May 19, 2020

Universal Music Canada Joins Search for Canada's Luckiest Student

Canada's Luckiest Student
Canadian contest
Student Life Network
Universal Music
Bizclik Editor
2 min
Universal Music Canada Joins Search for Canada's Luckiest Student


Student Life Network, creators of Canada's Luckiest Student contest, announced a new partnership with Universal Music Canada today that sees Canada’s leading music company adding exciting and exclusive prizes to the contest. Now with over 150,000 participants, Canada's Luckiest Student contest has seen incredible growth thanks in part to partnerships with popular corporations and brands as well as a rock-solid contest architecture that is still very innovative in the world of social media. 
As part of its sponsorship, Universal Music Canada will give students a chance to win a meet and greet with Taylor Swift on June 29 in Vancouver. Universal Music Canada has joined leading brands including CIBC, Dell, itravel2000 and Mexx as a sponsor of Canada’s Luckiest Student. Total prizes offered through the contest, to date, are evaluated at $36,000 with new prizes expected regularly until the contest ends on June 15, 2013.
“Students appreciate the value of experiences, of defining moments that create memories and joy, especially among larger groups and communities,” said Kristen Burke, Sr. Director, Brand and Strategy at Universal Music Canada. “That is what Universal is about and this contest truly reflects this philosophy. The traction that this campaign has received is stellar. We’re excited to join the search for Canada’s Luckiest Student and to have the opportunity to engage students in a very powerful way.”
With an average of 15,000 new students joining the contest each week, the company expects to exceed its goal of 400,000 entries by June. Since the soft launch of Canada’s Luckiest Student in September, more than 150,000 students have enrolled; its Facebook ‘likes’ now top 70,000 and Twitter followers are at more than 66,000.
“The contest continues to grow each day and the feedback is overwhelmingly positive,” said T.J. Donnelly, president and CEO of the Toronto-based Student Life Network. “We’re excited to be adding Universal Music Canada to our list of sponsors and believe that they are bringing some great prizing that students will enjoy.”
To take part in Canada’s Luckiest Student, participants receive multiple entries based on easy actions, such as enrolling, opting-in for new prizes and sharing information on the contest with friends. Not only does the contest reward a single person, but it also rewards networks of people with each participant required to choose classmates, friends and even their school as partners with whom they would like to share collaborative prizing.
Canada’s Luckiest Student ends June 15, 2013 with new partners and prizing being added regularly. The contest is open to a total pool of 4 million high school and post-secondary students in Canada.
Edited by: Kristin Craik

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Jun 13, 2021

Marketing matters: from IBM to Kyndryl

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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