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Corporate Service Corps

Expertise-based service cannot happen without experts. A global program such as IBM’s Corporate Service Corps takes a diverse mix of talented individuals and dedicated collaborating organizations. Below are the key members of the CSC community.

  • Sam Palmisano 

    Sam Palmisano
    “This is not just traditional philanthropy or volunteerism. Our goal is to start building a new generation of global leaders.”

    Sam Palmisano began his career at IBM in 1973, in Baltimore, Maryland, holding a series of leadership positions before his appointment to president in 2000, CEO in 2002, and chairman in 2003. During his tenure as senior vice president of Global Services, he played a key role in building the largest and most diversified information technology services organization in the industry. In 2007, Palmisano announced the IBM Global Citizen’s Portfolio, a suite of investments and programs—including the Corporate Service Corps—designed to help IBM employees enhance their skills and expertise in order to become global leaders, professionals and citizens. Palmisano is a graduate of The Johns Hopkins University, and has been recognized with an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Humane Letters from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and an Honorary Fellowship from the London Business School.

  • Stan Litow 

    Stan Litow
    “[CSC is] a corporate version of the Peace Corps.”

    Stan Litow leads global corporate citizenship and corporate social responsibility (CSR) at IBM. During his tenure, Mr. Litow has helped establish IBM as a global leader in CSR through its societal, environmental and civic leadership, and through goodwill initiatives such as providing innovative voice recognition technology to help non-literate children and adults learn to read, open source technology to help people with disabilities access the internet, and a humanitarian grid to power research on cancer and AIDS. Mr. Litow played a key role in developing the company’s Global Citizen’s Portfolio, which features matching accounts for learning and the Corporate Service Corps program. Before joining IBM, Litow served as deputy chancellor of schools for New York City, the largest school system in the US, and as an aide to both the mayor and governor of New York. He also founded and directed the non-profit think-tank Interface. His numerous honors include the Council on Foundations Scrivner Award for Creative Grantmaking, Corporate Responsibility Officer Magazine’s CEO of the Year award (2008 and 2009), and awards from the Anne Frank Center, the Martin Luther King Commission, the Women’s City Club, and other organizations.

  • Robin Willner 

    Robin Willner
    Vice President, Global Community Initiatives, IBM

    Robin Willner is responsible for bringing IBM’s cutting edge technology and talent to social and educational problems that improve the quality of life in communities towards a Smarter Planet. She oversees a range of technology innovations, economic development programs, school reform and leadership development programs such as City Forward, Corporate Service Corps, Transition to Teaching, World Community Grid, Small Business Toolkit, TryScience and Reading Companion plus coordinates IBM’s humanitarian disaster response around the globe.

  • Gina Tesla 

    “We want them to have a transformative experience, so they’re shaken up and walk away feeling they’re better equipped to confront the challenges of the 21st century.”

    Gina Tesla has held roles at IBM in strategy and change consulting, and marketing and business development. In her current position, she supports IBM leadership as a specialist on the policies, trends and status of corporate citizenship worldwide among other corporations, non-governmental organizations, governments and multinational organizations. In addition, Tesla works to apply IBM’s technological expertise and global reach to the challenges and opportunities created by globalization and emerging markets, a role that includes leading the Corporate Service Corps. Tesla holds an MBA from Cornell University and a BBA from Pace University. Prior to joining IBM, she consulted Panamanians in community economic development as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer, and she also had a career in advertising that included a role as an associate media director at McCann Erickson in San Francisco, California, and a role as a senior media planner at Ogilvy & Mather in New York City.

Collaborating organizations

Thirty-two global non-governmental organizations competed in the initial bid to work with IBM’s Corporate Service Corps by assisting teams at the local level throughout the world. The three worldwide organizations chosen are key to the program’s success, helping to target the projects and host organizations where IBM’s talented emerging leaders can put their skill sets to use for the deepest impact.

ABV - Corporate Service Corps Global Coordinator

Australian Business Volunteers (ABV) is a non-governmental, not-for-profit international development agency based in Canberra, Australia, whose mission is to help alleviate poverty and create sustainable growth in developing countries. ABV promotes stability and prosperity through volunteer-led programs that foster enterprise development throughout the Asia Pacific region. The agency provides central coordination for IBMers assigned to China, Malaysia, the Philippines, Vietnam and other Asian Pacific countries.

CDC Development Solutions - Corporate Service Corps Global Coordinator

Citizens Development Corps (CDC) Development Solutions is a nonprofit, nongovernmental organization that uses public, private and volunteer resources to strengthen small and medium enterprises and the institutions, governments and industries that drive economic growth in emerging markets. During the 20 years of its operation, CDC has assisted more than 6000 small to medium-sized enterprises in more than 50 nations in the developing world. Based in Washington, DC, CDC coordinates the program for participants in countries in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe and Latin America.

Digital Opportunity Trust - Corporate Service Corps Global Coordinator

Digital Opportunity Trust is an international nonprofit charitable organization headquartered in Ottawa, Canada, that connects people with technology to create educational, economic, and social opportunities in the developing world or in other areas under duress. DOT is the coordinator for IBMers assigned to China, Egypt, Kenya and Turkey. IBM’s CSC projects in these countries have spanned a variety of areas, including information and communications technology outsourcing, modern logistics, and small and medium business development.