“A journey of 18 years , multiple roles , each one enriching , a constant feeling of awe at what IBM has to offer and ease to navigate through the organization seeking new opportunities for growth and learning!”

I joined IBM in 1997 and today my current role is that of Program Manager – IBM Client Centers : Emerging Markets & supporting Major Markets. My journey in IBM encompasses diverse roles and teams : Learning Services , Resource Deployment with ISL & Mainframe Competency in GBS GD, Client Enablement and Asset Reuse with Global Business Solutions Center , stint in Delivery Excellence and the most current  program management of the S&D IBM Client Centers.

Supporting Global programs has given me tremendous exposure to the cultures and work style of people across IBM offices and today I am proud to say that I have worked with DE’s, IBM Fellows , Senior Leaders and can confidently hold my own with them and know they value my inputs and work. Reason I bring this up, is IBM offers you opportunities that are there to grab. As a woman I have had no issues with lack of opportunities or growth. I have had no challenges juggling work, family – my daughter was just 3 years old when I joined IBM.

Apart from my core role I have also had the opportunity to pick some ‘stretch’ roles which was of interest to me; be it teaching ‘Core Consulting Skills’ to graduate hires, interviewing potential People Managers, facilitating ‘Taking the Stage’ sessions for women in IBM  to name a few. It would be unfair if I do not mention the wonderful Managers I have always had who have encouraged me and supported me through my journey.

My sincere input to the women in IBM is not to get overwhelmed or bogged down by the thought of striking the right balance between work and home. As long as you are clear where you want your career aspirations to go, IBM offers you viable work options that helps you reach your goals. Set an agenda for yourself and go after it. You have the drive and passion and IBM is the best platform you can EVER get.

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