YouTube Channel of The Greater IBM Connection

Greater IBM Videos on YouTube

Check out The Greater IBM Connection’s YouTube channel! We always welcome comments and video responses from fellow Greater IBMers.

Here, watch an interview with Greater IBMer Hansueli Maerki, former Chief Executive Officer of IBM EMEA and today a Senior Fellow of Harvard’s Advanced Leadership Initiative, as he talks with Greater IBM editor Regan Kelly on his 35 years with the company, life after IBM, and what makes The Greater IBM Connection great.

Contributing to the Success of Others – Online Women’s Gallery

There is a new call for leadership and service all around the world. Eleanor Roosevelt reminded us…

“Our own success, to be real, must contribute to the success of others.”

Jasmin Recently, Jasmin Tragas, author of Wonderwebby and Managing Consultant with IBM Human Capital Management in Australia, brought this wisdom to life in an innovative and deeply meaningful way. I wanted to share this unique Greater IBM story…

When you put your heart and talent into a project, wonderful things can happen. Jasmin proved this. In an invitation to women, she promised, “By writing a single sentence”for her special Wonderwebby project, we could contribute to empowering other women, make a difference, and speak out against poverty. “You can change the lives of a group of women in the Philippines,” she explained. …and twenty-six women showed up to share their insights.

“The reason I am asking you, Jasmin wrote, “is because I believe you are a woman with an entrepreneurial spirit. Along the way, you made an investment. It may have been words you spoke, a course you undertook, a gift you gave, a smile, a risk or an adventure. Perhaps another woman made an investment in you.”


Jasmin turned the insights from the twenty-six women into a beautiful slideshow with stories and wisdom to share with the world. It was one of the most inventive, mutualistic fund raising ideas I’ve seen. It is a win, win, win. Our Greater IBM connection across the world, offered an opportunity for Jasmin and I to team up, share our resources and showcase Jasmin’s project in a special way.

The online WOMEN’s GALLERYat the Global Dialogue Center, which I founded in 2003, is honored to share this special self-learning exhibit, WOMEN’s INVESTMENT: A tribute to the Entrepreneurial Spirit. The exhibit features the slideshow Jasmin created with beautiful photographs by Amy Palko ( that tell mini-stories from twenty-six women around the world taken from their personal experience of WOMEN’s INVESTMENT. Jasmin also tells the story of the project in a personal audio message.


  1. Visit the exhibit and take insights of twenty-six women.
    Click through the visual exhibit.
  2. Tell your story or share your insight;
    Leave a comment at the bottom of this post.
  3. Make a donation…a small contribution empower another woman

Greater IBM Side-Story:
Jasmin and I have never physically met. I live in San Francisco and she is in Australia as I mentioned. We met one another through Greater IBM and have supported one another’s events, projects, and contributions. This special story serves as an example of what we can do by putting our differences, experiences, and resources together to create a better world.

Have you joined Greater IBM? Do it NOW…


DK Debbe Kennedy
Contributing Author
Greater IBM Connection
Founder, President & CEO
Global Dialogue Center and
Leadership Solutions Cos.

, Putting Our Differences to Work

IBMer 1970 – 1991 L.A.; Anchorage; Seattle; San Francisco

Speaking of seeing and IBMer…

I’m not sure how many of you use the photo sharing site, Flickr, but I started a Flickr group called "The Greater IBM Connection" and seeded it with some photos from the NYC event.  On Flickr you can add photos to this group, tag photos (eg add the name of the people pictured etc) and comment on photos…

Photos from The Greater IBM Connection Virtual Christmas Party

Thanks to all who came to The Greater IBM Connection Christmas Party!
I was overwhelmed by my many folk came along and at one point I
couldn’t get into my own disco as the island was full!  We had:

  • Christmas Rides and a nativity scene on IBM
  • A snowman and snowglobe building competition on IBM 1
  • An icerink complete with iceskates on IBM 6
  • A Christmas tree with presents from the IBM architects and a Disco in the Greater IBM Virtual Connection Center on IBM 7

All of the above will be there for a few days if you want to go and visit.

Ian, has beaten me to blogging first with some nice pics, but here’s my photos from the event:

What Christmas is really all about:

Boris rides again!:

Lots of people entered the building competitions and there was a good atmosphere there:

Here are the winners on podiums:

prize was some ultra-cool iceskates.  One of the winners managed to wear
the box instead of the skates… (we’ve all done that at least once :)

The IBM architects were giving out presents under the Christmas tree:

And Anita from SOA land had provided some great festive fare outside our building:

People had fun skating:

The Greater IBM Virtual Connection Center was transformed into a disco for the event:
I could only get in after lots of people had left, so it wasn’t so full when I took pics:

Santa even showed up for a boogie!:

Before relaxing with a gluwein…

been an amazing year, and I think the turnout at short notice to the
party underlines how many Greater IBMers "get it".  You you haven’t taken the plunge into Second Life yet, you can sign up here.  This is one of the ways we are exploring to interact in meaningful wasy with IBMer alumni and IBMers, and given the recent IBM and press attention, we have been riding the wave, so why not jump on-board!  We look forward to seeing you at more events: online, in-person and virtually next year.

Merry Christmas!