Make Your Move: Scotti Wolf

At Ascend, we strive to provide opportunities for employees to stretch their skills and advance their careers by moving among business segments, brands and teams, driving personal and team growth while creating a culture where people love what they do, take ownership and are empowered to pursue new career opportunities within the company so we “hire our own talent.”

Scotti Wolf made her move from Swift River Online Learning to ATI Nursing Education when the virtual clinical solutions provider joined ATI in November 2021. At Swift River, Scotti served as a “one-woman administration and accounting department” — managing accounting, payroll, finance, taxes and human resources. A year later, she’s settling in well as a billing CAM supervisor at ATI and describes Ascend as “the place for purpose-driven people.”

Ascend Communications (AC): How did your previous role at Swift River help prepare you for your role at ATI?

Scotti Wolf (SW): I have worked for many small, expanding businesses, so I was used to wearing a lot of hats. That came in handy when we experienced extremely rapid growth in early 2020 and my team members and I often found ourselves creating processes on the fly to increase our efficiency, which allowed us to serve our clients quickly and effectively.

At Swift River, we were a very small and intimate team, each of us handling a specific function of the business and everyone I worked closely with was a high performer. When I look back at my time in that role, I am still so in awe of what we accomplished over the course of the last few years.

AC: Can you tell us about your new role?

SW: My current position at ATI is the billing CAM supervisor. We are a subsection of the client account manager team (CAM), which handles customer service and billing at the institutional level and is split into five sub teams. The members of my sub team are responsible for setting up billing in its various forms for our clients. My main goal every day as the supervisor is to make sure that my team has the tools they need to continue to do quality, accurate and impactful work.

AC: What was the process like making your move? 

SW: During the acquisition, I had the opportunity to discuss potential open positions not only for myself but also for the Swift River team. I learned about the billing CAM supervisor position and loved the idea of getting to do something I liked while also having the chance to lead a team in an official capacity.

After a whirlwind of interviews and onboarding, I was working both in my former position through the end of the transition and learning about the work I would be doing. It was a lot at the time, but the best things in life are often worth working for.

AC: How would you describe the dynamic of your new team? 

SW: My team is amazing both vertically and horizontally. I get the chance to help and support passionate and highly experienced people pursue their goals every day. If I ever have questions or feel lost on anything, I have both an incredible team of fellow CAM supervisors and a highly approachable team of leaders to whom I can voice my concerns and questions and receive thoughtful answers and direction. We’re very supportive of one another and that extends to how we care for our clients.

AC: How have Ascend’s values and culture shaped or influenced this process for you?

SW: I am a very purpose-driven person and Ascend is the place for purpose-driven people. We put a lot of emphasis on our company values, and I’ve never felt like a cog in a machine in the time I’ve been here. I truly feel that our purpose is what feeds us and fuels us and being surrounded by like-minded humans from diverse backgrounds is not something you get everywhere.

I love seeing that the same values I have are prized at a company level. It’s so much easier to be yourself and give more of yourself to your work when you know that it’s valued. I’ve always been passionate about my work and supporting those I work with and knowing that is not only expected but appreciated gives me an unprecedented boost in confidence. It’s empowering.

AC: Do you have any words of encouragement to others at Ascend who are considering making their move?

SW: If you see an opportunity that you genuinely want to take advantage of, go for it; especially if it scares you! Fortune favors the brave, and bravery is the act of being afraid and pushing through regardless. At the end of the day, as long as you go into something with good intentions and passion, you’re winning — even if you fail. At Ascend, I feel seen in a way I haven’t before, which makes me want to take advantage of any opportunity that comes my way.

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When team members move to new roles across Ascend, they grow their skills and stretch their capabilities within a company they already know, maintain their benefits and connections with colleagues, and teams gain an employee already invested in the work, mission and culture — one that can ramp up quickly and bring legacy knowledge to their new role. To learn more about career opportunities at Ascend, visit our Careers page.

Cultural Connection: Celebrating Native American Heritage Month

A member of the Osage and Cherokee nations, Jerry C. Elliot-High Eagle was one of the first Native Americans who worked at NASA and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his work as a flight control officer who helped save the lives of the three astronauts on the Apollo 13 mission in 1970.

