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

Jen Hillery
Senior Product Manager
Jen Hillery
Jen Hillery
Senior Product Manager

Norwood, MA
Start date: November 8, 1999

Why does your work at Skillsoft matter?
As a Product Manager at Skillsoft, I’m part of a team that constantly strives to build more powerful yet intuitive platforms coupled with best-in-class content. Our solutions enable people to acquire new skills, to work faster and smarter, and to grow in their careers.

What about the culture at Skillsoft has allowed you to shine?
I am fortunate to have amazing co-workers. Skillsoft is filled with smart, kind, funny people who like to get things done. I really do my best when we are working together and I enjoy the camaraderie of being part of such a talented team.

What is a skill, talent or hobby you have that most people don’t know about?
I’m a DIYer. I think the whole process is fun, from dreaming up a project (and agonizing over the details!) to swinging a hammer and putting on the last coat of paint. When I was a kid, I wanted to be a host on This Old House and now I live in an 1850s New England farmhouse with my family. We never run out of projects!

What is your personal motto?
Today is a new day. I like to start each day with a clean slate, both in my work life and home life.

Tom Francoeur
Director of Public and Analyst Relations
Tom Francoeur
Tom Francoeur
Director of Public and Analyst Relations

Boston, MA
Start date: March 12, 2018

Why does your work at Skillsoft matter?
I’m so lucky to the do the work that I do in that it matters to me and has an impact on Skillsoft in building visibility for our company and our products through the relationships we build with media and analyst influencers.

What about the culture at Skillsoft has allowed you to shine?
I’ve worked in a number of company environments and Skillsoft is one of the “flattest” organizations I’ve ever worked for. By that I mean that good ideas and good work are valued and accepted no matter what level you are. It’s not about your title as manager, director, or VP. It’s really about what you can bring to the table and I feel that appreciation from my co-workers, managers and everyone I work with.

What is a skill, talent or hobby you have that most people don’t know about?
I love reading novels and I’ve always wanted to be a novelist, so I write fiction in those rare moments when I can carve out some free time.

What is your personal motto?
I think my personal motto would be “Ganbatte!” Ganbatte is a Japanese word that doesn’t have a direct translation in English but can mean a range of things such as “Do your best!” and “Persevere!” I lived in Japan for a few years and found this phrase captured my feelings about work and life in general. Do your best for yourself and your team and you know you’ve done all you can to be successful. That’s all anyone can ask of you.

Narasimha Rao TSNV
Senior Software Architect
Narasimha Rao TSNV
Narasimha Rao TSNV
Senior Software Architect

Hyderabad, India
Start date: August 8, 2005

Why does your work at Skillsoft matter?
We are a great product company. During my 13-year tenure, I have had the opportunity to work in different product/project areas, such as, Performance across multiple products, LMS, Reporting tools, and Mobile.  I have worked on customer cases and the release work as well.  The knowledge I 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 would be 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. At our company, 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 contributes to Employee Satisfaction. Apart from the professional work and goals, the company cares for employee engagement by various programs such as, family event SYNERGY, fitness/health, Monthly Theme parties, Monthly Celebrations, CSR events that one can attach him/herself emotionally during the events for the cause, team outings giving a day break to relax, have a say in the team meetings to enhance the quality of employee satisfaction, greetings on birthdays 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?
Sharing knowledge like Teaching

 

Brad Shingaki
Customer Sales Director, Inside Sales New Business
Brad Shingaki
Brad Shingaki
Customer Sales Director, Inside Sales New Business

Scottsdale, AZ
Start date: June 6, 2016

Why does your work at Skillsoft matter?
I believe that training and development is a key component to realizing individual success. My job here at Skillsoft helps me assist companies with doing just that.

What about the culture at Skillsoft has allowed you to shine?
The open channels of communication between myself, Manager, and VP helps promote a collaborative environment. The work-life balance is very helpful as well.

What is a skill, talent or hobby you have that most people don’t know about?
I like to do a little bit of gardening. Right now, I have kale, green onions, and different herbs growing in the back of my house.

