Forbes’ 30 Under 30 List once again features several millennial leaders in learning and development. As Forbes editors Caroline Howard and Natalie Sportelli write, “The burning desire of youth to reinvent the world” never grows old, and these young innovators are helping us discover new ways of training and engaging employees.


Integrating Learning Into Talent Strategy and Networking

Hilary Shirazi, senior manager of corporate development at LinkedIn, was reportedly critical to the company’s $1.5 billion acquisition of in 2015. The acquisition expanded LinkedIn’s strategy from being a professional networking platform to encompass e-learning as well, highlighting the importance of learning to talent strategy. This week, LinkedIn announced a new partner program to help organizations integrate LinkedIn learning content into their LMS.

Personalized Health Care and Medical Education

Shiv Gaglani, co-founder of Osmosis, was named to the list for his platform, which personalizes education for health professionals who are still in school, studying for board exams or learning on the job. The company also produces animated videos on health topics. Gaglani is currently working on his M.D. at Johns Hopkins.

AI-Powered Learning Tools

Zeina Barr, Ethan Barhydt and Daria Rose Evdokimova were named to the list for founding or co-founding companies offering artificial intelligence (AI)-powered tools. Barr’s company, Raise the Barr, creates interactive diversity and inclusion training using AI and chatbots. Barhydt and Evdokimova are the co-founders of VoiceOps, which uses AI to transcribe and analyze sales reps’ conversations to inform better coaching. Artificial intelligence is one of the trends for 2018 explored by Training Industry CEO Doug Harward in the November/December 2017 issue of Training Industry Magazine, and it will be interesting to see what platforms are developed next year.

Building Comprehensive Training Programs

Michael Garland and Percia Safar founded Prelude, an enterprise commerce platform backed by Y Combinator, in 2015. The startup was acquired by WorkRamp in 2016, and now, Garland and Safar are on the leadership team for the company, which builds training software informed by data analytics. This year, they announced The WorkRoom, a platform that connects training professionals with experts at companies including Airbnb, Uber, Mixpanel and Eero for access to best practices and materials.

Finding Purpose

Arthur Woods, co-founder of Imperative, leads partnerships and business development at the company. The Imperative platform uses predictive interactive assessments aimed at helping companies hire purpose-driven employees, empower current employees to drive their own learning, align individual purpose with team and organizational purpose, and use predictive analytics to develop training strategies.

Stay tuned next year for the 2019 list. What L&D innovators will come out of the woodwork by then?