A Year in Review: 9 Things That Happened in 2022
December 20, 2022
Once again, here we are. Grappling with the thought of “how is it December already?”
While 2022 seemed to flash before our eyes, there certainly were some memorable moments worth reliving and celebrating as we close the year and welcome 2023.
Let’s go down memory lane!
WorkRamp Raises Series C
March 26, 2022, was a major milestone for the WorkRamp team when we announced our $40M Series C funding. We welcomed our lead Investors, Salesforce Ventures, Slack Fund, and Susa Ventures, with previous investors OMERS Ventures and UpHonest Capital participating.
We also secured investments from top leaders in the HR and Go-To-Market categories through PeopleTech Angels, GTMfund, and Jack Altman, CEO and Co-founder of Lattice.
Raising this round of funding allows the team to continue product innovation, ramp up customer success programs, build community, and reshape the corporate learning category.
Read more here.
Jack Altman Joins the WorkRamp Board
If raising Series C wasn’t enough excitement, just a couple of months later, we welcomed Jack Altman, CEO, and Co-Founder of Lattice, to the board of directors.
Lattice is the leading people success platform that works with People teams worldwide to turn employees into high performers, managers into leaders, and companies into the best places to work. Both WorkRamp and Lattice align on a common goal: helping organizations thrive by putting people first.
Jack, the second independent board member to join WorkRamp, brings a deep understanding of the HR space and the challenges teams face.
Read more here.
WorkRamp Acquires The Enablement Squad
Just a few days after Jack Altman joined the board, we announced the acquisition of The Enablement Squad. The Enablement Squad was Founded in 2019 by Matt Scheitle and Stephanie Middaugh, two Enablement leaders who are passionate about connecting people and creating a space where enablement professionals can network, brainstorm, and share best practices and struggles. Since its inception, The Enablement Squad has experienced massive growth, more than doubling membership organically over the last year.
“The Enablement Squad is the premier online space for enablement and training professionals,” says Ted Blosser, CEO, and Co-Founder of WorkRamp. “We’re thrilled about the partnership, and the ability to offer additional resources to help grow the community, get more events and programs up and running, and bring enablement leaders together.”
Read more here.
WorkRamp Receives 8 Honors and Awards
It’s always nice to be recognized for at least one award but getting eight awards this past year is extremely rewarding.
From Best Workplaces for Women™ to one of the top fastest-growing private companies in America, we are truly grateful for all the awards and honors we received this past year.
See our list:
- Named Among Best Workplaces in Software by Inc. Magazine for 2022
- Ranked #873 on this year’s Inc. Magazine 5000 list of the fastest-growing private companies in America
- Made #9 on Fortune’s Best Workplaces for Women™ list 2022
- Great Place to Work® Certified August 2022-August 2023
- Named a 2022 Y Combinator Top Company
- JMP Securities Hot 100 Startups: The best privately held software companies 2022
- Otta Award
- Top 100 Workplaces With The Best Benefits in 2022
WorkRamp’s First In-person Company-Wide Kick-off
What happens when remote workers meet in person? They have an incredible time!
The team got together in Southern California for 2.5 days filled with team bonding, planning, and, of course, lots of learning.
It wouldn’t be a CKO without a Rock, Paper, Scissors tournament.
Held Our First Virtual Summit: WorkRamp LEARN
November 9th, 2022, will go down in the books as a day to remember for the WorkRamp team. We held our first-ever virtual summit, WorkRamp LEARN. It was a half-day event dedicated to all things learning and enablement. Guests heard from industry experts and thought leaders in L&D, Revenue Enablement, and Customer Education.
Companies like Gong, Gainsight, Lattice, and more shared their strategies for leveraging continuous learning to future-proof organizations and what it means to use learning as a growth engine to create an unstoppable team.
Our speaker line-up included:
- Ally Love, Founder & CEO of Love Squad, Peloton Instructor, and Host of Brooklyn Nets
- Adam Grant, Organizational Psychologist, The Wharton School of Business, bestselling author, and host of WorkLife, a TED Original Podcast
- Nick Mehta, CEO of Gainsight
- Kelly Wright, President & COO of Gong
- Jack Altman, CEO & Founder of Lattice
- Josh Bersin, Global Industry Analyst and CEO, The Josh Bersin Company
- Dave Derington, Director of Customer Education at Service Rocket
- Ted Blosser, CEO & Co-Founder, WorkRamp
And it wouldn’t have been an event without the one and only DJ Graffiti.
Missed LEARN? You’re in luck! Check out our on-demand replays for all the content.
Had A LOT of Product Announcements
We expanded and enhanced the product experience.
Our customers’ valuable feedback often ends up on our product roadmap. The team worked diligently to provide YOU with the best customer experience. And we had some major product announcements and enhancements, giving you more flexibility and the best learning experiences.
