Each woman nominated for a feature interview answers a few short questions about IBM and her career. Here’s what Carla has to say about working at IBM.
What made you decide to work for IBM?
Ultimately, my tenure at IBM was meant to be. In business school, I thought I wanted to be an investment banker. I thought finance, true finance, was closing big deals and taking fees. I really had no idea about the career possibilities that corporate finance provided. I remember being heart-broken when I did not get the job at Solomon Smith Barney — I interviewed in their offices at 7 World Trade Center. Before I interviewed with IBM, I was skeptical. However, as I opened my eyes, I realized that there were great career opportunities awaiting me. My steps were rightly ordered to IBM, and it has been a blessing to work here.
What is your biggest accomplishment at IBM?
I am really proud of leading the Country Financial Risk Scorecard project in the corporate risk group. We started with an idea, and it was awesome to see that idea transform into design and a deliverable. It received the CIO 100 award, and we have a patent pending.
Have you had any valuable mentors? How have they helped you in your career?
Definitively. I guess I will not name their names. However, I have truly had the good pleasure of talking to and learning from some great people. They have helped by cheering, being honest, and listening.
Has IBM opened the doors to any new experiences for you?
Yes! I have travelled to Dubai, Brazil, Malaysia, France, China, Bentonville Arkansas, Dallas Texas..etc. Each place was great to see, but I have been impressed with IBMers every place I have been. How can that be? How can you go to different places in the world and click with the people you work with, do good work, and have good memories? I did not necessarily expect that, and I do not think I would have known it without experiencing it. Thank you IBM.
What advice would you give to new/prospective IBMers?
Take pride in your work, and put your best foot forward. Remember to stay the course. People want recognition for their work and promotions. However, remember that it is one thing to be promoted, but it is another thing to be able to stay in the promotion. So go for opportunities, but allow time for yourself to be prepared as well.
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