Jenny Dearborn is the Chief Learning Officer and VP of Cloud Talent Success at SuccessFactors, an SAP Company, is the leading provider of cloud-based business execution software that helps companies of all sizes improve strategic alignment, increase efficiency and productivity, and accelerate results. Jenny is responsible for learning and development of internal employees a well as training and certification for external partners and customers. Jenny is also on the American Society for Training & Development (ASTD) Board of Directors.
Prior to SuccessFactors, Jenny spent six years at Sun Microsystems where she was the Chief Learning Officer. She also spent eight years at Hewlett-Packard in the following positions, Learning & Development Executive for Global Technology Services, for Global Sales & Enterprise Marketing, and for Corporate Learning Strategy.
Jenny was the recipient of the YWCA Silicon Valley Tribute to Women in Industry Leadership Award for 2013.
Attributes of Success
Jenny attributes the following to her success:
- Loving what she does for a living
- Following her passion and being committed to it
- Using courtesy, diplomacy, and graciousness
- Thorough preparation. For example, taking the time to prepare introductions of new hires into a company resulted in allowing the existing employees to get to know the new hires and allowed the new hires to feel at ease with their new jobs.
- The influence of W. Edward Deming and the “Six Sigma Black Belt” which is a set of tools and strategies for doing business
Tips and Secrets of Success from Jenny
- Do not limit youself and do not let fear stop you.
- Overextend yourself and push yourself out of your comfort zone.
- Ruthlessly prioritize.
- Know your strengths and weaknesses.
- Compensate for your strengths and weaknesses by bringing in others who can catalyze your growth and theirs.
- Develop depth, foresight. and perspective. Jenny learned the price of business foresight after learning that employee lay offs could have been avoided with business foresight
- Don’t ignore the power of lateral positioning. In other words, moving laterally to other positions within a company may lead to more opportunities to move up later. It is okay to start slow
Connect with Jenny
- Linkedin: http://www.linkedin.com/in/
- Twitter: @DearbornJenny
- SuccessFactors blog: http://blogs.successfactors.
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/