The future of work is now.
As companies rush to adopt AI and other forms of automation, the most successful employees will be those who are not only technology literate, but can also make the most of their core human skills. We work with the companies that recognize the immense potential of this space to change the way we will work and live, whether they are adopting—or creating—game-changing HCM technologies.
We are inspired by the possibility of changing the world for the better and shaping advanced workplaces where employees of all backgrounds and at all levels can do meaningful, rewarding work—fairly, equitably, and productively.
Companies recognize that the nature of work is changing, and so are the skills needed to fill future jobs. To thrive in this new world, they fundamentally change their human capital management strategies, processes, and technologies, from hiring to talent development to how work is assigned and completed, empowering employees throughout their ever-lengthening work years.
We are passionate about helping companies become more data-driven, technologically savvy and focused on the employee experience, all of which will realign their corporate strategies to help them thrive in the Future of Work.
Jenny Dearborn is an award-winning Silicon Valley thought leader with 25 years’ experience as a C-level executive in global tech firms and a seasoned advisor to corporate and sales leaders on a range of business, talent, strategy, governance, go-to-market and leadership challenges. Recognized for three consecutive years among the 50 Most Powerful Women in Technology by the National Diversity Council, Jenny has also been recognized with honors including the 2017 Stevie Awards-Female Business Executive of the Year and Athena Leadership Award, the 2017 and 2016 Financial Times Top 20 Global Executive LGBT Allies. Teams she has led have won dozens of awards in talent development.
Before founding Actionable Analytics Group, Jenny was Executive Vice President, Human Resources at SAP, market leader in enterprise application software and the world’s largest business-to-business technology company. Jenny lead the SAP Talent, Leadership, Learning and Organizational Change Centers of Excellence, and was responsible for workforce strategy, organizational development, integrated talent management, succession management, leadership and learning for 95,000 SAP employees globally. During her tenure, she spoke with more than 100 SAP client and peer meetings and conferences around the world on the Future of Work, fueling her insights and passion around changes companies must make to thrive.
Jenny is the author of The Data Driven Leader: A Powerful Approach to Delivering Measurable Business Impact Through People Analytics (Wiley 2017) and Data Driven: How Performance Analytics Delivers Extraordinary Sales Results (Wiley 2015), which debuted at #1 on Amazon in their New Business Release category. She is a regular contributor to mainstream business and industry news media, including USA Today, Forbes and HuffPost.
Jenny is a champion of equality and diversity and passionate about giving back. At SAP, she was the global executive sponsor of 40+ Employee Resource Groups, including Pride@SAP, Indian Culture Club, Black Employee Network and Business Women’s Network. Jenny also serves on the board of directors for The Commonwealth Club, the Board of Governors of the Lucas Graduate School of Business at San Jose State University and the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, a non-profit regional political advocacy organization. She is a former board member of the Association for Talent Development, the leading organization for learning and talent professionals globally.
Jenny has served as Chief Learning Officer at SuccessFactors, Hewlett-Packard, Sun Microsystems, and Docent (now Sum Total Systems), leading award-winning teams that drove measurable business impact. She began her career as an instructor and instructional designer. Jenny earned an MBA in Organizational Development from San Jose State University, an M.Ed. and Teaching Credential from Stanford University, a BA in English Literature from University of California at Berkeley and an AA degree in Social Sciences from American River College in Sacramento. Living with undiagnosed dyslexia, ADHD and OCD until age 19, Jenny now harnesses these challenges as sources of strength. Jenny is a film producer, competitive athlete and professional artist, painting large-scale acrylic on canvas pop-art. She and her husband of 27 years have four active children, and live in Palo Alto and Montecito, California.
Human resources professionals have unprecedented opportunities, not only to craft data-driven people strategies that will generate measurable business impact, but also to lead their company’s digital transformation and facilitate a smooth transition into the future world of work. But too few HR organizations have the command of data analytics this leadership requires.
The key to thriving—thriving, not just surviving—during eras of change has been our ability as a human species to creatively adapt and turn challenges into opportunities. Companies not paying close attention to the fast-shifting realities of the Fourth Industrial Revolution do so at great peril. We must all look beyond the dizzying pace of technological change to what it will mean for our businesses and our employee—not to mention our careers and our kids.
It is challenging but essential to change our mindsets. Intuition and emotional intelligence, once the hallmarks of successful CHROs and HR professionals, are no longer sufficient. We must now be anchored in data and analytics. But this is good news! Integrating a new analytical approach into our work will make our key capabilities even more powerful. We can deepen our ability to determine root causes and predict the outcomes of programs, not just oversee their implementation.