• September 3, 2020
HCMx Radio 155: COVID-19 Redevelopment and Reskilling Your Workforce

Guest: Lou Tedrick, VP – Global Learning & Development at Verizon

Lou is a Human Resources professional with expertise in organization development, learning and development, and employee relations. At Verizon, Lou is responsible for enterprise-wide learning and development including: Leadership Development, Product Training; CS & Sales Skills Training (consumer & business channels); Systems/Process/Policy Training; HR/Compliance Training; Network & IT Technical Training; Tuition Assistance; L&D Systems, Operations & Analytics and online performance support. Lou manages a virtual team of over 900 learning professionals across the globe.  Under her leadership, Verizon ranked #11 in the 2019 ATD BEST and has ranked among the BEST for 6 consecutive years. Verizon Wireless/Verizon has also been recognized 12 consecutive years as a Training magazine Top 125 organization, ranking #1 in 2012 and 2013. Verizon was inducted into the Training Top 10 Hall of Fame in 2014 where they remain an active member. Her team has received numerous Brandon Hall Group HCM Excellence Awards annually and ROI Institute Award of Excellence for Best Impact Study in 2013 and 2014.  Lou earned a Master of Labor and Human Resources, Master of Science and Bachelor of Science, all from The Ohio State University.

About Verizon Verizon is one of the largest communication technology companies in the world. With over 150 locations, Verizon is a global leader delivering innovative communications and technology solutions that improve the way our customers live, work, learn and play. Founded in 2000, the company operates America’s most reliable wireless network and the nation’s premier all-fiber network, and delivers integrated solutions to businesses worldwide. With brands like Yahoo, TechCrunch and HuffPost, the company’s media group helps consumers stay informed and entertained, communicate and transact, while creating new ways for advertisers and partners to connect.

Topics and questions include:

  • How does Verizon define “reskilling”?
  • What necessitated the reskilling at Verizon?
  • How did store closures impact this decision?
  • What was the role of chat and messaging in Customer Service?
  • How did you determine who would get reskilled for what roles?
  • Did employees have a role in reskilling decisions?
  • What did your reskilling learning experience entail?
  • What roles did they get reassigned to?
  • How long did it take to reskill them?
  • How did they do?
  • What did you learn from the experience?

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Rachel Cooke

Chief Operating Officer Rachel Cooke Rachel is responsible for business operations including overseeing client services, research events and project management. Prior to joining Brandon Hall Group, Rachel was the Chief Operating Officer Co-founder of AC Growth. Rachel has over 15 years of experience in sales, marketing, business development, and sales performance management. Prior to AC Growth, she held several senior management roles and was on the leadership team at Bersin & Associates, a pioneer analyst firm in e-learning and now industry leading HR and talent Research Company. In her Senior Director role, Rachel developed the strategy and led the commercial execution of the solution provider vertical, and grew the vertical into the company’s largest market segment. In her role as Director of Sales, Rachel developed and led a team of senior account executives focused on acquiring global strategic accounts. Rachel was solely responsible for developing key business relationships with over ninety companies including industry icons, such as: Adidas, Hewlett-Packard, Toyota, Oracle, Starbucks, Avnet, Boeing, Kaiser Permanente, Safeway Inc., Wells Fargo, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Clorox and Affiliated Computer Services. Rachel began her career in the banking, media and hospitality industries. In these industries, Rachel held several key senior management and executive sales positions. Rachel received a BA in social science and interdisciplinary studies with honors from Florida Atlantic University. Rachel continued her postgraduate education by completing a series of executive management education courses from American Management Association.

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