May 2010

In This Issue

The Brave New World of Mobile Learning

How Web 2.0 technologies are spawning a new era in corporate learning.

Technology is impacting every aspect of life in the 21st century, including corporate learning. Web 2.0 technologies are changing the way corporate training is delivered, and helping to support what research says is desired by employees and simply a more effective way of learning. Is your company embracing the brave new world of e-learning? Read more.

Latest News & Events

CARA Announces Q4 PURE Service Award Winner

Leigh Fowler is the recipient of The CARA Group’s PURE Service Award for Q4, 2009. Click here to learn how Leigh’s consultative approach, high quality work and overall professionalism resulted in her being recognized with this prestigious award for a second time.

Team Spotlight

Meet Barb Coughlin!

CARA means “friend” in Gaelic and is also the premise on which CARA has built its relationships with clients and consultants―treating them with the same respect as they would a friend. As an account executive, Barb fully embraces the CARA philosophy as she provides outstanding service to support her clients’ performance, and also builds genuine relationships. Meet Barb. 

Case Study

Risk Management Training for Pharmaceutical Industry Leader

With a goal of improving risk management processes and standardizing practices across this client’s divisions and geographic locations; CARA started by careful listening to strategic objectives and critical business needs, and a thorough needs assessment. The result was greatly enhanced training and improved performance. Learn more.

 The Blog File

Be Known as a Business Partner; Not a Business Cost

In this blog on how the learning organization is perceived by business, Tina Jandris—General Manager for CARA—explores ways to ensure training is seen as a strategic business partner rather than being marginalized as a “business expense.” Read more.

CARA Kudos

“I want to make sure to share what a great job the CARA team continuously delivers… I am a lucky, lucky manager to have your folks working with me. Thank you!”

Jennifer Purrenhage, Training Manager
Jones Lang LaSalle




Welcome to the second issue of Eolas!

These are exciting times in the world of workforce learning. As the economy’s pendulum swings toward recovery, businesses are gearing up to embrace the upswing and preparing to respond. One of the strategies: strengthening corporate learning programs. There are many reasons driving this increased attention, including:

  • talent shortages
  • emerging technologies
  • leadership development needs
  • global influences

Whatever the stimulus, corporate learning programs might be just what differentiate the companies that succeed from those that do not.

The big buzz right now is how—or if—informal learning will impact formal corporate training programs. An evolution is underway and 2010 is shaping up to be the time to embrace new technologies in corporate learning, address the needs of individual learners, and support a culture of collaboration. We invite you to consider how your organization is adapting in our feature article, “The Brave New World of Informal Learning: How Web 2.0 technologies are spawning a new era in corporate learning.

Relationships are at the core of CARA’s success, from the value our consultants and staff strive to provide our clients, to the trust and loyalty we receive from our clients in return.  In this issue’s Team Spotlight we invite you to meet one of CARA’s Account Managers who cultivates these relationships and sustains the CARA culture.

Further, Eolas is Gaelic for “information, knowledge.” We appreciate the opportunity to impart information and bits of knowledge through Eolas for the betterment of all of our “friends.” As promised, we will strive to provide you with the right dose of tips and techniques to enhance your business. In addition to the feature article, this issue brings you links to resources that offer relevant industry information like the ASTD International Conference and Exposition, May 16-19, 2010; commentary on industry trends, a new case study that shares a risk management training success story and a glimpse into happenings at CARA.

We hope you enjoy this spring issue of Eolas.


Jane Ehrenstrom
Senior Vice President of The CARA Group, Inc.


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