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Calling all emerging leaders to join the IBM initiative

Millennials are helping to define and shape future needs, along with the way we interact in the business marketplace like never before. Have you recently hired a college graduate? Are you fully tapping into their ideas and ways of communicating? Are you a recent college graduate who is now working for an IBM Business Partner? We want to hear from you! Contact Debbie Kestin-Schildkraut to get a nomination form to participate in the IBM Emerging Leaders Initiative.

This successful millennial-focused initiative was launched during the 2015 IBM PartnerWorld Leadership Conference in February. Recent college hires from IBM, VADs and IBM Business Partners came together to discuss market trends, business issues and IBM solutions while providing their critical insights and observations.

IBM believes millennials are essential to helping define future needs and interests in the technology marketplace. With the initiative firmly underway, Emerging Leaders will stay connected via conference calls, face-to-face meetings and a buddy system to encourage collaboration. The excitement in Las Vegas was palpable, as one Emerging Leader explained:

“Thank you again for a wonderful week at IBMPWLC. Your program and ongoing mentorship was incredibly valuable. I strongly believe your program will pay dividends for IBM and more importantly the channel. I look forward to the follow-up calls and events.”—Brittany Allemann, IBM Software Brand Manager, Avnet Technology Solutions

IBM takes these future leaders very seriously. As the group’s Executive Sponsor, I’m fully committed to ensuring that Emerging Leaders have a voice. Our company will share new technology solutions with them, listen to their feedback, and learn from their insights. In turn, we hope participants enjoy the experience and help evangelize IBM strengths, values and meaningful technologies.

So far, the Emerging Leaders have taken part in activities that include a special interactive session showcasing Watson technologies, an interview with a millennial designer for IBM Verse, and sessions to gain their perspectives on Mobile, Cloud and Social technologies. This is just the beginning of our collaboration plans. Contact us to get started and share your comments, and you can let us know what you think using the comments feature below.

Mike Gerentine (@mgerentine)

Michael Gerentine is Vice President, Software Channel Sales, IBM Global Business Partners. He is in charge of managing software partners across the IBM channel, a global business that spans several IBM business divisions, including Watson and IBM Cloud. He helps channel partners better understand IBM's strategy, adopt new technologies and deliver solutions to clients, all while helping drive mutual sales success for the ecosystem. Previously, Michael served as Vice President of Marketing, IBM Global Business Partners, where he developed and led marketing efforts for the IBM Business Partner channel.

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