What success looks like

COMMITTED

TO OUR COLLECTIVE

PURPOSE

Team members continually push towards achieving our collective purpose. They recognize that their individual efforts must fundamentally connect throughout the organization to achieve a greater impact. They are adept at working cross functionally and acknowledge the contributions of others.

ENTREPRENEURIALWITH A

LEARNER’S MINDSET

Team members are always questioning how it can be done better – “that’s the way it has always been done” is never the right answer. They are passionate, resourceful and resilient to setbacks. They believe in positively transforming people’s lives and careers through continuous learning. They inspire others to grow outside of their comfort zone.

AUTHENTIC &

CUSTOMER

CENTRIC

Team members never compromise integrity to achieve results. They support the customer and each other, and are constantly mindful of creating a positive customer experience both internally and externally.

ADAPTABLE & AGILE

Team members are innovative, creative and intellectually curious. They incorporate different perspectives into their thinking. They respond quickly and positively to changing demands while remaining keenly focused on how people learn and the learner experience.

 

CONFIDENT &

AUDACIOUS

ACHIEVERS

Team members hold themselves accountable. They take a data driven approach to determining achievement effectiveness. They are never satisfied with the notion of “It’s good enough.”

Spotlights

Chris Wilson
Customer Sales Director
Chris Wilson
Chris Wilson
Customer Sales Director

Remote – (US)
Start date: May 6, 2002

Why does your work at Skillsoft matter?

I’ve always had a passion for learning and it’s great to be able to work in an environment where I can help people achieve personal and career goals through Skillsoft learning resources.  Today, I have the privilege of working with Hire our Heroes to help over 100,000 veterans achieve industry certification and gain the necessary skills needed to have successful careers in the civilian workforce.  Hearing the success stories about how this program has changed veteran lives is incredibly satisfying and a constant reminder of why my work matters.

What about the culture at Skillsoft has allowed you to shine?

Everyone I work with at Skillsoft shares the same passion I have for driving customer success.  When you are surrounded by people with passion and determination, the sky is the limit.

What is a skill, talent or hobby you have that most people don’t know about?

I perform a lot of volunteer work and am a past-King Lion of my local Lions Club.

What is your personal motto?

Never stop learning because life never stops teaching.

Kathryn Norris
Sr Manager, Demand Generation
Kathryn Norris
Kathryn Norris
Sr Manager, Demand Generation

Nashua, NH
Start date: February 13, 2012

Why does your work at Skillsoft matter?

I believe that you choose to work at Skillsoft because you have a passion for learning. My work matters because I have the privilege of sharing the positive outcomes that technology has on the work that people do. Skillsoft’s learning not only supports the mission of impacting the bottom lines of our customers, it provides individuals with the opportunity to grow and excel both professionally and personally. How incredible is that???

What about the culture at Skillsoft has allowed you to shine?

My mentors at Skillsoft have provided incredible opportunities for me to pivot my career from sales to marketing, and then again with the flexibility to participate in a job share while my son was young. I’ve since returned to working full time and now have the opportunity to support other members within the Marketing department. In addition to thoughtful leadership, we embrace a culture of learning within our department. Marketing technologies are changing rapidly and we are able to be agile because of the clear communication and trust among team members. Y’all, I work with some of the most talented marketing professionals in the business!

What is a skill, talent or hobby you have that most people don’t know about?

Oh jeez, I’m a listener by nature and I have a passion for knowing peoples’ stories. I have a superpower to retain minute details about the people that I meet. I’ll remember that your daughters are into cheerleading, you really want a Wheaton Terrier, that your sister works in retail, or that your twins created custom books in their summer art class, but ask me what I had for dinner last night?!? I love to try new things, but I always make time for family, friends, yoga, painting, and travel. Most people don’t know that I’m a police wife, a hockey mom and that I can tap dance. As the grandchild of a small business owner, I pride myself on shopping local, but secretly, I’ve been visiting my favorite department store in every city that I visit…I have 31 locations left to go…and yes, they are a Skillsoft customer so it supports the business!

