Leveraging Academies as Your New Go-to Skill-Building Tool

Wednesday, September 27, 2023 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT

Host: Association for Talent Development
By: Jen Collins, Sr. Director Client Experience, Academies at Degreed and Christine Crouch, Director, Future of Work, BMO

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Let’s face it, leaders aren’t getting more time in the day, and skill gaps are growing—fast. The solution isn’t giving up control or hiring externally. Instead, optimize workforce learning to make quick and thorough skill building an inevitable outcome.

How? Daily micro-learning content alone isn’t enough to combat the rapid pace of widening skill gaps. People don’t become marathon runners by reading about it, and the same is true for any skill. Your employees need deeper opportunities to learn beyond content consumption and to build skills on your schedule. And this upskilling method doesn’t have to be time consuming or burdensome for administrators. That’s where technology comes into play—learning solutions like academies can help.

Join Christine Crouch, director of the future of work at BMO, and Jen Collins, senior director of client experience – Academies at Degreed, to uncover the ins and outs of this innovative solution.

You’ll explore how academies can:
• Simplify and elevate learning experiences
• Engage employees
• Reduce the burden on administrators
• Efficiently close skill gaps

Primary Capability Covered: Technology Application

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Jen Collins
Jen Collins

Sr. Director Client Experience, Academies at Degreed

Jen Collins is a learning strategist, consultant, speaker, and facilitator passionate about talent development, particularly skill-specific learning programs and academies. She has consulted and facilitated learning experiences on a variety of topics for all levels of employees across B2B and B2C businesses, drawing on her combined experience in L&D and marketing to understand learner motivations and drive engagement.

Jen has more than 20 years of marketing and business management experience, with a focus on talent development for the past five years. She lives at the Lake of the Ozarks, and outside of work, Jen volunteers as an emergency medical responder (EMR) and firefighter for her local fire department.

Christine Crouch
Christine Crouch

Director, Future of Work, BMO

Christine works with business leaders and HR partners across the enterprise to establish and advance a multiyear skills strategy that will help guide how we equip and mobilize employees to meet the challenges of today, support employees in actively developing and preparing for the future, and drive upskilling and reskilling priorities to support business needs.

During her career, Christine has moved between HR and business roles, working across HR program delivery and change management; personal banking branch management; payments, products, and partnerships; and learning and development. She holds a master’s degree in business administration (MBA) from Dalhousie University, specializing in change strategy and human resource management.