Last week, Skillsoft employees from around the world gathered at the annual Global Sales Meeting in Orlando, Fla. The event was an engaging opportunity for people from Skillsoft and SumTotal to share insights on the combined company’s vision of putting people at the center of learning and talent management. When employees were not talking about HR (or catching some sun here and there,) they participated in a team building event to benefit a philanthropic cause.
Skillsoft partnered with World Vision to put together SchoolTool backpacks for children living in poverty in southern Florida. According to the National Center for Children in Poverty, in the United States, nearly 16 million children live in families with incomes below the federal poverty level and nearly 31 million children qualify for free/reduced lunch programs. Skillsoft took the initiative to get involved and help children from low-income families feel confident and motivated at school.
Employees rolled up their sleeves and assembled kits filled with school supplies to get at-risk kids excited about learning, one of Skillsoft’s most important values, and set the foundation for their academic success. Together, participants packaged up everything from pencils to glue sticks and topped it off with a note of encouragement to each child. The students will receive the SchoolTool backpacks once this semester and also at the beginning of the next school year, freeing up family resources for other essentials like food, health care and utilities.
The team building event is one of the most rewarding parts of the Global Sales Meeting and a tradition that Skillsoft will happily continue because a little effort from employees will go forth to make the next school year a little bit brighter for hundreds of children.