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Building a Skilled Workforce at Speed and Scale

14th September at 3pm BST

@Chalabala via Twenty20

Unleash Your Curiosity Leaders in HR and L&D discuss how to build a successful skills strategy to support the business in an era of change.

Keeping up with the pace of change is a challenge for companies across the world. While the rapid acceleration of technology development has created powerful business opportunities, it has also created skill gaps that companies of all shapes and sizes struggle to fill. 

The pace of change is too great for us to rely on hiring and recruiting alone to bring in more skills. So how do you combat this skills gap whilst keeping hold of your current workforce? Organizations must prioritize reskilling, upskilling, and growing the current workforces from within.  

This panel will bring together thought leaders in the HR and L&D space to discuss how to build a successful skills development strategy, which technologies must be considered, and the impact on the employee experience.  

Topics to be discussed include: 

  • Best practices to develop your employees’ skills 
  • Finding the balance between hiring people vs training people to fill skill gaps 
  • First steps in building a skills development program  
  • The pros and cons of digital L&D 

Our skills experts:

Kyle Clark, Senior Skills Transformation Consultant, Coursera

Kyle Clark is a Senior Skills Transformation Consultant supporting Coursera’s enterprise customers in Europe and Africa. He works with businesses and governments on skill development, particularly in the context of digital transformation. Prior to Coursera, Kyle managed a deep technology startup program at UC Berkeley. He previously co-led an education and workforce development initiative, Higher Expectations, and he started his career as a management consultant in Accenture’s Strategy group. He received an MBA from the University of California, Berkeley Haas School of Business, and his BA in History and Policy Studies from Rice University.

Elisa Bassi, Global People Development & Learning Director, L’Oréal 

She is a business-minded Learning and Organization Development leader with experience across a range of the World’s leading organizations. She started her career as an Academic researcher and Professor, developing research in Organizational Psychology and Behavioral Economics for more than 7 years. In 2017, Elisa joined L’Oréal Group, initially leading the Global Learning team for Finance & IT,  and implementing a global remote learning strategy, before progressing in January 2020 to take over the role of Learning and Transformation Global Director for the Active Cosmetics Division, responsible for enhancing effectiveness and reach of learning, and defining the Medical Capabilities building strategy.

Addie van Rooij, VP People Operations, L&D Services, M&A HR Services and Labour Relations, HP Enterprise  

Addie van Rooij is Vice President of People Operations for Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE). In this role, he focuses on delivering best-in-class HR services and employee experience to over 60.000 employees in more than 50 countries across the world. During his career, he gained valuable experience through leading some of the largest acquisitions in the Tech Industry (Compaq, EDS), the largest Tech Industry separation creating 2 FTSE 100 companies (HP Inc. and HPE), large divestitures (the Software and Services division) and the largest Workday HR system implementation to date for the EMEA region.

His current charter is to deliver Best-in-class HR services for HPE’s employees and managers through self-management-enabled HR systems and global support centers. He is also responsible to safeguard HR compliance and manage Employee- and Labor relations through pro-active employee communications and the development of management. Other responsibilities include Learning Operations and Platforms, HR integrations during acquisitions, and HR data privacy and compliance

Gemma Paterson, Head of Development Experiences & Innovation, Legal & General

Gemma leads a team of innovators to create, curate, and share learning that drives performance at L&G. Her background in digital marketing and social media lends a customer focus to her approach to learning; bringing data, social learning, performance support, and user experience design together.


Gemma’s philosophy is to work in an agile way to develop solutions with people, for people and her passion for creating beautiful, useful experiences that improve performance sits at the heart of her approach. Gemma is an active member of the learning industry community, contributing to blogs, podcasts and conversations to share best practices and collaboratively discover solutions that inspire progress.

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