Fred Harburg (November 2002)
Then: Chief Learning Officer and President, Motorola University at Motorola
Now: Managing Partner at Harburg Consulting LLC
After leaving Motorola, Fred Harburg joined Fidelity Investments as senior vice president of leadership and learning. Five years ago, he established his own firm and serves as an executive coach, speaker, consultant and trainer. In 2010, Harburg received the Gold Hermes Award for Innovation for a training video series he created with Second City Communication.
Quote: “I remember starting a working group on a vision we had at Motorola 13 years ago called ‘M’ learning, which stood for Motorola technology and for mobile learning. We believed that we would be able to create a new generation of digital mobile devices and a system that would enable us to send and receive data and video anywhere, anytime for learning. We thought there was a great opportunity for a virtual learning platform so people could even learn while riding on a bus or in a taxi. It seems ridiculously obvious now, but at the time it seemed extremely radical.”