Vice President of Fitness Programming and Head Instructor at Peloton, Best-Selling Author, and Ultramarathon Runner
With an array of world-class keynotes, lightning talks, and thought-provoking panels, there’s something for everyone at Perspectives 2021.
Perspectives 2021 will be an opportunity to connect, collaborate, and learn with peers around the globe so you can:
NB: our North American agenda runs from 22-23rd September and our EMEA agenda below is a one day event on 23rd September.
Register now for the exciting EMEA event on September 23rd 2021 by completing the form at the bottom of this page!
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|10:00 AM - 10:20 AM||KEYNOTE: FROM SKILLS GAP TO SKILLS REVOLUTION: TRANSFORMING TODAY’S WORKFORCE FOR TOMORROW’S ECONOMY |
The nature of work — and consequently, the nature of the workforce — has evolved at a rapid pace in recent years. The next normal will arrive fast on the heels of the new normal, meaning today’s skills gap will soon be a skills crisis. The reality is: intervention is not enough. What’s called for is a skills transformation. Join Jeff Tarr, CEO of Skillsoft, as he speaks with three customers to learn how they’re creating their future-fit workforce.
|10:20 AM - 11:00 AM||KEYNOTE: WHAT CAN YOU DO IN A “TAKE THIS JOB AND SHOVE IT” JOB MARKET? |
In light of “The Great Resignation,” where millions of employees are considering quitting their jobs, it’s getting harder and harder to hire and retain people. Some are looking for career changes; others are interested in just “taking a break” from current jobs. What’s going on? Skillsoft has invited Josh Bersin, global research analyst and CEO of The Josh Bersin Company, to give us some answers and explain why reinventing the employee experience is so important. He’ll bring to the discussion recent research on post-pandemic talent practices, the six principles that should guide decisions related to improving employee experiences, and some of the innovative approaches companies are taking to attract new talent and navigate the complexities of hybrid work.
|11:00 AM - 11:30 AM||CHALLENGE ACCEPTED: EMERGING PRINCIPLES IN LEARNING DESIGN |
The latest neuroscience research reveals powerful (and sometimes counterintuitive) methods to improve the quality of learning experiences. With a new understanding of how people learn — especially in workplace settings — “challenge-based learning” is emerging as an innovative alternative. Join this session to gain six key principles, all grounded in solving problems from real-life tasks, that are shaping this exciting new design approach.
|11:00 AM - 11:30 AM||INJECTING DEI INTO THE DAILY FABRIC OF CORPORATE CULTURE |
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) isn’t an isolated point-in-time activity or a cure for bias and discrimination. It must be woven throughout your organization’s ecosystem. That’s why it’s so critical to embrace DEI training as a long-term commitment to — and investment in — meaningful developmental journeys for individuals, leaders, and the entire organization. In this course, you’ll learn how to weave DEI learning (in all its many diverse forms) into the daily fabric of corporate culture.
|11:00 AM - 11:30 AM||SUPERFORECASTING FOR CAREERS IN TECHNOLOGY |
Superforecasting, a term popularized in the book of the same name, is all about using judgment and the right mindset to make uncannily accurate predictions. Professionals in the technology sector need to do this even as technology keeps moving forward inexorably, and as the economic climate remains remarkably uncertain. This implies that there is a real need for every technology professional to anticipate where big trends are headed. For instance, which programming language is worth specializing in with an eye on the next decade? How could the Agile methodology and DevOps help mitigate business risks? Are the headline-grabbing technologies in AI and Blockchain worth betting your professional future on? This session focuses on a framework within which tech professionals can navigate the uncertainty and make the right choice for the future.
|11:30 AM - 12:00 PM||PROTECT YOUR FUTURE: THE FUNDAMENTALS OF CYBERSECURITY |
In today’s digital era, information is the new power source. However, for decision-makers and leaders across the globe, protecting the organization’s information from abuse, misuse, or unauthorized access can be challenging. New security threats emerge every day and you need to be armed with the right skills to make well-informed decisions. In this session, you’ll explore what’s happening in cybersecurity and learn best practices to protect yourself, your employees, and your future.
|11:30 AM - 12:00 PM||7 SINS OF CLOUD SECURITY |
The cloud offers near-instant scale and numerous security features that organizations can leverage; however, it’s not that way by default. Despite wide adoption of cloud services, many organizations remain unprepared and unknowingly expand their attack surface. Gartner predicts that by 2025, 99% of cloud security issues will be the customer’s fault.
|12:00 PM - 12:20 PM||LIGHTNING TALK: BALANCING LIFE & WORK IN THE DIGITAL AGE |
Embracing change is never easy and often requires stellar levels of mental resilience and agility. Balancing the demands of remote working with your own wellbeing, family life and embedded uncertainty bring huge challenge to the navigation of your everyday. The good news is that you are more powerful than you think. In this session you will discover the hidden depths you didn’t know you possessed around self-leadership, self-awareness and choice. Together Jaz will help you create your own personal impact roadmap for acknowledging your value, overcoming adversity, and focusing only on what you can control.
|12:20 PM - 12:40 PM||LIGHTNING TALK: ENGAGING COMMUNITIES FOR CHANGE |
Elizabeth Nyamayaro is a social change-maker. She knows how to create a movement toward lasting change, and how to enact the difficult work of changing mindsets, finding and supporting allies, and keeping the movement filled with optimism. Born in Zimbabwe, Elizabeth has worked at the forefront of global development for over two decades improving the lives of underserved populations and has held leadership roles at the World Bank, World Health Organization, UNAIDS, and UN Women, and is a former United Nations Senior Advisor on Gender Equality. She is the founder of HeForShe, the United Nations global solidarity movement for gender equality, in which she invites men to join in allyship with women in the movement for gender equality. She is also the founder of AfricaYouth.org, Africa's largest youth movement to tackle some of the continent's challenges with the power and enthusiasm of its own next generation.
