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Lysa Banks, IBM

By Lysa Banks

I am a builder.

I build cloud solutions at IBM. I even built my own house. And throughout my career as an engineer, I also have learned to build valuable relationships as a mentor inside and outside of the workplace.

I learned a lot about being a good mentor through the many people who have mentored me in my own career. I have had mentors who have enhanced my technical skills and business acumen or served as an emotional rock and professional guide. I’ve had both male and female mentors, and in all cases, they helped accelerate my career and bring me to where I am today.

But I have to say that, as a woman, having a female mentor at IBM has given me something unique: it allows me to have both a friend and guide when I am faced with the challenges that can arise in the male-dominated technology field.

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Having female mentors has helped to offset the loneliness that women like me can feel in the IT industry, where we often attend events and meetings and can be the only woman in the room.  They allow me to realize that I am not alone in some of the obstacles I have faced. With these mentors, I can express my fears and vent my frustrations without worrying about the consequences. This has made a huge difference in helping me maintain my sense of balance during what has been a long, successful career.

When I started my career as a software engineer at IBM, a female mentor of mine challenged me to do things outside of my comfort zone. She encouraged me to become a manager and lead my peers. Another female mentor supported me in becoming an architect. She even urged me to participate in cloud solutions training. Thanks to her coaching, a few months later, I ended up in the role I am in today as lead architect for and program manager for industry cloud solutions at IBM.

When I was in college, I did not have these types of strong professional mentors. At that time, I didn’t have a firm grasp of what corporate America, or even the real working world was really like. This is why I feel compelled to engage and provide guidance to students who have yet to enter the workforce

In fact, I tend to embrace all age groups when I mentor – from new hires and interns at IBM to middle school, high school and college students.

Lysa Banks, Lead Architect & Program Manager for Industry Cloud Solutions, IBM

Lysa Banks, Lead Architect & Program Manager for Industry Cloud Solutions, IBM

For example, I participate in a program near my office in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., called Project LEAD, in which high school students are brought in to IBM for several weekends a year to learn leadership and presentation skills from IBMers. I also am involved in e-mentoring with local junior high school and elementary schools in the Poughkeepsie area.In addition to the support of the local schools, I also lead workshops for young aspiring female engineers at my alma mater, New Jersey Institute of Technology.

It is incredibly rewarding to help these young future engineers start to realize their potential as leaders and critical thinkers. And I feel fortunate to be considered a role model for them, especially the women engineers of tomorrow. I hope they, too, can find their own path to success, their own mentors, and like me, learn how to pay it forward.

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12:14 pm

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January 8, 2015
12:45 am

Thanks for the great post. Really cool to commute by CBR600RR :-)


Posted by: Yoshi
 
January 7, 2015
1:25 pm

Thanks Lisa.


Posted by: Vinoth Marudhachalam
 
January 5, 2015
5:34 pm

Lysa, you are a builder of hope. Your story and video give all of us new hope, new inspiration, new leadership and let us think new at IBM in the new year.


Posted by: Feric
 
January 5, 2015
8:27 am

Great Post!


Posted by: Luca
 
January 5, 2015
8:11 am

Very nice story! Thank you for sharing it with the world.


Posted by: Daniel
 
January 5, 2015
5:19 am

Thanks for sharing your story; very inspiring and such a cool video!


Posted by: Dominique
 
January 4, 2015
9:04 pm

A very happy New Year to you Lysa! Thank you for your inspiring story and best of luck in your future career.


Posted by: Ewa Rabeda
 
January 4, 2015
4:31 pm

This is such an inspirational post. Lysa; thank you for sharing your story with all of us.


Posted by: Martha
 
January 3, 2015
9:52 pm

Inspirational story, I loved it. All the best Lysa and a happy and prosperous new year.


Posted by: Sri Shetty
 
January 3, 2015
4:02 pm

What a great story. Thanks Lysa for sharing! Wishing you the very best in 2015.


Posted by: Joan Renner
 
January 3, 2015
1:48 pm

Lysa, Excellent story and video! Continue your great work!


