We are 242 organizations seeking a few new colleagues. We include the learning leaders of some of the largest companies in the world (e.g., Wal-Mart, JCPenney, British Airways, Wendy's International, Ericsson Inc. and  American Express). Every day throughout the year, Learning CONSORTIUM members turn to each other and the staff of The MASIE Center for benchmarking, networking, research and collaborative projects in the Learning and Training field.

Here are a few examples of how our CONSORTIUM benefits from collaboration
on a daily basis:

  • A member contacts the CONSORTIUM office to identify 2 members using a specific Learning Management System to get references, context and experiences.
  • Six members work together on a working group considering alternative models for employee Orientation and On-Boarding.
  • Elliott Masie conducts 1-to-1 coaching sessions with learning executives from two member organizations.
  • Members participate in a rapid fire "poll" to benchmark spending per employee on Compliance issues.
  • MASIE staff member attends a conference and sends a PodCast and text summary to all CONSORTIUM members.
  • Members provide Microsoft with input on how their new operating system could support content sharing for learning.
  • A member brings several of its business leaders to The MASIE Center Lab in Saratoga for a strategy session on the futures of learning and collaboration.

More than 2,500 people in 242 organizations worldwide collaborate and learn together on the issues and challenges you face. Together, we are evaluating, inventing, revising and improving the exciting field of learning! This is a community of trust, appropriate confidentiality and syndicated efforts to enhance the effectiveness of our efforts on learning and training.

The Learning CONSORTIUM is a small and very focused organization. The charge is only $5,000 per entire company for a year of service, collaboration and events. Our model is to be a long-term trusted collaborative of learning professionals that is vendor-neutral and ethically based.

We invite you to join us!

Learning CONSORTIUM Resources:

The Learning CONSORTIUM is a non-stop source of learning resources, invitations to benchmark, common work projects and exclusive access to Elliott Masie's research and development activity.

Here are just some of the resources that your organization can access:

Research & Development Lab Opportunities:

The Learning CONSORTIUM will be facilitating a wide range of Learning R&D activities (from no-tech to high-tech) in 2011. We will address these key areas:

• Leadership Development Models – New Approaches & Designs
• Video for Learning – Live & Asynchronous Uses
• Where to Collaborate – SharePoint, LMS & Beyond
• New Job Descriptions for Learning Professionals
• Blended Learning Mixtures – What Works?
• Refreshing the Classroom
• Tablets, Slates & Mobile Devices for Learning
• Workplace GPS: Performance Support 2.0
• Alternatives to Chargeback Models for Learning & Training

Learning Roundtables:

We will host gatherings via webinar/conference call with fellow Learning CONSORTIUM members interested in sharing, benchmarking and collaborating about:

• Virtual & Remote Teams
• LEAN/Six Sigma & Learning
• Sales Training Models & Innovations
• Learning in Healthcare
• Learning in Financial Services
• Dealing with an Aging LMS
• Global Learning Management

Labs in a Box:

The MASIE Center ships a new piece of technology to or provides a member with a password to try new software. That member has two weeks to experiment with the technology or software. In the case of a physical piece of technology, the member then ships it to another member. Past examples include the iPad and Kinect. New Labs in a Box will be announced as we continue to investigate technology’s/software’s potential affordances for learning.

Events, Meetings & Classes:

Learning 2011: Each member organization receives two complimentary seats to our annual fall Learning conference.

CONSORTIUM Membership Forums: Regional CONSORTIUM-only meetings on key industry topics.

MASIE Center Events: Discounts on the wide range of Elliott Masie’s classes and briefings.

Learning Briefings:

Receive two personalized, 30-minute briefings by Elliott Masie or our Learning Officer. These are live telephone briefings for your team, focused on changing learning trends or key learning issues selected by your learning organization. Briefings are often scheduled as part of internal learning conferences or with senior executives. They can be digitally captured for later use by a wider audience within your organization.

Benchmarking for Learning:

Periodic surveys and scans on key industry topics that gather information to help you find organizations for member-to-member dialogues and industry trend analysis.

LifeLines & Mutual Support:

Information and resource sharing among members about your questions through our online discussion board tool.

Monthly Calls:

Telephone conference calls about key industry initiatives related to your business, technology and learning decisions.

Nuts ‘n Bolts Calls:

Informal telephone conference calls held a few times per year that provide opportunities for members to present questions, needs/problems focused on the “Nuts ‘n Bolts” of learning to Elliott Masie, our staff and fellow members. Questions can be about any aspect of learning: methodology, strategy, tools, etc.

