Jenny Dearborn

Chief Learning Officer and Senior Vice President, SAP

Jenny Dearborn is the Chief Learning Officer and Senior Vice President at SAP. As global Chief Learning Officer for the 67,000 employees at SAP, Jenny leads an internationally-acclaimed and award-winning team recognized as the #1 performing corporate learning department in the world by eLearning Magazine.

Jenny’s first book, Data Driven: How Performance Analytics Delivers Extraordinary Sales Results, was published by Wiley in 2015.  Described as “fresh,” “engaging” and a “must-read,” for all functional areas across organizations, Data Driven is a story about how each of us must learn how to harness the power of data before it is too late.

Jenny is a recognized thought leader in human capital management and general business, and is a regular contributor to Forbes, Wall Street Journal, The Huffington Post and Fast Company, among others. She has been named as one of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Technology by the National Diversity Council, and she was the recipient of the Silicon Valley Women of Influence Award for 2014 and the Silicon Valley Tribute to Women in Industry Award for 2013. She is the Executive Producer of the Game Changers: Women in Business series on the Voice of America Radio Network.

Before SAP, Jenny was Chief Learning Officer at SuccessFactors, where she won numerous industry awards for the measurable business impact of her sales enablement initiatives. She was also global Chief Learning Architect and the Chief Learning Officer for the Americas at Sun Microsystems. Prior to that, Jenny was at Hewlett-Packard, where she started as an instructor and instructional designer and progressed to executive positions as the Learning & Development leader for Global Sales & Enterprise Marketing, Global Technology Services and Global Corporate Learning Strategy.

Although Jenny has deep roots in Silicon Valley, with degrees from UC Berkeley, San Jose State and Stanford University, she has a strong focus in international business and has traveled extensively in her career. Jenny is on the Board of Directors at the Association for Talent Development, Institute for Corporate Productivity, TheatreWorks and The Commonwealth Club.  Through the Fortune Most Powerful Women Network, she is a mentor for the U.S. State Department to female entrepreneurs in developing countries.

Jenny is a professional artist and competitive athlete.  She and her college sweetheart-husband of 25+ years have four active children. They live in Palo Alto, California.

Upcoming Conference Sessions Featuring Jenny Dearborn

Conference

The Role of Corporate Learning & Development in the Digital Transformation of the Fourth Industrial Revolution

"See the opportunity in every difficulty.”

Winston Churchill’s words offer compelling counsel as we look at the Learning & Development landscape in today’s transforming workplace.

Although “difficulties” may seem to abound, these challenges offer game-changing opportunities for leaders and organizations to take Learning to a higher level – where we prioritize Learning, and prepare employees for success in both their current and future roles.

In her thought-provoking presentation, SAP CLO Jenny Dearborn will discuss the six forces that are shaping the workplace of today and tomorrow. These forces are revolutionizing our long-held beliefs about life expectancy and the implications for career duration (up to 60 years!) and for Learning. As a result of these forces, Digital Learning is now the #2 topic on the minds of CEOs and HR leaders.  Yet there’s also a troubling disconnect between the demand for employees to learn ...

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