The Upskilling, Reskilling, and Futureproofing of a Global Workforce

About This Episode

The Upskilling, Reskilling, and Futureproofing of a Global Workforce

At a time when organizations around the world faced disruption, jobs and projects were temporarily halted, and the shift to remote work occurred overnight, the Learning and Development team at CGI launched a companywide online learning program to reskill, upskill, and futureproof the skill set of its global workforce. In today’s episode of The Edge, host Michelle Boockoff-Badjek welcomes Helen Sussex, the Director of Global Learning Design and Creation at CGI, to discuss the success of CGI Academia and the growing demand for skills training.

About Our Guest

Helen Sussex

Helen has spent more than 30 years in IT services organizations and 25 years involved in learning in some way. She has done just about every learning role possible, both with IT training suppliers and internal learning organizations at national and global levels. For the last 7 years she has led the CGI Global Learning Design and Creation team, a specialist CoE, where she is responsible for delivering memorable global learning, managing global learning technologies and vendor partnerships and guiding the CGI global learning governance process. In 2017 Skillsoft recognized her as a Talent Development Champion.

About Our Host

Michelle Boockoff-Bajdek

As Chief Marketing Officer, Michelle Boockoff-Bajdek (BB) leads a global marketing organization focused on helping companies unlock the hidden value inside their greatest asset – their people.

In her role, Michelle is responsible for the company’s marketing strategy to drive growth, generate awareness, and drive demand for Skillsoft solutions among learners, customers, and partners. She oversees all key functions, including customer marketing, corporate communications, demand generation, marketing operations and business development. Most importantly, she serves as the company’s brand evangelist, helping to build a vibrant community of passionate learners.

Prior to Skillsoft, Michelle held several executive roles in the high tech sector, most notably as the CMO 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.