Today we’re talking to Hillery Hunter, CTO of IBM Cloud; and we discuss why removing ego and emotions when asking leaders for their opinion is extremely important, Hillery’s career path from being an individual contributor to CTO at IBM, and the benefits of intimately knowing your strengths and weaknesses.

All of this right here, right now, on the Modern CTO Podcast! 

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About Hillery Hunter:

Hillery Hunter, GM, Cloud Industry Platforms & Solutions; CTO IBM Cloud is

responsible for technical strategy for IBM's cloud-native and infrastructure

offerings. Prior to this role, she served as Director of Accelerated Cognitive

Infrastructure in IBM Research, leading a team doing cross-stack (hardware through

software) optimization of AI workloads, producing productivity breakthroughs of 40x and

greater which were transferred into IBM product offerings. Her technical interests have

always been interdisciplinary, spanning from silicon technology through system

software, and she has served in technical and leadership roles in memory technology,

Systems for AI, and other areas. She is a member of the IBM Academy of Technology

and was appointed as an IBM Fellow in 2017. Hillery is a BS, MS, and PhD graduate of

the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

About IBM:

At IBM, we do more than work. We create. We create as technologists, developers, and engineers. We create with our partners. We create with our competitors. If you’re searching for ways to make the world work better through technology and infrastructure, software, and consulting, then we want to work with you.

We’re here to help every creator turn their “what if” into what is. Let’s create something that will change everything.

Joel Beasley

Joel began writing code at age 13 selling his first technology by age 18 for one million dollars. In his first three transactions, he developed key relationships and began working with Investors and Chief Technology Officers collaborating and building products in Real Estate, Law, Finance, and Fitness.

Today, Joel is a Chief Technologist volgging the process of building a company Joel is an author of the book Modern CTO a #1 New Release on Amazon and a #1 Technology Podcast with 70k active listeners. Joel has a clear vision and passion for modern technology, placing him as one of the most exciting Chief Technology Officers to watch out for.

Joel is the President of a charity that designs STEM related children’s books Back to the Moon and Princess Physicist. These books are then donated to orphanages, homeless pregnant woman and in-need children. Beasley Foundation was formed in February 2017 after Joel, Mitch and Valerie lost their Mother to Leukemia after being diagnosed 6 weeks earlier. Joel and his siblings wanted to do something unique with her life insurance money and the Beasley Foundation was formed.

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