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SAP Chief Learning Officer Jenny Dearborn: Powerful Leader in IT

March 17, 2015 by Andrea Diederichs 4

SAP’s chief learning officer is rubbing shoulders with the top 50 women in IT.

Jennifer_Dearborn_TLJenny Dearborn, Chief Learning Officer at SAP, has been named on the National Diversity Council’s 2015 “Top 50 Most Powerful Women in Technology” list. The National Diversity Council, a non-profit organization, is committed to fostering a learning environment for organizations to grow in their knowledge of diversity and inclusion and the list recognizes female executives, influencers and achievers who are making an impact on the technology industry.

To make it onto the list, candidates needed to meet various criteria. These included being top leaders in their organization and profession, inspiring other women and playing an active role in mentoring the next generation of female professionals, and contributing directly to business growth or strategic direction in their organizations.

Dearborn feels honored by the nomination: “It is humbling to be part of such a distinguished list of accomplished women. I came from a modest personal background, with many setbacks in my life along the way, so I feel great empathy for smart, talented, hard-working women who are not getting the breaks in life they deserve.  My favorite quote is from former US Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright who said, ‘There’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help other women.’ I absolutely take this to heart and live my life dedicated to supporting the advancement of women to personal and professional equality.”

The list appears at a relevant time for women, especially at SAP, as International Women’s Day was celebrated this month and CEO Bill McDermott signed the Women’s Empowerment Principles CEO Statement, joining over 900 business leaders around the world who have declared their support for gender equality and women’s empowerment.

It’s important to remember that though International Women’s Day has passed, the topic should continue to be discussed. This is important to Dearborn, who believes that “there is still such a disparity in the opportunities, rights, privileges, respect, compensation for equal work, etc between men and women.  We still have so much work to do, everyday should be International Women’s Day until equality is achieved.”

As Chief Learning Officer of SAP, Dearborn is responsible for bringing together and driving all corporate learning and enablement activity for SAP employees worldwide. She is recognized as a thought leader in learning, human capital management and business culture. Her book, Data Driven: How Performance Analytics Delivers Extraordinary Sales Results, was published in March 2015.

Other Top 50 Most Powerful Women in Technology include Senior Vice President Angela Ahrendts, Apple, Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s COO, Amy Hood, Chief Financial Officer, Microsoft, and Lisa Davis, Member of the Managing Board at Siemens.

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