Developing Tomorrow’s Leaders Today: The Role of Coaching and Mentoring

About This Episode

Developing Tomorrow’s Leaders Today: The Role of Coaching and Mentoring

How do we develop tomorrow’s leaders today? At Skillsoft, we recognize the critical function mentorship and coaching will play in the future of leadership development for the rising leader to the C-Suite. And so, to celebrate National Mentoring Day on October 27th, we’re having conversations with two leaders who are expert mentors and coaches – Caroline Taylor, former CMO for IBM’s Global Markets, and Beth Egan, an Executive Coach and Masterclass Speaker. They break down the difference between being a mentor and being a coach, when it’s best to implement each, and the benefits that mentorship and coaching brings for both the recipients and providers.

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Part 1

Guest: Caroline Taylor

Part 2

Guest: Beth Egan

About Our Guest

Caroline Taylor

Caroline Taylor is an experienced international marketing leader and change agent. After an early career in Fine Wine Retail, she has spent more than 30 years in the technology sector, most recently as Chief Marketing Officer for IBM’s Global Markets, gaining deep experience of transforming organisations and developing teams across the globe.

Caroline is a passionate advocate for diversity and inclusion; as an executive sponsor for Gender inclusion, a proud LGBT+ Ally, and an active coach and mentor.

Caroline is a director and trustee of Oasis Charitable Trust, a community and inclusion focused charity, and was previously chair of the board of trustees of Stop the Traffik, a charity which is pioneering intelligence-led prevention of human trafficking. Caroline also has a long standing personal and professional interest in sustainability issues, and in 2009 led IBM’s founding partnership with Start, HRH the Prince of Wales’ sustainability initiative.

In the January 2017 New Year Honours Caroline was appointed as an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE), for services to Marketing, Diversity and Prevention of Human Trafficking.

Caroline is a Fellow of The Marketing Society, a Marketing Week Top 100 Most Effective Marketing Leader, and a frequent keynote speaker and commentator on a wide range of interests across marketing, diversity and inclusion, and leadership.

Caroline retired from IBM in April 2020 and is currently enjoying a sabbatical before starting her next adventure.

About Our Guest

Beth Egan

Known as The Growth Mindset Coach for Executives, Beth brings thirty-five years of strategic and operational business experience to executive coaching. She is passionate about helping clients reframe thoughts and shift mindsets to accelerate their leadership potential, create innovative solutions and lead with confidence.

Ms. Egan’s business experience includes building flagship brands, managing P&L responsibility, and developing capabilities with industry leading Fortune 100 companies. She integrates her business acumen, an MBA, and Professional Certified Coach (PCC) credentials to advance leadership development with Director, VP, and C-Suite executives. Ms. Egan has strong expertise in Executive Leadership Development, Coaching for Emotional Intelligence, and Advancing Female Talent.

Prior to becoming an Executive Coach, Ms. Egan served in various leadership roles at The Coca- Cola Company for 21 years. She was an advisor to the Global Transformation Leaders Forum for the Office of the CEO, inspiring large-scale adoption of behavior change initiatives including Agile Methodology, Organizational Growth Mindset, and TED Talks for Business. She has also built Marketing and Commercial capability, led planning and execution cycles, developed brand strategies, and created innovation pipelines. Beth volunteers her time to coach first generation/immigrant college students on culture and transition.

Coaching and leadership development engagements include Starbucks, Uber, Adobe, UPS, The Home Depot, The Coca-Cola Co., Raymond James Financial, Somos, EY, Capital One, Walmart, Nestle, Cox Enterprises, Merck, Atrium, Eaton, LabCorp and Adecco for leaders across the Americas, Europe, Asia, and Africa.

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.