Here’s a breakdown of all our launches and announcements from this past year:
Spring Lighting Strike: 3 major; 5 minor; 4 demos
- Workflow automations for assignments
- Compliance workflows
- Events experience features
- Academies enhancements
Summer Lighting Strike: 3 major; 6 enhancements; 5 demos
- Automated Assignments
- Reporting enhancements
- BambooHR integration updates
- Marketplace enhancements
- Academies enhancements
- Content Block enhancements
Fall Lighting Strike: 1 major; 4 enhancements; 2 demos
- Advanced filtering in Dynamic Groups [Employee LMS]
- Reporting enhancements for SCORM and Libraries [Employee LMS]
- Email Customizations and Reminders for Academies [Customer LMS]
- Additional API endpoints for Challenges and SCORM [Platform]
We also introduced WorkRamp Content, powered by one of the world’s largest corporate education content hubs, Go1. WorkRamp Content is one of the most comprehensive content solutions for organizations invested in developing their people to unlock exponential growth.
With this product, relevant industry- and role-based content can be curated to complement your organization’s learning strategy, and businesses can leverage the prebuilt content library to build impactful programs that attract, develop, and retain talent, and mitigate corporate risk by maintaining compliance.
We’re grateful to our customers and partners for your continued support. We’re beyond excited for all the innovation that’s to come this next year. So, keep a look out! Our Winter Lighting Strike is coming in January!
Request a demo to learn more about these product announcements and enhancements.
We Expanded Our Executive Leadership Team
WorkRamp welcomed two new members to its executive leadership team: Lori Jiménez, Chief Revenue Officer (CRO), and Dan Simon, VP of Engineering.
These two leadership roles are essential for WorkRamp’s mission and its continued success in product innovation, customer relations, and overall business growth. As the Chief Revenue Officer, Lori oversees the Sales and Customer Success Organizations, leading company growth and customer experience across all audience segments. And as the VP of Engineering, Dan oversees the Product and Engineering teams and leads product development and innovation across the WorkRamp platform.
Learn more about this announcement.
In addition, we welcomed four additional VPs to the executive leadership team.
- Mallorie Maranda, VP of Sales, joined in February 2022
- Matt Bujnicki, VP of Finance & Operations, was promoted to VP August 2022
- Meredith Fish, VP of People & Culture, joined in July 2022
- Whitney Priest, VP of Customer Success, joined in June 2022
WorkRamp’s vision is to redefine the corporate learning category with its All-in-One Learning Platform that puts people first and helps teams tie learning to overall business impact. All of these roles are crucial for us to continue to put people first, build the best user experience and best-in-class product, and drive business growth.
We partnered with a nonprofit organization, Together We Rise from Orange County, California, for a Build-a-Superhero-Box activity. The boxes are delivered to foster children around the L.A. area. Knowing from prior experience just how meaningful these events can be to employees and the nonprofit, I knew this was one pillar that couldn’t be skipped. Working together for a good cause is inspirational and a great way to transcend our differences. It felt great to give back to the community, and we received many positive comments in our survey about this activity.
Our team put together recess kits for students and appreciation kits for teachers. In addition, they captured their inner artistic skills by painting murals that will be distributed around the East Bay to beautify playgrounds.
We believe in empowering the communities around us and supporting equitable access to learning and education.
We partnered with Cristo Rey De La Salle East Bay High School to mentor and support their students. We also provide the WorkRamp technology, learning expertise, and funding to help scale the impact of nonprofit organizations.
Cristo Rey is a high school located in Oakland’s Fruitvale District (Bay Area) but draws students from Alameda, Contra Costa, SF, and San Joaquin counties. The student body is comprised of economically oppressed students (100 percent are low-income). These students also come to CRDLS far below the academic grade level. The Fruitvale school is only a few years old, but similar Cristo Rey schools see 90 percent of students attending a 4-year college (3x higher than their socio-economic peers).
CRDLS offers a work-study component to its curriculum. Pre-COVID, the students would actually go into partner companies’ offices to gain work experience and help cover their tuition. With COVID, the school has had to adjust, and that’s where WorkRamp has stepped in 🙂 We offer the school what they have called a “Mini MBA” program, where we present different business-related topics. This could be related to job function, email etiquette, interviewing tips, etc.
We had weekly 50-minute presentations with the kids going over different business topics.
Whew, what a year!
As we close 2022, we are excited to jump into 2023 to continue to give back and bring more product innovation, customer experiences, and exciting company news. Let’s give a big cheer for the New Year!
Follow us on LinkedIn for more company and product updates and news.
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- 2023 Winter Release: WorkRamp Content Playlists + Academies Events February 1, 2023
- LEARN Recap: 3 Key Elements to Create a Robust Customer Ed Program January 31, 2023
- What is a Training Facilitator? January 30, 2023
Fara RosenzweigHead of Content Marketing
Fara Rosenzweig is WorkRamp’s Head of Content Marketing and brings over 20 years of content and brand experience. Her love for storytelling has earned her an Emmy Award, and she’s been featured in many publications. When not wordsmithing or talking about learning and development, you’ll find her globe-trotting while logging miles for her next half marathon.
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