HR & Talent Teams: Time to Accelerate with Chris McCarthy & Kelly Palmer (On Demand)

The most productive organizations are in on the secret – that people are their competitive advantage. This is why employees need to be the focus of every decision you make going forward, from strategy to the tech stack. Degreed CEO, Chris McCarthy, and CLO, Kelly Palmer, have some ideas on mapping worker behavior to successful talent strategies.

This discussion style session examines:

  • How learning behaviors are effecting skill development
  • How technology can help organizations be more agile in their ability to respond to disruption
  • The best way to get dynamic learning and skill data about employees, teams and the workforce




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Chris McCarthy

Chris McCarthy, CEO, Degreed

A true east-coaster at heart, Chris graduated from Northeastern University in 2002 before continuing on to Harvard Business School where he graduated in 2009 with his MBA--but we all know education doesn’t stop there. Chris gained his expertise as the General Manager of Zinch and then at Chegg, before becoming COO of Degreed in 2013. He currently leads the company as CEO and sits on the Board of Directors.

For a good time, ask him about Boston sports or his views on the future of US Higher Education.



Kelly Palmer, CLO, Degreed

KELLY PALMER is on a mission to change the way the world learns. A well-known thought leader on learning, business, and career development, she is currently on the executive team of Degreed and was formerly the chief learning officer of LinkedIn. She is the co-author of the book The Expertise Economy: How the smartest companies use learning to engage, compete, and succeed which was named one of the best business books of 2019. She speaks regularly at companies and business conferences around the world, has been featured in Harvard Business Review, the Financial Times, Fast Company, Entrepreneur, Inc, and Barron’s among others. Kelly lives in San Francisco.


"Degreed has uniquely built its own technology category from the ground up and it is a hot one. They have also provided a blueprint for what best-in-class looks like as a product and a company."

Michael Rochell

Brandon Hall Group Chief Strategy Officer and Principal HCM Analyst