What is your personal motto?
Consistency is key

Cecilia Ho
Senior Manager Marketing Communication
Cecilia Ho
Cecilia Ho
Senior Manager Marketing Communication

Australia Remote
Start date: February 1, 2010

Why does your work at Skillsoft matter?
My work matters because I am able to create content and transform it into a story, an image or bring it to live as an event, creating a tangible experience. To be able to create a compelling yet relatable experience across the region, understanding cultural nuances and different business practices. It all comes down to bringing the best experience to the customer internal and external. Being at the front line of the business, it is key to creating first and lasting impressions.

What about the culture at Skillsoft has allowed you to shine?
The people, the talent and the leadership. I interact with many different functions in the business regionally and globally and I am constantly amazed by the talent we have and how everyone is supportive and collaborative. The business is always evolving which provides many opportunities and new areas of growth professional. There is no limit to how much you grow because there is always room for further growth.

What is a skill, talent or hobby you have that most people don’t know about?
I cross stitch, started when I was in primary school as a project and continued since, less these days, but I still love how a piece comes together stitch by stitch. While many know I am a foodie, I also cook and bake to relief stress. I was also a competitive swimmer up to my secondary school days.

What is your personal motto?
Be bold, be brave, be kind (I try)

Deborah Chanderbali
Senior Project Manager
Deborah Chanderbali
Deborah Chanderbali
Senior Project Manager

Gainesville, FL
Start date: January 19, 2015

Why does your work at Skillsoft matter?
I am part of a team that works to ensure our clients achieve their goals. I not only help our clients to resolve challenges/issues, but also learn from them as well. When our clients are successful it means that I am doing my job well which is both rewarding and motivating. Additionally, I look forward to working with our internal partners to identify and develop processes that can better support us as an organization and help improve our service.

What about the culture at Skillsoft has allowed you to shine?
The supportive and collaborative culture at Skillsoft inspires me to always do my best. I learn daily from an amazing group of passionate, driven and talented coworkers, which in turn affords me the ability to shine in my role. Working collectively with such a talented group of talented, driven and passionate coworkers fills me with a sense of accomplishment and encourages me to grow and develop professionally and personally. I am happy to be part of a culture that is both nurturing and motivating.

What is a skill, talent or hobby you have that most people don’t know about?
I enjoy hiking and camping and am a hobbyist photographer, mainly nature and wildlife. Photography helps me to see the world from a different perspective and to appreciate the beauty that surrounds us. My dream is to travel and photograph as much of the world as I am able to.

What is your personal motto?
Always put your best effort forward in whatever you do, even if it’s the smallest of action.

Debbie Harn
Team Lead, Implementation Consultant
Debbie Harn
Debbie Harn
Team Lead, Implementation Consultant

Fredericton, Canada
Start date: July 23, 2012

Why does your work at Skillsoft matter?
As a member of the Implementation Consultant team, I like to say that we make eLearning dreams come true. Our team guides clients through the journey from implementation kick-off to launch, in which the client’s vision for their learning program is translated into reality using Skillsoft digital technology. Seeing new learning resources become available to an organization’s employees is incredibly rewarding.

What about the culture at Skillsoft has allowed you to shine?
There is infinite room at Skillsoft to innovate, learn, and grow. I have the opportunity to collaborate with exceptionally talented people on my team and throughout the organization on a daily basis, which challenges me to expand my own skillset.

What is a skill, talent or hobby you have that most people don’t know about?
For the past couple of years, I have been involved in competitive Irish dance.

What is your personal motto?
“If you’re not having fun, you’re doing something wrong.” – Groucho Marx

Anil Ala
Senior Software Engineer
Anil Ala
Anil Ala
Senior Software Engineer

Hyderabad, India
Start date: January 20, 2017

Why does your work at Skillsoft matter?
I am working as Senior software engineer for Percipio engineering. The plethora of learning and growth opportunities with lot of development resources makes me always excited and highly motivated to work for Skillsoft. Skillsoft being leader in the e-learning industry and my contribution towards Percipio helping engineers of other companies to up skill in different aspects of professional development. People and culture another aspect which makes me always come to work with smile on my face and I always think “Thank God It’s Monday” after every weekend.

What about the culture at Skillsoft has allowed you to shine?
Culture is another successful ingredient of the Skillsoft company. Skillsoft culture always encourages and provides opportunities for every employee. Open desk policy of Skillsoft culture helps employees to share their ideas, feedback etc. towards any level of company hierarchy. Some of my positive experiences include recognition of employees’ hard work, work towards employee growth, feedback provided, frequent team lunches and treating employees like family.

