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Executive Perspective Worldwide

PartnerWorld at Think Thursday recap: From forums to farewell

Welcome back for your daily recap of PartnerWorld at Think! Today was the second—and final—full day of this year’s PartnerWorld conference, and it was a great one. With seven geography forums and five executive forum options today, attendees had another opportunity to dive deep into the topics that are most relevant to their business.

Exchanging ideas at geo and executive forums

The geography forums enabled Business Partners to connect with peers from their region and meet with IBMers to discuss how the new channel ecosystem strategy relates to their respective countries. During the forum, geography leaders also shared their visions for winning new business in 2018.

The second day of executive forums allowed attendees to again choose from a variety of vital topics, including several requested by Business Partners. For example, a forum on security examined ways to protect clients’ data no matter where it resides. An infrastructure forum explored approaches to implementing a robust environment designed for security, cloud, data and AI. Additional forums highlighted ways to accelerate the realization of client value with the IBM Ecosystem Program and underscored the importance of undertaking digital transformations.

Gaining new motivation at the Women in Channels Luncheon

After the morning forums, many attendees joined keynote speaker and CNN commentator Mel Robbins for the Women in Channels Luncheon. It was a packed event with women from across the channel discipline and around the globe in attendance. Robbins spoke about the importance of the “5 second rule,” referenced in her book “The 5 Second Rule: Transform Your Life, Work, and Confidence with Everyday Courage.”

“The secret to changing is five seconds. We’re talking today about the gap between what’s happening to you and the reaction to it. That gap is five seconds long,” she explained. Energized by her talk, numerous Business Partners met Robbins in person at the book signing that followed.

Saying goodbye for now with the Sparkler Toast

And that’s a wrap! Before heading back to the airport or an extended weekend in Las Vegas, attendees celebrated a successful PartnerWorld at Think conference with a champagne toast and send-off at the MGM Grand. We hope everyone who attended leaves with new inspiration and information that will help propel growth.

Want more from PartnerWorld at Think? Stay tuned. We’ll have conference highlights, videos and other post-show communications coming up soon.

In the meantime, check out the daily recaps from Tuesday and Wednesday if you missed them. You can also follow the Twitter handle @IBMPartners and the hashtag #PWThink.

Jacqueline Woods (@jacwoods2020)
Chief Marketing Officer, IBM Global Business Partners

Jacqueline Woods is Chief Marketing Officer, IBM Global Business Partners. She drives worldwide marketing efforts around IBM’s channel business, with a focus on growing business partner momentum in IBM Cloud and Cognitive technologies.

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