At the end of 2018, I found myself beginning an exciting new position as chief learning officer of the Kraft Heinz Company. Having been in learning and development for more than 20 years, I was to be responsible for creating a culture of continuous learning, bold creativity, and intellectual curiosity; for driving training and learning initiatives at one of the largest food companies in the world. It was a great challenge.
I launched Let's Learn Our Way Through It, Shall We? (365 Days of Learning) on a snowy day in Canada, during a ride from a leadership retreat to the Toronto airport, heading home to Chicago. I made a daily commitment. I made a promise: every day for a year, I would learn something new, and would share it with the organization through our internal social media channel. This journal is now a vessel for you to do the same.
Your daily learning moment can be just a few minutes long or if inspired, a few hours. Consuming articles, eLearning courses, podcasts, books, and everyday interactions. This journal allows you to spend time each day writing, reflecting on what you learned. Use this journal to commit to a learning practice of your own-because by learning, reflecting, and sharing, we empower others as well as yourself. Let's Learn Our Way Through It, Shall We? (365 Days of Learning) is the foundation of a learning transformation. A vibrant learning practice is an important ingredient to fuel any transformation.
There is power in making a commitment to be a lifelong learner. There is power in making a commitment to start a new habit-even if you start with a few minutes a day. There is power in deciding to be the Chief Learning Officer of your life as you continue to work toward the best version of yourself.
Welcome to the next 365 days of your life. Let's learn our way through it, shall we?
About the Author
Ekpedeme Pamay M. Bassey is a lifelong learner who loves laughter, words, big ideas and serving her community. She is Chief Learning and Diversity Officer for the Kraft Heinz Company, where she creates an inclusive culture of continuous learning, bold creativity, and intellectual curiosity, drives the company's global training and learning strategy, programs and initiatives. Pamay is also Chief Experience Officer of the My 52 Weeks of Worship Project, through which she facilitates courageous conversations about cultural and interfaith diversity, inclusion, and understanding. Her 2018 TEDx talk, Navigating Sacred Spaces, is based on her project work and her book: My 52 Weeks of Worship: Lessons from a Global, Spiritual, Interfaith Journey.