How Zelis Makes Learning and Development Effective for Tech Staff

Kali Durgampudi on How Tools, Training and Mobility Help in Nurturing Leadership
Kali Durgampudi, chief technology officer at Zelis

Contrary to the belief that learning and development (also known as training and development) is an HR prerogative, Kali Durgampudi, chief technology officer at Zelis, came up with a disruptive idea - a separate learning and development department for tech organization.

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Mixed with some routine fundamentals like online courses and guest lectures, Durgampudi has introduced ideas such as 'lunch and learn' and 'Wednesday wisdom' to increase the development and skilling opportunities.

"In a high-paced, high-velocity culture, the tech workforce needs to destress and maintain a balance. It is important for technology leaders to apply a scientific approach toward learning and leadership development," Durgampudi says. "Concepts like vertical and horizontal mobility are important tenets to provide growth opportunities and suitable work environment."

In this video interview with Information Security Media Group, Durgampudi discusses:

  • Importance of learning and development in tech organizations;
  • Creating a blend of knowledge-based and destressing learning opportunities;
  • Necessity of processes, tools, training and mobility in leadership development.

With more than 20 years of experience, Durgampudi has held leadership positions in Nuance Communications, Greenway Health and Chime Innovation before joining Zelis as the chief technology officer. He also serves as an honorary member on the board of advisors of Zinnov.

About the Author

Rahul Neel Mani

Rahul Neel Mani

Founding Director of Grey Head Media and Vice President of Community Engagement and Editorial, ISMG

Neel Mani comes with more than 25 years of experience in B2B technology and telecom journalism. He has worked in various leadership editorial roles in the past, including incubating and successfully running Grey Head Media for 11 years. In his current role, Neel Mani is responsible for building and nurturing communities in both technology and security domains for various ISMG brands. Prior to starting Grey Head Media, he worked with 9.9 Media, IDG India and Indian Express.

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