The Power of Collaboration When Designing Learning Experiences
About This Episode
Challenging the traditional model of working in silos, many companies are taking more collaborative approaches to product development. In this episode, host Michelle Boockoff-Bajdek introduces two guests Denise Accuradi, Global Manager of Virtual Learning at Manpower Group, and Potoula Chresomales, Senior Vice President of Product Management at Skillsoft, to discuss Skillsoft's design partner program that allows customers to contribute to the product roadmap.
The views expressed by guests are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of Skillsoft.
About Our Guest
With over 25 years of experience in L&D across industries, Denise Accuardi joined ManpowerGroup in 2015 as their Global Manager of Virtual Learning. She is responsible for ensuring that ManpowerGroup’s learning culture is aligned with the company strategy, working with all global HR and L&D leaders to ensure all learning is delivered on the Global Learning Management System; powerYOU. She also supports ManpowerGroup’s 80 countries on the LMS platform. During her career, she has deployed multiple Learning Management Systems, and created a multitude of client and employee development programs.
About Our Guest
Potoula is responsible for product development, innovation, and user experience design including the launch of the award-winning Percipio intelligent learning platform. She leads the product organization in agile product development and lean product practices of prototype-test-iterate to ensure we are building products our customers will love. Potoula held leadership positions in digital product management and marketing at Kaplan Test Prep, The College Board, McGraw-Hill, and JP MorganChase and holds degrees from Dartmouth and NYU.
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.