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  • IBM Shirley Held

    Meet a Fairygodboss at IBM

    • Name

      Shirley Held

    • Position

      Partner, Cognitive & Analytics, Public Service, IBM Services

      Paramus NJ

    What do you do in your current role and what are you known for at the company?
    I am currently a partner in the Public Service sector (PS) Cognitive & Analytics practice. I collaborate with client teams across PS industries to differentiate IBM offerings, by leveraging cognitive technologies and innovation and help our clients transform their business.  I am a subject matter expert in Talent Analytics and Cognitive AI.

    What’s your favorite part about your job and working at IBM Services? 
    The best part of my job is to work with smart and dedicated coworkers and solve some of the toughest problems for our client using cutting edge technologies.  I collaborate with many organizations within IBM and clients.  There is never a dull moment every day.

    What would your colleagues say is your best quality? 
    Lead by example, compassion and conviction

    What do you do outside of work for fun?
    I am a poor swimmer but love snorkeling.  Whenever my family and I go on tropical vacations, I would take every opportunity for the snorkeling adventure.  In a most recent trip to Hawaii, I was fortunate to encounter a pair of octopus that played with each other among the coral reef.

    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?  
    It is important to find mentors and sponsors for your career and equally important to be a mentor to others.  The former will help guide you with career options and find an advocate(s) of your career within the company or industry, the latter is practicing your leadership skills and give back.

    What valuable advice have you received in your career that helped get you here?
    The best advice I received was from Dr. Ron Brown, in an earlier leadership class I attended in IBM:  it's right and okay to get what you want.  it's important to practice the skills to ask for what you want in order build emotional comfort and confidence within yourself and verbal skills to achieve that.

    Click here to apply for Cognitive Automation Consultant at IBM!

  • IBM Courtney Good

    Meet a Fairygodboss at IBM

    • Name

      Courtney Good

    • Position

      Senior Strategy Consultant, IBM Digital Strategy

      Austin, TX

    What’s your favorite part about your job and working at IBM Services?  
    I love working with my clients and providing impact on their organization much faster than they would be able to if the work was done internally. It is very satisfying to help clients when they are in a pinch, and I always learn something new along the way!

    What would your colleagues say is your best quality? 
    My teammates tell me that they appreciate my positivity and ability to go with the flow. Work can be all consuming when you are at the client site, and thus it is important to remember to stay positive even if you experience a minor setback!

    What are your greatest accomplishments outside of IBM?
    During my second year of business school I was chosen to be a co-chair of the student admissions group at McCombs. Over the course of the year, I organized the support of 150 students and countless events to showcase what the school has to offer. We were able to recruit the best and smartest class that McCombs has had yet! I have continued to be involved in recruiting at IBM and helped lead the first on-campus recruiting season for IBM Digital Strategy. It is fun to meet such high caliber students and share my IBM experience!

    Share one thing that you are very passionate about...
    Breakfast tacos! When I am on the road at client site, the one thing I miss the most is being able to grab breakfast tacos as a quick bite before work. My go to weekend meal is breakfast tacos, and I have a ranking of all of the taco joints in Austin that I share with any visitors.

    What valuable advice have you received in your career that helped get you here?  
    When I was looking at full-time opportunities during business school I wasn't 100% sure what I wanted to do. I was deciding between pursuing a role at a smaller tech company or taking the strategy consulting role at IBM. My dad gave me some great advice and told me that from a consulting job at IBM I would be able to go anywhere after, whereas if I started out at a smaller company I would have fewer opportunities down the road. One year into the job, and I truly believe this. I have been given the opportunity to learn about a variety of industries and feel as though this role has only opened doors for my future.

    Click here to apply for Managing Consultant- Sales Strategy & Offering 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.

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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 joined the Ad Council and four other major tech companies working on #SheCanSTEM to bring more girls into STEM by showcasing the achievements of role models like DeLuca.
  • 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 2018, IBM is once again one of NAFE’s Top 10 Companies for Executive Women, for the 12th 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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