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Jennifer Kenny

Master of innovation practice in emerging technologies. Strategic advisor, thought leader, international speaker, facilitator, mentor, investor, award-winning CEO with over 25 years of experience in strategy, leadership development, and technology-driven transformation. 

Jennifer is a master of innovation practices increasing the capacity of leaders, teams, and organizations to fuel innovation, performance, and revenue in complex technical environments. She speaks, writes, and delivers transformational programs globally with a focus on two of the biggest levers for Human Innovation: leadership frameworks for senior executives and innovation capacity across research & technology teams. Her work is founded on Systems Thinking and Language Action Design/Human-Centered Design. 

Throughout a career spanning more than 25 years, Jennifer has developed expertise in strategy, leadership development, and technology-driven transformation. She was CIO at SRI International (Stanford Research Institute). She led the transformation of the information technology organization to drive business innovation.

She has served as an advisor to the President and Executive team of Tanri Abeng University, Executive Center for Global Leadership, Jakarta, and visiting faculty for their Advanced Leadership Program. She advised their Top 200 Leadership Program and led preparation for investment.  

As a senior executive with Wells Fargo, Jennifer led major process transformation initiatives for commercial banking. She was Head of Global Professional Services at Cisco/WebEx and has held senior positions with Accenture, Booz Allen and Gartner. 

While heading up the PMO at the University of California San Francisco Medical Center, she led management through the prioritization and implementation of 150 different projects as part of a campus-wide operational excellence initiative. 

Jennifer’s passion and commitment are to help visionary people lead, thrive, and succeed in complex technical environments. She combines a deep understanding and love of technology with a highly developed skill, capacity, and experience for engaging, mobilizing, and aligning individuals and executive teams for success. 

Jennifer was awarded the internationally acclaimed IDG DEMO Entrepreneurship Award, won the Intel/University of California Business Plan Award, and the ITLG Silicon Valley Top 50 Award. She is a Fellow of the Irish Computer Society.

She has presented and lectured at Universities and conferences in the U.S, Europe, and China. She has published numerous papers, and written for Women in Technology, International (WITI), Women Mean business (WMB) and The Commonwealth Banks’ Women in Focus. She is active in women’s forums in the San Francisco Bay area, particularly women in STEM. 

Jennifer holds an M.Sc. (Hons.), in Engineering Geology, Imperial College, University of London, a B.Sc. (Hons), in Geology and Chemistry from University College, Dublin.