What is your personal motto?

No one can know everything, so have the confidence and wisdom to ask questions and don’t be afraid to try. One of my favorite quotes is ‘Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become’- Steve Jobs

Bridie Cosgrave
Manager, Human Resources
Bridie Cosgrave
Bridie Cosgrave
Manager, Human Resources

Dublin Ireland
Start date: January 6, 2003

Why does your work at Skillsoft matter?

My work at Skillsoft matters because I am at every touch-point of the employee life cycle; from recruiting to on-boarding, to development to off-boarding.

What about the culture at Skillsoft has allowed you to shine?

The flexibility and the latitude that is afforded to me in my role allows me to get involved with other parts of the business; which in turn enables me to work with people in different areas of the business.  The autonomy I have been afforded over the years is highly motivating and enables me to do my job and support the various initiatives/projects and people we work with on a daily basis.

What is a skill, talent or hobby you have that most people don’t know about?

Hill walking is my favorite hobby and I am also a supporter and season ticket holder of Leinster Rugby.

What is your personal motto? 

Very much ‘People Centric’ focused……to act in a human way and from a work perspective to ensure people are fulfilled at work so that work life doesn’t impede on personal life.

William Nguidjoi
Financial Analyst
William Nguidjoi
William Nguidjoi
Financial Analyst

Nashua, NH
Start date: June 14, 2017

Why does your work at Skillsoft matter?

Working in FP&A, I support all of the Content groups. This has allowed me to achieve a better understanding of what we provide as part of our solutions and the impact our content can have. Our Active Shooter course is one of those examples, providing basic education and training on an active shooter situation at no cost. I also support many of the Shared Services group. Their processes are generally less glamourous in nature, but essential nonetheless.

What about the culture at Skillsoft has allowed you to shine?

Everyone is working towards the success of the organization. Collaboration is happening in every corner that you look. I’ve met some very talented people along the way, all of whom are willing to share their know-how.

What is a skill, talent or hobby you have that most people don’t know about?

Not really a talent, but I really enjoy spending time with my wife and kids. My wife Danielle and I have two wonderful kids. There’s Emma, our two and a half year old (going on 20) daughter, and Elijah, our six month old son. There’s no greater satisfaction than watching them learn and grow every day.

What is your personal motto?

Do what you love, love what you do. It’s simple, yet very effective when putting things into perspective.

Abishek Wadhwa
Senior Director and Chief Architect
Abishek Wadhwa
Abishek Wadhwa
Senior Director and Chief Architect

Boston, MA
Start date: August 24, 2016

Why does your work at Skillsoft matter?

Skillsoft, first through Skillport and now through its revolutionary open platform Percipio has enabled organizations to train their workforce with the skillset they need to succeed in their careers and gain a competitive advantage. With Percipio, this mission is further reinforced by developing an easy to use platform that focuses on personalization and learning in the flow of work i.e. there really is no excuse nor any demographic that cannot learn what they need to succeed in their goals! To be part of this journey that helps millions learn the skills they need to support their families, is an honor I am lucky to have.

What about the culture at Skillsoft has allowed you to shine?

Skillsoft has a culture of open and honest communication. It favors autonomy (over hierarchy) and free flow of ideas – a good idea can come from anywhere and anyone in the company. This empowers people to think out of the box, share their ideas and experiences freely and help innovate rapidly. I believe this culture of openness and our Teams’ willingness to consider diverse ideas and blend them into a great solution has been the greatest enabler for me.

What is a skill, talent or hobby you have that most people don’t know about?

Swimming has been my passion from early childhood. My dad taught me how to swim at the age of four. I swam competitively on my high school team (it is important to note – we did not win much…). But the sport instilled in me the value of hard work, a sense of team spirit and leveraging each other’s strengths to get the best result.

What is your personal motto?

