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  • IBM Wendy Earon

    Meet a Fairygodboss at IBM

    • Name

      Wendy Earon

    • Position

      Client Services Executive

      Atlanta, GA

    What do you do in your current role? What are some of your challenges and goals?
    I am an IBM Client Services Executive which allows me the fun of creating innovative business solutions for some of IBM’s best clients. In technology, constant learning is required in order to stay relevant to my clients. Last year I completed 350+ hours of training focused on Watson and Cloud! While it can be a challenge finding time for it, personal education is something I do in small blocks of morning time to continue investing in myself.

    What is one of your most important professional achievements?
    One of my clients invited me to their awards party to celebrate their completion of a huge project. I was shocked when they brought me up on stage to give me an award, too. Serving clients is a joy and there is no greater feeling than to be honored by them!

    One thing that you are very passionate about?
    Mentoring others is really important to me. At the end of my career, I want to look back and know that I was instrumental in other people’s success.

    Would you recommend IBM to other females?
    Absolutely! IBM truly values and promotes women. Also, as a new mom, I took a year off and then worked part time for six months. When I returned, I jumped right back into the same role. I will always be grateful for how wonderful IBM was to me in that life season.

    When did you join IBM?
    I joined IBM right after I graduated from Agnes Scott College, a women’s college in Georgia. Being in such a large company allows for constant transformation of roles which always keeps my career interesting.

  • IBM Cortney Knoll

    Meet a Fairygodboss at IBM

    • Name

      Cortney Knoll

    • Position

      Executive Partner, iX Digital Strategy & Experience

      Miami, FL

    What you do in your current role?  What are some of your challenges/goals? 
    I get to partner with some of the world's largest and most complex companies to help them define their digital reinvention strategy, re-imagine their customer experience and execute with innovative operating models and procedures.  In conversations with clients, I often need to help them be more courageous about prioritizing customer experiences. I am very proud to see how inspired and excited organizations become after they see a reimagined customer experience that is bigger and bolder, and generating more profits.

    What is one of your most important professional achievements? 
    Helping one of the world's largest companies transform their business from being completely offline to now leading the industry in digital innovation.
    Would you recommend IBM to other females? 
    Absolutely! IBM has demonstrated over and over again that they will prioritize and protect the working female, spouse and mom. I have five kids and have been impressed by the supportive company culture and co-workers.
    Share one thing that you are very passionate about.. 
    I am on fire about training our youth in STEM so they are best prepared to succeed in a digital-first world. I strongly feel it is our job to light their passion now so they can change the world tomorrow.
    When did you join IBM? 
    I joined IBM in August of 2015 after being the Global Head of Digital Customer Engagement for HSBC in London. I was fortunate enough to fulfill my passion for technology and the customer by studying and graduating with a Human Factors Engineering Degree from Embry Riddle University.

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What Women Should Know about Working At IBM
At IBM, women have been making contributions to the advancement of information technology for almost as long as the company has been in existence. Where many companies proudly date their affirmative action programs to the 1970s, IBM has been creating meaningful roles for female employees since the 1930s.

Our history supporting the advancement of women:

1899   Hired our first female employee

1934   IBM recruited its first female professional

1935   First written equal opportunity policy "Men and women will do the same kind of work for equal pay. They will have the same treatment, the same responsibilities and the same opportunity for advancement."  IBM founder, Thomas J. Watson Sr

This was almost 30 years before the US passed the Equal Pay Act

1943   First woman vice president, Ruth Leach -- we believe, the first woman to be appointed to such a position in corporate America

2006   Longtime IBMer, Fran Allen became the first woman to receive the prestigious Turing Award for technical contributions to the computing community

2012    First woman CEO appointed – Virginia Rometty


Industry Recognition
  • IBM has been recognized by Working Mother magazine as one of the Top Companies for working mothers for 32 consecutive years.  In 2005, we were inducted into the Working Mother magazine Hall of Fame.
  • IBM has been awarded as one of Working Mother magazine's Top Companies for Women of Color since 2003.
  • IBM is a four-time Catalyst Award winner, recognizing innovative approaches for developing women.
  • In 2017, IBM is once again one of NAFE’s Top 10 Companies for Executive Women, for the 11th year in a row.

