10 unique holiday gifts for the CEO that has everything
When it’s cold outside it’s important to step out with the proper gear. Glove.ly allows every finger to work on any touch screen. They are great for phones, tablets, even navigation systems in your car! They are also soft, warm knit or leather gloves that allow you to tap, swipe, and even multi-touch gestures. Keep your digits toasty - You will fall in love with the Glove.ly! glove.ly
The PupSaver keeps your furry friends safe and secure while driving and provides protection against impact. Not only does the unique design allow your pet the protection it deserves, it also allows them to ride in comfort. Safe, simple, and secure the PupSaver is easy as a snap to install and can also double as a pet bed when traveling. Veterinarian endorsed. pupsaver.com
For the female CEO, Kelly & Jones Notes of Wine Collection is a brand new concept in fine fragrance. The fragrances enhance the nuances of both wine and perfume for a new experiential approach to appreciating the world of wine. It is a truly sensorial and experiential approach to wine and perfume, two of the oldest known pleasures in the world. kellyandjones.com
BirdAveneue creates affordable modern art pieces so you can have something really unique for your home or office. There are a variety of prints to choose from, including several series of prints including music, sports, children, lifestyle and different cities around the world. Whether you live in NYC, Boston, Washington DC, Louisville, Sydney, LA, New Orleans...there are skylines and famous city locales to check out. birdave.com
6. Phone Soap
Phones are dirty - We use them every day and many don’t ever clean them. There is a new way to make your phone completely germ free, safe, and looking like new and it’s called Phone Soap. The Phone Soap charger has a USB port to allow charging of any device. Allowing the phone to be sanitized during the normal daily routine of charging your phone makes using the product second nature. The UV cleaning products are all phone safe and natural. They eliminate germs using no liquids, no chemicals, and no heat. phonesoap.com
CEOs are busy and when it comes to shopping for makeup female CEOs can now rest easy and let the makeup come to them! Starbox is a monthly subscription service that provides you with the opportunity to try the entire Starlooks, Pro-Quality Makeup Line at an exclusive, discounted price. Find the best looks for you and then order online! starlooks.com
4. Trunk Club
Trunk Club is a high-end, personalized-shopping service designed for busy men who want to look good but don’t have time to upgrade their wardrobes. Trunk Club is the first and only technology-powered shopping service that pairs each new member with his own personal stylist, who handpicks selections of men’s clothing based on the member’s preferences and lifestyle. trunkclub.com
3. Le Tote
LE TOTE is a fashion discovery platform that connects brands with consumers through a rental model. It offers access to UNLIMITED boutique style apparel and accessories for only $49 a month. LE TOTE is the infinite closet that women can use as often as they like at a set price each month, and numerous media outlets have described us as “Netflix for women’s fashion.” Letote.com
More than just a decorative accent to business attire, these hi-tech accessories deliver a pop of cutting-edge connectivity to any mobile office. Simply install the included software onto a laptop, connect via USB and create a hotspot for all wireless devices. Perfect for meetings or avoiding those hotel Wi-Fi fees. It also holds up to 2GB of data so they never miss a step—or a file.
When all else fails buy booze, that makes everyone happy!
Marketing matters: from IBM to 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.