About our Podcast: THE EDGE

Welcome to the Skillsoft podcast, a platform designed to help leaders and learners alike unleash their edge! In this series, we'll feature a variety of guests, including some familiar faces from our Perspectives Ask a Speaker series, to engage in thought provoking conversations and open dialogue on the topic of learning and growth in the workplace.

What Does it Mean to ‘Belong’ at Work?

Su Joun, a diversity and inclusion scholar and practitioner, professor, and principal at Diversity@Workplace Consulting Group, joins us on this week’s episode of The Edge to discuss how we can create a sense of belonging for all in the workplace.

Canon's Kyosei: It's More Than Just Company Culture

When you hear the name 'Canon' your mind probably jumps to the digital imaging company, but the term "Kyosei" might not ring the same bell. Gerard Pieterse, Director People Development at Canon EMEA shares what Kyosei means to Canon's company culture through the incredible story of their Bike for Congo initiative

Transitioning to a New Reality for L&D

During these times of rapid change, comes the transition to a new reality, Michael Rochelle, Chief Strategy Officer and Principal HCM Analyst at Brandon Hall Group, shares insights on transformation in the learning and development field.

The Changing Face of the CLO

Charged with helping learners, employees and organizations reach their potential; the role of the Chief Learning officer is invaluable. In today’s episode of The Edge, host Michelle Boockoff-Bajdek welcomes Elisa Vincent, Vice President of Global Talent Enablement at Skillsoft as co-host. They are joined by Dr. Karen Wolf, Chief Learning Officer of ManTech International and Emma Engel, Chief Learning and Inclusion Officer of Unisys to discuss the continuously evolving role of the CLO during transformative times.

The Power of Collaboration When Designing Learning Experiences

Challenging the traditional model of working in silos, many companies are taking more collaborative approaches to product development. In this episode, host Michelle Boockoff-Bajdek introduces two guests Denise Accuradi, Global Manager of Virtual Learning at Manpower Group, and Potoula Chresomales, Senior Vice President of Product Management at Skillsoft, to discuss Skillsoft's design partner program that allows customers to contribute to the product roadmap.

Innovating the Art of Hands-On Training in a Virtual World

When you are a Risk Consultant Engineer and your job is to know the ins and outs of how and why an ignitable liquid fire starts and spreads, what happens when a hands-on training program suddenly needs to transition online? In the latest episode of The Edge, guest Joel Sklar, Senior Learning Designer at FM Global, joins host Michelle Boockoff-Bajdek to share how the global insurance company reimagined its training program for a fleet of risk-minded engineers.

Showing Up Virtually

In times of crisis, you can see a person’s true character in how they “show up” for the people who depend on them. This adage speaks volumes for full-service global event production company, PSAV. In this episode, host Michelle Boockoff-Bajdek and guest Derek Blake, Divisional Vice President, Global Learning & Development, for PSAV discuss how the company approached the recreating of shared, impactful experiences in a transformed world.

COVID-19 and the Growing Role of Human Capital Leaders

Amid a heath crisis and social unrest, the role of human capital leaders has greatly evolved in the past few months. With new added responsibility in a time of disruption, human capital leaders have been on the frontlines. In this episode of The Edge, host Michelle Boockoff Bajdek welcomes guest Josh Bersin, a thought leader focusing on the global talent market to discuss how HR leaders adapting to new roles and responsibilities.

The Comscore Success Story: Shifting an Organization’s Mindset to Enact Real Change

When organizations are confronted with difficult circumstances, survival and recovery are the end goals. In the face of adversity, Comscore seized the opportunity to enact a transformational culture shift. Joining host Michelle Boockoff-Bajdek is Beth Teixeira, Director of Learning at Comscore. She discusses a pivotal turning point for the organization along with a shift in Learning and Development during the pandemic.

Understanding Bias in Technology and Data

In today’s climate, we find ourselves relying on technology more than ever before across different facets of our lives. Although technology has the power to drive positive change, rarely do we consider the existence and consequences of discrimination in technology and data. In today’s special episode of The Edge, host Michelle Boockoff- Bajdek is joined by colleague Bethelly Jean-Louis, communications intern and senior at Emerson College, to delve into the topic of intersection between technology, bias, and culture with Dr. Ruha Benjamin, esteemed professor of African American studies at Princeton University and author of Race After Technology: Abolitionist Tools for the New Jim Code.

The Evolution of Leadership in the Digital Age

While many of us have settled into our remote work routines, this pandemic has proven to serve as a catalyst for organizations to examine the future of their organizations, as well as redefine the nature of leadership in this digital era. In this episode, host Michelle Boockoff-Bajdek welcomes Paul Michelman, Editor in Chief of MIT Sloan Management Review, to discuss the evolving nature of leadership and the future organizations face as they digitally mature.

Learning: The Key to Bringing Out the Best in People

In these unpredictable and challenging times, learning and talent development have emerged as priorities for many organizations. At Cox Enterprises, learning has always been a core business priority and is leveraged to unlock potential in employees. Today’s guest Kelly Moyle, senior HCM consultant at Cox Enterprises, joins host Michelle Boockoff-Bajdek to discuss the democratization of learning, Cox Enterprise’s guiding principles, and fostering a culture of learning.

Leveraging a Growth Mindset to Enable True Inclusion

You’ve likely heard of Special Olympics, but are you familiar with the life-changing impact this organization has on its athletes, coaches, volunteers, and employees? Today we are joined by a Special Olympics athlete and the nonprofit’s Chief of Organizational Excellence as they explore how Special Olympics has maintained connection, community, and competition in 200+ countries amid the pandemic. We also discuss the meaning of true inclusivity and how organizations must utilize a Growth Mindset when shaping and adapting culture to ensure that employees of all backgrounds can contribute in a meaningful way.

The Upskilling, Reskilling, and Futureproofing of a Global Workforce

At a time when organizations around the world faced disruption, jobs and projects were temporarily halted, and the shift to remote work occurred overnight, the Learning and Development team at CGI launched a companywide online learning program to reskill, upskill, and futureproof the skill set of its global workforce. In today’s episode of The Edge, host Michelle Boockoff-Bajdek welcomes Helen Sussex, the Director of Global Learning Design and Creation at CGI, to discuss the success of CGI Academia and the growing demand for skills training.


In this episode of The Edge, we will hear from Kari McClure, Director of Learning Experience, about American Airlines’ compliance regulation training – from pilot certification to dangerous goods handling training for check in agents and sanitation requirements for crew. At American Airlines every nuanced training, regulation and compliance read and sign is implicitly kept up to date, filed and available in real time as meticulous as pilots check lists.


As many of us find ourselves adjusted to our remote work reality, the question of what will work look next is at the forefront of our minds. In this episode of Unleash Your Edge, host Michelle Boockoff-Bajdek welcomes Ester Martinez, the CEO and Editor-In-Chief of People Matters, to discuss how this transformation has created irrevocable changes, and how we might approach work and our workplace, as we anticipate re-emerging.


In wake of reignited national conversation and actions, organizations have re-examined diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives. In the debut episode of Unleash Your Edge, host Michelle Boockoff-Bajdek sits down with La’Wana Harris, a Certified Diversity Executive and ICF Credentialed Coach, to explore diversity and inclusion in the workplace, and how organizations of all sizes can start on the journey towards inclusive leadership.


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