IBM executives focus on women technical executive and technical pipeline
  • We have programs to attracts mid-career professional women “back” to a technical career path, both inside and outside of IBM.
  • We aggressively develop the pipeline of women technical leaders via personalized technical learning roadmaps for women re-entering the technical career path and provide personalized, local technical learning opportunities for all technical women.
  • We provide opportunities for technical engagement, inside and outside of IBM, and expand individual awareness/understanding of the technical career path throughout the company.
  • We ensure women technical leaders remain in and progress to positions of value, aligned with business demand. 

IBM develops leadership offerings to advance women
  • We offer high touch, high impact development courses aimed to increase and retain the number of women progressing towards and attaining executive roles.  Our program results confirm higher promotion rates for talented women resulting from greater confidence, networking and influence, and higher retention rates resulting from greater sense of power, achievement and IBM’s commitment to their advancement.

IBM features women in our Academy of Technology
  • We have a society of IBM technical leaders organized to advance the understanding of key technical areas, improve communications in and development of IBM's global technical community, and engage clients in technical pursuits of common value.
  • The Academy promotes women in the THINK Series, which is internal and external livestream events.
  • Provides emerging technical leaders and next generation of technologists playlists of women subject matter experts. Read more at http://www-03.ibm.com/ibm/academy/index.html

Programs, initiatives, groups

    • Unconscious bias training
    • Yes
    • Internal mentorship / sponsorship programs
    • Yes
    • Internal employee networking
    • Yes
    • Succession planning initiatives
    • Yes
    • Diversity initiatives / processes for recruiting
    • Yes
    • Diversity initiatives / processes for performance evaluation
    • Yes

Flexible working

    • Flexible working policies
    • Our work-life integration and career development programs give you the power to design your workday and your life, according to your unique styles and needs. By taking advantage of our programs you can manage a life outside of the workplace with the challenging demands of a career. As your professional and personal needs change, we will work with you to adjust your career path so you can manage both effectively.
    • Remote working
    • Yes
    • Part-time working
    • Yes

Parental Leave

    • Overview: Parental leave policies
    • IBM has a set of robust and comprehensive parental leave offerings.  From expanded paid time off for mothers, fathers, and adoptive parents, to an innovative breast milk delivery service for nursing mothers on business travel. Recently upgraded lactation rooms and expectant mother parking are available at select IBM locations.  We provide priority enrollment at select child care centers near IBM offices, and discounts with national childcare providers. Employees are eligible to receive $50,000 towards services for each child with mental, physical or developmental disabilities. Access to these services are available to all IBMers, there is no waiting period as a new hire.
    • Paid maternity leave
    • Yes, 20 weeks
    • Unpaid maternity leave
    • Yes, at Manager discretion
    • Paid paternity leave
    • Yes, 12 weeks
    • Unpaid paternity leave
    • Yes, at Manager discretion
    • Adoptive paid leave
    • Yes, 12 weeks
    • Short-term disability benefits
    • Yes
    • Additional short-term disability info
    • Regular employees who are birth mothers of newborn children receive Short-Term Disability (STD) for a six - to eight - week period (six weeks for regular deliveries and eight weeks for a Cesarean birth). Additionally, employees can request 12 weeks paid bonding time off within 12 months of their child's birth or adoption. At manager discretion, paid parental bonding leave can be flexible and intermittent. The 12 weeks of paid parental bonding leave is in addition to the STD time.

Maternity-Related Benefits

    • Lactation facilities
    • Yes

Care-taking benefits

    • Care-taking benefits information
    • The IBM Global Work-Life Fund was created to address the dependent care needs of our employees i.e child care and elder care. IBM's investment in dependent care programs help IBM attract and retain valuable employees and help employees better manage work and personal & family responsibilities.  Some of the innovative programs: 

      -        Care General: Web based elder care management tool designed to simplify and coordinate the care process for family caregivers

      -        Priority Enrollment and Discounts at Child Care Centers

      -        Educational Camps for school age children

      -        Dependent Care Resources and Referrals 

      -        Lactation Rooms for nursing mothers

      -        Parenting webinars
    • Back-up childcare
    • Yes
    • On-site childcare
    • Yes
    • PTO that explicitly covers care-taking
    • Yes
    • Elder-care benefits
    • Yes

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