Book Talk: 'Good Power: Leading Positive Change in Our Lives, Work, and World'
Former IBM CEO GINNI ROMETTY weaves personal stories with tactical leadership advice as she discusses her journey overcoming childhood struggles, rising from entry-level engineer to IBM’s first woman Chairman and CEO, transforming the iconic company’s foundation, advising global leaders, and advancing today’s SkillsFirst movement. In this inspiring discussion, Rometty offers a blueprint for how each of us can drive meaningful change in positive ways—Good Power—in our lives, our organizations, and society.
Organizational and Societal Transformation: Know What Must Change, What Must Endure
Change of any magnitude requires rethinking broken organizations. Do we reinvent pieces, or dismantle everything? How can we overcome systemic barriers? In this discussion, GINNI ROMETTY shares her lessons leading needed and tumultuous change, first at IBM—a global company that birthed the modern IT industry and has lasted for more than a century by reinventing itself many times—and by reimagining education and employment at the non-profit she co-chairs, OneTen. Her leadership lessons transcend industries and countries, and are especially relevant in these times of digital and social upheaval.
DEI: Diversity is a Fact, Inclusion is a Choice
Under GINNI ROMETTY’s global leadership as the first women Chairman and CEO of IBM, the company transformed its foundation while achieving record results in diversity and inclusion. Rometty is often asked if there was a silver bullet to IBM’s track record. Her answer: diversity is a number, but inclusion is a choice we make again and again. In this conversation, she shares new and proven approaches leaders can use to source new pools of talent and build more diverse and inclusive workforces. Why? Because it makes companies more competitive on the world stage, and is the right thing to do.
Good Tech: How Every Company Can Steward Trust, Security, and Ethics in Tech
Technology has become so pervasive that even companies that do not make or sell tech are considered technology companies. The onus is on leaders in every industry and country to practice good tech, because if societies are to flourish in our digital age, all people must believe technology will lead them to a brighter future, not a darker place. In this conversation, former IBM Chairman and CEO GINNI ROMETTY speaks from experience about how every leader can steward good tech by advocating for issues such as security, privacy, and diversity.
Effective Management: The Velvet Hammer - Do Hard Things in Good Ways
In our polarized times, conflict too often prevents progress. Former IBM Chairman and CEO, GINNI ROMETTY, has been admired for using a “velvet hammer” with colleagues and clients around the world throughout her forty-year career. In this conversation, Rometty reveals why “how” we lead is as important as “what” we achieve, and shows us how to have difficult conversations in ways that strengthen relationships and inspire others to be their best selves as they embrace tough tasks.
Women in Leadership: You Can’t Be What You Can’t See
From being one of a few women in engineering school, to becoming the first woman Chairman and CEO of IBM, to being No. 1 on Fortune magazine’s Most Powerful Women in Business list three years in a row, GINNI ROMETTY has paved new paths for women around the world in STEM, tech, and business. In this discussion, she talks about key moments that shaped her, as well as timeless truths that help elevate all women, from the need for role models to the responsibility all women have to be in service of each other.
Ginni Rometty speaks on opening doors for others with ‘Tell Me More with Kelly Corrigan’ on PBS
Former IBM Chairman, Wall Street Journal bestselling author, and three-time Fortune “#1 Most Powerful Woman” GINNI ROMETTY described creating wide-scale opportunities for upward mobility with Tell Me More with Kelly Corrigan on PBS. Rometty chairs the coalition OneTen, which is committed to upskilling, hiring, and promoting one million Black Americans without four-year degrees into family-sustaining jobs and careers by 2030. Rometty seeks to share her success, a concept she calls “good power” in uplifting talks and her bestselling memoir, Good Power. Sharing the personal stories of strength, ambition, and collaboration which have informed her life’s work, she inspires audiences to act for themselves and others.
