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Sumtotal and Fistful of talent team up for interactive, virtual hr hangout events

Industry Experts Discuss Everything from New Talent Management Strategies and Tools to Entertaining HR Experiences.

SumTotal® Systems, LLC, the largest independent provider of learning and HR solutions, today announced SumTotal HR Hangouts, a series of live, virtual events that will feature hip thought leaders and HR practitioners from Fistful of Talent. Starting on Aug. 13, these 20-minute conversations will run weekly and cover topics such as HR’s role in business strategy, how to drive employee engagement, and Fistful of Talent’s favorite productivity tools. To register for these upcoming events, visit

“The pace of change affecting today’s workforce requires employees to be more flexible, creative and innovative than in the past,” said SumTotal Senior Vice President of Marketing Jackie Funk. “We are thrilled to partner with Fistful of Talent to offer this live Google Hangout series, where industry leaders and HR practitioners will highlight best practices and lessons learned in an engaging and interactive forum.”

The SumTotal HR Hangout series will kick off in August with the following events:

8/13 DNA of Great HR Pros: Join this session to gain tips to help leaders identify the most important qualities to look for in your next key hire.

8/20 HR: Confidential: Attend this session to hear some of Fistful of Talent’s craziest HR stories and experiences and how they were handled.

8/27 A Few of Our Favorite Things: Join this session to hear the team share some of their favorite apps, sites and productivity tools.

The live SumTotal HR Hangouts will begin at 2 p.m. EDT. Recordings will be available to registrants after each event.

The hangouts will feature several members from the Fistful of Talent team. Fistful of Talent is a consortium of progressive industry thinkers “without all the boring HR stuff like legal issues and employee relations tactics.” Contributors include Kris Dunn, Tim Sackett, Steve Boese, Laurie Ruettimann, Kathy Rapp, Paul Hebert, William Tincup and Dawn Burke, each of whom bring a fresh perspective on the HR industry.

“There’s nothing more entertaining than HR people getting together and sharing war stories. At Fistful of Talent, we love doing this every couple of weeks via long, uncensored email chains across our team of writers, featuring about 150 ‘reply to all’ emails. Those email chains are epic,” Fistful of Talent editor Kris Dunn said. “We’re excited that SumTotal is bringing this concept to an interactive, virtual hangout, and we invite other HR professionals to join in on the fun.”

To continue the conversation and increase social engagement, we encourage HR professionals to connect with us:

Connect with SumTotal on Google+ to get updates on the weekly hangouts.

Follow @SumTotalSystems on Twitter and engage with us during the hangout series using the event hashtag: HRHangout.

Visit and check out the SumTotal Blog for more learning and talent management tips and perspectives.

About SumTotal Systems

SumTotal Systems, LLC, the largest independent provider of integrated HR solutions, is increasing the performance of some of the world’s most successful organizations, including AstraZeneca (NYSE: AZN [ADR]; London: AZN), Amway (KUL: AMWAY), and Seagate (NYSE: STX). The only HR solution provider to deliver Talent Expansion, a whole new approach to discovering, developing and unleashing hidden potential within our customers’ workforce, SumTotal delivers employee enablement solutions that help organizations become great places to work. SumTotal’s people-focused applications, available on premise and in the Cloud, enable contextual, just-in-time development designed to advance employees’ skills and knowledge. Today, more than 3,500 organizations, including several of Fortune’s “Best Places to Work,” rely on SumTotal’s on premise and cloud-based Talent Expansion applications to enable their employees. For more information about SumTotal, visit, read SumTotal’s blog at , follow SumTotal on Twitter at, or like SumTotal on Facebook at

The SumTotal Learn solution is the market leader, with over 45 million people using the solution to increase their effectiveness and productivity in companies of all sizes and all geographies. SumTotal Learn is the only LMS that provides personalised, contextual learning with the flexibility to enable world-class formal training and certification programs as well as day-to-day informal learning and knowledge sharing. With powerful learning management capabilities for businesses of all sizes, complete learning content management, content creation, measurement tools, offline learning tools and next generation mobile and social learning products, the SumTotal Learn solution can be used anytime, anywhere on nearly any device.

SumTotal’s Enterprise Learning Management enables organisations to:
- Deploy faster with open activity architecture
- Reduce non-compliance with continuing-education management
- Improve user adoption with an enhanced, intuitive user experience
- Increase visibility with personalized dashboards
- Reach employees on the go with mobile and off-line learning capabilities

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