My personal motto in life was adopted from my junior college motto – “I will and I can”. It reflects the philosophy that you commit yourself fully to a mission you believe in, and then find a way to make it successful. In a way, you take a leap of faith with trust on your abilities and confidence in your team that together you can achieve any goal.

Nirmala Gopalakrishnan
Manager
Nirmala Gopalakrishnan
Nirmala Gopalakrishnan
Manager

Remote – (India)
Start date: July 3, 2017

Why does your work at Skillsoft matter?

My work at Skillsoft matters, as we work closely with clients to ensure that they are receiving value for the investment that they have made with Skillsoft.  We partner with our various clients and function as an extended arm of the customer’s L&D organization. Understanding clients’ L&D needs and working with them to ensure that our content is effectively used is a great experience! We have world class content!

What about the culture at Skillsoft has allowed you to shine?

Culture at Skillsoft is exciting and dynamic. We have great opportunities to learn and collaborate with a diverse workforce. Working with multicultural and diverse teams ensures we have fresh ideas and perspectives which maximizes our potential for success

What is a skill, talent or hobby you have that most people don’t know about?

Relentless passion for learning has always helped me perform various roles

What is your personal motto?

Hard work never killed anyone!

Srinivasa Prasad Vedantham
Manager, Development
Srinivasa Prasad Vedantham
Srinivasa Prasad Vedantham
Manager, Development

Hyderabad, India
Start date: January 25, 2006

Why does your work at Skillsoft matter?

We have a great product company. During the tenure of 12 years so far, I have had the opportunity to work in different product/project areas, such as, LMS, LCMS, Section 508c Compliance, Reporting tools, and now Mobile; both on customer cases and the release work as well. Knowledge gained is certainly an achievement to me in terms of products that gave me a deep dive into the architecture/design aspects and contribute to various features with proper analysis/POCs in the direction of our product road map. Having the knowledge of one area has enabled me seamless implementation of features and enhancements to the other product pillars with greater ease. Imparting this knowledge to the budding stars in the company is my passion and encouraging to myself.

What about the culture at Skillsoft has allowed you to shine?

Culture of any organization is made up of the values, beliefs, attitudes, teamwork, and behaviors that employees share and use on a daily basis in their work. It is an essential driver of decisions, actions, and ultimately the overall performance of the organization. We have a very positive mark for all the attributes cited, where every employee makes all the effort to stick to and exhibit these in a timely manner that makes our organization a great place to work and contribute to employee satisfaction as well.

Apart from the professional work and goals, the company cares for employee engagement by various programs such as, fitness/health, family event SYNERGY, CSR events that one can attach him/herself emotionally during the events for the cause, team outings giving a day break to relax and freak out, have a say in the team meetings to enhance the quality of employee satisfaction, greetings and monetary benefits on personal days and work anniversaries, etc.

What is a skill, talent or hobby you have that most people don’t know about?

Mentor a person to grow in his/her goal

What is your personal motto?

Reach the pinnacle in my spiritual goal

David Shea
Customer Success Manager
David Shea
David Shea
Customer Success Manager

Remote – (US)
Start date: December 1, 2009

Why does your work at Skillsoft matter? 

Numerous customers depend on my knowledge, commitment, and follow through to help them be successful in using our applications and content.

What about the culture at Skillsoft has allowed you to shine? 

Respect from my peers and management.  Continuous training and guidance to help manage through change.

What is a skill, talent or hobby you have that most people don’t know about? 

Photography.  I have a keen eye to capture great pictures.

What is your personal motto?

Be sincere and honest

Paula Moon
CSD, Inside Sales New Business
Paula Moon
Paula Moon
CSD, Inside Sales New Business

Fredericton, NB Canada
Start date: November 30, 2015

Why does your work at Skillsoft matter?

