Perspectives 2017

2017 India Perspectives

Thursday, May 18, 2017 | The Oberoi Mumbai


Step into the Future of Learning and Talent

Our theme this year explores the changes in approach to learning and talent that our customers and partners are making in order to engage with these very modern learners. From creating consumer-led content and technology experiences, to gamification, virtual reality and how to give feedback to Gen Z, Perspectives has it all.

Attendees will experience:

  • Keynotes – From the Skillsoft and SumTotal Exec team and prominent thought leaders.
  • Panel discussions – From industry leading Learning and HR heads discussing challenges faced by companies in the changing learning and HR landscape.
  • Customer insights – Real world stories of how our customers are creating a new engagement strategy for all generations.
  • eLearning 3.0 – Find out from the experts what the future of eLearning looks like.
  • Strategy update - Updates on our beautiful technology and engaging content strategy.
  • What's new and next – What is coming from Skillsoft and SumTotal in 2017– find out here first.
  • Peer networking – Extensive opportunities for peer networking, knowledge sharing and benchmarking.

*All registrations are subject to approval by Skillsoft

Keynote Speakers

Bill Donoghue

Executive Chairman, Skillsoft

Ashish Vidyarthi

National Award Winning Actor, Thinker, Speaker,


Thursday - 18th May, 2017


8:30am – 9:30am

Registrations, Networking & Experience Hub

9:30am – 10:15am

Welcome and Keynote Address
Bill Donoghue, Executive Chairman, Skillsoft

10:15am – 11:15am

Technology Showcase — Apratim Purakayastha, CTO, Skillsoft

Unveiling Percipio — Potoula Chresomales, SVP Product, Skillsoft

SumTotal - The Future Roadmap — Bill Docherty, SVP Product, SumTotal

11:15am – 11:40am Networking Break
11:40am – 12:40pm

Is Your Talent Future Ready?

We see a dramatic change at workplace with the rise of multi-generational workforce. This demands many organizations to relook at their people strategy and achieve a right balance between talent and technology. Hear an exciting panel to uncover the innovative approaches organizations should take to keep up with the rapid pace of change at workplace.


Damodar Padhi, VP & Global Head - L&D, TCS
Prithvi Shergill, EX-CHRO, HCL
Yashwant Mahadik, Executive Vice President & Global CHRO, SUN PHARMA

Moderated by Melissa Ries, VP & GM, APAC

12:40pm – 1:00pm

The Future of Learning Content — Tara O’Sullivan, CCO, Skillsoft

1:00pm – 2:30pm Sit Down Lunch
2:30pm – 3:10pm

Customer Success Stories
Tata Communications - Vikrant Bhatnagar, Director - L&D
Landmark Group - Meghana Mathur, Head - Talent Transformation
Sun Pharma - Baldeo Pandey, GM & Learning Compliance Leader - Corporate Quality Division

3:10pm – 3:30pm

The Future of IT Training — Kyle Gingrich, VP IT Skills, Skillsoft

3:30pm – 4:00pm

Business Skills & Leadership — Heide Abelli, VP Business Skills and Leadership, Skillsoft

4:00pm – 4:15pm Networking Break
4:15pm – 4:45pm

The Big Debate: Two lenses to organizational learning: HR and Business

As the organizations strive to build capabilities of today & tomorrow, this exciting debate presents perspectives on organizational learning through lenses of two key stakeholders- the HR leaders and the Business leaders.

Key discussion pointers of the session include:

  • What are the key elements of a learning strategy? Who owns the organizational learning?
  • How is learning at organizations evolving? What are the key trends to watch out for?
  • What are the biggest challenges that need to be overcome to create a learning organization?
  • What should today’s L&D teams start, stop and continue doing?


Amit Aggarwal, SVP - L&D, Genpact
Vasudevan Narasimha, ED - HR, KEC International
Rakesh Bhardwaj, SVP & Global CIO, Cognizant
Harlina Sodhi, SEVP & Head - Culture & Capability, IDFC Bank
Dr. Ashis Sen, Head - Corporate L&D, Larsen and Toubro
Rajesh Lele, Head - e-HR Projects, Tata Motors
Hosted by Esther Martinez, Editor-in-Chief, People Matters

4:45pm – 5:15pm Keynote by Ashish Vidyarthi, National award winning Actor, Thinker, Speaker,
5:15pm – 5:35pm

Innovation Awards Announcements — Chad Gaydos, CRO, Skillsoft

5:35pm – 5:45pm

Wrap Up — Chad Gaydos, CRO, Skillsoft

5:45pm – 7:30pm Cocktails & Snacks

* Awaiting Confirmation | This agenda is subject to change

What people are saying

Steven Rath Morgan
Global Learning Process and Solutions, Xerox

I've attended Perspectives for at least the past four years in a row. And for the past two years, I've presented at Perspectives. And it's been a great opportunity to benchmark with other companies that are large and have complex learning needs like we do. But also, there's really great presenters here.

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Cathryn Callaghan
Director OD Operations, Talent & Organizational Development, HR, Telstra

I'll come away from this conference with a lot of learnings. And it's really around aspiration for what we ought to be able to achieve with our broader strategy for the company-- certainly around measurement. So I've got a new insight into what we should be measuring, in terms of our reach into our populations.

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Join us for 2017 India Perspectives!

Step into the Future of Learning and Talent