May 19, 2020

10 Places to See Before They Disappear (As We Know Them)

travel
Tomas H. Lucero
5 min
10 Places to See Before They Disappear (As We Know Them)

Have you ever driven around your town assuming you’ll see the same old landscapes until, suddenly, there is an apartment complex where a meadow used to be? You take a double-look, you check out the surroundings to make sure you are where you think you are but the complex is still there. In the blink of an eye, it’s gone up, burying the meadow underneath it. This local phenomenon is actually global. There are hundreds of places around the world worth seeing before they are forever changed by climate change and globalization. The following are only ten, as listed by CNN.

Gozo, Malta

Gozo is only a 20-minute ferry ride from Malta and has a population of 37,000 people.

It first set off a buzz in the travel industry when Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt set up camp to film the movie “By the Sea.” When the movie is released in late 2015, the island will certainly claim a place in the travelers’ imaginations.

Gozo is a Roman Catholic country. There are many beautiful churches to see including one which “has the world's third highest unsupported dome.”

It's a great destination for hikers, cyclists and divers..

Cuba

As you surely know, the White House recently ease travel restrictions to Cuba.

Even before the policy change, many Americans tried, and succeeded, in traveling to Cuba. Now with restrictions eased, and more changes coming, you can expect fully-loaded planes of curious tourists to begin flying out of Miami and other parts of the country.

Nothing changes a landscape like foot traffic.

There is lots to see on the island, including “vintage cars, colonial palaces and beautiful wall murals [that] are still part of the scenery.”

Antarctica

Antarctica is the most urgent place you need to visit because it’s in the middle of a literal meltdown thanks to climate change.

The temperature in Antarctica has increase 3 degrees Celsius. That is 5 times the average rate of global warming for the rest of the world.

Quoted on CNN, Andrew White, president of Quark Expeditions says, "Antarctica is shedding 160 billion tons of ice annually and that figure is rising."

The environmental changes have led to a decline in Antarctic krill and many species of penguin are dying off.

Reydarfjordur, Iceland

In recent years, travel to the Nordic countries has increased 100 percent.

Some say that the popularity of the Nordic Noir genre, exemplified in shows like “The Killing” and “Fortitude,” is a possible cause for the increase.

According to CNN, “The town is also home to the second largest allied forces base in Iceland and today, the Icelandic Wartime Museum remains Reydarfjordur's most popular attraction.

Solden, Australia

The upcoming Bond film Spectre will be the major force to change travel patterns to Solden. At least one action sequence is set to take place atop the lCE-Q building which is on top of the Gaislachkogel mountain peak.

Spectre will be released in November 2015, which leaves over six months to visit Solden before it becomes a Hollywood still.

Greek Islands

Greece actually has more than 6,000 islands. Not all of them are equipped to receive visitors, of course, but many of them are. For now, islands like Crete, Skyros and Pelion are very inaccessible. Local airline Hellenic Seaplanes, however, has announced that they will begin providing travel to 100 more islands. By May 2015, access to the more remote islands will improve and will continue to until the end of the year.

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe/Zambia

The Victoria falls are twice as high as the Niagara falls. Twice.

This site will lose a lot of its enigmatic appeal once Victoria Falls International Airport opens in September of this year. The governments of both countries have asked their tourism boards to launch a major publicity campaign once the airport is in full service.

St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Caribbean

Later this year, Argyle International Airport will open on the islands. As a result, travelers will be able to fly directly to the destination from various parts of the world.

Currently, it’s beauty has remained mostly intact because traveling there is no walk in the park. To get there first you need to fly to Barbados. Then you take a second flight to the islands themselves.

St. Helena

Presently, if you want to see St. Helena, the first thing you need is plenty of spare time. To get there, first you fly to South Africa. Once you’re in Cape Town, you get on a ship for a five-day trip to the island.

In a little under a year, though, the island’s first airport will open and it will receive weekly flights from Johannesburg.

St. Helena, the world’s most inaccessible, inhabited island is a hot spot for birdwatchers. It’s also where Napoleon was exiled to from 1815 until his death in 1821.

Nicaragua

The government has recently green-lighted construction around the Nicaragua Canal. This is a mega project that is expected to dramatically change the nation’s landscape. It will be longer than the Panama Canal and will connect the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.

Nicaragua had already experienced an upsurge in visitors after major construction renovations began. Now the volume of visitors will increase. One of the must-see sites are the Miguelito wetlands, which the canal will ram through.

