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  • IBM Cathy Rodenbeck Reese

    Meet a Fairygodboss at IBM

    • Name

      Cathy Rodenbeck Reese

    • Position

      Advanced Analytics Global Leader

      Alexandria, VA

    What do you do in your current role and what are you known for at the company?
    I oversee the Advanced Analytics practice as well as the integration efforts of The Weather Company, which IBM acquired in 2016. 

    What’s your favorite part about your job and working at IBM Services?
    Every day is something new - between working with our clients to building and executing on our strategy - the challenges are fresh and new and keep me on my toes.

    What would your colleagues say is your best quality?
     I'm very understanding - early in my career, I focused on bridging the gap between IT and the lines of business in large enterprise transformations.  You have to be able to understand, relate, communicate and get everyone to work towards a common goal.  This has prepared me for every single role that I have held ever since.  Listen to people, understand where they are coming from and then help them bridge the gap and work together.

    What is one of your most important professional achievements (most rewarding experience in your career to date)? 
    Making executive/partner at IBM was such an important moment for me.   In my line of work, there were very few women partners to model my career after, but I kept my focus, worked hard and managed to do it with two young children at home.

    What's your advice for finding a mentor or coach and are there any specific career development opportunities that have helped you the most in your career with IBM? 
    In order to make it, you need someone much more than a mentor and coaches; you need a champion.  Someone that will help guide you and nominate you for the right opportunities.  Someone that will be your biggest fan and will let everyone else know that.   These are hard people to find -- find them early and do everything you can to support them -- benefits will come back to you with 100x return. 

    What valuable advice have you received in your career that helped get you here? 
    My very first manager told me, sometimes you have to "fake it til you make it" - meaning exude confidence always, but you better be able to quickly back up that confidence with the subject matter expertise.   Study, learn, work hard and be confident in yourself and your presence.  He also gave me this advice when I had my first baby girl, "Follow your heart - Trust your instincts - Treat her with respect - Fill her with self-confidence", which I also use to manage my team.

    Interested in a career in Analytics? Click here to apply for Data Scientist and Senior Consultant - Advanced Analytics at IBM!

  • IBM Stephanie Peters Meier

    Meet a Fairygodboss at IBM

    • Name

      Stephanie Peters Meier

    • Position

      Global Cognitive Offerings Leader

      Tulsa, OK

    What do you do in your current role and what are you known for at the company?
    As the Global Cognitive Offerings Leader, I work across our multiple practices and geos to prioritize and simplify our portfolio based on market demand, client needs and current solutions/assets to help our clients solve their business challenges using the full breadth of IBM's AI, data and advanced analytics capabilities. I am known for being able to tackle an ambiguous situation/challenge and proactively address it quickly using my understanding of how the broader internal organizational processes work as well as staying true to addressing the client needs with tangible results.

    What’s your favorite part about your job and working at IBM Services?
    My favorite part of my job is the people I get to work with on a daily basis. Everyone brings something different to the table and when we learn and listen to each other, magic happens for our clients and ourselves!

    What would your colleagues say is your best quality?
    3 things I am told repeatedly by both my managers, peers and the people I get the opportunity to mentor and lead:
    1) My communication skills and ability to connect dots to help others understand where they fit into the big picture and what each of us is contributing to the overall mission/strategy helps motivate and keep people focused/engaged. Being open and honest both with the positive reinforcement and the "even better ifs" is something I take seriously to coach people I work with.
    2) My desire to genuinely want to help others regardless of where they sit in an organization is appreciated. I grew up with parents who instilled respect for the individual in both myself and my brother and I can thank them for that. They also taught me to give back and not expect anything in return....which unfortunately is rare in many situations today.
    3) I just "get stuff done" which ties back to 1 and 2 in that I truly believe we should all be rowing in the same direction so if I can help others understand that, too then we all "get stuff done" and have more time for the people we care about!

    What do you do outside of work for fun?
    I love spending time with my children and my two golden retriever dogs. We enjoy swimming, going for ice cream, and watching cooking shows.

    Share one thing that you are very passionate about.
    Leaving everything a bit better than when I arrived and having zero regrets. I am passionate about doing my best and helping others do their best.

    What's your advice for finding a mentor or coach and are there any specific career development opportunities that have helped you the most in your career with IBM?
    Being open to meeting new people/new experiences/projects and knowing what it is you don't want to do is just as important as knowing what it is you do want to do. Be honest with others and not bashful to ask for help.

    Want to be a Cognitive Consultant like Stephanie? Click here to apply for Cognitive Process Automation Consultant at IBM!

  • IBM Kelly Mogensen

    Meet a Fairygodboss at IBM

    • Name

      Kelly Mogensen

    • Position

      Finance Director, Cloud Integration Software

      Armonk, NY

    What you do in your current role? What are some of your challenges/goals?
    I am currently the Director of Finance for IBM’s Hybrid Cloud Integration Software business unit.   In this role I operate as a trusted business advisor providing financial insight and influencing strategy to ensure as a unit we make sound financial decisions that enable us to drive growth.  One of the key challenges in this role is effectively communicating all of the tradeoffs of both short and long-term decisions to ensure we prioritize time and resources appropriately to drive the best possible outcomes.

    What is one of your most important professional achievements?
    In 2016, I was part of a team that created the IBM Munich Center as a global center for many of our Internet of Things initiatives.  It was one of our largest investments in Europe, and we were doing many things for the first time, including co-locating clients & partners.   We had to overcome many challenges to ensure that we set up the right financial and operational construct to ensure success for both IBM and our clients.

    Would you recommend IBM to other females?
    Absolutely!  IBM has a diverse and inclusive management team.  You have the ability to move across business units and diversify your expertise.  Throughout the company you will find a lot of people willing to mentor and guide you towards a successful career, whether that is a technical or management career path. 

    One thing that you are very passionate about?
    Continuing to support IBM’s Women in Finance Community.  Several years ago, I was part of a group of about 15 women that founded the Women in Finance Community at IBM.  Our goal is to connect and educate individuals around the world through a collaborative, global community where women can share information, network and be inspired by others.  We now have a network of almost 3,000 across all geographies and locations. 

    When did you join IBM?
    I joined IBM right after graduating from the University of Wisconsin – Madison with a degree in Accounting and Information Systems.   Being part of such a large company has allowed me to continuously develop and explore new opportunities.  In my 15 years at IBM I have held roles across Accounting Systems, Accounting Practices, Corporate Accounting, Geography Finance, Brand Finance and Corporate Finance.  I also achieved the CMA, demonstrating expertise in financial planning, analysis, control, decision support, and professional ethics.

    Check out Finance opportunities at IBM

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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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