|12:40 PM - 1:00 PM||LIGHTNING TALK: MIND OVER MILES: PROOF SUPERHEROES ARE REAL |
Through her no nonsense narrative and real life examples, Robin Arzón will sit down with Eric Stine, Chief Revenue Officer at Skillsoft to speak of the ways we create ourselves through the superheroes in our lives. A risk taker, Robin discusses her journey from successful lawyer to recreating herself as an athlete and wellness expert – along with overcoming the trauma of being in a life and death experience in which she used the transformative power of movement to heal.
|1:00 PM - 1:30 PM||DEVELOPING TALENT BEYOND THE BOARDROOM |
72% of organizations attribute absence of coaching as a reason for leaders lacking critical leadership competencies. So, how do organizations give their talent the skills and abilities that lets them, and their organization, thrive in a digital world? Come learn how leading organizations are turning to personalized virtual coaching to help address leadership blindspots and develop talent beyond just those in the boardroom.
|1:00 PM - 1:30 PM||TACKLING THE SKILLING AGENDA |
The pandemic identified that the skilling agenda for enterprises needed to be a strategic imperative. Those organizations lacking a strategic skills initiative experienced slower times to market, higher frequency of churn, and lower customer satisfaction, just to name a few. Attend this session, to hear how to rebuild and reskill the workforce so it’s more resilient and better able to meet future challenges and opportunities.
|1:00 PM - 1:30 PM||EMBRACING A COMPLIANCE CULTURE |
While compliance can seem to be a costly annoyance, companies that embrace compliance as a key component of their culture and integrate it into their business systems and objectives outperform those who take a “check the box” approach. The reality is, the less effort put into compliance, the less companies get out of it. Join this session to learn how some of the leading organizations are delivering compliance courses to their employees to embrace a compliance culture within their business.
|1:30 PM - 2:00 PM||TARGET’S JOURNEY TO TRANSFORMING LEARNING |
Technology is advancing at unprecedented speed, requiring new skills, reskilling, and specialization. Traditional education and corporate training simply cannot keep pace. That’s why Target is on a journey to transform learning within their organization. Join this session to hear Nick Boyd, Sr. Director, HR - Learning, Development, D&I, Culture + Experience at Target share why they are on a mission to remove all barriers of access to education for their team members and how Skillsoft is a critical enabler to help deliver that experience.
|1:30 PM - 2:00 PM||NAVIGATING THROUGH UNCERTAINTY WITH TALENT DEVELOPMENT |
Employees are tuned into their performance and development needs like no other time before. Employers face new challenges finding, attracting and keeping talent. Professional and Personal development is now critical to both audiences to navigate through today’s uncertainty. Join this session to learn how UNC Health and other leading brands are leveraging Talent Development to provide more certainty to their organizations and employees.
|1:30 PM - 2:00 PM||WINNING THE HEARTS AND MINDS OF YOUR LEARNERS AND YOUR CUSTOMERS |
Learning is key to digital transformation, at the individual, team, and organizational levels. In these new remote and hybrid-model workplaces, each contributor must have the ability and willingness to manage his or her own time — and his or her own learning. In this session, discover various ways to win the hearts and minds of your learners and your customers. From leveraging marketing mindsets and tactics, to customized learning programs that build skills in areas such as problem-solving, to DEI initiatives, there are many routes to not only meet, but exceed your learners' expectations, and, ultimately, your customers.
|2:00 PM - 2:40 PM||KEYNOTE: A CONVERSATION WITH SHAQUILLE O’NEAL |
In this dynamic Q&A session, NBA Hall of Famer, 15-Time NBA All Star Player, entrepreneur, philanthropist, and true cultural icon—Shaquille O’Neal—will be sitting down with Michelle Boockoff-Bajdek, Chief Marketing Officer at Skillsoft to share his empowering life lessons on leadership, resilience, and teamwork.
|2:40 PM - 2:45 PM||VIDEO: AWARDS REEL|
|2:45 PM - 2:50 PM||CLOSING FROM HOST |
We will share highlights from the day as we wrap up the event.
KEYNOTES & LIGHTNING TALKS SKILLS OF TOMORROW THINK DIFFERENT PANELS CONTENT AND PLATFORM SPOTLIGHT Be inspired by today's boldest and brightest minds. Hear from visionaries, innovators, and disruptors who are changing the world. Walk away with tangible, new skills required for those highly sought-after jobs of tomorrow. Sit in on dynamic, thought-provoking customer panels led by top brands across industries. Have a front row seat to be the first to hear the latest product roadmaps and announcements.
Vice President of Fitness Programming and Head Instructor at Peloton, Best-Selling Author, and Ultramarathon Runner
NBA Hall of Famer, 15-Time NBA All Star Player, Entrepreneur, Philanthropist
Harvard Business Review author and Duke University Fuqua School of Business executive education professor
Global Research Analyst and CEO of The Josh Bersin Company
Special Advisor, United Nations World Food Programme (WFP)
International TEDx Speaker, Thought Leader & Resilience Ninja
Learn to build a future-fit workforce at Skillsoft's Perspectives 2021. It's a must-attend for HR, IT and business professionals who must learn to: Build skilled, resilient teams for the future Adapt to rapid change to stay ahead of the competition Create a culture of learning at your organization With an array of world-class keynotes, lightning talks, and thought-provoking panels, there’s something for everyone at Perspectives 2021. NB: Please note you will receive your login details on 21st September 2021.
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