Jennifer O'Lear

Jennifer O’Lear

Chief Diversity Officer, Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany


Head, HR Engagement & Inclusion, and Chief Diversity Officer, Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany

Jennifer is responsible for driving global programs and processes to support cultural topics such as values and behaviors, engagement, corporate responsibility for employees and diversity & inclusion. She began her career at the University of North Carolina Medical Center, where she helped establish the first major publicly funded Diabetes Care Center in the state of North Carolina. In 2001, she joined Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, where she has held a variety of positions, including portfolio manager within the pharmaceuticals division, head of learning & development, and various roles driving communications and change for major integrations and other change initiatives. Jennifer has a degree in English from the University of Colorado and received her MBA from Kenan-Flagler School of Business at the University of North Carolina.

Why are you optimistic about the future of work?

The increasing diversity of the workforce together with technology developments create opportunities for new ideas and ways of working. Collaboration will drive innovation.

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