Charla Stracener

Principal Industry Engineering, Global Manufacturing Industries, IBM Industry Academy
With over 25 years of experience, Charla is on IBM’s Global Technology Industry Leadership team providing IBM strategy and thought leadership for the manufacturing and energy industries. Charla leads by demonstrating how to align business process and technology to transform businesses, increase revenue and enhance the bottom line for clients. With a primary focus on Data & AI and Edge Computing, examples of her work include deploying a data foundation at the enterprise and industrial edge, optimizing plant machinery, orchestrating an end-to-end supply chain, achieving total product quality, and quantum readiness for industrial markets. Charla is a member of IBM’s Industry Academy, which is IBM’s group of most eminent and innovative industry visionaries and is recognized as one of the top industry thought leaders in IBM. This group mentors rising industry leaders, helps to define the industry strategy in IBM growth markets, guides account teams throughout IBM, and develops game-changing, cross-industry solutions for our clients. She is an active conference speaker, has been published multiple times, and been awarded multiple Technical Innovation Awards for her technical contributions. She has also been recognized by Presidents George W. Bush, Barack Obama and Donald Trump with President's Service Awards for her leadership and commitment to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) by encouraging thousands of area students to continue their STEM studies.
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