Career Choices

I love to learn, and I believe that every industry has the opportunity to be disrupted and reinvented by technology – every job, every category, across every industry.

Professional Interests & Drive

I have multiple passions including teaching and mentoring people to achieve their potential. I believe one of the greatest human gifts is the ability to choose what we think about.

As a technology professional, I’m always reimaging the current state, looking at the future state, and working towards it. There are so many big meaningful problems in the world that need to be solved – next generation of energy, sustainability, privacy and cybersecurity, how to apply quantum computing, rethinking digital networks and digital sovereignty, rethinking quality of healthcare, rethinking education, and learning and rethinking the customer experience. It is fun to innovate with technology, data, expertise, and people in new ways.

Mentors & Influencers

IBM’s former chief brand officer, John Iwata, was a powerful mentor to me over the years. He provided me unique insight on how to frame a conversation, how to see the world and how to think big in different ways.

He nurtured two things in me. The first was the ability to think big about the world around us and think strategically at scale – globally. The second was about character and the type of leader I wanted to be. This means how I show up every day, how I make decisions, and how to build effective teams. Enabling the growth of others is an important leadership capability. Collectively, all of these distinct skill sets are powerful and can have a meaningful impact in the world.

Mentorship Value

Mentoring, sponsoring, and developing all kinds of people with diverse points of view is incredibly important. There are problems that need to be solved across every intersection of business and society. The scale and complexity of these problems require the intellectual capacity of everyone on the planet. Access, education, opportunity, and mentorship are key.

Admired Leaders & Trailblazers

I am a board member of AnitaB.org, an organization which is all about the recognition of women in technology and advancing women and diverse candidates in categories of STEM. Our goal is envisioning a future where the people who imagine and build technology mirror the people and societies for whom they build it.

There are many role models both inside IBM and outside IBM, including leaders in the next generation semiconductor space, cloud platforms, applications space and others with deep vertical expertise. We’re better than we’ve ever been in terms of women representation; however, we still have a long way to go.

Advancing Gender Parity

I would women considering a role in tech to learn how to advocate for a decision or point of view that is not necessarily supported by the majority or by management. This is a skill set learned over time and through practice.

Layered in that challenge of advocacy, whatever it is – it may be a strategic investment bet, a hiring decision, or a pivot in the company – there are biases of history, of group think, of fear, beliefs, constraints in the business system, and metrics.

For advocating I’d give them five steps:

  1. Document a point of view.
  2. Find allies to help socialize your ideas and gather support.
  3. Listen and understand the opposing points of view.
  4. Potentially reframe the problem you are trying to solve to more of a shared outcome.
  5. Remain open to the possibility that your point of view may need to change with new data and input.

Leading the Next Generation

Inclusion – meaning not just diversity or demographics, but inclusion in the culture you create and the way you show up every day allowing for more trusted conversations, transparency and speed of decision making.

A simple example of this would be valuing people’s time and really listening to content rather than trying to win an interaction or move too quickly based on past experiences alone. When you prepare for a meeting, be present and focus on the content as well as behaviors and how you show up. The everyday micro-behaviors and micro-cultures in meetings, the participants, the tools used, in decisions making can lead to greater inclusion.

About Inhi Cho Suh

Inhi Cho Suh is a senior executive whose career has been defined by her use of technical and business development expertise to lead organizational transformation in support of growth.

Inhi is currently the general manager of global strategic partnerships, where she leads business development of IBM’s relationships with the largest system integrators, consultancies, hyperscalers, independent software vendors, and infrastructure companies. Prior, she led Watson Customer Engagement, where she drove the strategic restructuring of a multi-billion dollar SaaS portfolio to launch a suite of solutions that can create intelligent, self-correcting supply chains through the use of hybrid multi-cloud, AI, and blockchain.

Achievements & Recognition

Aligned with her experience and passion for emerging technology solutions, Inhi is a member of the board of directors of DocuSign and a TEDTalk speaker

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