High Eagle later authored the Congressional legislation for Native American Awareness Week — passed by the U.S. Congress and signed into law in 1976 — which has since evolved into National Native American Heritage Month, observed each November to commemorate the history, heritage and culture of Native Americans and Alaskan Natives.

To continue our commitment to our values, we recently provided our team members with some additional information and resources to encourage learning and understanding which helps us continue to build our culture of inclusion in the communities where many of our employees live and work.

National Resources

Boston (Burlington)

Kansas City (Leawood)

  • Reading and film recommendations: Kansas City Public Library
  • Local’s Guide to Native American culture sites in Kansas City: KCUR
  • How to Explore Native American composers and music in Kansas City: KCUR

Minneapolis

Phoenix (Gilbert)

ExamFX Launches Brand Refresh

Leawood, Kansas, Oct. 24, 2022 — ExamFX, an Ascend Learning brand and a leader in licensing training for the insurance and financial services industries, launched a new and enterprising brand refresh.

ExamFX:  A clear new identity.

“Think for a moment about the amount of change the world has experienced in the last decade,” explained Lori Edmonds, ExamFX Director of Marketing. “Here at ExamFX we’ve been thinking about how much we have evolved – recent acquisitions, a new learning platform, and a transformative analytics tool. For over 26 years, our brand identity and design have served us well. But recently it became clear it was time to review our established brand presence. The result of this consideration and discovery is our new brand identity.”

This week ExamFX is introducing an updated brand. The refresh enhances their ability to creatively engage with customers, creates new and compelling experiences for those who interact with them, and authentically represents ExamFX to candidates, managers, and corporate partners.

“We love the modern look, but it is much more than a new design,” said Scott Barnes, ExamFX General Manager. “It’s about communicating and engaging with customers in a clear and propulsive manner and then integrating that clarity and momentum into everything we do.”

The refresh includes a new logo, visual elements, color palette, and typography. The update also modernizes ExamFX’s personality and voice to reflect the new identity.

The brand is refreshed, but still honors ExamFX’s past and retains historic brand equity. This is visible in the way ExamFX integrated their past with their new brand identity:  the iconic orange has been updated to a fresher and more modern hue, ‘success’ is still a part of the tagline, and the name remains ExamFX.

“Our updated brand symbolizes clarity and our ability to quickly deliver what matters,” said Scott Barnes. “Here’s the story behind our brand identity:”

Click here to explore the brand story with full visuals.

Our Brand Idea

The core idea that drives our brand is Clarity.

We believe clarity is the cornerstone of our success and our customers’ success. The idea of clarity and momentum is encapsulated into every aspect of our brand.

Our Personality and Voice

When we think of our personality, we imagine a mentor. To us, a mentor is a partner who positively impacts individuals by guiding them on a path to success by listening, inspiring, and empowering them along their journey.

Our new brand voice conveys the idea of a mentor through the way we engage with our customers, approach our work, and interact with one another. Here is how we define our personality and voice:

     Experts. We are a future-ready company with longstanding expertise. Our decades of ‘know-how’ combined with a focus on innovation and relevancy empowers us to pave the way forward.

     Honest. We are a by-the-book kind of business; we are direct and honest – there is always purpose behind what we say.

     Bright. We are competent and accomplished, yet we project an understated confidence that makes us approachable and trustworthy.

     Uplifting. We inspire our customers, illuminating a clear path to success. We are right there beside them every step of the way.

Our Logo and Mark:

Our new logo is an evolution, familiar but revitalized to reflect a new order. A nod to the past, with our eyes on the future — representing continuity in an environment of change.

The brand mark uses shapes that represent steps, pathways, and connectivity. And the organic nature of the design adds an approachable, human element.

Our Tagline:

Progressing from ‘Success Starts Here’ to ‘Empowering Success’ demonstrates our commitment to all our customers: candidates, managers, and corporate partners.

Empowering Success means we are as invested in our customers’ success as they are — helping professionals throughout their careers and ensuring corporate partners meet their goals.

Our Graphic Elements:

Our new design has a modern feel and better aligns with the innovative solutions we offer today. The logo mark inspired the creation of our pathway elements:

  • The triangular shapes represent both our audiences and the prescriptive steps of our learning platform
  • The organic element represents each customer’s unique journey — a clearly connected yet individualized path from one step to the next   

Several of our designs convey a sense of momentum — their repeated, simple shapes move forward and grow larger with every step — reflecting our commitment to a clear path to success.

