Michael Newsham

Global Learning Systems and Development Lead



With more than a decade of experience as a learning and development professional, Michael has excelled in applying new technologies to develop optimal learning experiences that drive employee development and business growth. From enhancing core knowledge to building and enhancing skills, Michael and his team help to support and drive organization’s strategic goals and objectives. As the Global Learning Systems and Development Lead for Monsanto, Michael applies his entrepreneurial mind to uncover new and innovative ways to prepare the workforces for the future. Michael spends his time partnering with business stakeholders across the world to exceed desired business outcomes by establishing a learning strategy, implementing and using new learning technologies, and delivering the right learning experience for the right employees. He is responsible for ensuring an optimal learning experience for a global workforce of 20,000 employees and 17,000-plus contingent workers. During his 5 years at Monsanto, he has assisted HR through 29 different business transformations, debuted goal-based learning including assessment of role-based competencies, and enabled the workforce to develop and grow from sales teams and agronomists in the field to executives in the board room.

Prior to Monsanto Michael spent seven years working at the United States District Courts in the Eastern District of Missouri in the information technology department, serving as an IT liaison, training specialist, and technology expert for the District Court, Probation, and Pretrial Offices.