Showing Up Virtually

About This Episode

Showing Up Virtually

Derek Blake, Divisional Vice President, Global Learning & Development for PSAV, discusses recreating shared, impactful experiences in a transformed world.

About Our Guest

Derek Blake

At PSAV, the leader in Event Technology for meetings and events, Derek Blake (Divisional Vice President) oversees the company’s global learning efforts, which are instrumental to develop team members while maximizing business results. Blake began his career in sales back in 1997 at Ameriquest Capital, starting out as a sales associate and progressed through five promotions before becoming VP of Sales leading 80+ locations and 1500+ team members as the youngest senior leader (age 28).  After being approached by the Chief People Officer, he then transitioned from the field and joined the corporate senior leadership team overseeing training and organizational development before joining PSAV. 

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.