CbD Graduation day 2016

How about travelling to new places and meeting new people? It sounds good right?

Well, this is what happens in IBM. This time, we travelled to Madrid, for the Consulting by Degrees (CbD) Graduation Day.

Every year, graduates, from all over the world, who successfully complete the 2 years of their CbD training, graduate. This year, the SPGI (Spain, Portugal, Greece, Cyprus and Israel) Consulting by Degrees team came up with the idea of organizing a really big event for the Graduation day.  Luckily, CbDers from the SPGI have been invited to attend the event in Spain, along with several European Managers.

The event took place in the IBM Client Center in Madrid on Friday May 6th 2016. The CbD team had prepared some really good stuff for the day, with all the graduates preparing videos and material to present.

Just the day before the event, CbDers from Portugal, Greece and Cyprus arrived to Spain. Later that evening, some Spanish CbDers organized an informal gathering party at a pub; a very good opportunity for us to meet our colleagues just before the event.

The day had come and everything was in place. By 9am we arrived to the amazing Client Center of IBM. Everybody was there; IBM executives, Service Managers, the SPGI leaders, Consultants and Graduates. The Client Center, an incredible place, was a place full of life, full of energy and interesting stuff. Even selfie sticks and accessories for pictures were available to ensure the best experience for the guests.

The selfie competition started from early in the morning, with all the graduates trying to attain the perfect shoot for the winning selfie. By the end of the day, the SPGI CbD Manager, María José Sánchez Aranda and her team had to choose the “big four” of the best selfies and give awards. Twitter had gone on fire as all participants were continuously posting selfies and tweets.

The event had officially started with the warm welcome message of the SPGI Executive Manager, Marta Martínez. The agenda was fully covered by activities of videos from GBS, GTS and Software team, presentations from the graduates, the selfie competition, teamwork activities and of course food and networking!

The main objective of the event, which at my opinion has been successfully achieved, was to get social and create new connections of managers and graduates in each country. The spirit was fun and positive during the day and we were able to meet other CbDers and listen about amazing stories in IBM and life in CbD. It is nice to think that there is a possibility of working together someday. Even more important was the fact that we were able to meet and introduce ourselves to important people in the company such as Leaders from Services and Industries across Europe. IBM as a global and accessible company has the capability of uniting countries and brings its employees together.

But because one image is equal to 1000 words, have a look on some of the pictures and don’t forget our hash tag on Twitter #IBM_SPG_GradsDay16.




Elena Panagiotou


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