Getting to Know Roundtable: Shahed Barrak

This week, we sat down with Roundtable’s Shahed Barrak to talk about her role, learning & development (L&D), and industry trends she finds interesting. 


What does your title mean? What do you do for Roundtable?

As a Project Manager for Roundtable, I plan and oversee projects from start to finish by monitoring the timeline, budget, and scope, all while keeping stakeholders informed. I also work with the project team to document lessons learned post-project and continuously improve our work. 


How did you get into L&D?

I originally started my career as a mental health therapist, but changed lanes after I became curious about the business side of things. After getting my MBA, I found I have a knack for project management and have worked on a variety of projects that utilize these skills. When I joined Roundtable in this role, L&D paired well with my existing project management skillset.  


What is a trend in L&D that’s exciting to you? 

A trend in L&D that’s exciting to me is the incorporation of future learning technologies, specifically augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR), into training programs. 


What would you say is the most important part of building a training program?

The most important part of building a training program is understanding learning objectives and the best way to teach them to the learners. Organizations may know their learning objectives, but it’s critical that their training program represents these objectives and meets them. 


Finish the sentence. Learning is essential to an organization because…

… it helps employees continually grow while building on their personal and professional skills. 


What is something you have done in this role this year that you are proud of?

I’m proud of a few things I’ve been able to accomplish in this role so far this year. I’m proud of structuring project management and reporting at Roundtable, as well as finding ways to improve our processes and learn from each project. 


What are some interesting facts about you?

-I was born in Iraq.

-My name means honey.


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