Carol Kim Women Tech Network

    Carol Kim is an Executive Director at the Global Chief Data Office at IBM, a world leader in information technology headquartered in Armonk, New York, with more than 260,000 employees operating in over 170 countries. The Global Chief Data Office’s mission is to deliver a trusted enterprise-wide data and AI backbone for transforming IBM into an AI enterprise.
    Ms. Kim brings more than 20 years of experience in IBM leadership roles spanning various Finance & Operations disciplines (Chief Data Office, Finance & Planning, Pricing, Treasury), geographies (Americas, Asia) and business models (Services, Hardware, Software). She is a finance, data, and business transformation expert. She has consistently and successfully scaled operations, driven growth, and improved profitability by effectively leading teams to adapt new business models rapidly and effectively at key inflection points in the company’s lifecycle.

    Reflecting on My Journey

    Reflecting on your recognition as a Women in Tech Global Awards 2023 winner, could you describe your journey to this achievement in your specific award category? What does this recognition signify for you personally and professionally, and how does it encapsulate your contributions to the tech industry?

    Data has applications in every field and no matter where you are in the world, there will always be a need, a use, and a demand for data. With the increasing amount of data being generated and collected, the need for data science skilled professionals is increasing and expected to grow in the future. I am humbled to receive the AI & Data Science Leader of the Year Award and I encourage more women to join me in this exciting field! Being able to transform and leverage data to deliver value is incredibly exciting and rewarding.  

    Tech Industry's Most Rewarding Aspects

    In your experience, what is the most rewarding aspect of working in the tech industry, and how has it influenced your career path? 

    The tech industry is dynamic and fast-paced with many opportunities for growth and advancement. The work is inspiring, challenging and rewarding. Being able to work with creative bright exceptional minds to find innovative solutions to problems is enriching.  

    Empowering Women in Tech: Career Advice and Tips

    From your experience, what essential advice and practical tips would you offer to women aspiring women in tech to establish a successful career? 

    Technology offers a world of great opportunities – it is broad, exists in every industry, and it is constantly evolving. Focus on your strengths and continuously seek and explore opportunities where technology can be leveraged alongside your existing skills or passions. Have an open mind, embrace new challenges, and expand your network and skillsets. My greatest growth came from pushing outside my comfort- zone. Build relationships with people who you aspire to be like. Always be willing to listen and learn and surround yourself with great mentors, coaches, and sponsors. Have a positive attitude, stay curious, and focus on your potential and willingness to grow!  

    Who would you recommend to join the WomenTech Network, and why?

    WomenTech’s purpose is to make a difference in the world by enabling women’s empowerment in tech through leadership development, professional growth, mentorship and networking for professionals. It is a great way to meet like-minded people, exchange best practices and share knowledge, have an opportunity to listen to inspiring speakers, and increase your network.