What is a skill, talent or hobby you have that most people don’t know about?
Most of the people don’t know that I am a Painter. I would love to paint during my leisure time. Hope I will become expert one day and I will have painting exhibition.

What is your personal motto?
My life motto is ‘Do my best, so that I can’t blame myself for anything.’ And I will try to attempt the impossible in order to improve my work.

Michael Mosgove
Director SMB Solutions Architects
Michael Mosgove
Michael Mosgove
Director SMB Solutions Architects

Remote US
Start date: December 1, 2014

Why does your work at Skillsoft matter?
I am definitely an HR nerd. Working with and serving people to empower them and improve their lives, I believe, is at the core of human capital management. Skillsoft is doing exactly that using technology (hence the perfect place for an HR nerd). With skill enabling content, and the amazing scope and scale of the SumTotal platform, I get to work with clients to show how technology can improve the work experience and lives of their people.

What about the culture at Skillsoft has allowed you to shine?
Skillsoft empowers me to take ownership of my career and development. As a Solution Architect, I am encouraged to specialize in the areas that most interest me and develop and build my “brand” as an HR and Technology specialist. We are also given the opportunity to collaborate with our managers in our monthly review process to discuss items like this and to receive guidance in a coaching and mentoring fashion.

What is a skill, talent or hobby you have that most people don’t know about?
Outside of work, I volunteer as the alumni adviser for my fraternity’s (Theta Xi) chapter at Georgia Tech, my alma mater. Aside from attending their meetings and providing guidance, I love serving in this way as it provides an outlet to mentor and invest in men who are in my shoes 10 years ago.

What is your personal motto?
The quote from Charles Dickens, “No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another,” is something I absolutely try to live by. The ability to be of service to others is what interested me in the field of HR to begin with in school, and now to get to do that as a profession for Skillsoft’s and SumTotal’s customers, as well as for our sales teams, makes work rewarding.

Jennifer Stephens
Senior Partner Success Consultant
Jennifer Stephens
Jennifer Stephens
Senior Partner Success Consultant

Remote US
Start date: September 12, 2016

Why does your work at Skillsoft matter?
Education has always been my passion. I graduated with an education degree; and being able to put that knowledge to use helping others learn and grow has been incredibly rewarding. Learning is the proverbial “pebble in the water” and causes a ripple effect of positivity throughout an entire organization. Educated employees are more engaged, have higher job satisfaction and are happier overall. Happy employees provide better service to customers and happy customers mean businesses grow. When it comes down to it – learning improves peoples’ professional and personal lives. I’m so blessed to be a part of making such a positive impact every day!

What about the culture at Skillsoft has allowed you to shine?
Having started with Skillsoft in my 20’s (1999-2012, I feel like I grew up at this company and have had the opportunity to learn from the very best. The people here are brilliant; talented, innovative, enthusiastic and collaborative. I have never once been turned away when asking for help. Whether reaching out to an individual contributor or a C-level executive, I always get a response. The collaboration and willingness to help others makes us ALL shine, and it enables me to provide above and beyond support and service every day. Our customers and partners are getting the benefit of the collective brilliance of the entire Skillsoft team, who are without a doubt the best and brightest minds in the industry!

What is a skill, talent or hobby you have that most people don’t know about?
I’m a bee keeper. Don’t ask me about bees unless you are ready to be held hostage for hours, because once I get started talking about them – I won’t stop! They are amazing creatures in the way they collaborate, communicate, survive and thrive

What is your personal motto?
She believed she could, so she did.

Natalie Emmett
Office Manager
Natalie Emmett
Natalie Emmett
Office Manager

Camberley, UK
Start date: August 3, 2015

Why does your work at Skillsoft matter?
I am the UK Office Manager providing support to all staff members, visitors from other offices and customers.

What about the culture at Skillsoft has allowed you to shine?
In work, I have a very supportive manager and colleagues. However, the true values of how far this extends occurred last year when I had a seizure and the measures that everybody went to support me during my recovery makes me realize what a great second family I am part of.

What is a skill, talent or hobby you have that most people don’t know about?
I am an accomplished cake-maker for all occasions.

What is your personal motto?
To be there for friends, family and colleagues.