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Learning to be Resilient and Open to New Opportunities… A Conversation with Judy Greenhill

As with anything in life, we make plans. But plans change and paths shift. You have to teach yourself to be resilient, to be open, and to be flexible in life so that when challenges arise and new opportunities present themselves, you can take advantage of them.

Linda Rigano’s guest on this episode of the WAM Podcast has a remarkable story. Judy Greenhill is the CEO and COO of Greenhill AntiBallistics Corporation (GABC),  a nanotechnology “startup” that makes a special force disruption platform that reduces the force of impact by nearly 50% in the thickness of one dime.

Judy relishes being a “pioneer” and has a career of “firsts”. During her 19-year career at IBM, Judy was the first Asian woman in marketing and sales in IBM’s  “Wall Street” branch, working her way up from programmer. Judy was selected to be one of the “Dirty Dozen” sent to Beijing to set up IBM’s operations in-country. While there, Judy led multi-million-dollar projects, including the establishment of IBM China’s first and largest computer complex. She was tapped to join a group of three where she crafted IBM’s emerging markets strategy, which she conceived and implemented globally, contributing 22% of IBM’s annual total revenue of $107B.

Judy was also asked to conceive and implement a diversity strategy for its Asian constituency, which she did worldwide throughout the company

After leaving IBM, she worked at The Dwight School where she taught the first Mandarin Language and Chinese Culture International Baccalaureate Curriculum for K-12 grades.

Hear Judy’s amazing journey on this episode of the Women And Manufacturing podcast.

JUDY GREENHILL PORTRAIT

Meet Our Guest, Judy Greenhill

Judy is the CEO/COO of Greenhill AntiBallistics Corporation (GABC) and has executive experience in technology, education, and, now, a nanotechnology “startup.” She relishes being a “pioneer” and has a career of firsts. During her 19-year career at IBM, she was the first Asian woman in marketing and sales in IBM’s fabled “Wall Street” branch, working her way up from programmer. Then, Judy was selected to be one of the “Dirty Dozen” sent to Beijing to set up IBM’s operations in-country. While there, Judy led multi-million dollar projects, including the establishment of IBM China’s first and largest computer complex and set up data centers throughout China, from Beijing to Xinjiang.

Judy also developed an integrated solution to automate China’s commercial banking system. She was then tapped to join a group of three where she crafted IBM’s emerging markets strategy, which she conceived and implemented globally, contributing 22% of IBM’s annual total revenue of $107B. Next, she was asked to conceive and implement IBM’s diversity strategy for its Asian constituency, which she did throughout the company, worldwide. Judy is a first-generation Asian American, who arrived as a child speaking no English and is passionate about the value of education, graduating valedictorian of her high school class and receiving a full scholarship to Wellesley College. Because of that passion, after leaving IBM, she conceived and taught the first Mandarin Language and Chinese Culture International Baccalaureate Curriculum for k-12.

Next, Judy co-founded the first joint diploma-dual curriculum program in China, in Beijing, between a Chinese public high school and a U.S. high school. Judy is a Nei Gong Tai Ji Quan practitioner and an aspiring calligrapher. She enjoys spending time in Wyoming hiking, fishing, and white water kayaking with her husband, Zach, the inventor and co-founder of GABC, and their two college-age sons.

WAM Host, Linda Rigano

Meet Your Host, Linda Rigano

Linda Rigano is the Principal Consultant of The Rigano Group. Her expertise and enthusiasm for strategic and effective communication permeate all that she does as a consultant to B2B and B2C technology, manufacturing, supply chain, and publishing organizations to improve business performance and stakeholder relationships by building highly successful and measurable communications programs.

With over 20 years of industry experience, Linda has excelled in helping organizations advance the discussion of important industry issues. She was central to the development and promotion of ThomasNet’s annual Industry Market Barometer® (IMB) survey on the state of manufacturing, the ThomasNet/ISM “30 Under 30 Rising Supply Chain Stars” Recognition Program, and ThomasNet’s North American Scholarship Program. Linda also served as Director of Strategic Alliances for ThomasNet, and for many years was the Publisher of the Thomas Food Industry Register.

Throughout her career, Linda has been an active participant and presenter for manufacturing, supply management, and business associations. She is widely quoted in business and trade media, including Bloomberg BusinessweekNightly Business Report, and Industry Today. Linda holds an MBA in marketing from Fordham University.


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