Jennie Walker, Ph.D.

Director of Global Learning and Market Development
Professional Bio: 

Dr. Walker is the Director of Global Learning and Market Development at Najafi Global Mindset Institute at Thunderbird. Her research and work focus on the most effective methods to develop individuals and teams for success in complex, diverse, and increasingly global environments.  She has worked in adult learning and performance since 1995, designing and facilitating talent and organizational development in leadership, communication, conflict management, inclusive diversity practices, performance management, and human resources management for multiple industries. She has specialized in corporate leadership development since 2002, designing and delivering programs for several Fortune 500 companies.  She has direct study and work experience in Spain, Argentina, Chile, Mexico, and Peru.

Dr. Walker is passionate about inclusive excellence practices and global leadership development for the benefits they generate for individuals, organizations, and societies. She has been an invited speaker at numerous conferences, including American Educational Research Association (AERA), University of Denver Diversity Summit, Society for Human Resources Management Annual International Conference, SHRM conferences on Diversity and Inclusion and Strategy, American Society for Training and Development (ASTD) Valley of the Sun conference and seminars, University of Sonora (Mexico) Leadership conference, Academy of International Business (AIB) Annual International Conference, AIB Southeast regional conference, and several private corporate conference sessions.

She has been published in HRPS People and Strategy Journal, Academy of International Business Insights, and The MBA Women’s Guide to Success.  Dr. Walker writes a monthly blog on global leadership development strategies for SHRM We Know Next, which won the About.com 2013 Reader’s Choice Award for Best HR Blog.  She also co-wrote the book, “Developing Your Global Mindset: The Handbook for Successful Global Leaders” (Javidan and Walker, 2013). Her dissertation research, “Do Methods Matter in Global Leadership Development?” used both quantitative and qualitative research methods to reveal the degree to which different learning methodologies impact global leadership development. Dr. Walker is a certified Professional in Human Resources and earned her Ph.D. at the University of Denver.