Panel: Learning and Development for the Data Driven Age


Earlier this year, the world economic forum released a report on upskilling for shared prosperity, it was a call to action stating that closing the skills gap could add up between 5 to 6.5 trillion US dollars to global GDP by 2030.

Now more than ever, the learning and development function has never been more important when it comes to raising data literacy and competencies throughout the organization. In this panel, Kerrie O’Sullivan & Sheil Naik from the Bloomberg Global Data team, and Marcus Robertson from NatWest Group, will discuss the importance of L&D for data-driven organizations, best practices designing digital-first learning experiences, and how they go about sustaining a learning culture in their organizations.

Key Takeaways:

  • The importance of learning and development for any data-driven organization.

  • The importance of data skills training—and best practices for designing digital-first learning experiences.

  • Best practices when aligning learning and development to business objectives, and galvanizing a learning culture. 

Sheil Naik

Technical Trainer at Bloomberg

Sheil Naik serves as a Technical Trainer for Bloomberg's Global Data division, where he’s worked for four years. Sheil has spent seven additional years at Bloomberg working as a data analyst looking for insightful data trends in real estate, equities, and security ownership data. In his current role, Sheil helps upskill Bloomberg's 1,500+ global data employees worldwide on data technologies, including Python for Data Analysis and Data Science, SQL, Data Modeling, Git & GitHub, and more. Sheil also develops Qlik Sense analytics dashboards to help Bloomberg’s managers and training teams better understand the impact of the company’s training efforts.

Marcus Robertson

Global Curriculum Lead at NatWest Group

Marcus Robertson serves as the Global Curriculum Lead at NatWest Group. He has worked at NatWest in Learning and Development for 8 years after 21 years of HR and L&D experience in the consumer goods industry. Currently, he’s focused on building learning solutions to support building digital and data skills ranging from data science to data literacy — such as the award-winning NatWest Data Academy.

Kerrie O'Sullivan

EMEA Training Manager for Global Data at Bloomberg

Kerrie O'Sullivan has 18 years of experience at Bloomberg and leads learning and development for Global Data EMEA. Her combined business experience along with facilitation design, delivery, evaluation, and coaching skills will be leveraged in this panel. Kerrie is also a member of Bloomberg Women’s Community and Women In Tech Community. Kerrie is passionate about helping others to up-skill and drive their careers!

Adel Nehme

Data Science Evangelist at DataCamp

Adel is a Data Science educator, speaker, and Evangelist at DataCamp where he has released various courses and live training on data analysis, machine learning, and data engineering. He is passionate about spreading data skills and data literacy throughout organizations and the intersection of technology and society. He has an MSc in Data Science and Business Analytics. In his free time, you can find him hanging out with his cat Louis.

Connect with Adel on LinkedIn and Twitter.

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