No reason to complain any more for companies about lack of investment for talent development! In the times of Coursera, iTunesU and other online learning sources there is now also Everwise, identifying the best matches for mentoring on a global basis and providing an affordable integrated platform for talent development.
Users can establish development goals — or import them from their company’s HR system after a performance review — and track their progress against them. Assessments — including via the renowned Myers-Briggs indicator and Strengthsfindersprogram – are also incorporated into the platform so users can ostensibly gain a deeper understanding of their own strengths and weaknesses.
There is an “experience manager,” whose responsibility it is to help participants identify and prioritize their goals. Thousands of mentors from 70 countries and 130 industries are now volunteering to spend 10 hours over six months helping “thousands” of Everwise protégés. Ursula Silling is one of their mentors, and turned into an ambassador and strong supporter as the platform & approach is extremely powerful. Companies pay a fixed monthly fee per employee.
Elizabeth Schillo, Vice President of Sales at Everwise will talk about talent development in a rapidly changing world at the Hamburg Aviation Conference 8 - 9 February 2017.
More about Everwise:
Everwise is a New York-based company whose online service connects employees to the people, development resources, and experiences they need to succeed at every stage of their career — from new entrepreneurs, to budding sports coaches, to people looking to rise through the ranks of Fortune 500 companies. The three-year-old company has become what it’s calling an “integrated platform for talent development.”
In addition to being assigned a mentor, a user is also provided with curated content from around the web based on the recommendations that Everwise mentors have made in the past, including which books to read and TED talks to watch. Customers can also be included in peer groups suited to their needs.
Everwise also now has several dozen companies — including the publicly traded biotechnology company Gilead Sciences and Richard Branson’s foundation Virgin Unite — licensing its software so they can run it themselves.
Everwise isn’t yet profitable, but investors apparently like what they see. Along with its expanded platform, Everwise is today announcing a previously undisclosed $8 million in Series A funding from Canvas Ventures, Sequoia Capital and Webb Investment Network. (The money was raised in December of last year.)
Definitely no reason to complain any more for companies about lack of investment for talent development - they just need to use the opportunities already out there!