Focus Stockholm (On Demand)

w/ Ericsson, Chris Milligan & Kat Kennedy

According to the World Economic Forum, automation is predicted to displace some 75 million jobs over the next decade. So where should business leaders focus their efforts today to ensure their organization remains competitive? 

Widespread skills shortages are driving organizations to up-skill in-demand skills across their entire workforce, including internal and external workers. Through understanding what skills exist across the business and providing clear learning pathways for all types of workers, irrelevant of status - organizations shift their focus to long-term business strategy. In this session, we’ll assess the current market and give actionable advice on understanding and building your workforce skills strategy, now and for the future. 


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Peter Sheppard, Head of Global L&D Ecosystem, Ericsson

An expert at leading transformation in corporate learning. Leading change in learning strategy, technology, business alignment, impact measurement, leading edge learning methods, learning design and operations. A driver of corporate learning to achieve business impact. Commercially focused with the ability to inspire improvement both globally and at European levels.

In 2007 I began to specialise more in learning & development due to a strong belief in its business relevance and the ability of individuals to improve and grow. Not looking back I progressed through UK, European and global roles having shown what can be achieved to make learning an important activity at all levels of an organisation. My current role is focused on leading an international team to develop Ericsson's capability as a learning organisation.

 A broad HR background in L&D, talent management, employee relations and general HR. Worked with all aspects of business including sales, manufacturing, research and development. Experience in "blue chip" tech companies: IBM, Philips Electronics and Ericsson.

 As a Fellow of both the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development and Learning & Performance Institute I am keen to learn from others with a constant open mind on the best ways to learn within organisation. International speaker on key L&D topics.


Chris Milligan, Chief Executive Offier, Adepto

After spending the early part of his career as a management consultant, building a multi-million-pound business and subsequently winning a place on the Australian Institute of Management’s “Top 30 under 30” – Australian born entrepreneur, Chris Milligan, founded the global SaaS company – Adepto. In 2013, Adepto’s first office was opened in Brisbane, Australia followed by London, UK in 2017 and New York, USA in 2019 – as a result of increasing involvement with global brands focused on the Total Talent agenda. Chris is an established Total Talent thought leader, influencer and award winner - recently invited to speak at a number of events including Leaderex 2019 and SIA Collaboration in the Gig Economy US 2019, and invited to write for HRD Connect, Catalyst Magazine and many more.


Kat Kennedy, Chief Experience Officer, Degreed

Kat Kennedy is a problem solver, passionate about making great products that help people lead more productive lives. Kat has worked with top companies and brands in leading their properties to be the best in the industry. As part of the founding team at Degreed, she has helped build the company into an award-winning earning platform. She was awarded the Rising Star in the 2016 Women in Tech Council for her accomplishments in making significant contributions to technology.

"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