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MindLeaders is an e-learning and organizational development company with a global headquarters in Dublin, Ireland and offices in the UK, US, South Africa and Australia which has been described by Bersin as a "global e-learning player"[1] along with Skillsoft and Element K (which was acquired by Skillsoft in 2011[2]). The company has a content library (about 4,000 courses in total), mainly in the business skills and IT professional area but also for social care, hospitality and more general compliance training in the UK.[3] These courses are typically accessed through one of two learning management system (LMS) platforms owned by the company. Whilst not a widely known brand, MindLeaders content is resold by consumer-facing channel partners including learndirect, Monster.com[4] and Cornerstone OnDemand.[2]


MindLeaders was founded in 1981 by Carol Clark and Fran Papalios. In 2007, MindLeaders was bought by ThirdForce plc, an elearning company headquartered in Dublin, Ireland and founded by current chairman and CEO, Brendan O'Sullivan. ThirdForce was an acquisition-based business which bought elearning companies Electric Paper and AV Edge in 2003[5] and Creative Learning Media[6] in 2005.[7] The merged company was known as MindLeaders ThirdForce. In October 2011, MindLeaders ThirdForce announced that from January 2012 it would be known as MindLeaders.[8]

On September 10, 2012, SSI Investments II Limited, the parent company of Skillsoft Limited, announced its intention to acquire MindLeaders.[9] The closing of the acquisition was announced on September 25.[10]


Products include:

  • eLearning courses including vendor-approved certification courses[11]
  • Training developed in cooperation with Facebook[12]
  • Talent Development Platform
  • PLuS personalised learning service
  • Software as a Service Learning Management Systems
  • ECDL / ICDL testing
  • Functional Skills elearning and tutoring[13]


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