Focus New York (On Demand)

w/ Verizon, Kelly Palmer & Sarah Danzl

Work is fundamentally changing. The problem? More than 70% of companies still rely on old thinking and use outdated work methods and processes. So, what should organizations be doing differently? During this major transformation, people at all levels need to reimagine work and think about new kinds of jobs and careers. And companies need to create environments and experiences that will support this new reality.

Degreed's CLO Kelly Palmer describes "future ready" strategies and provides a framework for the new work experience that will help both companies and individuals thrive. Then listen in as William Beegle, Senior Manager, Learning & Development and Dwayne Thomas, Training Manager at Verizon, share their insights on how Verizon is reimagining work and skill development. 

This session will examine: 

  • How to put actionable plans in place to reimagine work, redefine jobs and careers, and replace old methods and thinking
  • How to use data to identify key skills most important for the workforce of the future
  • How to use that data for upskilling strategies
  • How to connect people to new opportunities as work evolves




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Dwayne Thomas, Training Manager, Verizon

Dwayne is a career learning technologist that possesses a tremendous amount of hope and optimism for where AI and Data Science can improve the learning experience. Currently he and his team are responsible for Verizon L&D's global LCMS, LMS, LXP, xAPI and Synchronous delivery platforms, plus the licensing and relationships for several of Verizon's external content providers. While not working, Dwayne enjoys time with his family, cycling on weekends to recharge, endures running, and enjoys running around snapping pictures with his oldest son.

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William Beegle, Senior Manager, Learning & Development, Verizon

Bill stands up learning technology to help Verizon employees learn and develop. His team keeps Degreed running and Experience API (xAPI) moving forward. In addition to L&D he's worn hats in sales, operations, and communications. He has expertise in Software as a Service (SaaS) platforms, mobile apps and gamification. He's a geek of the following disciplines: hockey, tennis, food, gaming and cats.


Kelly Palmer, Chief Learning Officer, 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.



Sarah Danzl, Director of PR & Communications, Degreed

Sarah has been actively involved in the learning space for 9 years, leading marketing and communications efforts in both corporate and startup capacities. She currently leads the Enterprise Communications and Content Development efforts on Degreed’s Product Marketing Team.

Prior to Degreed, Sarah served as the Senior Customer Marketing Manager at Xyleme where she worked closely with Fortune 500 clients to market their learning success and grow their comprehensive author/delivery solutions.

When she’s not developing new content, she can be found experimenting with new recipes or walking her two blockheads at the base of the Rockies in Boulder with her husband.

"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