CUNY-IBM Watson Competition: Another Year, Another Challenge

Colleges and universities in the United States are readying for another year of preparing students for future careers and life choices. Their challenge is substantial, for at a time when the U.S. has over a half million open technology jobs, our universities are producing just over one-tenth that number of computer science graduates. This disconnect, […]

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How Two IBM Interns Spent Their “Summer Vacation”

It’s coming up on “back-to-school” season in the U.S., and students all over the country will be asked to write the dreaded essay, “How I Spent My Summer Vacation.” At least that’s the way it used to be. Education is undergoing an innovative reformulation – driven in large measure by the realities of the global […]

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IBM Study: Advanced Analytics Are Vital for Nonprofits

Major funders of nonprofit organizations are demanding quantified evidence of social impact. These essential stakeholders expect both transparency of operations and an effective digital presence. Our newest IBM research – conducted jointly with the Independent Sector, and enabled by an IBM Impact Grant – reveals that it’s more important than ever for nonprofits to leverage […]

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Transforming Our World Through Service

IBM has just released our annual Corporate Responsibility Report covering 2016. Our reports – like our citizenship initiatives – are not simply lists of cash contributions to causes that complement our industry. IBM’s approach to corporate citizenship is, and always has been, far more complex, more engaged and more vested in sustainable outcomes than can […]

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Reflections on a Smarter City: Memphis, USA

IBM is announcing the next round of winners of its Smarter Cities Challenge grants today, and, as mayor of a city that received one of these great pro bono consulting engagements just last year, I can speak from experience when congratulating the cities of Busan, Korea; Palermo, Italy; San Isidro, Argentina; San Jose, USA; and […]

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Working to End Cancer Treatment Inequality in Sub-Saharan Africa

The American Cancer Society (ACS) and the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) today announced two separate, groundbreaking market-access agreements with two major pharmaceutical manufacturers to expand access to 16 essential cancer treatment medications – including chemotherapies in sub-Saharan Africa. In her commentary below, IBM Corporate Citizenship Vice President Jen Crozier details the significance of this development, […]

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Corporate Citizenship and the Global Refugee Crisis

Ban Ki-moon, eighth Secretary-General of the United Nations, once said, “Migration is an expression of the human aspiration for dignity, safety, and a better future.” The more than one million migrants and refugees that have recently streamed into Europe from the Middle East and Northern Africa hold those very aspirations, even while they face danger […]

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How Citizenship and Service Build Corporate Brands

Whether you call it corporate citizenship or corporate social responsibility (CSR), when a company fosters a Culture of Service everyone benefits. At IBM, our corporate citizenship efforts center on what’s been called “real change, not spare change.” Instead of just writing checks to charities that mirror our interests, we deploy our best technologies and top […]

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P-TECH: Reflections on a Milestone

When we launched Brooklyn P-TECH in 2011, we had high hopes – for our students, for the community, for a transformation in education that would restore (and then advance) our mission to serve the next generation. We thought we had the right idea: to connect high school to college and “new collar” careers. And we […]

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Inspiring the “New Collar” Workforce of Tomorrow

From our early days as a company, IBM has demonstrated its commitment to finding the world’s best and brightest minds to join our ranks. Educating our workforce to meet new technological challenges has been a hallmark of our century-plus long legacy. As one can imagine, the technical skill set needed in the workplace then was […]

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Connecting the Dots to Fight Modern Day Slavery

How do investigators assemble clues from complex crime rings that stretch around the globe? And how can technology assist law enforcement when those criminal enterprises involve modern slavery – often called “human trafficking”? Trafficking people for profit is the world’s fastest growing crime. Perpetrators usually recruit victims under false pretenses and transport them across international […]

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Celebrate Global Day of the Engineer 2017!

This Wednesday, April 5, will be the second Global Day of the Engineer – a day to celebrate and share how engineers impact the world. As part of that observation, and as a global partner of DiscoverE, IBM encourages all engineers (and those who love them!) to celebrate the accomplishments of engineers, help engage young […]

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Collaborating to Battle Mental Health Conditions

At Mental Health America (MHA), we are committed to making certain that public officials, the media, and the public understand that mental health conditions are concerns for public health – not public safety. For more than a century, we have promoted prevention for all, early identification and intervention for those at risk, and integrated health […]

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New Leadership for IBM Corporate Citizenship

I am honored to begin serving as IBM’s new Vice President of Corporate Citizenship and President of the IBM Foundation, and excited for the work ahead. First, I’d like to congratulate Stan Litow on his retirement and thank him for his inspired leadership. At the onset of his two dozen years leading IBM Citizenship and the […]

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Economic Education: The Missing Link in K-12 Schools

A record-high number of Americans are facing challenging financial circumstances in large measure because of poor or non-existent economic education. Whether it’s the basics of individual or family budgeting, borrowing for education or planning for retirement, lack of economic education can lead to dire (and unnecessary) results. At the North Carolina Council on Economic Education […]

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