WITI Hall of Fame

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Orna Berry Orna Berry
Corporate VP, Growth and Innovation, EMC Centers of Excellence United States and, EMC Corporation

Jennifer Pahlka Jennifer Pahlka
Founder and Executive Director, Code for America

Kim Polese Kim Polese
Chairman, ClearStreet

Kris Rinne Kris Rinne
Senior Vice President, Network & Product Planning, AT&T Services, Inc.

Lauren States Lauren States
Advanced Leadership Initiative Fellow, Harvard University



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Featured Profile


Lauren States

Lauren States

Advanced Leadership Initiative Fellow, Harvard University

Inducted in: 2014

Lauren States is vice president of strategy and transformation for IBM’s software group sales division, responsible for the overall sales strategy and go-to-market for IBM’s over $25 billion software business.

Lauren held numerous executive positions within the company: vice president, chief technology officer, IBM corporate strategy, system technologies and leading the technical strategist.

She served as vice president in technical sales for the IBM Software Group, which oversaw IBM’s technical sales execution for IBM’s over 5,000 globally dispersed technical sales professionals.

As a senior executive on IBM’s integration and values leadership team, she was a leader in the company-wide transformation—responsible for the reshaping of IBM's skills development for IBM’s 38,000+ sales force.

Lauren began her IBM career in 1978 in New York City as a systems engineer.

Lauren serves as chair of the board of visitors at Northeastern University and D'Amore-McKim School of Business. She is a member of the board of trustees at the International House, New York.

She is a member of the Executive Leadership Council.

Lauren has been recognized with the Federal 100 Award, as well as with the Pioneer Award at the Black Engineer of the Year Conference.

She holds a BS in economics from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

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