Jeanne Heydecker – My Mentor for Life
I first met Jeanne in 2012 when she joined iPlace USA as the Senior Vice President. Jeanne brought along with her over 25+ years of experience as an entrepreneurial marketing and technology executive. She infused the American corporate culture into the office and transformed the workplace as well as the employees of iPlace.
Jeanne built the foundation of the marketing team for iPlace USA. At the time, I worked as a sourcer on the day shift. Among a few other colleagues, I was selected to be a part of the marketing team with no previous experience. She molded and transformed me personally and professionally. Jeanne taught me everything I needed to know. With her guidance and supervision, I developed my skills as a leader and reached new heights in my career. Jeanne brought out the best in me.
On a personal note, Jeanne recognizes the value and potential of the members on her team. She has the ability to figure out who belongs where and who is the best person for the job. Jeanne is very detail-oriented and expects the best out of her team and co-workers. She is a perfectionist and makes sure everything is accurate before it goes out the door.
She worked diligently to identify and groom individuals, bringing out the natural leader in them. Anyone could approach her with a question, or a situation and she would readily be available to provide guidance and advice. Jeanne empowered teams by instilling values of Integrity, respect, knowledge-sharing, and professionalism. In the year 2015, Jeanne executed the Leadership Development Program to train and mentor potential leaders within iPlace, with a special emphasis in Indian-American cross-cultural awareness.
After I successfully completed the Leadership Development Program, I was chosen to lead the Corporate Social Responsibility Program for the company. Jeanne and I worked together to launch the program which works with NGOs across Pune focused on humanity, animals and the environment. This work has touched the lives of children, elders, and differently-abled persons; stray dogs and cats and the injured of every kind of animal; as well as planting trees, cleaning river banks and overpasses and so much more.
With her extensive knowledge and understanding in general management, international business, training, and development of international teams setting strategic direction and execution especially for startups,
Jeanne continues to take startups to the next level.
She’s a great asset to any business. I would love to work with her again, any time anywhere.
I wish Jeanne all the best with the future and highly recommend her for your consideration.