In 1934, three decades before the U.S Equal Pay Act, IBM went on to hire its first women professionals, creating a fundamental belief in its commitment to employing people based on their experience and aptitude rather than their colour, 10 years before the Civil Rights Act did the same for the entire US. However, while in 1953 the commitment only applied to race, it now covers all aspects of diversity.

IBM offer’s career paths that are well defined, customizable and are designed to take women as far as they want to go. Providing women with a wealth of training, education and networking opportunities to help them along the way.

IBM’s tireless commitment to empower each and every one of their female employees to realize their full potential can be engaged through the several programs initiated to help women advance in their careers without any limits.

Network of Emerging Women (NEW)

A community-based program that uses education, mentorship, and networking opportunities to better prepare newly hired women for successful careers in GBS and their role as leaders. Open to entry-level through senior-level new hires.

Basic Blue for Leaders

A development offering for newly appointed people managers at IBM that works to accelerate leadership skills by allowing participants to practice and immediately apply their learning in peer-to-peer collaboration exercises. Open to all levels.

Taking the Stage

This four part program is designed to strengthen women’s leadership skills by developing a new, more confident presence and adapting techniques necessary to becoming more persuasive leaders. All levels welcome.

Setting the Stage

A five-module program provides insight into the “unwritten rules” that can govern corporate culture. Participants uncover the hidden realities that can trip women up in their efforts to advance their careers by “cracking the code” and mastering five key areas. Open to all levels.

Building Relationships and Influences (BRI)

A nomination-only program for senior-level consultants uses experiential and action-centered learning to help women gain skills in building, developing and maintaining business relationships and influencing skills that are key traits in any leader.


An educational experience designed to accelerate performance and career progression for those close to reaching executive using innovative and effective learning approaches that enhance personal impact, business acumen and career navigation skills

The real power lies in IBMers developing IBMers — not just hierarchically but peers developing peers. At IBM we believe mentoring is a powerful tool. It allows our women practitioners to reach their development goals and capitalize on opportunities by sharing knowledge, expanding their networks, and promoting IBM’s values across the organization.