Learn More About Kelly Palmer
As technology has transformed the economy over the past decade, the types of skills required of employees have changed drastically and continue to do so. Where do business leaders turn when they realize their employees don’t have the skills required to help their company succeed into the future? Kelly Palmer, an esteemed thought leader on learning, business and career development, challenges leaders to let go of outdated models for upskilling and re-skilling the workforce. By developing strategies that address the reality of automation, digitization and acceleration in this new world of work, Palmer helps organizations tap into the expertise of their current workforce and make learning a true competitive advantage.
The gap between what skills companies need and the skills employees have is real. Palmer’s insights and framework help organizations address this chasm through personalized, lifelong learning and greater reliance on technology and data. Equipped with a record of success as an executive at several Silicon Valley tech companies including LinkedIn, Yahoo! and Sun Microsystems, Palmer is currently Chief Strategy Officer at Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) and was formerly on the executive team of Degreed, an education technology company that gives employers the tools they need to identify and measure employees’ skills. With her Degreed partner and fellow thought leader David Blake, Palmer created the Skills Quotient, a practical, non-proprietary framework that every company can use to measure the skills required against the skills needed, for individuals, teams and the entire company. It elevates the practice of talent and skills measurement from the middle of the organization to the C-Suite, giving every CEO a way to answer for the skills of their organization and a way to track progress with accountability. Palmer and Blake outlined their revolutionary approach in their groundbreaking book “The Expertise Economy: How the Smartest Companies Use Learning to Engage, Compete, and Succeed” (Nicholas Brealey, September 2018).
Palmer is a seasoned Silicon Valley leader. She was the Chief Learning Officer at LinkedIn, vice president of learning at Yahoo! and held executive positions in learning, M&A, and product development at Sun Microsystems. She speaks regularly at companies and business conferences around the world, and has been featured in the Harvard Business Review, Financial Times, Fast Company, Forbes, Entrepreneur, Inc., Chief Learning Officer (CLO), and on Bloomberg radio. Kelly has a bachelor of Arts in English/communications and a Master of Science in adult learning and education technology.
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