About the Author – The Upskilling Imperative: 5 Ways to Make Learning Core to the Way We Work


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.

Currently, Shelley is the Vice President of Learning at Udemy, where she leads the company’s learning strategy and continuous upskilling of over 600 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 15,000 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 for The Wall Street Journal, CNBC, Cheddar TV, Inc., and more.