Our Colors

The simplicity of our new color palette evokes a feeling of sophistication and professionalism. Orange brings energy and stands out in our industry. Having one bold color incorporated into a neutral palette emphasizes an exaggerated level of clarity.

Our Font:

Gilroy is our new primary font. We use a variety of styles within the Gilroy font family which are modern, clear, and approachable. The use of typography hierarchy (capitalization, size, and style) allows us to reinforce the brand’s key features and message.

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“And there you have it — our new brand story — a clear reflection of who we are today and a path towards our future,” shared Lori Edmonds. “We invite you to keep watching and listening as more unfolds. This is just the beginning of the new ExamFX. Empowering Success.”

About ExamFX

ExamFX is an established leader in the development and delivery of online exam prep and continuing education training for the insurance and financial services industries. Since 1996, ExamFX has helped more than eight million candidates prepare to pass their licensing and qualification exams. ExamFX empowers customer success through their modern learning platform, predictive analytics, and the clarity and momentum integrated within their training programs. ExamFX is proud to be an Ascend Learning, LLC brand.

About Ascend Learning

Ascend Learning, LLC is a leading provider of online educational content, software, simulation, 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.

Make Your Move: Emma Sartwell

At Ascend, we strive to provide opportunities for employees to stretch their skills and advance their careers by moving among business segments, brands and teams, driving personal and team growth while creating a culture where people love what they do, take ownership and are empowered to pursue new career opportunities within the company so we “hire our own talent.”

After serving as a client services consultant with Ascend brand MedHub for nearly three years, Emma Sartwell moved into a senior client services role in June 2021. Eight months later, she transitioned to an associate product owner and then quickly accelerated to a product owner role, where she identifies and prioritizes upcoming changes and enhancements to MedHub systems. Emma also acts as the liaison between internal functions, ensuring clear visibility and communication among client success, support, implementation, training and consultants.

Ascend Communications (AC): How did your previous role in client support prepare you to make your move into a product position?

Emma Sartwell (ES): It gave me an incredible amount of platform knowledge, but more importantly, a close relationship with daily users. My intimate knowledge of client pain points and the insights I gained from these interactions are invaluable in my new role and allow me to deliver highly valuable small enhancements.

AC: How would you describe your former team?

ES: My former team was incredible — the best, most dedicated group of individuals I’ve ever had the privilege of working with. The passion this team showed cemented my own dedication to the platform and our clients. Working in a support role is both taxing and rewarding. I’m most proud of the grit we have shown in the more taxing times, ensuring that our work was of the highest quality even when we were overwhelmed by the volume.

Moving from a support role to a product role at another company would have been truly difficult without product experience, but this was much less of a leap within Ascend. I already knew the platform, teams and industry, and more importantly, everyone knew me. They knew what my resume could not say — that I would be successful in the new role.

AC: Can you tell us more about your experience making your move?

ES: My move came after encouragement from both my manager on the support team and from my future manager on the product team. Throughout my time in [client] support, I had pushed the boundaries of my responsibilities, opting to engage as a consultant for other teams in a way that was not traditionally a support role. I believe it was clear to the organization that my client insights and platform knowledge could be valuable earlier in the development pipeline.

AC: How are you settling into your new role?

ES: I’m surrounded by talented, passionate, and dedicated individuals. Every team I have the pleasure of interacting with is unafraid to voice concerns and advocate for what they need. This indicates a foundation of strong values.

AC: Do you have any words of encouragement for others who are considering “making their move?”

ES: Moving to another role internally often allows you to make a move that would not be possible otherwise, and it benefits everyone to have talented individuals grow their talents further. In my case, I was interested in product work at MedHub, but moving from a support role to a product role at another company would have been truly difficult without product experience.

This was much less of a leap within Ascend. I already knew the platform, teams and industry and “only” needed to learn the product role. More importantly, everyone knew me. They knew what my resume could not say — that I would be successful in the new role.

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When team members move to new roles across Ascend, they grow their skills and stretch their capabilities within a company they already know, maintain their benefits and connections with colleagues, and teams gain an employee already invested in the work, mission and culture — one that can ramp up quickly and bring legacy knowledge to their new role. To learn more about career opportunities at Ascend, visit our Careers page.

