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Somers, New York
Buenos Aires, Argentina
New Delhi, India
Wellington, New Zealand
Hawthorne, New York
The abundance of data in the world is both a problem and an opportunity. That’s why IBMer Julia Grace, a research software engineer, has been working with doctors to determine what information they need, when they need it, and how they want it to look.
Last year, Julia and her team worked closely with cardiologists in California, building an electronic health records system that could present complete patient medical records to doctors at the push of a button. It could even use algorithms to cross-reference one patient against a massive database of patients with similar symptoms and diagnoses.
“The problem is, cardiac patients usually have a long and complicated medical history that stretches back years, with hundreds of different visits to specialists and prescription drugs,” she says. “That’s hard to represent on one computer screen.”
San Jose, California
Carmen Rarden is a lawyer by education and an IBM contracts manager. As such, she spends the majority of her time at IBM managing supplier contracts and handling complex negotiations throughout IBM’s supply chain.
But Carmen is also a teacher. Because over the last four years, Carmen has mentored three different diverse suppliers of IBM on everything from how to develop strategic goals to how to execute on a business plan. For the last two years, Carmen has worked with a two-person marketing team as part of IBM’s outreach to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transsexual business owners. She has attended trade shows, conducted formal training sessions, and fielded any number of casual phone calls, all with the intention of strengthening the firm’s overall business.
“Working with these small, enthusiastic startup firms has been extremely beneficial to me,” she says. “Their energy is contagious.”
Several months ago Jasmin Tragas teamed with Opportunity International Australia, a veteran not-for-profit organization, to lead a project using social networking sites like Twitter and Slideshare to raise funds for women in poverty. Jasmin specializes as a digital demand programs professional in her role as Mid Market Digital Lead for IBM Australia and New Zealand Sales & Distribution. The outreach has helped women living in the rural Philippines village of Furao receive micro loans and training to help them grow and run businesses.
Jasmin and her efforts raised AUD$8,600 to support 12 women with a range of small businesses. These women receive financial management counseling and guidance and a greater understanding of how commerce works.