Working for Skillsoft has provided me with a very unique and exciting opportunity. It allows me to work with organizations from all over the United States and help them build beautiful cultures of learning. Many organizations turn to Skillsoft because they are faced with some sort of challenge in business critical areas. Often times these challenges can be addressed quite easily through proper training… which is where my role steps in. Through Skillsoft, I have access to the largest online training library in the world and through my mentorship program which was part of my onboarding process, I have developed a keen understanding of how adults learn and what types of challenges modern learners are faced with in the workforce. This dynamic combination of resources and knowledge allows me to tailor highly effective and targeted training programs specifically designed to engage busy professionals, drill into their training needs, develop their strengths and diminish their weaknesses. Skillsoft’s award winning training programs have been proven to close skill gaps, build confidence, increase productivity, save time, resources and money and in turn provide measurable improvements across the organizations we partner with. I find this very rewarding and I am extremely proud of the work I do.

What about the culture at Skillsoft has allowed you to shine?

At Skillsoft, I’m really fortunate to work with an amazing group of people. Particularly in my Fredericton office, I have received a tremendous amount of support from my Leadership team and direct colleagues. The team here is a first class group of highly competent professionals and we all truly care about each other’s success. This can be a very challenging quality for a sales team of highly competitive people to have at all… however somehow, we seem to have it mastered. The team is always willing to lend a hand and offer the help and encouragement we need to go above and beyond our customers’ expectations… and I believe this has attributed to my success. I am also a very competitive individual and working with such highly capable sales professionals drives me to fine tune every aspect of my role and push to exceed each goal I set, so that I can shine on the leader board. In addition to that, the fantastic incentive programs Skillsoft offers drives me to work my absolute hardest because I know it will pay off! This year I actually won an all-expense paid trip to Punta Cana for my husband and I due to my results from last year!! Skillsoft does not hesitate to reward their employees for a job well done. Between the work I do, the people I work with and the rewards I reap for my efforts, I absolutely love my job here at Skillsoft.

What is a skill, talent or hobby you have that most people don’t know about?

I graduated from the Canadian College of Performing Arts with a focus in Musical Theatre and Voice. I have been singing, playing guitar and writing music since I was a little girl. My favorite song to sing is Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen.

What is your personal motto?

I have a few… but here are a couple of my favorites:

“Stay Humble, Work hard, Be Kind”

“Don’t stop when you’re tired, stop when you’re done.”

Ashwini Challagulla
Software Engineer II
Ashwini Challagulla
Ashwini Challagulla
Software Engineer II

Gainesville, FL
Start date: March 22, 2017

Why does your work at Skillsoft matter?

My work at Skillsoft matters because it enables me to address customer issues in a timely manner and improve customer satisfaction with talent suite.

What about the culture at Skillsoft has allowed you to shine?

Culture at Skillsoft has given me freedom to express new ideas and implement techniques which improve the end-product.

What is a skill, talent or hobby you have that most people don’t know about?

My skill is in understanding and troubleshooting customer issue, my hobby – gardening

What is your personal motto?

My personal motto is – Never give up , do your best.

Vitor Gonzales
Technical Support Rep
Vitor Gonzales
Vitor Gonzales
Technical Support Rep

Fredericton, NB Canada
Start date: July 11, 2016

Why does your work at Skillsoft matter?

Life is constant learning. I feel happy to be part of an organization that helps people to grow in knowledge. Assisting people to achieve their personal and professional goals also makes me able to raise my bar and take an extra step towards my own improvement.

What about the culture at Skillsoft has allowed you to shine?

I remember that when I joined Skillsoft, their biggest and first concern was my personal and professional happiness. When we are happy we can perform better. My team always provides me the necessary assistance and feedback for me to excel in my tasks. Skillsoft gives me opportunities to show my best.

What is a skill, talent or hobby you have that most people don’t know about?

With a passion for music, I acquired an interest in playing the bass guitar in my free time. I also enjoy sci-fi movies and outdoor activities, as hiking and kayaking, and looking forward to participate in the next hot air balloon festival in town.

What is your personal motto?

That which we persist in doing becomes easy to do, not that the nature of the thing has changed, but our power to do has increased.