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Celebrating Women’s History Month with Bhumika Patel

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(2 min read) The women of IBM are doing some amazing things to change the world, so let’s celebrate them! This March to celebrate Women’s History Month and #IWD2020, we’re revisiting some of our favorite blogs from last year, by and featuring the women of IBM. Today, we revisit one of our 2019 Spotlight Series features with IBM superwoman, Bhumika Patel.

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Meet Bhumika!

Bhumika joined IBM in 2007 and currently works in our Global Technology Services (GTS) business as a Global Program Manager for Cybersecurity.  She loves working at IBM because it is flexible, supportive, and brings out the best in her.

Bhumika was the winner of the IBM Women Who Inspire 2017 for IBM India and was the first Indian to be invited to run as a sighted guide to a visually impaired IBMer at the Boston Marathon in 2019.  She was also profiled as “India’s leading lady” and “Woman inspiring a generation” by World Marathon Majors in August 2019.

So let’s get to know this superwoman a little!

 

I like to start my day…
early before sunrise and feel the morning sun, which is the best medicine.

 

When I get up to go to work, I look forward to
looking at the overall reason for co-existence.

 

I am responsible for
the people who look up to me.

 

My typical day
starts with a glass of ayurvedic water and dry fruits, then a run or walk. I drop my daughter at school and then start my office work. Later, I pick up my daughter from school, help her with studies, all while attending my calls and meetings. And sometimes I work in a yoga session.

 

The coolest part of my job is
the flexibility with responsibility.

 

The biggest challenge I have is….
to make more and more people feel empowered and benefit from what I am doing.

 

The most memorable moment in my career is
when I received Global Technical Achievement Award for work done as Requirements Manager for Application Assembly Optimization Platform

 

My single most important career advice to someone who wants to join IBM is
that a career with IBM is not only about doing your job. It is also about having a passion and a focus on giving back to the community. It equips you to deal with the ups and downs and challenges with maturity. This, in turn, gives you the exposure to grow professionally in your career.

 

Want to learn more about Bhumika? Take a couple minutes and check out her blog about running the Boston Marathon as a guide for a fellow IBMer!

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