New Emtrain President to Make Bigger Impact on Workplaces


April 13, 2021  |  Janine Yancey


We spent the last two years transitioning our business from an eLearning compliance company to a CultureTech company. We launched EmtrainAI, a pioneering learning and analytics platform, and published extensive research on workplace culture based on the 25 million employee sentiment points across our Workplace Culture Benchmark™. We were recognized by Fast Company as a World Changing Idea in AI and Data. We were recognized by Inc. as one of the fastest growing companies and we were recognized by The Recorder as a legal trailblazer. All the while, we’ve published twenty new courses and timely microlessons that span preventing workplace harassment, diversity and inclusion and business compliance to help you change behaviors, reduce risk and create a healthier workplace culture.

Odessa Jenkins

Odessa Jenkins, President of Emtrain

As we continue on a steep trajectory to deliver on the full potential of Emtrain, I realized it’s the right time to add a business leader to our executive team. For six months, I searched for the best leader for Emtrain and met many Silicon Valley veterans and exceptional people. I was looking for someone who was passionate about our mission and who had a proven track record of operational, product, and service delivery excellence. My bar was super high.

Ultimately, I connected with the right person through my network. So, it’s with great excitement that I introduce Odessa Jenkins (OJ) as Emtrain’s President.

Odessa has deep experience leading and managing an enterprise software company, a rarity for any woman and particularly for a woman of color. Odessa spent several years on the leadership team of an enterprise software company that enabled corporate social responsibility (YourCause) for over 400 of the largest U.S companies. She helped grow YourCause from a team of 40 to 200 people and in 2019 YourCause was acquired by Blackblaud, the world’s largest technology company for social good.

Odessa can go toe to toe with any Silicon Valley executive, and she has the clear skills and experience to scale Emtrain. She ended her tenure at YourCause as the VP of Client Success and thereafter, she founded the Women’s National Football Conference and was recognized by Sports Illustrated as one of the top 100 most influential women in sports. Odessa is an athlete and a coach, and is passionate about equality in women’s sports; just like she’s passionate about equality in business. She’s accomplished great things both in sports and in business … she’s managed and led an enterprise software business that enabled the Fortune 500 to have a social impact and move the needle in their social and governance goals (ESG goals). Her task for Emtrain will be very similar: grow our business with passion and purpose, and support our clients through partnership and operational excellence.

Every hire is an opportunity to strengthen Emtrain’s social fabric and make our team more diverse, robust and representative of our market. The role of the President is a big one and can obviously accelerate or slow down this dynamic, which is why I’m so delighted to bring OJ on board as our President to help us scale and make a BIG social impact.