A Talk with the Next Generation of Leaders

About This Episode

A Talk with the Next Generation of Leaders

Today’s college graduates represent the first generation of young professionals entering into the workforce during a global pandemic. With a challenging economy and uncertain job market that presents twists and turns for these graduates, resiliency is key. Host Michelle Boockoff-Bajdek is joined by a group of Skillsoft interns on this week’s episode to discuss finding strength in what you learn from others and succeeding in a virtual workplace.

About Our Guest

Bethelly Jean-Louis

Bethelly Jean-Louis is a senior Communication Studies major with a double minor in Marketing Communications and Public Relations at Emerson College. She is originally from South Jersey. She serves as the Vice President of Emerson’s chapter of the Public Relations Society of America. At Skillsoft, she is a Communications Intern. She spearheads The Edge podcast, booking guests and managing much of the logistics of getting each episode from conceptualization to publication.

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Amanda Papavasiliou

Amanda Papavasiliou is a senior at Stonehill College where she studies Communication with a double minor in Entrepreneurship and Business with a focus in Marketing. She is a Boston native. At Skillsoft, she is a Digital Marketing Intern and works on the Tech and Dev Diamond Team and helped implement a chatbot, named Skillz.

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Samantha Searles

Samantha Searles is a senior at Suffolk University majoring in Journalism with a Broadcast Concentration. Samantha is also a professional actress. She lives in New Hampshire. At Skillsoft, she is newest Communications Intern. She is on the Compliance Diamond Team, manages PR measurement, maintains the website, and drafts copy for The Edge’s website and will eventually take on more work on the podcast.

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Gianna Wilson

Gianna Wilson is a senior at Simmons University studying PR/Marketing and English Literature. She is a New Hampshire native. Gianna is also a Communications Intern at Skillsoft, where her projects include data analysis of various survey results, drafting press releases, participating in the SumTotal Diamond Team, and taking over the employee advocacy social media program.

About Our Host

Michelle Boockoff-Bajdek

As Chief Marketing Officer, Michelle leads a global marketing organization, focused on transforming today’s workforce for tomorrow’s economy. Since joining the company, she has been responsible for Skillsoft’s global marketing strategy, which includes generating awareness, driving preference, and building affinity for Skillsoft. Additionally – and perhaps most importantly – Michelle serves as the company's brand evangelist, helping to build a vibrant community of passionate learners.

With more than 25 years of marketing, branding, and strategy experience, Michelle has made it her personal mission to support the advancement of women in business. Prior to Skillsoft, she served as Chief Marketing Officer of IBM Watson, where she was instrumental in developing the first “Women Leaders in AI” program, which honors women who put AI to work across industries and around the globe. She also served as the global head of marketing for The Weather Company, an IBM Business, helping companies understand how to anticipate, plan for, and ultimately make better decisions – with greater confidence – in the face of weather.

Michelle is a prolific speaker on a range of topics, including the war for talent, digital transformation, and marketing in a post-pandemic world. She covers these topics and more as the host of Skillsoft's podcast, The Edge, now in its second season. She has authored countless papers covering a range of business and marketing topics, was at the center of Skillsoft’s leadership role in DEI through free “Leadercamps,” and has taught two Percipio courses on the Pink Pandemic and Public Speaking.

Michelle is also a founding member of CMO Huddles, a group dedicated to bringing together and empowering highly effective B2B CMOs to share, care, and dare each other to greatness. Michelle holds a Master’s degree from Simmons University and sits on the pro side of the Oxford comma debate.