Five Predictions for 2021 from Skillsoft Leaders

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Five Predictions for 2021 from Skillsoft Leaders

It’s no question, 2020 was a tough year. The global pandemic caused a complete shift in our day-to-day lives, forcing us to question norms and rethink the ways we used to do things. The past year has taught us that it’s important to look for the silver linings and build upon them. As we look ahead to 2021, we want to build upon those silver linings – in this special five-part series, we bring together five Skillsoft leaders to share their predictions for 2021. Curious how DEI, digital dexterity, compliance and safety, the “Internet of Careers,” and agile will play a role in the year to come? You’ll have to listen to find out.

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Listen to VP of Global Talent Enablement, Elisa Vincent, join Michelle Boockoff-Bajdek as a co-host on The Edge episode, “The Changing Face of CLO,” where 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 views expressed by guests are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of Skillsoft.

About Our Guest

Elisa Vincent

Elisa Vincent is Vice President of Global Talent Enablement at Skillsoft where she leads strategic initiatives to foster the individual and collective success of the organization. She has 20+ years of experience leading and transforming human capital management, learning and development, talent management, organizational design, and diversity and inclusion across global enterprises.

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Mike Hendrickson

Mike Hendrickson is Vice President of Technology and Development products at Skillsoft. Prior to Skillsoft, Mike spent 15 years at O’Reilly Media, Inc., where he most recently was the VP of content strategy. Mike is a technology strategist with extensive experience establishing, building and maximizing relationships with industry leaders, companies, and partners.

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Norm Ford

Norm Ford is VP of Compliance Products at Skillsoft. Mr. Ford has over 30 years’ experience in Conduct of Operations, Nuclear Operations, Training Drills, Qualification, Certification, Training Procedure and Technical Training issues while serving organizations including Lockheed Martin, the US Department of Energy, and the US Department of Defense.

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Apratim (AP) Purakayastha

Apratim Purakayastha is Chief Technology Officer at Skillsoft. He's responsible for engineering, product management, cloud operations, and IT across all products in the Skillsoft group of companies.

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Debasis Dutta

Debasis Dutta is the Vice President and General Manager of Product and User Experience for SumTotal Systems. Debasis joined SumTotal in 2015 as Vice President of Engineering.

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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.