The Human Revolution: Celebrating Our True Selves

About This Episode

The Human Revolution: Celebrating Our True Selves

Who really are you? And is this a version of yourself you’ve allowed to be revealed to others – in your personal life? In your professional life? While we’ve been conditioned to shy away from pulling back the curtain and fully revealing our true selves in the workplace – both the good and not-so-good parts – Jaz Ampaw-Farr, an International TEDx Speaker, Thought Leader, and Resilience Ninja will tell you otherwise. Skillsoft Chief Marketing Officer and The Edge host, Michelle Boockoff-Bajdek, sits down with Jaz to take a deep dive into what’s needed to lead a “Human Revolution,” including embracing our vulnerabilities, authenticity, and starting with the human part of ourselves first. Together they flip the switch on the age-old narrative, showcasing the transformation that happens when we allow ourselves to showcase who we really are.

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About Our Guest

Jaz Ampaw-Farr

Jaz is a world class re-framer. She has a unique ability to help people and organisations reframe their stories and situations, bringing transformation in their work, life and communities. This is Jaz’s alchemy.

Jaz is highly recognised for her impact on the education and health sectors, inspiring and galvanising positive change. She has led national and international projects unlocking potential in leaders and teams and is now a sought after headline keynote speaker by business leaders, corporations and governments wanting the same results.

It is fair to say that working with Jaz leaves a mark. She empowers you to get out of your own way and challenge that which you previously considered impossible so that the next time you face adversity and challenge, you’ll be ready. In her TEDx TALK she re-storied her life as a broken child, highlighting the transformative power we have to make a difference. Jaz’s determination drove her from appalling abuse at the hands of her own parents to running away from foster care and life as a teen on the streets, to advising countries on education policy and living as the resilience influencer she is today.

As a speaker, Jaz has a disarming ability to captivate her audience and share her story with humour and humility and without anger or bitterness. She invites people into a more authentic narrative around choice and agency, leaving individuals and organisations reporting an increase in determination and productivity.

Jaz’s ability to reframe means she sees the world in a unique way, which challenges and ignites those around her, lifting them out of what she calls ‘mindset poverty’ into previously unachievable outcomes.

Jaz speaks all over the world and works with industry leaders such as Skillsoft, The Marketing Society, Gucci, RED, The Festival Of Media and the BBC.

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.