Posted by: Diana Henderson
 
January 3, 2015
8:39 am

Thank you for these Authentic … Professional … video and interview


Posted by: Thiel Angelina
 
January 2, 2015
6:49 pm

Lysa, I’m so glad that your inspiring video is being shared more widely so that others can be encouraged! It was great meeting you at WOC 2014 and experiencing your positive energy and hearing about your wonderful accomplishments.


Posted by: Jo Ann Hill
 
January 2, 2015
5:04 pm

Lysa! Thank you for sharing an inspiring POV of IBM and the possibilities that are out there.


Posted by: Antrone Turner
 
January 2, 2015
1:32 pm

What a great way to start the new year by watching such a great video bio! I agree with several of the comments that the video captures the essence of what Lysa is all about – an inspiration for each of us to embrace all that IBM has to offer and make a difference everyday. As my team gets more involved with Blue Mix in 2015, looking forward to any potential future collaboration.


Posted by: Laurent Pierre
 
January 2, 2015
11:47 am

That’s the new IBM we all together are building, inspiring video Lisa, nice ride and funny dog! Congratulations!


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January 2, 2015
11:33 am

Congratulations for the video, but …. I prefer a Ducati !


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January 2, 2015
10:54 am

Great article and excellent video. Thanks for sharing!


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January 2, 2015
9:15 am

So Inspirational,thanks for sharing your amazing experience!A great way to start 2015!


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January 2, 2015
3:19 am

I love this !


Posted by: Jyoti
 
January 2, 2015
2:40 am

Loved the energy that came out of this short yet different and purposeful video – positive energy works contagiously and makes one proud to be part of the same company. Well done :-)


Posted by: Karen De Sutter
 
January 2, 2015
12:31 am

Great LYSA! Inspiring Video.. Good video in starting of the year 2015….


Posted by: Bhupathi
 
January 1, 2015
7:13 am

It’s Inspiring video and great motivation to all. Wish you happy new year.


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January 1, 2015
5:35 am

Truly inspiring video…Wish you a happy and prosperous 2015.


Posted by: Kishore
 
December 31, 2014
5:52 pm

Very inspiring video. IBM is a great company with great people like Lysa. Soon I will be a biker too…!!!


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December 31, 2014
10:10 am

I love this! From a fellow female biker IBMer who is new to IBM, its inspiring – thank for sharing :0)


Posted by: Jill Smith
 
December 31, 2014
9:05 am

Good vid. Keep up the great work!


Posted by: Mark McFadden
 
December 31, 2014
8:13 am

Very optimistic, inspiring video. Good luck Lysa – stay positive as you are on the film. It’s a great motivation for others:)


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December 30, 2014
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Very encouraging story and video for all of us


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December 30, 2014
5:58 pm

Way to go, Lysa! Wonderful short video.


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December 30, 2014
12:13 pm

Great perspective, thanks for sharing!


Posted by: Subra Madduru
 
December 30, 2014
11:27 am

Wow! This video was a treat in many ways. Lysa, you are inspiring, witty, talented. IBM is lucky to have you.


Posted by: Deborah Reynolds
 
December 30, 2014
10:00 am

Lysa, thanks for the personal perspective of your career, your life and how you mesh it together. Your story should be inspirational to people all across the world.


Posted by: Molly
 
December 30, 2014
9:57 am

Very encouraging story and video for all of us. It is all about attitude both Lysa’s and her mentors throughout her IBM career.


Posted by: Mirva Antila
 
December 30, 2014
9:47 am

Awesome video! Lysa, you are a very talented woman and your bio tells a powerful story! Very inspiring! Thanks Lysa!


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December 30, 2014
9:14 am

That video is very powerful, practical&alive, show us what about easy to THINK SMARTER PLANET
BRAVO LYSA


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December 30, 2014
2:07 am

Looking at the video and Lisa story you start thinking that it’s possible.
It’s possible being yourself and give an amazing contribution expressing your energy


Posted by: Alessandra Caringella
 
December 29, 2014
3:32 pm

This is one of the best short video bio’s I have seen. It capture Lysa’s personality, her motivation and uniqueness, and her proud contributions to IBM. The bio leave you with an uplifting good feeling!


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