National Academy of Sports Medicine® (NASM) Launches New Physique & Bodybuilding Coach Program

GILBERT, Ariz.National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), an Ascend Learning brand and the global leader in fitness and wellness education and certifications, is pleased to announce the launch of its new Physique and Bodybuilding Coach Program (NASM-PBC), a course designed to provide science-backed nutrition, training and coaching strategies to aid individuals in achieving their aesthetic-based goals.

The development for the program has been a multi-year process during which NASM brought together over 30 leading experts, including Dr. Guillermo Escalante who holds a Doctor of Science in Athletic Training and is a former bodybuilding competitor, and Dr. Sunny Andrews, MD who in addition to being a medical doctor, also competes as an International Federation of Fitness and Bodybuilding (IFBB) Pro.

Millions of people train to achieve aesthetic goals, and the primary audiences for this program include aspiring and active bodybuilders and physique competitors, as well as fitness professionals who want to include physique coaching as part of their practice. The 100% online course provides evidence-based coaching, training, and nutrition strategies along with the opportunity to learn the most current and proven methods of physique building.

“We are thrilled to broaden our offerings to the physique and bodybuilding community,” said Laurie McCartney, President of Ascend Learning’s Fitness & Wellness segment, which includes NASM. “Whether you are a fitness professional or anyone who wants to incorporate physique transformation into your life, this state-of-the-art program provides actionable and real-world strategies to achieve your goals.”

“Many well-known diet and fitness programs, especially those on social media, fail to offer a comprehensive and evidence-based approach to coaching and training for competitive fitness and bodybuilding,” said Mike Fantigrassi, senior director of product development for NASM. “In order to attain aesthetic goals in a fun and engaging online environment, it is critical to provide people with the scientifically sound information on recommended practices that we provide inside our program.”

The PBC program is available exclusively through NASM’s state-of-the-art, interactive and immersive online platform that is accessible from any location and any device. For more information, visit nasm.org/PBC.

About NASM

National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) is a global leader in fitness and wellness certifications. Building on over 35 years of expertise, NASM programs create a roadmap for fitness and wellness professionals to help their clients achieve better physical and mental performance in athletics and everyday life. NASM provides an industry-first training system, with the Optimum Performance Training (OPT™) model, creating robust courses and content based solely on science-backed research. NASM has educated over 1.4 million fitness professionals in over 100 countries, creating a global space for optimal wellbeing and fitness. Learn more at www.nasm.org.

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, financial advisors, skilled trades professionals and insurance brokers.

National Academy of Sports Medicine® and the Athletics and Fitness Association of America Present Lineup of Nationally Recognized Speakers for Annual Optima Conference

GILBERT, Ariz.—National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) and Athletics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA), Ascend Learning brands and the worldwide leaders in fitness certifications, are excited to announce a diverse lineup of speakers for the eighth annual Optima Conference taking place virtually October 13-15, 2022.

“Our fitness and wellness community is expanding as more people than ever before are focused on how they can lead healthier and happier lives,” said Laurie McCartney, President of Fitness and Wellness for Ascend Learning, where she oversees NASM and AFAA. “By bringing together the leading experts and innovators, Optima offers an abundance of learning opportunities for fitness and wellness professionals and enthusiasts who are looking for new and better ways to help transform lives, including their own.”

The roster of over 75 speakers provides a variety of health and fitness experts who will share insights on a wide range of topics – from wellness and nutrition to bodybuilding and sports medicine.

Featured speakers include:

