Showing Up Virtually
About This Episode
Derek Blake, Divisional Vice President, Global Learning & Development for PSAV, discusses recreating shared, impactful experiences in a transformed world.
The views expressed by guests are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of Skillsoft.
About Our Guest
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
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.