IBMers use their passion for a smarter planet to save lives in Nigeria
Business, just not as usual
Osicki is one of 530 IBMers who have taken month-long service assignments to one of 13 countries since the program began in 2008.
After IBMers on CSC assignments return to their regular jobs, they work to apply the leadership lessons they have learned to their work. But Osicki and her teammate Tim van den Heede couldn't stop thinking about that little girl with malnutrition and the 15 percent mortality rate for children under 5 years of age in Cross River State.
The CSC program was developed primarily as a way to give IBMers service-learning opportunities in emerging markets, working on community-driven development projects at the intersection of business, technology and society. IBMers from 47 different countries have been placed in common living environments to foster cross-cultural teaming. As IBM prepares its future leaders for the realities of its globally integrated workforce, it is creating a smarter physical, social and economic infrastructure in local communities that will help the people there and pave the way for future IBM business.