A cosmic conversation about the advantages of communities of practice

2nd July 2024
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Drew Pontikis's profile
Drew Pontikis

Head of Social Learning

Kulas Angeles's profile
Kulas Angeles

Director, DevOps Coach

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Talk Description

During this cosmic conversation, Drew and Kulas delve into the concept of Communities of Practice (CoPs) and its significance in fostering collaborative learning and professional development. 

together, they explain how CoPs enable individuals to share knowledge, enhance skills and drive innovation within organisations. 

The discussion highlights practical examples and strategies for successfully implementing CoPs to create a supportive and engaging environment for continuous improvement. 

What you’ll learn

By the end of this talk, you'll be able to:

  • Explore real-world examples and case studies that illustrate the successful application of CoPs
  • Learn about the key benefits of participating in CoPs and acquire strategies for effectively implementing and maintaining these communities within an organisation
  • Understand what Communities of Practice are and their role in enhancing collaborative learning and professional development
Drew Pontikis's profile'

Drew Pontikis

Head of Social Learning

My name is Drew, and I help communities succeed. I currently work in Manchester for PwC as Head of Social Learning, and lead our Communities of Practice Enablement team. Although my background has been in various software testing, test management and quality leadership positions, I've been lucky enough to spend the past few years of my career working with a wide variety of different types of communities of practice in different tech spaces and domains. My passions are people, social learning and wellbeing. My background is mainly in software testing, quality leadership and - briefly and unsuccessfully - as a food critic.
Kulas Angeles's profile'

Kulas Angeles

Director, DevOps Coach

Kulas, or Mark Nicholas Angeles, is currently a Director, DevOps Coach with Sun Life Financial. Kulas is a seasoned Engineering leader with more than 15 years of experience in IT mostly in quality engineering and DevOps. He worked with different companies mainly in the financial and insurance industries, such as the Development Bank of Singapore, Chubb Insurance, Manulife Financial, and RBC as a quality engineering leader supporting different activities in quality engineering and automation. Kulas holds a Master of Technology Management and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science degree from the University of the Philippines. Kulas is an Associate Certified Coach and a member of the International Coaching Federation focusing mainly on Life and Transition coaching for individuals, teams, and groups. He finished his life coaching training at the Institute of Professional Excellence in Coaching in Toronto, Canada. Outside work, Kulas is a husband and a father to his 3 beautiful children. He also plays the drums, has a love for obstacle course racing, and is a Jesus follower.
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