Content Focus:

Learning Strategy & Management
Video for Learning
Social Learning & Collaboration
Leadership Development
Talent Management/Human Capital
Innovative Technology for Learning
Mobile Learning
Measurement/Analytics of Learning
Performance Support
Globalizing Learning
Classroom Learning & Innovation
Learning Systems
Shared Learning Services

Video/Podcast Perspectives:

Brief updates from Elliott Masie on key learning issues provided in video, audio and text formats for you to share across your organization.

Annual Membership Fee:

The fee is $5,000 for one year from your date of acceptance into the CONSORTIUM.

Member Ethics:

The Learning CONSORTIUM is an active community of practice and learning. We expect our members to:

  • Participate in on-going benchmarking, networking, and dialogues
  • To refrain from "selling" CONSORTIUM Members at group events
  • To participate in a fashion that builds trust and openness within the group and honors diverse perspectives and also the confidentiality and competitive roles of members

Application Process:

The CONSORTIUM is looking for a few additional members, primarily large organizations implementing Learning across the enterprise and a few larger vendor/suppliers.

The MASIE Center staff reviews all applications for membership in the Learning CONSORTIUM. We ask that each organization applying complete the on-line form and submit to our office. We will then schedule a telephone interview to process this application.

(If you have any additional questions, please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

Testimonials from CONSORTIUM Members:

Elliott is super approachable. I don't know of anyone who would feel uncomfortable having a conversation with him.
~David Barton, Michelin

The Learning CONSORTIUM is the primary way I keep up with what other leading edge companies are doing. Not only do we gain insight into what we are doing wrong - but, as importantly, we are able to confirm and leverage what we are doing well.
~Wayne Worthen, The Mosaic Company

This was our first year in the Consortium and I can say, with all honesty, that this has been our most valuable industry membership. Not only have we benefited from the conferences and industry research, we have also gained tremendously from the networking and benchmarking with other Consortium members. We will definitely renew our membership.
~Chris Laske, Meijer

The Consortium presents its members with networking opportunity that is unparalleled. Having represented my corporation in numerous consortium and membership-driven organizations, the Masie Center is unique in that they just charge you once (the membership), everything else is part of your initial investment.
~Sanjeeb Samanta, Texas Instruments

The Learning Consortium is THE BEST way to stay connected and informed about the learning industry. The staff is dedicated and amazing and the value of the connections made through the Consortium help me every single day.
~Cary Harlow, The Hewlett Packard Company

The Learning Consortium provides an informed space for practitioners to understand what's going on in the area of learning and technology without being deluged by vendor and consultant proposals. It helps cut through the fog of commerce to help solve my business's learning problems.
~Ron Dickson, Intel

We have worked with Elliott and the Masie Center the past 4 or 5 years and we value their insight and leadership in the training industry. We look at the Masie Center as the leading authority on industry trends, benchmarking, and where the future of learning is heading. They provide valuable information that we use to help direct our learning strategy.
~Scott Sutker, Bank of America

To describe the benefits I get from the Learning Consortium, I just need to talk about one meeting I had with my boss who is the Chief Technology Officer at Save the Children. His first question was on costs of learning and I pulled out a chart that showed costs from 20 other companies with detailed information. Then we talked about student drop out, which I am focused on and he was thinking will not be a problem. So with a little help from a different report on the latest research on student drop out, he is now focused on what we can do to motivate students. And then, I discussed a prototyping tool for authoring our first learning module and I showed him a list of authoring tools with member reviews from the products that I am thinking about buying. This allowed us to quickly narrow down to two or three that we now are considering buying. And where did all of this come from? The Masie Center's Learning Consortium. And yes, I now have a folder of information that I just carry with me for those great opportunities when I just need a little extra data to promote my programs.
~Linda English, LINGOs

You can always rely on Elliot identifying and having an insight on the next elearning trend or issue. This insight is invaluable to those of us who deliver learning in the front line.
~David Appleton, BP International Ltd.

