Aligning Mission-Driven Organizations with Mission-Driven Leaders

About This Episode

"Safety First" - A New Motto For All

Today, no longer is “Safety First” a motto reserved for organizations who have to ensure safety on the workplace floor. Amidst the global pandemic, this motto has taken on a completely new meaning – now all leaders have had to adopt the “Safety First” mindset in order to protect the health of their teams and organization. Alison Cowan, Director of Global Learning & Executive Coach at Brunswick Corporation, the world's leading recreational Marine manufacturer, shares how Brunswick has expanded this motto beyond the manufacturing plant floor, while continuing to support the learning and development of their leaders and teams virtually.

This episode marks the last episode of Season One of The Edge. We look forward to returning soon with new guests and stories as we continue the conversation on learning and development in the workplace. Stay tuned for Season Two coming soon, and until then, be well.

Interested in learning more?

Read our blog post “Return to The Workplace: Brunswick Navigates Through COVID-19 Pandemic” featuring Alison Cowan as she expands upon Brunswick’s return-to-work response amid the pandemic.

About Our Guest

Alison Cowan

Alison Cowan is a multilingual Director of Global Learning & Executive Coach at Brunswick Corporation, the world’s leading recreational marine manufacturer with 16 leading boat brands, Mercury Marine, the largest global parts and accessories business and Freedom Boat Club, in addition to many incredible businesses, whose mission it is to create innovation and inspiration on the water. Originally from the UK, she started her career in sales before moving into Human Resources, working in FTSE 100 and Fortune 500 companies in multiple industries. Alison has lived in five countries and enjoys the challenge of delivering engaging learning experiences to global leaders and their teams in Brunswick’s 24 countries.

About Our Host

Michelle Boockoff-Bajdek

As Chief Marketing Officer, Michelle is responsible for the leading global marketing strategy for the Skillsoft group of companies, focused on driving growth, generating brand awareness and increasing demand for Skillsoft’s solutions among learners, customers and partners. Since joining the company in 2019, she has overseen customer marketing, corporate communications, demand generation, marketing operations and business development.

Michelle brings more than 25 years of marketing, branding and strategy experience to her role. Prior to Skillsoft, she held several executive positions of increasing responsibility in the high-tech sector, including as Chief Marketing Officer of IBM Watson, where she was responsible for marketing the company's artificial intelligence (AI) products and solutions. Michelle also served as the Global Head of Marketing for The Weather Company, an IBM Business, where she helped companies understand how to anticipate, plan for and ultimately make better decisions – with greater confidence - in the face of weather.

Michelle holds a Master's of Science from Simmons University.