Dreamforce 2017: 13 Revelations About IBM And CEO Ginni Rometty

Rometty Learned An Important Lesson On Gender When Offered A Promotion

Ten years into her career, a supervisor at IBM wanted Rometty to replace him in a position he thought she was well-qualified for, but she had doubts about her readiness.

After the supervisor persisted about the promotion, Rometty told him, "I don’t think I'm ready for it." She added, "I need to go home. … I need to think about it and I want to talk to my husband."

When that conversation happened, Rometty's husband asked, "Do you think a man would have answered it that way?"

"I said, 'no,'" Rometty said, realizing her mistake. "I went in the next day and took the job."

She acknowledged to the supervisor she felt she handled the situation poorly. He agreed and said, "Don’t do it again."

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