Skillsoft’s Heide Abelli Named to The National Diversity Council’s Top 50 Most Powerful Women in Technology

Recognition spotlights women shaping the future of technology

BOSTON – April 12, 2019Skillsoft, a global leader in corporate learning, today announced that Heide Abelli, senior vice president, product management, was named to The National Diversity Council’s 2019 list of Top 50 Most Powerful Women in Technology yesterday at the National Diversity and Leadership Conference in Dallas. Each year, The National Diversity Council recognizes female executives, influencers and achievers who are molding the future of technology with their insight and leadership while inspiring other women to do the same.

Abelli has been instrumental in leading Skillsoft’s efforts to completely transform its Leadership and Business learning content for today’s modern learners, leveraging the latest brain science research to align learning methods with the most effective learner engagement and retention practices. In 2018, she led the development and launch of the Skillsoft Leadership Development Program, empowering organizations to democratize leadership learning at all levels and develop competencies critical to leaders operating in the digital economy. Abelli’s expertise and leadership have resulted in the creation of multi-million-dollar revenue-generating products while setting the bar for modern, best-in-class corporate leadership development training.

“The 2019 Top 50 Most Powerful Women in Technology is a true testament to the abilities of women in the workplace,” said Dennis Kennedy, founder and chair of the National Diversity Council. “Each year, we are amazed and inspired at the achievements of each awardee. The 2019 class is truly a powerful force.”

Abelli was named to the 2019 Top 50 Most Powerful Women in Technology alongside female executives from Amazon, Capital One, Lyft, Microsoft and PwC. Honorees possess the following leadership capabilities and influential roles:

  • Demonstrates a commitment to corporate citizenship
  • Directly contributes to business growth or strategic direction of the organization
  • Effective role model who inspires other women and is active in mentoring
  • Operates with the highest integrity and ethical behavior
  • Top leader in her organization and profession

“We are thrilled to see Heide Abelli recognized amongst The National Diversity Council’s Top 50 Most Powerful Women in Technology,” said Chad Gaydos, chief operating officer, Skillsoft. “Heide’s unrelenting drive to pursue innovation, excellence and the most effective training methods have been pivotal in bringing Skillsoft’s content transformation to life.”

Abelli participated in a panel discussion at the National Diversity and Leadership Conference on “Becoming a Better Leader.” During the session, she discussed the evolving leadership development needs and competencies of employees operating in the digital economy.

About Skillsoft

Skillsoft is a global leader in corporate learning, delivering beautiful technology and engaging content that drives business impact for modern enterprises. Skillsoft comprises three award-winning systems that support learning, performance and success: Skillsoft learning content, the Percipio intelligent learning experience platform and the SumTotal suite for Human Capital Management.

Skillsoft provides a comprehensive selection of cloud-based corporate learning content, including courses, videos, books and other resources on Business and Management Skills, Leadership Development, Digital Transformation, Technology and Developer, Productivity and Collaboration Tools and Compliance. Percipio’s intuitive design engages modern learners and its consumer-led experience assists in accelerating learning. The SumTotal suite features four key components built on a unified platform: Learning Management, Talent Management, Talent Acquisition and Workforce Management.

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