by Jerry Lewis

2020 was tough. 2021 thus far has been no picnic either. Most of us are still working from home, wondering if wearing masks in public is the new normal, and/or mastering the three ring circus our home full of remote workers, remote learners, and bored pets represents. The memes that showed people raising a glass to 2021 but saying ‘bring on 2022’ were humorous expressions of frustration and exhaustion I’m sure we’ve all felt by now. And while humor may be good for the soul, we all still have to make the best of our remote work…


by Carson Miller

2020 was not kind for many as everyone’s sense of “normal” was disrupted. For women in the workplace, this has been especially true as women’s participation in the labor market hit a 33 year low. As we celebrate Women’s History Month, it’s imperative for each of us — both men and women — to reflect on our own journeys and what we can do to continue to promote women in the workplace. As I reflect on my journey, particularly around International Women’s Day, I think about the following:

Male Allies. One of the most important things in…


by Kallan Lowry

It is difficult to find a job in today’s world. Not only are people worried about making a good first impression in an interview, but they hope to get a first interview as they compete against the other thousands of applicants wanting to be hired to the same position. Let’s use Tom for example. Tom has been searching the job market for six months hoping to get a position as a computer salesman. He has been taking several online computer classes over the course of 3 years but cannot seem to get a second interview. As Tom…


by Jack Hasselmann

I know it’s been a year since we started this COVID, work from home black hole, and many of you have established proven systems to help you navigate this uncertain time.

You may have found the line between work personal life blurring or almost fading away completely. Managers or clients expect you to be available at all times, every minute of your day is scheduled, now you live with your mom and dad, you can’t see your friends, I think we can all relate to at least one aspect mentioned here. …


Giving Back in a Virtual World

by Rachael Grossman

While the path to returning to “normal” ways of working might remain on pause for some time, that does not mean we can’t resume giving back to our communities. The pandemic has taught us that there is always a way to get things done, we just need to be creative. As a result, our CSR Squad has compiled several ways that you can give back — without leaving your home!

· Donate Household Items — find items around your house to donate to organizations like Salvation Army, Goodwill, etc. …


by Rachel Reiss

To my fellow self-improvement enthusiasts — do you know IBM offers professional coaching services? I was first introduced to IBM Blue Core Coaching (BCC) as a new hire looking to navigate a few career decisions. I was so inspired by my own coach’s guidance that I went through the training to become a certified Blue Core Coach myself. Since then, I have tried to emulate the BCC mission of “touching lives” by establishing my own coaching relationships and bringing visibility to BCC as a resource among my peers.

While BCC services are invaluable, they aren’t universally known…


by Michelle Fang

This year has been nothing near normal — I’m sure you’ve heard that to the point of adage by now. For me, I finished my last semester of college virtually in my childhood bedroom, and started my career at IBM without having ever set foot in the office. But this isn’t about just me — this is about how far we’ve all come this year and our continual dedication to care for others.

I’ve been thinking, what if this year was not the worst year in the books, but the most important year? A year so raw…


by Peter Stein

Many Ways to Giveback

When I was 17 years old, I was faced with a decision that I was probably too young to make. I did not realize it at the time, and I certainly never would have admitted it, but I did not truly understand the impact of my decisions about how and where and when to gain a college education. …


by Rachel Reiss

The social unrest of 2020 has undoubtedly revived a movement that champions Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Companies are now prioritizing DE&I as a core part of their strategy, and leaders are seizing every opportunity to create spaces for difficult conversations and advance opportunities to promote these values. Many of us conscious consultants feel a sense of responsibility to ensure that this movement is not just a fleeting moment in time, but results in enduring cultural change, which is why IBMers have come together to form a multitude of DE&I task forces, councils, and resource groups with a…


by Devan Joshi

IBM’s commitment to CSR played an influential role in my decision to join this company. As an intern within GBS one year ago, I was impressed with how well CSR is built into the internship experience. Every other Friday, our entire class would come together to attend different events run by Be Epic and other CSR programs.

As I had interviewed with different companies, I think a lot of them loved to sell their extra-curricular related activities by talking about them, but I loved the way IBM involved us in them right away. These events were ingrained…

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