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Jun 13, 2021

Marketing matters: from IBM to Kyndryl

CMO
Kyndryl
IBM
Leadership
Kate Birch
5 min
Former CMO for IBM Americas Maria Bartolome Winans was recently named CMO for Kyndryl. Maria talks about her new role and her leadership style

Former Chief Marketing Officer for IBM Americas, and an IBM veteran of more than 25 years, Maria Bartolome Winans was recently named CMO for Kyndryl.

Prior to joining Kyndryl as Chief Marketing Officer, Maria had a 25-year career at IBM, most recently as the tech giant’s CMO where she oversaw all marketing professionals and activities across North America, Canada and Latin America. She has held senior global marketing positions in a variety of disciplines and business units across IBM, most notably strategic initiatives in Smarter Cities and Watson Customer Engagement, as well as leading teams in services, business analytics, and mobile and industry solutions. She is known for her work with teams to leverage data, analytics and cloud technologies to build deeper engagements with customers and partners.

With a passion for marketing, business and people, and a recognized expert in data-driven marketing and brand engagement, Maria talks to Business Chief about her new role, her leadership style and what success means to her.

You've recently moved from IBM to Kyndryl, joining as CMO. Tell us about this exciting new role?

I’m Chief Marketing Officer for Kyndryl, the independent company that will be created following the separation from IBM of its Managed Infrastructure Services business, expected to occur by the end of 2021. My role is to plan, develop, and execute Kyndryl's marketing and advertising initiatives. This includes building a company culture and brand identity on which we base our marketing and advertising strategy.

We have an amazing opportunity ahead at Kyndryl to create a company brand that will stand apart in the market by leading with our people first. Once we are an independent company, each Kyndryl employee will advance the vital systems that power human progress. Our people are devoted, restless, empathetic, and anticipatory – key qualities needed as we build on existing customer relationships and cultivate new ones. Our people are at the heart of this business and I am deeply hopeful and excited for our future.

What experiences have helped prepare you for this new opportunity?

I’ve had a very rich and diverse career history at IBM that has lasted 25+ years. I started out in sales but landed explored opportunities at IBM in different roles, business units, geographies, and functions. Marketing and business are my passions and I landed on Marketing because it allowed me to utilize both my left and right brain, bringing together art and science. In college, I was no tonly a business major, but an art major. I love marketing because I can leverage my extensive knowledge of business, while also being able to think openly and creatively.

The opportunities I was given during my time at IBM and my natural curiosity have led me to the path I’m on now and there’s no better next career step than a once-in-a-lifetime-opportunity to help launch a company. The core of my role at Kyndryl is to create a culture centered on our people and growing up in my career at IBM has allowed me to see first-hand how to prioritize people and ensure they are at the heart of progress in everything Kyndryl will do.

How would you describe your leadership style?

I believe that people aren't your greatest assets, they are your only assets. My platform and background for leadership has always been grounded in authenticity to who I am and centered on diversity and inclusion. I immigrated to the US from Chile when I was 10 years old and so I know the power and beauty that comes from leaning into what makes you different from other people, and that's what I want every person in my marketing organization to feel – the value in bringing their most authentic self to work every day. The way our employees feel when they show up for themselves authentically is how they will also show up for our customers, and strong relationships drive growth.

I think this is especially true in light of a world forever changed by the pandemic. Living through such an unprecedented time has reinforced that we are all humans. We can't lead or care for one another without empathy and I think leaders everywhere have been reminded of this.

What’s the best leadership advice you’ve received?

When I was growing up as an immigrant in North Carolina, I often wanted to be just like everyone else. But my mother always told me: Be unique, be memorable – you have an authentic view and experience of the world that no one else will ever have, so don't try to be anyone else but you.

What does success look like to you?

I think the concept of success is multi-faceted. From a career perspective, being in a job where you're respected and appreciated, and where you can see how your contributions are providing value by motivating your teams to be better – that's success! From a personal perspective, there is no greater accomplishment than investing in the next generation. I love mentoring younger professionals – they are the future. I want my legacy as a leader to include providing value in work culture, but also in leaving a personal impact on the lives of professionals who will carry the workforce forward. Finding a position in life with a job and company that offers me a chance at all of that is what success looks like to me.

What advice would you give to your younger self just starting out in the industry?

I've always been a naturally curious person and it's easy for me to over-commit to projects that pique my interest. I've learned over years of practice how to manage that, so to my younger self I’d say… prioritize the things that are most important, and then become amazing at those things.

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