Competency is the New Currency

About This Episode

Competency is the New Currency

As organizations seek to build the workforces of tomorrow, they recognize now more than ever, that they must first address the growing skills crisis of today. Because in the modern workforce, competency is the new currency, and those who fail to evangelize a culture of learning will ultimately fall behind. And for those in tech, keeping up with the rate and pace of change is relentless. The average life of a tech skill today is less than 5 years, and so, continuous upskilling through training and certification is mission-critical for every IT professional. We explore this further with Jane Pitt, a Training Program Manager at Microsoft, who is at the heart of helping organizations develop their IT talent and delivering greater value to people and the businesses they serve.

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About Our Guest

Jane Pitt

Jane Pitt began her career as a script writer for a television production company, but her love of technology and problem-solving drove her to change career path. She established and built an IT support company for small businesses which she ran for five years, before selling the company in 2005 and moving into enterprise IT.

Jane held a number of Engineering and Architecture roles prior to joining Microsoft in 2016 where she now works as a Business Program Manager in the World Wide Learning organisation, helping customers future-proof the skills of their workforce.

Alongside technology at Microsoft, Jane’s passion is promoting gender diversity. She regularly speaks at STEM events and has established a community, TechHer, to bring together women working in technology to educate and inspire each other.

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.

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