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Learn about the IBM Champions program and what you need to know about nominations for the 2024 program. Join Libby Ingrassia and IBM Champions guests as they explore what it's like to be an IBM Champion.
- Learn about the IBM Champions program and how to nominate someone or self-nominate
- Hear from IBM Champions about their experience in the program what makes the program so special to them
- Find out about a new initiative called IBM Rising Champions Advocacy badge program
Libby Ingrassia, IBM Champions Program Director, IBM
Libby leads the IBM Champions Program globally, working across IBM and with hundreds of customers and partners to support, recruit, and amplify the work of this select group of external advocates. IBM Champions are thought leaders and practitioners who have deep expertise in IBM's technology and services and actively support the communities around those technologies. A "Jill of many trades," Libby spent many years writing, teaching, and consulting on technology and community engagement, as well as in marketing and communications, K-12 and higher education, and a stint as a lifestyle magazine editor.
Laticia Carrow - 2023 IBM Z Champion
My name is Laticia Carrow but your can call me Tish. I’m the host of Tish Talks Tech. My show is THE talk show for the tech enthusiast that wants to know the real deal about what is happening in the world of enterprise computing. We are bringing unstoppable energy, electrifying guests, captivating charm, and mind-blowing expeditions with mainframe maestros that have stood the test of time and forging new frontiers. I am a 2023 IBM Z Champion who has been featured in various publications, manages several mainframe topic groups on Linkedin, and is a captivating presenter at conferences such as Share, IBM Z Day, and IBM TechXchange. I have achieved over 27 digital credential badge achievements including Interskill Credentials, theCompTia Network Plus certification, and the IBM CertifiedProfessional Architect - Cloud v5 certification.
Rikke Jacobsen - CEO, CogniTech A/S
Rikke is the CEO & and Founder of CogniTech A/S. A Danish IBM Business Gold Partner. Keeping her employees happy and motivated and getting more people to use and get most value out of IBM Analytics is her passion. Rikke has worked with IBM Cognos Analytics for more than 20 years, and she still gets excited about the prospect of helping her clients make sense of their data. She is the first Dane to be named IBM Analytics Hero and she is also a 3-year IBM Champion. Both titles has been earned because of her enthusiasm and dedication to the Cognos community. Rikke has educated over a thousand users in Cognos Analytics, she develops CogniTech’s own Cognos Courses and Cognos Training material. Rikke has inspired a lot of people as a speaker at several IBM Conferences and Webinars.
Heather L. Cole - Advisor/Speaker/President, Lodestar Solutions, IBM Lifetime Champion
Heather L. Cole transforms Executives and their organizations to experience hyper-growth leveraging analytics. Her 30+ years of experience owning and growing a software reseller and implementation firm along with her life-long dedication to personal development has made her a leading high-performance and technology success coach. What’s more, Heather is not just an advisor and Executive coach, she is also a business owner, author, speaker, and attorney. Her teachings and skills have touched the lives of thousands of people around the world via her insights into business strategy and the future of businesses during the data and analytic revolution.
In addition to being the founder of Lodestar Solutions, an IBM partner, and Heatherized, Inc. she is a two-time best-selling author, a winner of the Lifetime IBM Champion Award, has served on the National Board of Financial Executives International (FEI). In her free time, Heather volunteers at Ready for Life, a charity that helps youth who age out of foster care in St. Petersburg, FL.