The Masie Center is a wealth of research knowledge. When I am deep in a project and need information or data, The Masie Center always comes through with what I need. They are the research wing of my learning efforts.
~Dave Sanderson, General Mills

Brilliant, engaging, funny, and thought provoking, Elliott and the Masie Center have gone beyond being a resource for trainers, they are influencing people in government, education, and industry around the world for the better.
~Gary Harris, Wegmans

The Learning Consortium is a strong network of great organizations who collaborate on learning. This has been a valuable source of knowledge for Deloitte.
~Nick van Dam, Deloitte Consulting

Elliott is an excellent resource for our team to provide a real-world perspective on when and how to leverage technology and learning as a tool to enhance knowledge and performance.
~Steve Guymon, Eli Lilly and Company



Some members of
The Learning CONSORTIUM:
Account Name
Abbott Labs
ADL Co-Lab
AF/AETC Technology Integration Division
Affinity Health System
Alliance Pipeline
Allstate Insurance Company
Amadeus NA
American Express
American Red Cross
Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc.
Apple Computer, Inc.
ASAE: The Center for Association Leadership
AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals
Australian Defence Department
Autodesk, Inc.
Avnet, Inc
BAE Systems
Baker Hughes Inc.
Bank of America
Barrick Gold
Beam Global Spirits & Wine
Black & Veatch
Bloomberg L.P.
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
BMO Financial Group
Booz Allen Hamilton Inc.
Boston Scientific
BP International Ltd.
Bristol-Myers Squibb
British Airways
Canon USA
Capella University
Capital Group Companies
Capital One Bank
Carney, Inc.
Cash America International
Cathay Pacific Airways Limited
Cengage Learning
Center for Creative Leadership
CenterPoint Energy
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Chrysler, LLC
Citizens Financial Group
Citrix Online
Comcast University
ConAgra Foods, Inc.
Conference of State Bank Supervisors
COUNTRY Ins & Financial Services
CPA Australia
Crowe Horwath LLP
CUNA Mutual Group
Dassault Systemes
David Weekley Homes
Defense Intelligence Agency
Dell, Inc.
Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu
Deluxe Corp
Department of Veterans Affairs
Dominion Enterprises
Dow Corning Corporation
DuPont / Pioneer Hi-Bred
Dupont Sustainable Solutions - Training Solutions
Eaton Corporation
Eli Lilly and Company
Empire State College
Enterprise Ireland
Ericsson, Inc.
Farmers Insurance Grp
Fidelity Investments
FM Global
Foreign Service Institute; U.S. Department of State
GE Aviation
General Electric
General Mills
General Motors
General Physics
Goodwill Industries International
Grand Rapids Community College
Grant Thornton LLP
Green Mountain Coffee Roasters
Harvard Business Publishing
Hemsley Fraser Group, Ltd.
Herman Miller, Inc.
Hewlett Packard
Hilton Worldwide
Holcim Inc.
HSBC, North America
Humana, Inc.
Huntington National Bank
IBM Corporation
Intel Corporation
Inter IKEA Systems B.V.
International Air Transport Association (IATA)
Intrepid Learning Solutions
Iowa Western Community College
J&J Pharma R&D
JetBlue Airways University
John Deere
John Hancock Financial Services
Joint Special Operations University
JPMorgan Chase
Kelly Services, Inc.
Land O'Lakes, Inc.
LearningGuide Solutions
Liberty Mutual Group
Lockheed Martin
LSI Corporation
Marriott International
Marsh & McLennan / Mercer
Maryland Dept. of Health & Mental Hygiene
Maryland Libraries
MassMutual Financial Group
MasterCard International
McCain Foods
McDonald's Corporation
Merck & Co., Inc.
Meridian Knowledge Solutions
National Cryptologic School
National Heritage Academies
National Nuclear Security Administration
National Weather Service
NBC Universal
NetDimensions Limited
New York Life Insurance Company
Next Chapters, Inc.
NISC - National Information Solutions Cooperative
Office of Comptroller of the Currency
OutStart, Inc.
Perfoption Inc.
Philips Healthcare
Pioneer Natural Resources
Pitney Bowes, Inc.
PNC Bank
Procter & Gamble
Progressive Insurance
Prudential Financial
Questionmark Corporation
Raytheon Professional Services
Rockhurst University Continuing Education Center
Rockwell Collins
RWD Technologies
Saudi Aramco
SC Johnson
Sears Holdings Corporation
Shell International-Shell Learning
Signature Consulting Services, LLC
Sprint Nextel Corp.
TD Bank Financial Group
Texas Instruments Incorporated
The American Heart University
The Boeing Company
The Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation
The Effective Edge
The George Washington University
The Hartford
The Hershey Company
The Kellogg Company
The Ken Blanchard Companies
The Mosaic Company
The University of Michigan
Trivantis Corporation
Turner Broadcasting
U. S. Army FMWR Academy
UBS Financial Services, Inc.
UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
United Nations Development Programme
Univ of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Ctr
University of Wisconsin - Extension
Vangent, Inc.
Video Arts Group
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
Waste Management
Wegmans Food Markets, Inc.
Wells Fargo
Xerox Corp
YUM! Brands, Inc.
ZS Associates