Udemy Connect
The Upskilling Imperative: Developing and Fostering Agile Learners
March 16th, 2021 | 9:00 - 10:30 AM PST / 12:00 - 1:30 PM EST | Virtual
With the disruption of the workforce accelerating, the role of upskilling has taken on a new meaning. By aligning learning and development needs to company objectives organizations see a brighter, more predictable future of success.

Join Udemy and fellow People leaders to discuss new programs and solutions to make learning core to the way we work to help drive business outcomes. In this session, Shelley Osborne, VP of Learning at Udemy, will share a framework for improving retention and engagement by empowering organizations through developing agile learning programs and fostering a culture of feedback.
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The Upskilling Imperative

The Upskilling Imperative by Udemy Vice President of Learning Shelley Osborne is an actionable roadmap for leaders who are looking to create a culture and mindset that’s rooted in learning and prioritized across the business. In her book, Shelley challenges one-size-fits-all L&D approaches and offers a modern and inclusive five-step approach to building an organization where learning is core to unlocking innovation and performance.

What to expect

Tuesday, March 16
9:00 am - 9:05 am
Welcome to Udemy Connect
Today we’ll explore how to develop and foster agile learners and build a culture of feedback to help your organization drive business outcomes.
9:05 am - 9:30 am
The Upskilling Imperative with Shelley Osborne, Vice President of Learning at Udemy
Discover how to make learning core to the way we work with strategies for promoting learning agility and establishing a feedback culture to improve employee engagement and retention.
9:30 am - 9:40 am
Wellness Break
Enhance focus with a guided wellness break led by Udemy experts.
9:40 am - 10:20 pm
Interactive Workshop
Through guided small group exercises with peers, you’ll explore how to implement self-directed learning initiatives and establish feedback loops to drive real business impact.
10:20 am - 10:30 pm
Key Takeaways
We’ll come together to share key takeaways and discuss how you can start to apply these learnings within your organization today.


Shelley Osborne
Vice President of Learning,
Shelley Osborne
Shelley Osborne has over fifteen years of experience across the education, consulting, and corporate sectors. She is the Vice President of Learning at Udemy, where she leads the company’s learning strategy and continuous upskilling of employees globally. Before that, Shelley was the Vice President of Learning & Development at Farside HR Solutions, where she advised early- and late-stage companies on talent leadership, management training, and soft-skills development. Shelley speaks regularly at industry events and has provided expert commentary to numerous publications, including The Wall Street Journal, CNBC, Fast Company, Inc., and more. Shelley is the author of the McGraw Hill book, The Upskilling Imperative: Five Ways to Make Learning Core to the Way We Work.
Yvonne Chen
Vice President of Marketing,
Udemy for Business
Yvonne Chen
Yvonne Chen is currently the VP of Marketing for Udemy for Business where she oversees all global marketing teams. With the rapid pace of technological change and the challenges and demands the future of work presents, she cares deeply about spurring online learning and development for an organization’s most important asset - it’s employees. Previously, Yvonne worked at Facebook where she joined the first monetization team and led product marketing strategy for many of Facebook’s ads and business products. Before that she worked in operations and partner management at Google and was responsible for managing a business call center at AT&T. Yvonne holds a BS in Business Administration from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business and an MBA from Harvard Business School.