Who: Jia Chen
Role at IBM: Director, Health Solutions, Smarter Cities
Field of Work: Health Solutions for Smarter Cities
Can you tell us a bit about what you are doing in your current role?
I work as the director for health solutions for Smarter Cities, and currently in transition to the Watson team leading the Cognitive Client Experience Center.
In the health solutions global leader role, I was responsible for the definition of strategic direction and development of integrated, replicable health solutions that address the service and financial objectives of city-focused health organizations.
How many years have you worked in tech? Why did you choose IBM?
I’ve been in tech since grad school at Yale for ~ 20 years, and I’ve been with IBM for almost 15 years. I was attracted to IBM by its unique Think culture, strong research and development portfolio, and a well-respected/revered global brand.
Why should professionals entering the field choose IBM?
It’s a place of inspiration, it propels me to constantly learn and progress, and it brings out the best in me. I’ve been fortunate to be mentored by world-class technology leaders. I was given opportunities and encouraged to try new ideas, to learn, to fail and to succeed.
What do you look for when adding technical talent to your team?
I look for technical talents who are deeply passionate at what they do, curious in new things and have an open mind collaborating/working in a diverse team.
What are the top 3 pieces of advice you would give people who would like to follow a career path similar to yours?
- Spend time on things that you truly love to do;
- Anticipate and embrace Change;
- Learn to ‘get comfortable’ taking risks.
What are the key moves women should make in 2015 to advance their careers?
- Stay focused
- Foster genuine relationships (e.g., with mentors, colleagues) and keep them strong
- Create and maintain an active social presence
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