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What do finance executives seek from learning and HR programs? Susan Meyer, head of Talent and Inclusion Strategy for Marsh & McLennan Companies Inc. (MMC), and Matthew Cunningham, chief financial officer of the MMC firm Oliver Wyman, take the stage at the 2018 Degreed LENS conference to answer this popular question. They discuss the success of their Finance Academy, an internal learning platform and community that grew from a Degreed learning infrastructure. This detailed overview will appeal to business and finance executives and HR strategists alike.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How a collaboration between finance and L&D at Marsh & McLennan Companies Inc. (MMC) led to a thriving learning community; and
  • Why online learning, done right, can yield data and insights to make better business investments.
 

About the Speakers

Susan Meyer heads talent strategy for Marsh & McLennan Companies Inc. (MMC). Matthew Cunningham is chief financial officer of the MMC firm Oliver Wyman. Todd Tauber leads product marketing at Degreed.

 

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In 2016, a Wall Street Journal article announced,  “CEOs No Longer Say ‘People Are Our Greatest Asset’.” Indeed, many executives view employees as a “bottom-line cost,” the article explained. However, beating your competitors at finding and keeping skilled employees generates lasting value for your firm. Attracting and retaining the best people means you must provide them with tools for professional growth. That’s why, also in 2016, Marsh & McLennan Companies Inc. (MMC) began exploring new ways to deliver learning to some 2,300 finance employees worldwide. At the time, only the highest levels of the organization had access to good learning programs – other learning content was scattered across different platforms and systems. Finance executives approached head of talent Susan Meyer for a solution. A demand from the business side of the organization and a talent-valuing corporate culture were both vital to the success of the solution: the launch of the Finance Academy.


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