Get to Know Jenny

I am a coach and HR professional that has worked with analytics talent for almost a decade.  As a former accountant, I relate with those that are detail-oriented, a little introverted, and also want to constantly improve themselves. I believe that we are all life-long learners and there is always so much to learn about ourselves and the people around us.  

I enjoy working with data and analytics professionals as they stretch the limits of traditional thinking. They work in a dynamic profession that will continue to evolve for years to come and transform the way work is done by everyone. It is a unique time in history and I’m excited to be part of it!

My Background

As a teenager growing up in small town Iowa, I loved helping my dad with his business, often making helpful suggestions like having staff meetings and finding ways that he could delegate more (that’s what any good daughter would do, right?!) After graduating from the University of Northern Iowa, I pursued a career in accounting, not because I loved it, but because I knew that understanding where the money goes is fundamental to any business.

After a few years working in the accounting department at John Deere, I knew I wanted to make more of an impact.  I received my MBA with an emphasis in Organizational Behavior and Strategic Management from Case Western Reserve in Cleveland, Ohio. Upon graduation, I came back to John Deere and spent 10+ years working in Human Resources as an HR generalist,  internal consultant supporting dealers across the United States, and in Strategic Workforce Planning.  Throughout most of those years I was also a coach to various John Deere employees helping them to improve in the workplace as an individual contributor or a supervisor.

I now spend my days helping analytics professionals move forward with their careers and make the work they do more meaningful.  My husband and I also spend our time raising our four children, spending time outdoors, and mentoring others.

Organizational Affiliations

I am a member and contributor to the following organizations:

  • Expert panelist with the International Institute for Analytics (IIA)
  • Co-organizer of the Des Moines Data & Analytics Meetup group
  • Former Programming committee member for the Central Iowa Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management (CI SHRM)
  • Former Member of the Iowa Chapter of the International Coach Federation (ICF)