HCMx Radio 46: Future of Learning: How The World Has Changed

Host: Rachel Cooke, COO, Brandon Hall Group and David Wentworth, Principal Learning Analyst, Brandon Hall Group

Guest: Kelly Palmer, Chief Learning Officer, Degreedshutterstock_174561506

The only thing for certain in business today is that change is happening faster and far greater than ever before.  To stay ahead you must be adaptable, forward thinking, innovative and prepared for change at any point in time. In this episode, we meet with Kelly Palmer the Chief Learning Office of Degreed, to discuss the future of learning.   We talked about her experiences at some of her previous positions and how she is organizing her learning function in her most recent role at Degreed to empower them to be successful and ready for the future of learning.

Topics we covered included:

  • The Overwhelmed learner – Learning as a whole is going through a significant shift – people are learning everywhere and all the time. How do we deal with this as learning professionals?
  • Do engaged employees equal greater performance, if so, how do you cultivate this type of environment? How does technology play a role?
  • Experiential learning is becoming more evident that it plays a prominent role in engagement and impactful results, what elements in learning lead to a great experience?
  • We need effective leaders to drive a learning culture, ability to create transformational strategies, prioritize and executive on key initiatives, and lead people to success – what are the traits that make a great learning leader?

Kelly recently joined the executive team at Degreed as Chief Learning Officer where the mission is to help people embrace lifelong learning and discover and track personalized career development and all learning wherever it happens. Kelly was formerly the Chief Learning Officer of LinkedIn where she was helping employees transform the trajectory of their careers through learning and development, driving the employee experience strategy, as well as leading Inclusion & Diversity for the company.  Before LinkedIn, Kelly was VP of Learning at Yahoo! Kelly has held executive positions in learning, M&A, and product development at Sun Microsystems. She has been featured in Big Think, Forbes, and Chief Learning Officer magazines, and has spoken at industry conferences around the globe. She also sits on the board of the Taproot Foundation whose mission is to lead, mobilize, and engage professionals in pro bono service that drive social change.

To listen to our interview, you can download the podcast anytime at the HCMx Radio site.

                           –Rachel Cooke, Chief Operating Officer, Brandon Hall Group



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Chief Executive Officer of Brandon Hall Group Mike Cooke Prior to joining Brandon Hall Group, Mike Cooke was the Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of AC Growth. Mike held leadership and executive positions for the majority of his career, at which he was responsible for steering sales and marketing teams to drive results and profitability. His background includes more than 15 years of experience in sales, marketing, management, and operations in the research, consulting, software and technology industries. Mike has extensive experience in sales, marketing and management having worked for several early high-growth emerging businesses and has implemented technology systems to support various critical sales, finance, marketing and client service functions. He is especially skilled in organizing the sales and service strategy to fully support a company’s growth strategy. The concept of growth was an absolute to Mike and a motivator in starting AC Growth, in order to help organizations achieve research driven results. Most recently, Mike was the VP and General Manager of Field Operations at Bersin & Associates, a global analyst and consulting services firm focused on all areas of enterprise learning, talent management and talent acquisition. Tasked with leading the company’s global expansion, Mike led all sales operations worldwide. During Mike’s tenure, the company has grown into a multi-national firm, conducting business in over 45 countries with over 4,500 multi-national organizations. Mike started his career at MicroVideo Learning Systems in 1992, eventually holding a senior management position and leading all corporate sales before founding Dynamic Minds. Mike was CEO and Co-Founder of Dynamic Minds, a custom developer of software programs, working with clients like Goldman Sachs, Prentice Hall, McGraw Hill and Merrill Lynch. Also, Mike worked for Oddcast, a leading provider of customer experience and marketing solutions, where he held a senior management position leading the company into new markets across various industries. Mike also serves on the Advisory Board for Carbon Solutions America, an independent sustainability consulting and carbon management firm that specializes in the design and implementation of greenhouse reduction and sustainability plans as well as managing the generation of carbon and renewal energy and energy efficiency credits. Mike attended University of Phoenix, studying Business Administration and Finance. He has also completed executive training at the Chicago Graduate School of Business in Chicago, IL.