Impactful Learning Starts with Purpose and Passion

About This Episode

Impactful Learning Starts with Purpose and Passion

Learning is a winding road full of opportunities, challenges, and successes. And when one’s upskilling journey is driven by a sense of purpose and passion, the learning experience takes on a whole new meaning. We explore this topic deeper in this episode of The Edge where Antonia Forster, a Senior XR Technical Specialist at Unity, joins our host and Skillsoft’s CMO, Michelle Boockoff-Bajdek.

Together, they chat about her learning journey and how she uses technology in unique and meaningful ways to assist in her greatest passion: her advocacy work for women in tech and the LGBTQ+ community.

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About Our Guest

Antonia Forster

Antonia is a Senior XR Technical Specialist at Unity, with a decade of experience in public speaking. Taking a non-traditional career path (from zoos, to planetariums, to tech) Antonia is a self-taught coder with expertise in immersive technology (VR, AR, MR/XR, and hand-tracking); Co-Chair of the VR/AR Association Women's Committee; a TEDx speaker and mentor; and an award-winning advocate for women, LGBTQ+ people, and marginalized voices in tech. Antonia has been shortlisted for Nature's John Maddox Prize, the Women in IT "Advocate of the Year" award, and won the YTKO Breaking Barriers award for her efforts in LGBTQ+ advocacy, including her work as Director and Producer of the world's first LGBTQ+ VR museum.

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.