Jenny Dearborn, MEd, MBA
Recognized as one of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Tech, Jenny Dearborn is a thought leader in human capital management.  She is a regular contributor to USA Today, Forbes, Huffington Post and Fast Company.  Her book, Data Driven, was #7 out of 11,000 business books published in US in 2015.  Her next book, The Data Driven Leader, was published in November 2017. Jenny is the Senior Vice President and Chief Learning Officer of SAP, the world’s largest B2B software company, where she is responsible for the learning, development, talent management, succession management and organizational development of SAP’s 90,000 employees worldwide.

Before SAP, Jenny was CLO at SuccessFactors, where her team was recognized as the #1 performing corporate learning department by Elearning Magazine and won numerous industry awards for sales enablement and learning impact measurement. Previously, Jenny led learning and development at Hewlett-Packard for Global Sales & Enterprise Marketing, Global Technology Services and Global Corporate Learning Strategy. Prior, Jenny was CLO for the Americas at Sun Microsystems, where she led employee, partner and customer enablement, carrying a $100M P&L; she was also Sun’s Chief Learning Architect across all global corporate learning content. Jenny was also CLO at Docent, which is now Sum Total Systems.  She began her career as an instructor and instructional designer.



A leader in learning, leadership and business culture, Jenny is a regular contributor to mainstream business and industry news media. In 2017 she received the International Athena Leadership Award and International Female Executive of the Year at the Stevie Awards. In 2017 and 2016 recognized by the Financial Times as one of the top 20 global executive LGBT allies. Jenny was recognized in 2014 and 2015 as one of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Technology by the National Diversity Council. She received the 2014 Silicon Valley Women of Influence Award and the 2013 Silicon Valley Tribute to Women in Industry Award. In 2015 she was Executive Producer of the popular twice-monthly radio show “Game Changers: Women in Business” on the Voice of America Radio Network to support advancing women in business.

Jenny is a champion of equality and diversity. She is the global executive sponsor of SAP’s Business Women’s Network and Pride@SAP. Jenny is on the board of directors for the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, Institute for Corporate Productivity, The Commonwealth Club, member of the Lucas Graduate School of Business Board of Governors at San Jose State University and was on the Boards of Directors at the Association for Talent Development.  Through the Fortune Most Powerful Women Network, she is a mentor for the US State Department to female entrepreneurs in developing countries.

Her first book, Data Driven: How Performance Analytics Delivers Extraordinary Sales Results, debuted at #1 on Amazon in their New Business Release category and was in the top 10 list of “What Corporate America is Reading” in 2015.  Her second book, The Data Driven Leader: A Powerful Approach to Delivering Measurable Business Impact Through People Analytics, was published in November 2017.

Jenny earned an MBA in Organizational Development from San Jose State University, a Masters of Education from Stanford University, a Bachelors of Arts from University of California at Berkeley and an Associates of Arts degree in Social Sciences from American River College in Sacramento.  She has embraced her personal challenges, Dyslexia, ADHD and OCD, that were formative in her youth and now harness them as sources of strength and power. Multi-hyphenated, Jenny is a film producer and professional artist, painting large-scale acrylic on canvas pop-art. Also a competitive athlete, Jenny and her husband have four children, they live in Palo Alto, California.

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