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SAP - Female Executive of the Year


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Company: SAP
Company Description: As the market leader in enterprise application software, SAP is at the center of today’s business and technology revolution. SAP innovations help 350,000 customers worldwide work together more efficiently and use business insight more effectively. SAP’s vision is to help the world run better and improve people’s lives. This is our enduring cause; our higher purpose.
Nomination Category: Individual Awards Categories
Nomination Sub Category: Female Executive of the Year – Business Products –More Than 2,500 Employees

Nomination Title: Jenny Dearborn, Senior Vice President and Chief Learning Officer

Describe for the judges the activities and accomplishments of the nominated executive since the beginning of July last year (up to 525 words):

An authority on the future workplace and data analytics, Jenny Dearborn empowers her award-winning human capital management (HCM) teams to achieve this guiding vision for SAP’s 90,000 employees worldwide: create a best-in-class workplace that generates joy, satisfaction and rewarding careers while driving business, customer and shareholder growth.

Since July 2016, Dearborn’s purview expanded to 15 Learning teams and five groups: Workforce Strategy, Organizational Development & Succession, Talent, Leadership and Learning. She consolidated services and tools across teams and invested in retraining and certification, resulting in zero attrition (planned or voluntary).

Dearborn advances her workplace vision as an executive sponsor. She added chapters of Pride at SAP (for LBGTQ employees/allies) in 20 countries, and was SAP Grand Marshall at the 2017 San Francisco Pride Parade, helping triple in size SAP’s presence vs. 2016. She also helped expand SAP’s Business Women’s Network to 100+ countries, and from 3,000 to 15,000 members.

Dearborn actively contributes to industry and government, including:

-Contributing to #LeadOnLeave, an initiative of former US Secretary of Labor Tom Perez, to create the business case for paid leave; a panelist at numerous #LeadOnLeave events, Dearborn also developed and delivered a white paper outlining SAP’s formula for calculating parental leave ROI.
-Meeting regularly with state and federal elected officials, including Senator Steve Daines (R-MT), Congresswoman Anna G. Eshoo (D-CA), Congressman Darrell Issa (R-CA) and Congressional Black Caucus members
-Consulting to Singapore’s Deputy Prime Minister on the government’s SkillsFuture Initiative, and Hong Kong and South Korea government leaders on developing their future workforces.
-Joining the Board of Directors of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, a public policy trade association representing 400+ leading employers

Dearborn’s teams drove Q1-Q2 2017 achievements like these (vs. 2016):

-30.5% more employees are learning (92.1% of SAP’s workforce), completing 43.1% more courses and spending 26.3% more hours (NOT including mandatory/compliance training).
-Leadership development programs drive measurable increases in leadership trust and employee engagement scores.
-Award-winning sales training programs results include: 18% increase in revenue per account executive; 23% in revenue per sales manager; 24% increase in Commercial Sales bookings
-Leadership Excellence Acceleration Program graduates – high potential women – are 310% more likely to experience career progression than peers.
-SAP TALK, which replaces performance reviews with continuous dialogue, launched globally after a successful pilot (95% satisfaction among 4,500+ managers, 9,000+ employees); development plans are already up 39%.

Successful human capital management under Dearborn’s leadership also contributed to these 2016 SAP highlights (vs. 2015):

-SAP People Survey
-77% of employees enhanced skills (vs. 74%), 79% agree SAP offers learning opportunities matching their career goals (vs. 75%)
-Business Health Culture Index (assesses well-being, work-life balance and organizational health) was 78% (vs. 75%)
-Employee Engagement Index was 85% (vs. 82%); SAP estimates one percentage point change has €45-55 million operating profit impact
-Overall retention increased to 93.7% (vs. 91.8%)
-Operating profit increased 20%
-Stock price was $107 on August 4, vs. $75 on July 1, 2016

Finally, because her teams use SAP HCM software, Dearborn regularly consults to—and shares her workplace vision with—potential customers, helping closetens of millions of dollars in sales annually.

Provide a brief biography of the nominated executive (up to 125 words):

Jenny Dearborn is recognized among the fifty Most Powerful Women in Technology and as a thought leader on human capital transformation. At SAP, the world’s largest business software company, she is responsible for workforce strategy, organizational development, integrated talent management, succession management, leadership and learning for 90,000 employees worldwide.

Author of the 2015 business best-seller Data Driven: How Performance Analytics Delivers Extraordinary Sales Results and The Data Driven Leader (Wiley, November 2017), Dearborn is a frequent contributor to the mainstream business press and internationally sought-after keynote speaker. She is a graduate of American River College, the University of California, Berkeley, Stanford University, and San Jose State University and sits on several boards of directors. She lives with her family in Palo Alto, California.