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Shelley Osborne

Head of LearningModal

Walnut Creek, CA

Member Since April 2021


Curriculum Development


Shelley Osborne is passionate about creating corporate learning cultures that enable continuous skills development and nurture a growth mindset to drive employee engagement and company performance. She has over fifteen years of experience across the education, consulting, and corporate sectors. Recently, Shelley was the Vice President of Learning at Udemy, where she led the company’s learning strategy and continuous upskilling of employees globally. In her work, she often leverages innovative technologies and fresh approaches like virtual reality and gamification to drive lasting engagement. Before Udemy, Shelley was the Vice President of Learning & Development at Farside HR Solutions, where she advised early- and late-stage companies on learning and talent strategy, skill development and leadership programs. Before moving into the professional learning and development space, Shelley had a successful career as a classroom teacher in Canada for almost a decade. Today, she teaches on the Udemy platform and over 150,000 students are enrolled in her courses spanning topics such as how to give and receive feedback, growing as a manager, and others. Shelley speaks regularly at industry events such as TEDWomen, ATD International Conference, DevLearn, and Unleash. She contributes to numerous publications, including Entrepreneur, Fast Company, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation. Shelley has also provided expert commentary in The Wall Street Journal, CNBC, Cheddar TV, Inc., and more. Drawing from her experience, Shelley is the author of the McGraw Hill book, The Upskilling Imperative: Five Ways to Make Learning Core to the Way We Work, which examines how companies can create, implement, and maintain thriving learning cultures. “Don’t set out in life to be an interesting person; set out to be an interested person.” John W. Gardner

Published content

How to break the curse of perfectionism


In my experience, very few people want to talk about mistakes—they only want to highlight the wins. This is a huge missed opportunity for learning for individuals, as well as for work teams.

7 lessons for driving your career forward


The key to success? You have to take control of the wheel.

Here's how to build a successful power team at work

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Every single person on your team—in the early days—needs to have an entrepreneurial spirit. If you want to launch a growing business and be successful, it's important to create a strong mission statement and surround yourself with folks who are willing to put in the work because they're passionate about what they do. Business leaders should also look for people who can carry out core values and continue to foster a positive company culture that lives up to the brand that the founder envisions.  It may be difficult to obtain the best talent in the market, so start with the peers in your network who respect what you're already doing and are happy to support what you stand for. Below, 11 expert panelists from Fast Company Executive Board suggest other leading traits business owners and managers should think about when they are trying to match a job candidate within their company. 

Why learning together is the future of online education


Learning is a verb—and we have to rethink how we design effective learning experiences.

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