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Ascend Learning Named by Newsweek Among 2023 America’s Greatest Workplaces for Diversity

March 13, 2023

This award recognizes Ascend’s commitment to creating a diverse and inclusive workplace

Burlington, MA – March 14, 2023 – Ascend Learning, a leading provider of online educational content, simulations, software and analytics serving institutions, students and employers, announces that it has been recognized as one of America’s Greatest Workplaces for Diversity 2023 by Newsweek in the Technology & Media category.

“I’m proud of our team’s commitment to our values and their ongoing work to create an inclusive, diverse workplace full of passionate, selfless individuals who build meaningful relationships with each other and our customers,” said Greg Sebasky, Ascend Learning CEO. “This tremendous recognition is a testament to their intentional and consistent efforts to make this a great place to work where people can thrive and cultivate a strong sense of belonging.”

To select this year’s list of recognized employers, Newsweek partnered with market data research firm Plant-A Insights to conduct research in three phases including a pre-study survey of HR professionals, an employee survey phase where participants were asked for direct recommendations of companies as employers, and a third validation and research phase of all findings before companies were added to the list.

During the research, companies with more than 1,000 employees were evaluated, resulting in 350,000 company reviews across the US. Research respondents were asked about employee satisfaction drivers including corporate culture, working environments, and other topics.

“Being inclusive is one of our core values, which are the foundation of our culture and the way we work at Ascend,” said Carolyn Vasquez, Ascend Learning director of talent development & inclusion. “We want our team members to have the freedom to bring their authentic selves to work — because it leads to our most creative thinking, strongest collaboration and a deeper sense of belonging and wellbeing among our employees.”

To view the full list of companies on Newsweek, click here.

Hear more from our employees about what diversity means at Ascend:

“In my decade with Ascend, I’ve seen huge strides made in accommodating diverse employees and improving the diversity and inclusion of our products. Having both observed and led DEI trainings at Ascend, I’ve seen how valuable these conversations are in changing how we think and how we work.”

-Kelly V.L.

“Ascend has a culture where I’ve always felt welcomed and celebrated for being myself. Our company and our employees truly live the inclusive value.”

-Alice R.

“Bringing an inclusive mindset into my work with my colleagues and our clients has measurably improved my communication, collaboration, and ultimately, business outcomes.”

-Jeremy G.

“We believe in and are committed to creating a supportive environment where everyone can accomplish great things, thrive and feel like their voice is heard.”

-Aravind T.

“At Ascend, I feel seen in a way I haven’t before. It’s so much easier to be yourself and give more of yourself to your work when you know that it’s valued.”

-Scotti W.

“I’m immensely grateful for the extraordinary, smart, kind and passionate people at Ascend who’ve helped make me feel welcomed, seen, heard and respected.”

-Marisa U.

“The culture at Ascend has always been one of my favorite things about my job. From day one, I felt heard, valued, and respected.”

-Rachel A.

“We’re a team of highly motivated individuals who like to work hard and have fun in an inclusive culture that embraces differences and change.”

-Sandra M.

“Within my first month, I felt a sense of community and purpose. To feel this connection so quickly speaks to what a wonderful organization Ascend is.”

-Lindsay M.


About Ascend Learning

Ascend Learning is a leading provider of online educational content, simulation, 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, group fitness instructors, financial advisors, skilled trades professionals and insurance brokers. Learn more at www.ascendlearning.com.