Are you ready for Skillsoft Perspectives 2020?


The world has come to a halt. The pandemic has altered the course of our lives and businesses. Many organizations are clueless about their future and are searching for ways to blend in. To help organizations understand the demands of our next normal, SumTotal and Skillsoft are organizing their annual learning conference—Perspectives 2020.

Perspectives 2020 

Perspectives 2020 is not your typical vendor conference. It manages to bring together an ensemble of L&D professionals from around the globe in an irresistible way. With respect to the travel restrictions and safety regulations, Skillsoft and SumTotal have announced that the conference will be a digital experience. The virtual conference will follow the sun and stream across five different time zones in its 24 hours run beginning at 9 am AEST on May 13 to 7 pm EDT on May 13th. 

Perspectives 2020 is free of cost and is open to all learning and talent professionals, business leaders, learners, and university students around the world. 

What to Expect in Perspectives 2020? 

The event promises to engage its attendees with 

  • Keynotes on Industry related topics 

  • Debates on remote workforce upskilling 

  • Case studies and presentation from global business leaders 

  • Product demonstrations by the vendor companies 

  • Ask-an-expert programs and executive tracks 

  • Interactive Q&A sessions for the user groups 

  • Free access to the content on Skillsoft's Percipio 

SumTotal and Skillsoft's Perspectives 2020 will feature internationally acclaimed speakers from various geographies tuning in to share their perspectives on various industry-related topics. Their sessions will focus on learning as a positive influence in times of persistence. To give you a peek into the event, here are a few highlights. 


Kicking off things globally, Skillsoft CMO, Michelle Boockoff-Bajdek, and Wall Street Journal's best-selling author of Fanocracy, David Meerman Scott will welcome the global audience to the full 24 hours digital experience. 

9:15 am to 9:45 am— Michelle Ockers, the founder of Learning Uncut, will welcome Australian audiences to the Perspectives 2020 main event and will follow it up with her keynote on how L&D teams can grow into performance partners that drive strategic business value. 

9:45 am to 10:00 am— Rosie Cairnes, Vice President APAC at Skillsoft joins Michelle Ockers in a Q&A session to discuss the challenges faced by today's workforces. 

11:00 am to 12:00 pm— Shawn Achor, Ted Talk Rockstar and the author of Big Potential & The Happiness Advantage, will share his accounts of research on positive thinking and its influence on workplace success.


Ester Martinez, CEO and Chief editor of People Matters welcomes audiences from South-East Asia. Soon, the Founder and CEO of Bronze Phoenix, Su-Yen Wong join us to moderate the discussion on business continuity planning and talent management strategies. 

11:30 am to 12:00 pm— Ally Watson, Founder and CEO of Code Like A Girl, will share her efforts to empower girls in the coding world unfolded. 


10:45 am to 11:30 am— Neelam Dhawan, Head of India Advisory Board at IBM joins the line-up to add her thoughts on designing the organizations of the future. 

12:00 pm to 12:45 pm— Anuranjita Kumar, an accomplished HR professional, author, and investor will brief us on diversity and inclusion during times of transformation. 

12:45 pm to 1:45 pm— Josh Bersin, Dean of Josh Bersin Academy, and a global industrial analyst will discuss the future of the corporate learning landscape. His session will focus on learning programs that create agile workforces, reskilling your current employees for new jobs, technology priorities, and the role of learning in the new normal. 


11:00 am to 11:45 am— British broadcaster, award-winning writer, and a celebrity host, Jez Rose will welcome the London audiences by sharing the knowledge and experiences he gathered while living on the world's first certified carbon-neutral honey farm.  

12:30 pm to 1:30 pm— Lucy Adams, Founder of Disruptive HR, will emphasize the significance of innovative approaches and fresh perspectives to leading, engaging, and developing leaders during times of crisis. 


10:45 to 11:30 am— Tara Westover, author of New York Times bestseller Educated: A Memoir will grace the mainstage with an inspiring story of her struggles for formal education. 

3:00 pm to 4:00 pm— Dr. Heidi Grant, Social Psychologist, who studies the science of motivation and communication will illuminate the benefits of a 'Get Better' mindset. Learn how to identify and develop a better mindset to influences your team and organization positively. 

Reinvent your workforce with Perspectives 2020 

Change is the only constant across all ages. But when it catches you off-guard; the capability to adapt is what defines the future of your enterprise. So far, our HR leaders played an instrumental role in driving business continuity. But in this new normal, if you are exploring ways to improve employee happiness, workforce potential, customer success, and retention, Perspectives 2020 is where you can start. 

Register today. So, we can learn and explore our inner potential together.  

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