  • Sunny Andrews, MD, one of the fittest doctors in the world, is a surgery resident, IFBB Wellness pro, fitness model, coach, nutritionist, world champion physique competitor, and successful entrepreneur.
  • Alan Aragon, MS, holds a master’s degree in human nutrition and is a nutrition researcher and educator with 25 years of success in the field. His most notable clients include “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, Derek Fisher, and Pete Sampras.
  • Allison Brager, PhD, specializes in sleep, circadian rhythms, and neuroscience research. As an elite athlete, Allison has leveraged her experience to help develop the first mental health handbook for the NCAA.
  • Bill Campbell, PhD, is a professor of exercise science and director of the Performance & Physique Enhancement Laboratory at the University of South Florida. He has published over 200 scientific papers and abstracts in the areas of physique enhancement, sports nutrition, and resistance training.
  • Tasha Edwards, MS, has 17 years of experience in the industry as a personal trainer and group fitness instructor of multiple modalities. She holds a master’s degree in counseling and utilizes her background in sociology and psychology to provide health and wellness services to help people live their best lives.
  • Guillermo Escalante, DSc, MBA, is an associate professor of kinesiology and dean fellow for the College of Natural Sciences at California State University San Bernardino. He is the lead subject matter expert for NASM’s Physique and Bodybuilding Coach Program, as well as an associate editor of the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition.
  • Ryan Glatt, MSc, is a personal trainer and brain-health coach with over a decade of experience in the fitness industry. Ryan has created the Brain Health Trainer course, which is the first comprehensive course to be released on the topic of brain health and exercise.
  • Joel Jamieson is widely regarded as one of the world’s foremost authorities on conditioning and heart rate variability (HRV). With more than 20 years of experience as a coach, author, lecturer, and fitness entrepreneur, Joel has trained countless world champions and Olympic competitors.
  • Emily Splichal, DPM, is a functional podiatrist and human movement specialist, the founder of EBFA Global, creator of the Barefoot Training Specialist® certification. With over 20 years in the fitness industry, Splichal has dedicated her medical career to studying postural alignment and human movement as it relates to barefoot science, foot-to-core integration, and sensory integration.
  • Phil Weber is a leadership consultant, speaker, author, and executive coach. Phil coached for the Phoenix Suns, NY Knicks, and New Orleans Pelicans. He was an offensive advisor for the Miami Heat during three consecutive runs to the NBA Finals, including two World Championships.

The event’s keynote speaker is Kelly McGonigal who is best known for her TED Talk, “How to Make Stress Your Friend,” which has over 20 million views. She is also the author of several books including The Willpower Instinct, The Upside of Stress, and The Joy of Movement.

To learn more about the Optima Conference speakers and the topics of their sessions, visit www.nasm.org/optima-2022.

Registered attendees will have free access to more than 100 educational sessions, workouts, and networking events. There is also the option to purchase a Full Access Pass with Continuing Education Units (CEUs) which grants attendees the opportunity to earn up to 1.9 NASM or 19 AFAA CEUs.

The Optima Conference was awarded a Gold Stevie International Business Award for “Best Educational Conference” in 2021, making it one of the top events for members of the fitness and wellness industry. Last year, the conference welcomed more than 10,000 attendees from all facets of the fitness industry including personal trainers, wellness coaches, athletes, massage therapists, and health club managers.

About NASM

National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) is a global leader in fitness education and certifications. Building on over 35 years of expertise, NASM programs create a roadmap for fitness professionals to help their clients achieve better physical and mental performance in athletics and everyday life. NASM provides an industry-first training system, with the Optimum Performance Training (OPT™) model, creating robust courses and content based solely on science-backed research. NASM has educated over 1.4 million fitness professionals in over 100 countries, creating a global space for optimal wellbeing and fitness. Learn more at www.nasm.org.

About AFAA

Since 1983, AFAA has issued over 350,000 certifications in 73 countries, providing generations with the practical skills, science and hands-on experience necessary for effective group leaders and trainers to motivate and inspire others to move toward healthier and happier lives. A global leader in fitness certification, AFAA upholds Basic Exercise Standards and Guidelines for safe fitness practice. To learn more about AFAA, visit afaa.com or call 1.800.446.AFAA. For news and industry insights, follow us on Facebook or Twitter at @AFAA_fit.

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, financial advisors, skilled trades professionals and insurance brokers.

Make Your Move: Crystal Monteleone

At Ascend, we strive to provide opportunities for employees to stretch their skills and advance their careers by moving among business segments, brands and teams, driving personal and team growth while creating a culture where people love what they do, take ownership and are empowered to pursue new career opportunities within the company so we “hire our own talent.”

Crystal Monteleone made her move from a product owner in enterprise applications to a newly-formed team in our healthcare segment. In her former role, Crystal focused on ensuring the customer relationship management (CRM) development team for healthcare was focused on the most important enhancements to the business, improving the day-today business operations of CRM users and providing optimal solutions for managing their work. She continues to support the healthcare segment in her new role, where she serves as the technology & business readiness lead and helps establish processes to support better execution and management of technology investments.

Ascend Communications (AC): Can you tell us more about your new role? 

