Skillpod is a scalable personal development and skills coaching program that helps people build 7 skills critical for working and living in the digital age.
The Skillpod Vision
We are in a period of unprecedented economic change. Old business models are out and new disruptive models are growing. New models require that people have flexible, adaptable and agile, “21st Century skills”.
Our program focuses on 7 “soft” skills: Smarter Learning, Selfwork, Design and Innovation, Strategic Thinking, Teamwork, Communication and Information Management.
Skillpod helps you build skills required for success in the entrepreneurial economy.
The Skillpod Team
Co-Founder & CEO
Connie is a designer, entrepreneur, teacher and now Co-Founder of Skillpod, Inc. For the past 20 years, she has straddled the worlds of philanthropy and design, taking a design thinking and design-driven approach to social issues and social enterprise. She has taught and developed curriculum at the College level for 10 years, focusing on design research, design entrepreneurship and work/life skills.
Co-Founder, Program Lead,
Barry Wansbrough is a visionary educational reformer and founder of the peer tutoring program, Licensed to Learn, now reaching 3500 students. He has a master’s degree in school reform and served on the Clinical Ethics and Business committees at McMaster University. He is a sought after consultant both locally and internationally. His focus has been in preparing youth for the coming digital era: building technological systems into strong interpersonal learning communities.
Co-Founder & Program Lead,
B.A., M.A. (T)
Michaele is an outstanding leader, collaborator and communicator with expertise in conflict resolution. With over 50 years experience as a teacher, coach, school head, she has demonstrated a lifetime of commitment to excellence in learning. She is very active in community boards and is sought after as Chair. While her career previously focused on ways in which school systems could better enhance learning, she is now focused on the mobility and personalization of learning that will help students succeed.
Business Development Advisor
Business Strategy Advisor
Palu is a tech entrepreneur turned enterprise sales enthusiast.
She is passionate about supporting and encouraging more women to work in sales and technology. She was the founder of WinSales, a non-profit dedicated to advancing the careers of women in sales. She is also the VP, Corporate Relations for Young Women in Business and a mentor for League of Innovators, Forum for Women Entrepreneurs, Women in Tech and Women in Leadership.
Asra RiZwan Khan
E-Learning Program Designer
Asra is a learning designer and entrepreneur with 6+ years of experience at the intersection of academia, development, and the tech ecosystem. She specializes in developing training programs for youth and women focusing on upskilling, entrepreneurship, and leadership. Leading her social enterprise, OpenMic Pakistan, she has impacted 6000+ youth through social learning and economic development programs. She is a grant recipient of United States Institute of Peace and has been a scholarship recipient to Harvard Project for Asian & International Relations. She has an undergraduate degree in Software Engineering.
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