Preparing for the Expertise Economy with Kelly Palmer from Degreed

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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. Prior to LinkedIn, Kelly was vice president of learning at Yahoo! and held executive positions in learning, M&A, and product development at Sun Microsystems.

She is the co-author of the book The Expertise Economy: How the smartest companies use learning to engage, compete, and succeed.

She speaks regularly at companies and business conferences around the world, has been featured in Harvard Business Review, the Financial Times, Fast Company, Forbes, Entrepreneur, Inc., Chief Learning Officer (CLO), and on Bloomberg radio. Kelly has a Bachelor of Arts in English/communications and a Master of Science in adult learning and education technology. Kelly lives in San Francisco.


  • Kelly’s background from Sun Micro and productive developmenet and then learning under Karie Willyerd
  • How Kelly started exploring ways to leverage technology in learning at Yahoo!
  • Kelly was recruited to LinkedIn in 2012 to develop a new learning platform
  • The trends that are changing the way people work
  • Acceleration – how fast things are happening in the world of work
  • The different ways that people are learning and sharing information and content
  • How content was created at Sun and how Sun was ahead of its time
  • Innovation means trying things, iterating and seeing if things stick
  • The unique opportunity that Kelly had to work at LinkedIn
  • Why Kelly hired a small development team to develop a learner platform
  • What is Degreed and how they broaden the definition of what they mean by learning
  • Learning in the Flow of Work
  • People want learning when they need and that meets there needs
  • The new paradigm of learning and how to leverage a learning ecosystem
  • The power of in person learning and creating a journey with a platform
  • The important components to having a complete learning strategy
  • The biggest challenge of our time and the importance of upskilling and “reskilling” of the workforce
  • The example of Unilever and what the CLO is doing there to put together a skills strategy
  • What Kelly is seeing with regards to degrees and certifications
  • Are universities preparing students for the future of work?
  • Learning needs to be more skill based than curriculum based


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