Crystal Monteleone (CM): I help to identify gaps in technology & processes and provide recommendations for success to our leadership. I also help drive complex technology projects, ensuring business readiness to be successful with those technology platforms. No day is the same, but each day I am focused on improving how technology supports the healthcare segment’s day-to-day work, and ultimately improving how we serve our customers.

AC: How did you learn about and pursue your new role?

CM: Through review cycles and regular 1:1 meetings, my manager and I often talked about how I could continue to grow my career. After a major initiative had wrapped up, I thought it was a good time to start exploring other role opportunities. We discussed what I was looking for and where I could add value given my background. I learned there was a new team starting up and after additional conversations, I was excited for the potential impact this team could have on the business and decided to formally apply.

AC: How would you describe the dynamic of your new team?

CM: Collaborative, creative, fun and hardworking. I love that we all bring different perspectives and experiences and are open to each other’s ideas to approaching and solving complex problems. There are so many opportunities to really make a business impact in this role.

AC: How have Ascend’s culture & values helped shape your experience?

CM: I honestly appreciate the positive and healthy culture at Ascend. It is something I brag about to friends and family. We’re passionate and courageous in the way we have faced industry challenges head-on and worked to make a positive impact for the business and our customers.

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When team members move to new roles across Ascend, they grow their skills and stretch their capabilities within a company they already know, maintain their benefits and connections with colleagues, and teams gain an employee already invested in the work, mission and culture — one that can ramp up quickly and bring legacy knowledge to their new role. To learn more about career opportunities at Ascend, visit our Careers page.

ClickSafety Announces Formation of a New Strategic Advisory Board

Highlighting their Commitment to Continuously Improve Safety Training Offerings

Burlington, MA – ClickSafety, an Ascend Learning brand and leader in online workplace safety and compliance training, is pleased to announce the formation of a strategic advisory board. The board will be tasked with providing ideas and innovations in training design and delivery to improve the current state of safety training, anticipating tomorrow’s needs, and help define a vision of what Environmental Health, Safety & Wellness (EHS&W) can and should be.

The ClickSafety Advisory Board is comprised of workplace safety and training leaders with a passion for delivering valuable EHS&W content to their organization.

“These individuals are a direct reflection of ClickSafety’s mission, and its eagerness to continually grow and change to meet the needs of learners and companies alike,” said Rolando Cedillo, Director of Compliance, ClickSafety.

The advisory board will work closely with ClickSafety’s leadership team and advise on all matters from course content across industries to the delivery of future products and services.

“I am delighted to announce the formation of our advisory board. The wide depth of experience and knowledge this group offers will help lead ClickSafety to a bright future and help our customers continue to build a comprehensive safety culture using technology-based solutions developed by industry experts,” said Blake Ingram, General Manager, ClickSafety.

About ClickSafety

ClickSafety, an Ascend Learning brand, is an OSHA-authorized online training provider and recognized leader in safety training. For over 25 years, more than 10,000 organizations have partnered with ClickSafety to help them build comprehensive training solutions to advance their culture of workplace safety. With a history in construction, general industry, and engineering, ClickSafety believes in the importance of education to help keep workers safe.

To stay up to date: visit us at ClickSafety.com and follow us on LinkedIn.

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, financial advisors, skilled trades professionals and insurance brokers.

Make Your Move: Joanna Gallant

At Ascend, we strive to provide opportunities for employees to stretch their skills and advance their careers by moving among business segments, brands and teams, driving personal and team growth while creating a culture where people love what they do, take ownership and are empowered to pursue new career opportunities within the company so we “hire our own talent.”

Joanna Gallant made her move from a product manager role on the nursing team at Jones & Bartlett Learning to a newly-formed team in the healthcare segment, where she serves as the senior transformation manager and is helping the segment shape and execute its future strategy.

Ascend Communications (AC): How did your experience at Safety & Security help prepare you to make your move across the business into a new segment?

Joanna Gallant (JG): Having spent most of my time in the operations/production shared services team previously, serving on the product team at Jones & Bartlett Learning brought me even closer to the customer and added to my appreciation for the incredible team members in content/implementation, marketing/design, operations, platform and sales who all work together to bring problem-oriented solutions to market. With the incredible support and guidance of leaders and colleagues I was able to broaden my understanding of the business and how best to serve the nursing market both today and in the future. Safety & Security is a great segment to work for!

