How to Prepare for the Changing Economy: Assessing the Current Job Market and Talent Shortage

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How to Prepare for the Changing Economy: Assessing the Current Job Market and Talent Shortage

Lately it’s impossible to avoid the news headlines, alerting us to frightening statistics about the future of economy. These predictions have caused expectations of future hardship amongst employers and their employees. Fortunately, there are steps that organizations can take to manage a tight labor market, including reinvesting in their employee’s professional development and career growth.

We explore this topic deeper in this episode of The Edge with Diana Ransom, an executive editor at Inc. who specializes in covering small businesses, entrepreneurship, and the economy. She’s been covering the country’s latest bout with record inflation and the looming recession. Together, Diana and host Michelle Boockoff-Bajdek discuss the changing state of the economy, its effect on businesses, and the ways that employees and employers can prepare for what’s to come.

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About Our Guest

Diana Ransom bio

Diana Ransom is executive editor at Inc., where she produces editorial features and packages for both the website and magazine. In addition to running Inc.’s daily news meeting and managing a team of writers and columnists, Ransom covers everything from politics and policy to venture capital and startups, with an eye toward shedding light on issues that affect small businesses and entrepreneurs most.

She has served as the deputy editor of, the assistant business editor for the New York Daily News and as a reporter and editor for, where she received a Deadline Club award for deadline reporting for her story "The 70% Discount on Goldman's $500M Gift." She's also worked for The Wall Street Journal, Fast Company magazine and The Christian Science Monitor.

Ransom holds a master’s degree in business and economic reporting from New York University and an undergraduate business degree from George Mason University. She also teaches feature writing in the business and economic reporting master’s program at NYU.

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.