As with anything in life, we make plans. But plans change and paths shift. You have to teach yourself to be resilient, to be open, and to be flexible in life so that when challenges arise and new opportunities present themselves, you can take advantage of them.
Linda Rigano’s guest on this episode of the WAM Podcast has a remarkable story. Judy Greenhill is the CEO and COO of Greenhill AntiBallistics Corporation (GABC), a nanotechnology “startup” that makes a special force disruption platform that reduces the force of impact by nearly 50% in the thickness of one dime.
Judy relishes being a “pioneer” and has a career of “firsts”. During her 19-year career at IBM, Judy was the first Asian woman in marketing and sales in IBM’s “Wall Street” branch, working her way up from programmer. Judy was selected to be one of the “Dirty Dozen” sent to Beijing to set up IBM’s operations in-country. While there, Judy led multi-million-dollar projects, including the establishment of IBM China’s first and largest computer complex. She was tapped to join a group of three where she crafted IBM’s emerging markets strategy, which she conceived and implemented globally, contributing 22% of IBM’s annual total revenue of $107B.
Judy was also asked to conceive and implement a diversity strategy for its Asian constituency, which she did worldwide throughout the company
After leaving IBM, she worked at The Dwight School where she taught the first Mandarin Language and Chinese Culture International Baccalaureate Curriculum for K-12 grades.
Hear Judy’s amazing journey on this episode of the Women And Manufacturing podcast.