Starting at Udemy just one year ago, the company named Shelley Osborne “Rookie of the Year” in 2017. Osborne has done a lot in her first year and Udemy VP and General Manager Darren Shimkus praised Osborne for her patience when she first began in taking the time to listen to employees and take a pulse of the company’s needs.
From there, Osborne, 35, has created an L&D culture that’s built on continuous development with a growth mindset. The Drop Everything and Learn program exemplifies that learning philosophy. Osborne encourages employees to learn on the DEAL platform during office hours and take any course that appeals to them personally or professionally.
Osborne also spearheaded the use of the virtual reality game, “Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes,” which helped bridge geographic communication barriers and cultural differences among the company’s global offices.
Beyond learning, Osborne also has a passion for ensuring employees are growing personally. She helped implement a companywide wellness month, during which Udemy instructors can take in-person wellness sessions on meditation and healthy eating.
— Ave Rio