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“On My Mind” - The Thrill of it All!

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Dear Colleagues:

We are “off to the races” with the first calendar quarter of 2015!  There are many new things getting rolled out in our own companies, and much to look forward to in terms of our professional organization.  We have several key initiatives underway for CEdMA this month and next -- we anticipate your enthusiastic participation!

First: our CEdMA biennial Pricing Survey has been sent to all by Mike Dowsey and Dirk Braune.  We poll the membership for pricing trends every two years, alternating with our overall Business Survey.  This is our collective opportunity to submit the most current 2015 pricing data across all of our member companies, assemble it in our terrific DBR tool, and allow our members to search and pull reports based on this critical data.  Remember, the company names of respondents are kept totally confidential.  But having a broad base of data gives us the needed information we all require the next time one of our Finance or FP&A folks asks us in the break room (!) how our company compares to other companies in terms of our pricing practices.  My Controller loved the way I could show him where we fit with the CEdMA averages. Please respond to Mike’s email right away to help us get a good database of information to serve you! Let us know if you did not receive the email.

Second:  CEdMA Board Elections are underway.  You all should have received the ballot from Bonnie Willoughby with the candidates for each Board position, including their bios and thoughts for moving CEdMA forward.  We sent to the email addresses on file in your membership profiles. Our Board changes every two years based on membership vote, but a majority of members must cast ballots! We have great candidates on this year’s ballot and the potential for wonderful leadership representing us.  Let’s get a great Board in place to keep our organization engaging you with thoughtful and meaningful programs 2015 to 2017 to help you succeed.  Ballots may be completed through March 18th, so don’t delay – get those preferences on the record!

Finally: our wonderful, fantastic, enlightening CEdMA Spring Conference is coming up on us on April 28th and 29th at the beautiful NetApp facility in the Sunnyvale area in California.  Lynn Viduya, our West Conference Trustee, has put together a great agenda of speakers and break-out sessions covering the gamut of Education business management topics:

  • Actionable Gamification – Keynote by Yu-Kai Chou
  • Training Organization Maturity Models
  • Leveraging Authorized Partner Programs for Delivery
  • Agile Course Development Techniques
  • Trends in Validating Skills/ Competency
  • Using  the LMS in Transformative Ways
  • Education and the Customers for Life Organization
  • Education Sales Models
  • Blueprints for Successful Pre-Sales Training.

In addition, we will have our survey results presentation, our winner of the Fall Innovation Award from ServiceNow sharing how they Accelerated Time to Value, and our vendor sponsors.  This is the best opportunity our members have for meaningful networking and lots of fun while learning better ways to take our businesses to the next level.  Whether you are an Education Executive, a group Director, or a newcomer to Education management, you don’t want to miss this event.  Registration is open on the CEdMA web site.

We have been a busy group of folks the past two months.  Let’s seize these chances to mix our business focus with the thrill of learning and sharing!

Happy St. Pat’s!

Jesse Finn, President, CEdMA

Vice President, Global Education and Learning, Marketo, Inc.

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