More Than a “First Woman CEO,” Ginni Rometty
Ginni Rometty reflects on the moment when she realized becoming IBM’s first female CEO also made her a role model to millions.
GINNI ROMETTY: When I first became CEO, what I didn't want was for the world to define me as the first woman CEO of IBM. I just wanted to be a good CEO of IBM. Now maybe, in retrospect, that was maybe not always a great decision because, in fact, I could have been defining IBM at the same time. But it was really probably another pivotal learning point to me that you do have to recognize you are a role model. That for people to aspire to be something, it does really help if they see other people around them that are in that role, and therefore, you know, take that seriously.