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Women in Consulting: “The Best Advice for Finding a Mentor is Simply to Ask”

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On this issue of #WomenInConsulting, we are featuring Monica Logan  – the Digital Strategy & iX, COO & Offerings Lead at IBM Services. She shares her favorite part of working at IBM, her passion and advice on finding a mentor.

Name:  Monica Logan
Position/Positions Held at IBM:  Digital Strategy & iX, COO & Offerings Lead
Current Work Location: Richmond, VA
Length of Employment at IBM: 17 Years

What’s your favorite part about your job and working at IBM Services?
I love the impact we have for our clients.  We help companies imagine the future and then work with them to make it real.  I’m always looking for the “light bulb” moment when we go from “no, we can’t do that” to “yes, there’s nothing stopping us”.  I’m also fortunate to work with the absolute best in the business.  We aspire to get better each day.  We work hard and have fun during the journey.

What would your colleagues say is your best quality?
I’m an optimist.  I don’t see limits on what we can achieve for our clients or our people.  When faced with a difficult challenge, I focus on what it takes to get the job done.  Many people focus on how we got there vs what it takes to resolve a situation.  There’s a time and place for everything.  Focus on first things first and be the spark that gets things going.

Where’s your favorite vacation spot and who do you take?
Aruba is my favorite vacation spot.  We go every year and enjoy the white sandy beaches, dazzling blue water, ocean breezes, and wonderful people.  It’s been a joy to see my kids have that experience over the years.  We almost always invite other family members or friends to join.  We then experience it again through their eyes.

Share one thing that you are very passionate about…
I’m passionate about helping people.  Whether it’s volunteering at church, taking time to help a colleague, or just saying thanks for a job well done, I try my best to treat others as I want to be treated.  Life and work isn’t always easy.  It’s important to help each other along the way and to remember the power of teamwork and collaboration.

What’s your advice for finding a mentor or coach and are there any specific career development opportunities that have helped you the most in your career with IBM?
The best advice for finding a mentor is simply to ask.  Most people don’t reach out and assume people are too busy. Take that leap and contact the person you want to be your mentor.  You’ll be surprised about how receptive they’ll be.  I’ve had several mentors / sponsors during my career.  They push me, champion me, and inspire me.  Find those individuals who recognize the value you bring.

 

Interested in a career in consulting? Check out Women at IBM Services  or sign up the IBM Talent Network for more information and career opportunities!

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