Artificial Intelligence (AI): The world’s top artificial intelligence thought leaders, business moguls, and tech titans help businesses and industries plan for what’s next
Individuals, organizations, and companies are experiencing a seismic shift in our relationship to technology – in which once-heady concepts that seemed like science fiction have become daily headlines and urgent topics of conversation. With the transformative potential of generative AI widely available for personal and business use, leaders with a vision for innovation are scrambling to understand the most relevant use cases for their industry and goals. Amidst the tumultuous climate of concerns about governance, misinformation, and risk – decision-makers are turning to AI experts and policymakers to overcome the challenges and take hold of the profound opportunity at hand.
The Harry Walker Agency represents the world's top Artificial Intelligence thought leaders, business moguls, and tech titans who provide invaluable insight in the rapidly shifting landscape of AI and Chat GPT. Corporate leaders like former CEO & Chairman of Xerox URSULA BURNS and former President, CEO, and Chairman of IBM GINNI ROMETTY inspire their audiences to seize this incomparable moment and lean into innovation. Renowned internet pioneers like SIR TIM BERNERS-LEE, JIMMY WALES, and the Statesman of AI DE KAI unpack these exceptional tech advancements and speak with clarity on the unique opportunities they present for your business. Global tech executives like PayPal’s President and CEO DAN SCHULMAN, digital entrepreneur and VC investor PHIL LIBIN, tech entrepreneur and VC angel investor MICHAEL MIGNANO, and data scientist and tech founder KATICA ROY. Miracle on the Hudson Captain and international lecturer Ambassador SULLY SULLENBERGER, tech founder and change agent MIKE MUSE, and algorithm expert CATHY O’NEIL speak to how teams can work with AI to achieve astounding results, while emphasizing our values of ingenuity, courage, and inclusion. Data scientist and Cambridge Analytica whistleblower CHRISTOPHER WYLIE and globally recognized cybersecurity expert MARCUS HUTCHINS explain AI’s potential risks and how to navigate the complex cybersecurity issues.
If your organization is looking to maximize the potential of AI to upend your status quo, improve your processes and products, and increase growth and revenue, then turn to these AI speakers who bring relevant experience to the conversation to learn how to respond to emerging and disruptive innovation in an intelligent, nuanced, and meaningful way.
Former IBM CEO and global leader Ginni Rometty changes the conversation about AI – not a tech issue, but a people issue
One of the world’s most influential business leaders, GINNI ROMETTY breaks down the complicated conversation around AI tools into one we can all understand: “it’s not a tech issue, but a people issue.” In an informative and uplifting post on Linked In, the former IBM CEO addresses the key issues with clarity: addressing the downsides as well as the upsides, leading with transparency so everyone understands how and when to use it, and positioning new AI technology – such as ChatGPT – as part of a better future.
As Rometty writes, “Widespread interest in ChatGPT puts these issues front and center. We must address them sooner rather than later to ensure advances in AI serve the many, not just the few, and truly augment humanity. Remember, we each have the power to be stewards of good tech!” Fortune’s #1 Most Powerful Woman three years in a row, Rometty shares her thought leadership on power and empowering others in her new Wall Street Journal bestselling book Good Power and in sought-after speaking engagements around the globe.
Ginni Rometty delivers leadership lessons and big ideas on how we can all drive meaningful change in WSJ bestseller ‘Good Power’
Former IBM CEO GINNI ROMETTY weaves personal stories with tactical leadership advice in her “memoir with purpose,” Good Power: Leading Positive Change in Our Lives, Work, and World. One of the world’s most influential business leaders, Rometty shares milestones from her life and career while redefining power as a way to drive meaningful change in positive ways for ourselves, our organizations, and for the many, not just the few—a concept she calls "good power."
A must-read for anyone looking to make a meaningful impact on the people and organizations around them, Rometty’s Good Power has received high praise from global thought leaders and became an instant Wall Street Journal bestseller in both Business and Nonfiction. Former PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi raved, “Good Power is a wonderful read, revealing Rometty’s personal journey and outlining a movement to reinvent education and create more inclusive and equitable economies.” #1 New York Times bestselling author Adam Grant effused, “In Good Power, one of the world’s most admired leaders reveals pivotal principles that propelled her success. It’s a refreshingly personal, resoundingly practical read on gaining power and using it to empower.”
