Leading Through Change and the Critical Role of Infrastructure

Infrastructure and Quantum

These are unprecedented times. Resiliency and flexibility are vital as the world faces the coronavirus pandemic. Tom Rosamilia, SVP of IBM Systems and co-leader of IBM’s response team for COVID-19, offers his perspective on leading through change and the critical role of IT infrastructure in helping the world manage through this crisis. Also, Tom discusses ways companies are transforming in an era dominated by AI and cloud, which are forever changing commerce. Joining Tom, State Farm’s Ashley Pettit discusses the dynamics and disruptions in the insurance industry, how she is leading through change, and why the right IT infrastructure is essential. Join Tom and Ashley for insights on leadership and best practices you can replicate today.


Tom Rosamilia

SVP, IBM Systems and Chairman, North America, IBM

Tom has global responsibility for IBM server and storage systems and software as well as the company's global Partner Ecosystem organization.  In April 2018, he completed a year-long assignment in Beijing, China, where he led the global IBM Systems business and acted as a local representative of IBM Corporate Headquarters. Tom sits on the Board of Directors of Rockwell Automation. 

Ashley Pettit

CIO, SVP, Enterprise Technology, State Farm

Committed to continuous innovation and adaptation, Ashley Pettit’s future focused approach merges business with technology to enhance State Farm technical platforms and personalize customer experiences. Her work driving one of the largest digital transformations in company history has garnered the attention of the Wall Street Journal, CNBC, and CIO magazine. A devoted advocate for women in STEM, Pettit is a State Farm Women & Technology Employee Resource Group sponsor and an active supporter for diverse youth STEM activities across the country. “We recognize today’s students are tomorrow’s workforce,” said Pettit. “It’s my privilege to be an advocate for these bright minds.” Pettit is a Top 100 Corporate Women Leaders in STEM (STEMconnector), Top 50 Most Powerful Women in Tech (National Diversity Council), a Women in Insurance Leadership Award Recipient (Digital Insurance) and a Technology Business Management Council board member.