801 Accelerating the Skills Transformation for the Future of Work

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Thursday, May 28

As global markets tighten and unemployment rates rise rapidly, new skills requirements emerge while other skills are becoming obsolete. The half-life of skills continues to shrink, while the time it takes to close a skills gap has ballooned.

In this research-based session, you'll learn about IBM's strategies and how your organization can translate these into tactics. You’ll learn the three recommendations that have a substantial impact on closing skills gaps. We’ll discuss personalization at scale, where companies foster a culture of continuous learning and personalize parts of the employee life cycle to build and reward continual skill growth. We’ll explore the importance of increasing transparency. With the use of advanced analytics, AI, machine learning, and market-based skill data, we can transparently signal to employees the roles and skills that are growing in market demand. And finally, we’ll look at ways to leverage open technology architecture to share talent across internal boundaries and remain competitive.

Sonia Malik

Learning Strategist


Sonia Malik is a solution pathfinder at IBM. She has more than 20 years of experience in the technology industry, spanning both US and international markets. Her background encompasses recruiting and talent management, education and training, strategic alliances, technical and operational roles, team management, account management, skills development, content development, website design, and content curation.

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