Perspectives on digital innovation, corporate social impact, and the future of work
Vivek Sharma
Vivek Sharma teaches business innovation to graduate data science & MBA students at USC Marshall. He is the CEO & Co-Founder of InStride, a strategic enterprise education™ company, enabling leading employers to provide career-boosting online education to their employees, through leading academic partners. In 2020, InStride was recognized with Inc.’s Best in Business award and as one of Fortune’s Impact 20 companies globally.
Vivek co-founded InStride after five years at The Walt Disney Company, where he was the Senior Vice President, Digital Guest Experience & eCommerce, for theme parks, resorts, cruises, restaurants and retail businesses globally. Prior to Disney, he spent four years with Yahoo as General Manager for Yahoo Mail & Messenger, and Vice President of Yahoo Search products. Earlier in his career, Vivek was an Associate Partner with the technology practice of McKinsey & Company.
As an Independent Board Director for JetBlue Airways (NASDAQ: JBLU), Vivek serves as chairman of the Technology committee and member of the Audit committee. Vivek is the author of two books, "C-SPARK: CEO-led Workforce Education for the AGE of AND" and "WIREFRAMED: Simplifying Digital Innovation for Business Leaders." He graduated from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi and holds an MBA from INSEAD, France.
July 29, 2021

Why companies are falling short in their workforce education programs

As time progresses, we will see the companies investing in their employees’ education reap the rewards of a more engaged workforce, better progress on DE&I initiatives, and above-average recruitment and retention – all issues that keep CEOs aw

July 22, 2021

Transformer Talks with John Caplan, President - North America & Europe, Alibaba

Attracting and finding talent is one of the biggest challenges facing small and medium sized businesses in 2021.

March 22, 2021

How Entrepreneurs Can Solve the Higher Education Problem

By approaching enterprise education with purpose, businesses can impact their bottom lines while simultaneously igniting a fundamental shift in higher education.

January 25, 2021

The Post-Pandemic Economy Needs Stronger Workforce Education

Today, it’s more important than ever to support employees’ professional development and career advancement while holding workforce education accountable for business objectives such as growth, retention, productivity, culture and digital transform

December 07, 2020

HRChat Interview with Vivek Sharma: Providing Employees with Further Education

There are many barriers standing in the way of someone earning a degree, whether it be socio-economic, distance, lack of time, lack of resources, or the extra pressures created by the 2020 pandemic.

November 10, 2020

Why Restaurants Should Serve Up Career Advancement Opportunities

As quick-service restaurant sales bounce back, companies need to continue investing in their employees and prepare for what comes next.

October 07, 2020

Upskilling and Retraining are Keys to Revitalizing America's Workforce

We have an incredible opportunity to come together for the greater good by supporting the Upskilling and Retraining Assistance Act.

August 24, 2020

Uplifting the Leisure and Hospitality Workforce Through Education

Workers throughout the leisure and hospitality industry demonstrated their resilience throughout the pandemic and hold the keys to future success not only for themselves, but for companies who hire them.

July 29, 2020

The value proposition of joint ventures in employer-supported strategic education

Colleges and universities are grappling with myriad disruptive external forces and COVID-19 has accelerated the need for these institutions to intelligently diversity their offerings as part of a broader strategy to become more resilient.

July 24, 2020

Expanding Telehealth in a Post COVID-19 World through Workplace Education

Like many market segments, the healthcare industry continues to quickly adapt to the next normal, as healthcare professionals and patients use telehealth at unprecedented levels.