The Power to Change the World
Friday, April 22, 2022 at 1 PM Eastern Time
Valinda Scarbro Kennedy
IBM Global University Specialty Programs Manager
Valinda Scarbro Kennedy is the IBM Global University Specialty Programs Manager. Valinda and her team work with higher education leadership worldwide in Medical Institutions and Historically Black College and Universities (HBCUs) providing access to industry resources to bridge the gap between academic programs and high demand career skills. The team works with medical/nursing/life sciences/pharmaceutical institutions and Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU’s) to provide faculty and students industry experiences using IBM’s academic program for no-charge access to resources. The goal is to build critical skills with artificial intelligence, quantum computing, internet-of-things, data science, design thinking, cyber security, blockchain and other hot technology areas through engagement with academic, government and industry leaders to augment education to include the accelerated use of advanced technology into most disciplines.
Now into her 34th year at IBM, Valinda has held a variety of engineering, sales, services, and executive management positions. These assignments include:
- HBCU Strategist
- Global universities academic initiative high touch program manager
- Management of sales specialist, technical architects, and business development executives
- Financial services client unit director
- Ecosystem development manager
- Market segmentation and development leader
- Technical sales and support specialist and manager
- Services business development executive
- Disaster recovery specialist
- Systems engineer
Degrees include a bachelor’s degree in Applied Mathematics and an associate degree in Computer Science from West Virginia State University in 1987 and 1988. Activities include being a Trustee, Senior Usher and Choir member at Logan Street Baptist Church, Monday Night Ladies Bowling Team Captain and on the advisory boards at West Virginia State University, Bluefield State College and the University of Illinois Chicago Equity and Inclusion in Engineering Program. Valinda is also an on-going mentor to veterans with American Corporate Partners and holds an appointment on Indiana Governor Holcomb’s Cyber Security Executive Council.
There are 103 Historically Black College and Universities (HBCUs) in the United Stated. HBCU’s have existed for for over 200 years and deliver over 27% of the STEM graduates while educating only 10% of the African Americans in higher education in the US
. This is an exciting opportunity to leverage the expertise, innovation, entrepreneurialism and manpower/woman power of this critical American heritage to be part of the solution for semi-conductor re-birth in the US. Other countries are positioned to far exceed the US in moving to the next level. How does the US win in this race? Use all the best talent available.