s offering of educational texts and resources in fields of allied health science.

Jones & Bartlett Learning, an Ascend Learning company, announced today the acquisition of allied health product lines to strengthen and expand its offering. Effective immediately, allied health educational resources previously part of the Wolters Kluwer portfolio, including titles in the areas of dental hygiene and dental assisting, medical assisting, clinical lab sciences, basic sciences, massage therapy, and nutrition, are now part of the Jones & Bartlett Learning suite of products.

“With the acquisition of these well-respected texts and educational resources we are delighted to expand our offering into additional fields,” said Ed Moura, President, Jones & Bartlett Learning. “Jones & Bartlett has continued to strategically expand in the areas of allied health and nursing and strives to provide world-class educational resources to those pursuing a career in these high-growth professions.”

Jones & Bartlett Learning will maintain and continue to enhance and develop these texts and digital assets, domestically and internationally. The texts and resources that are part of the acquisition are expected to be available on the Jones & Bartlett Learning website as of September 25, 2019.

About Jones & Bartlett Learning
Jones & Bartlett Learning is a world-leading provider of instructional, assessment, and learning-performance management solutions for the secondary education, post-secondary education, and professional markets. Jones & Bartlett Learning develops educational programs and services that improve learning outcomes and enhance student achievement by combining authoritative content written by respected authors with innovative, proven, and engaging technology applications that meet the diverse needs of today’s instructors, students, and professionals. For more information on Jones & Bartlett Learning, visit http://www.jblearning.com.

About Ascend Learning
Ascend Learning is a leading provider of online educational content, software and analytics serving students, educational institutions and employers. With products that span the learning continuum, Ascend Learning focuses on high-growth careers in a range of industries, with a special focus on healthcare and other high-growth, licensure-driven professions. Ascend Learning products, from testing to certification, are used by frontline healthcare workers, physicians, emergency medical professionals, nurses, certified personal trainers, financial advisors, skilled trades professionals and insurance brokers. Learn more at http://www.ascendlearning.com.