Palo Alto tech leader achieves female executive of year award

jennydearborn wins award

Jenny Dearborn, the global chief learning officer based in Palo Alto for Germany-based corporate software firm SAP won Gold Stevie award as “Female Executive of the Year.” Jenny Dearborn has a passion for diversity in the workplace that dates back to her formative years facing a number of challenges that inhibited her education.

“I’m diagnosed as dyslexic, ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder), OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder), things unique to how my brain works,” said Dearborn. “I wasn’t treated fairly. I wasn’t treated with respect and empathy. I didn’t have people saying, ‘You have merits and talents and skills that need to be developed.”

“Every company is sitting on a gold mine of information on their customers … but they don’t know how to mine it or what questions to ask or they don’t know how to put (results) into motion,” Dearborn said, adding that large companies worldwide are all looking to hire data scientists and jobs requiring computer science degrees are growing faster than other jobs in the U.S.

“I’d like to dedicate this award to all the women who have given me a hand up throughout my career, and for those women who need a hand, I’m on my way,” she said when she accepted the award dressed in a Wonder Woman-themed gown.