AC: How would you describe the dynamic of your new team?

JG: The [healthcare] businesses we support are filled with brilliance, energy, passion and drive, and it’s been great getting to know so many team members. I learn something new every day and often feel like a full sponge by the end of the week with all that I’ve soaked in. Starting each new week by acting on what I learned from the week before helps to start each week with an empty sponge.

AC: What was the process like making your move?

JG: I was contacted by HR, who presented the position to me, sharing the job description and the general team makeup. It was a brand-new role and department which I’ve experienced in the past but can be a risk with expectations, role clarity, placement in the organization, etc.

As soon as I read the job description, I knew it was a role that both tapped my strengths and set me up for a lot of learning and growth opportunities — a balance I always look for. I treated it like any other job interview, applied for it and got a chance to meet the team. My former managers were incredibly supportive and kind.

AC: How have Ascend’s values & culture influenced this process for you?

JG: Ascend is a unique business that has supported me for over 10 years in various roles and the culture is a big reason why I continue to grow my career here. It’s been lovely to work with new members of Ascend in Healthcare and Shared Services knowing that the values-centered culture is truly reflected everywhere.

Both in my experience as a people manager and individual contributor, our values have always kept work very “human-centered” for me. It’s clear that values do matter; if we keep them first, assume positive intent in others and embrace change we will be ok. I am so grateful that there’s room for grace — which is important to me personally — and that we will learn, support, fail, succeed and move forward together.

AC: Do you have any words of encouragement to others at Ascend who are considering “making their move?”

JG: Taking risks in a place where you are “known” is still scary but takes the edge off, especially when the job offers opportunity for you to learn something new, leverage your strengths and pushes you out of your comfort zone. It’s been worth the risk to make this move and I’ve honestly enjoyed every minute of it, even the challenging moments. I don’t think I’ve ever learned this much in such a short amount of time, and I love it.

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When team members move to new roles across Ascend, they grow their skills and stretch their capabilities within a company they already know, maintain their benefits and connections with colleagues, and teams gain an employee already invested in the work, mission and culture — one that can ramp up quickly and bring legacy knowledge to their new role. To learn more about career opportunities at Ascend, visit our Careers page.

Kognito Launches New Sexual Misconduct Prevention Training for Faculty & Staff A Holistic Approach to Safer, More Inclusive Campus Communities

Burlington, MA — September 22, 2022 Ascend Learning brand Kognito, an experiential learning company, is excited to announce the release of its simulation-based training, Sexual Misconduct Prevention for Faculty & Staff. This product joins their misconduct prevention suite which also includes a virtual training product for students, Sexual Misconduct Prevention Training for Students. As colleges and universities strive to create a safer and more inclusive campus environment, it is imperative that everyone in the community has the skills to effectively recognize, report, and prevent misconduct.

As mandated reporters, faculty as well as anyone associated with college athletics must complete this compliance training annually. Kognito’s misconduct prevention training meets this need while equipping faculty and staff with the communication strategies to initiate important conversations. This training is Clery Act, NCAA and Title IX compliant and features three distinct modules: Misconduct Prevention, Harassment and Discrimination, and Child Abuse, Neglect and Trafficking.

“We were excited to work with so many wonderful subject matter experts and partner schools to develop a program that goes beyond a check-the-box and instead focuses on skill-building,” said Kimberly Wieland, product manager at Kognito. “Having the opportunity to virtually practice in our simulated scenarios, gives our learners the chance to hone key communication techniques where everyone can learn, work, and thrive in a safe, supportive campus environment.”

About Kognito

Kognito is a leading provider of practice-based digital learning experiences that provide strategies to improve mental health and well-being across schools, campuses, and communities. Built on an interactive platform, the company’s products integrate several evidence-based models and techniques, game mechanics, and learning principles, allowing users to learn by engaging in role-play conversations with emotionally responsive humans. Through practice and personalized feedback, users learn and assess their competency to lead similar real-life conversations. Kognito has been instrumental in providing training to over 1 million educators, administrators, students, and their communities. This innovative approach is changing lives by increasing user confidence and awareness on complex topics that impact critical thinking and decision-making. For more information, visit https://kognito.com.

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, financial advisors, skilled trades professionals and insurance brokers.