Dr. Karie Willyerd

Senior Vice President and Workplace Futurist, Success Factors
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Karie Willyerd is the senior vice president and workplace futurist at SuccessFactors, a human capital software company. Prior to that she was the cofounder and CEO of Jambok, the industry’s first informal social learning software platform, which was acquired by SuccessFactors in March, 2011. Willyerd was formerly chief learning officer for Sun Micro-systems, and in that role she was responsible for employee, customer, partner, and Sun community learning. The customer business of Sun trained over 600,000 students a year in 125 countries, certifying career professionals in the Java programming language and Solaris. During the last 24 months at Sun, Willyerd and her team won more than 30 awards for excellence in creating an innovative learning and development function for Sun Microsystems. In October 2009, ASTD named Sun the #1 BEST learning function in the world. In February 2010, Sun was named #11 by Training 125. 

Willyerd is the coauthor of The 2020 Workplace: How Innovative Companies Attract, Develop & Keep Tomorrow’s Employees Today (Harper Business May, 2010). In July 2011, the book was the number eight business book bestseller, according to Inc. Magazine. She is a regular blogger for Harvard Business, co-authored a feature article on Mentoring Millennials in the May 2010 issue of Harvard Business, and has authored dozens of other articles or publications. 

In prior roles, she was a chief talent officer for a Fortune 200 company, led the people development function at Lockheed Martin Tactical Aircraft Systems and ran executive development at H.J. Heinz. Willyerd holds a master’s degree in instructional and performance technology from Boise State University and a doctorate in management from Case Western Reserve University. She serves on the board of City Year, San Jose. Willyerd lives with her family in Fort Collins and San Francisco.