Women head each section of the Top 100 E-learning Movers and Shakers list

This year’s annual list of the Top 100 most influential people in the world’s corporate e-learning sector sees women occupying the top spot – for the first time – in each of the List’s four sections: “The Elite”, “Premier Platinum”, “Gold Standard” and “Silver”.

The Top 100 Movers and Shakers’ List represents the views of a number of key people about the personalities who lead the corporate online learning world.

“This year’s List shows some significant movement in individual placings compared with last year’s List – with 15 ‘New Entries’, the highest of which is at number 59,” commented the judges’ chairman, Bob Little. “Maybe this illustrates the vibrancy and volatility of this still relatively youthful industry sector.”

He added, “Naturally, I’m deeply grateful to all the judges for generously providing their time and expertise – and to eLearning Industry for its continued encouragement and support in this project which, hopefully, offers some recognition to the industry’s leading exponents, thinkers and promoters.”

Selected highlights from the 2018 Movers and Shakers List in Corporate E-Learning are:
NB Figures in brackets show last year’s position, if appropriate

The Elite

  1. Laura Overton – an international speaker and Managing Director of Towards Maturity (3)
  2. Elliott Masie – head of The MASIE Center, a New York think tank focused on how organizations can support learning and knowledge within the workforce. (1)
  3. Harold Jarche – the Canada-based “thought catalyst”, writer and blogger and champion of “learning how to learn”. (5)
  4. Clark Quinn – principal of the Internet Time Alliance and executive director of Quinnovation, specialising in helping organizations get value from their technology investments to support learning, performance, and development. (21)
  5. Patti Shank – founder of Learning Peaks, and an internationally recognized expert on, and advocate for, the pragmatics of the design of information and instruction to help people do what they need to do. (12)
  6. Jane Hart – a workplace learning and collaboration advisor, writer and international speaker who’s active on social media. Founder of C4LPT. (7)
  7. Colin Steed – founder of Learning Now TV, co-founder and former CEO of the Learning and Performance Institute. (18)
  8. Sunder Ramachandran – Mumbai-based General Manager, Training at GSK Pharmaceuticals India, and writer, speaker and blogger. (9)
  9. Ian Smout – with Mark Penton, a Director at Principal Media Ltd and an organizer of the annual Learning Technologies brand around the world; owner of E-Learning Age and the E-Learning Age Awards. (16)
  10. Rebecca Stromeyerowner of ICWE, which runs E-Learning Africa, ‘bringing best thinking together’. (2)

Premier Platinum

  1. 26. Helen Blunden – director of social learning at Activate Learning Solutions, in

Melbourne, Australia, founder of Third Place, a co-working and networking
community for learning professionals across six Australian cities and a correspondent on Learning Now TV. (31)

Gold Standard

  1. Genny Dixon – head of research at the industry benchmarking specialist,

Towards Maturity. (76)


  1. Susan Derkach – head of global learning, group HR at adidas group. (84)
  2. Ai Addyson-Zhang – A Chinese national, currently living in South Korea, who hosts a Facebook live show, Classroom Without Walls: Using Technology to Reimagine Education.

“Bubbling under” Bronze
Heading the list of those who just missed out on making this year’s list included:

  • Maha Bali – Associate Professor of Practice, at Center for Learning and Teaching, American University in Cairo, Egypt.

The full list is available at https://elearningindustry.com/press-releases/corporate-elearning-movers-and-shakers-list-2018, and http://boblittlepr.com/women-head-each-section-of-the-top-100-e-learning-movers-and-shakers-list/

About Bob Little Press & PR
Bob Little Press & PR provides business-to-business public relations (PR) services, telling the truth as you would want it told. Over the years, it has drawn many of its clients from the learning technologies sector, especially corporate e-learning. Currently, it has clients from around the world in this sector and the firm’s senior partner, Bob Little, is well known internationally as a writer, author and commentator on online learning.

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