Focus Australia (On Demand)

w/ NTT, Allianz Australia, David Blake, & Kelly Palmer

Making Your People Strategy Better: Technology, Strategy and Execution

Many learning leaders are looking to transform their approach to developing talent to meet the demands of our ever diverse and evolving workforce. And in today’s rapidly changing workforce, developing workers’ skills for today AND tomorrow has never been more important.

Many organizations are used to scaling for efficiency and standardization, but there’s more to think about in order to succeed now. The most advanced L&D and Talent teams are adjusting their strategy, skill sets and tech stack to create the conditions for continuous learning: diverse, always-on and precision-targeted at business and individual skills gaps.

There is no one better than the business and learning leaders from some of the most advanced companies like Allianz and NTT, to show us the way.

Kelly Palmer and David Blake, co-authors of the best selling book, The Expertise Economy, will lead an inspiring morning about learning transformation!

Attendees of Focus will enjoy: 

  • The opportunity to interact with 2 authors and thought leaders about how to make skills the focus of the organization
  • Hear from 2 Degreed customers who have modernized the learning experience at two global organizations
  • Real world examples of learning transformation and innovation
  • Networking with 70+ industry leaders

Register for the On Demand Recording

About Your Speakers

Anthony Shaw

Anthony Shaw, SVP, Strategic Projects, NTT

Anthony Shaw is a globally recognized technology leader with 12 years industry experience in software, cloud and talent management. In 2013, he joined Dimension Data (an NTT Group company) to manage and grow the software engineering team while also introducing automated testing and other best practices. Since Dimension Data was integrated to form NTT Ltd., Anthony has been leading the innovation and talent development team, where he’s overseeing the talent strategy and talent acquisition, as well as managing the Learning and Development functions. A tech enthusiast, Anthony has published numerous projects, courses, and blogs on tech languages and tools. He also makes regular appearances on tech podcasts and has published a book in 2020.


Melinda Bance, General Manager, Learning & Development, Allianz Australia

Melinda is a passionate Learning and Development professional in the role of General Manager of L&D at Allianz Australia where she is transforming the learning culture. After 20 years in business roles leading and developing teams providing end to end support services of paraplanning, technical, compliance, software and professional development to financial advisers in Financial Services, Melinda moved into HR. This career change was attributable to Melinda building her portfolio of transferable skills and her passion to develop, coach and mentor others to be their best. Previously at Westpac, since 2014 Melinda has been leading Learning and Development teams partnering with business leaders and organisations to build capability to achieve their business goals. Melinda has a Bachelor of Commerce major in Accounting, Certificate of Executive Leadership from AGSM, Diploma of Financial Planning from Deakin and is a busy mum with two teenage children.

David Blake

David Blake, Co-founder & Executive Chairman, Degreed

David Blake believes that learning is too important to stay the way it is and has spent his career innovating in higher education and lifelong learning. David is the co-founder and Executive Chairman of Degreed. Individuals and organizations use Degreed’s platform to discover and answer for all of their learning and skills. Prior to Degreed, he helped launched a competency-based, accredited university and was a founding team member at Zinch (acquired by Chegg NASDQ: CHGG). David was selected as a Top EdTech Entrepreneur by the Stanford d.School EdTech Lab, sponsored by Teach For America and NewSchools Venture Fund. He is the co-author of the book, The Expertise Economy: How the smartest companies use learning to engage, compete, and succeed and has been published in the Business Insider, Techcrunch, Getting Smart, and Huffington Post. He has spoken around the world on the topic of the future of learning, including at the ASU+GSV Education Innovation Summit, Close It: Skills Gap, Future of Learning and Working, EdTech Europe, Next Generation Learning: Europe, Work 2.0: Australia and at TEDx.


Kelly Palmer, Chief Learning & Talent 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.

"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