Good Power is already one of Inc.com’s 4 Most Anticipated Business Books You Need to Read in 2023, and Rometty has been featured in a Wall Street Journal profile, CBS This Morning, The Economist, The Financial Times, The Washington Post, CNBC’s Mad Money with Jim Cramer, and on Book Club with Michael Smerconish. With heart, humility, and conviction, Good Power offers an inspiring, compelling guide to creating meaningful change in our lives. An electric and uplifting speaker, Rometty brings these insights to audiences worldwide.
Virginia M. (Ginni) Rometty is the former Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer of IBM, co-chairman of OneTen, and the author of Good Power: Leading Positive Change in Our Lives, Work, and World.
Ginni became CEO of IBM in 2012 and retired from the company on December 31, 2020. During her tenure she made bold changes to reposition IBM for the future, investing in high value segments of the IT market and optimizing the company’s portfolio. Under Ginni’s leadership, IBM built out key capabilities in hybrid cloud, data and AI, quantum computing, security, and industry expertise, both organically and through acquisition. IBM acquired 65 companies during Ginni’s tenure as CEO, including Red Hat, the largest acquisition in the company’s history. She reinvented more than 50% of IBM’s portfolio, built a $25B hybrid cloud business and established IBM’s leadership in AI, quantum computing and blockchain, while divesting nearly $10B in annual revenue to focus the portfolio on IBM’s high-value, integrated offerings.
Ginni also established IBM as the model of responsible stewardship in the digital age. She was the industry’s leading voice on technology ethics and data stewardship, working relentlessly to safely usher new technologies into society. She enabled people of diverse backgrounds and education levels to participate in the digital economy by building talent, skills, and opportunity for disadvantaged populations. Under her leadership, IBM created thousands of New Collar jobs and championed the reinvention of education around the world, including the explosive growth of the six-year Pathways in Technology Early College High Schools, or P‑TECHs, which are helping prepare the workforce of the future, serving hundreds of thousands of students in over 240 schools and 28 countries. She also helped to redefine the purpose of the corporation through her work with the Business Roundtable, expanding corporate commitments to include a wide range of stakeholders, from customers to communities.
IBM also achieved record results in diversity and inclusion under Ginni’s leadership. This included extending parental leave and making it easier for women to return to the workforce through a ‘returnships’ program with hands-on work experience in emerging technologies. This pioneering work was recognized in 2018 by the prestigious Catalyst Award for advancing diversity and women’s initiatives. IBM is the only tech company to have earned this recognition in the past 20 years and the only company ever to be honored four times.
Beginning her career with IBM in 1981, Ginni held a series of leadership positions across the company and led the successful integration of PricewaterhouseCoopers Consulting, creating a global team of more than 100,000 business consultants and services experts.
Ginni is the co-chair of OneTen, an organization that will combine the power of committed US companies to upskill, hire and promote one million Black Americans over the next 10 years into family-sustaining jobs with opportunities for advancement. She serves on the Board of Directors of JPMorgan Chase, the Board of Directors of Cargill, the Board of Trustees of Northwestern University, where she is a Vice Chair, the Board of Trustees of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, the Board of Trustees of the Brookings Institute, and on the Council on Foreign Relations. Ginni is a member of the Singapore Economic Development Board International Advisory Council, Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Advisory Board, and the BDT & MSD Partners Advisory Board.
In Ginni’s bestselling book, Good Power: Leading Positive Change in Our Lives, Work, and World, (Harvard Business Review Press, 2023), she offers leadership lessons through the lens of her early life struggles, groundbreaking career, and the rise of the SkillsFirst movement.
Ginni has a Bachelor of Science degree with high honors in Computer Sciences from Northwestern University, where she later was awarded an honorary degree. She also has honorary degrees from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, North Carolina State University, and Loyola Marymount University.