The Story of Ginni Rometty

Who is Virginia “Ginni” Marie Rometty? She’s been called one of
  • Forbes‘ America’s Top 50 Women In Tech
  • Time’s 20 Most Important People in Tech
  • Bloomberg’s 50 Most Influential People in the World
  • Fortune’s “50 Most Powerful Women in Business”
She is an American business executive, serving as the executive chairman of IBM. Ginni Romety started as a systems engineer and later headed IBM’s global sales, marketing, and strategy before becoming its president and CEO. As general manager of IBM’s global services division, she negotiated the company’s purchase of PricewaterhouseCoopers IT consulting business and became known for her work integrating the two companies. As CEO, she moved IBM towards analytics, cloud computing, and cognitive computing systems. Ginni Rometty was born in Chicago, Illinois on July 29, 1957, as Virginia Marie Nicosia. She grew up outside of Chicago and was the eldest of four children in an Italian-American family.  When she was fifteen years old, her parents divorced and her father left. This left Rometty to look after her siblings as her mother worked multiple jobs to support the family. This experience taught her valuable life skills and leadership qualities. She began her educational studies in 1975 on a General Motor’s scholarship at Northwestern University.  She completed an internship between her junior and senior years. She joined the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority and eventually served as its president. She graduated with distinction from the Robert R. McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science. She received a bachelor’s degree in computer science and electrical engineering. And later was given honorary doctoral degrees from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Northwestern University, and North Carolina State University. She’s overcome much criticism but remains an inspiration to young women that long to be business leaders.