Faces of JCPenney: September Associate Highlight – Doreen King

Questions and Answers

This post is part of our “Faces of JCPenney” monthly series, which highlights associates’ personal journeys while celebrating their unique approach to living with JCPenney’s purpose of celebrating and serving America’s diverse, working families.

Name: Doreen King
Position: Sr. Learning Manager in Talent Development
Role Overview: I develop and implement learning strategies and programs to drive performance, engagement and retention of associates with a focus on onboarding, skills enhancement, leadership and competency development that drives results.
Years at JCP: 10 Years

  1. What is your favorite part about working for JCPenney? My favorite part of working for JCPenney is being a part of a company that focuses on giving back to help others.  Whether we’re volunteering, presenting non-profit grants, or donating goods and services, our heritage of giving is ingrained in everything we do.  Our legacy is built upon the Golden Rule and we see and feel that through the action of our associates on a daily basis.
  1. What can you tell us about the adoption/fostering process and experience? How long have you fostered or how long have you been raising your adoptive children? The adoption journey requires courage, perseverance, and trust.  The process is arduous and can be overwhelming, scary, and filled with uncertainty.  After experiencing infertility, my husband and I felt we could provide a loving and nurturing home to children in need.  We also thought it was important to respect and acknowledge the birth families by including them in our family through open adoption.  Our two children, Nathan, 17, and Kennedy, 11, were adopted as infants and have always known their unique adoption stories.  To this day, their birth families are actively a part of our lives, and we are all blessed abundantly for opening our hearts and having the courage to love unconditionally.  Today, we are living our dream as parents, and if given the opportunity, we would choose to grow our family through adoption again because God’s plan was better than our own.
  1. How does your work support our purpose – to celebrate and serve diverse working American families? Talent Development fosters learning and associate engagement through personal and professional growth to drive organizational performance, productivity and results. By investing in our associates, they feel valued and respected, enabling them to better serve our customers’ diverse needs.