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CAST Book Review: Good Power


Ginni Rometty, the former CEO of IBM, combines memoir with advocacy in her recounting of her rise to leadership from a challenging childhood in a field dominated by men. Raised by her mother and grandmother, both single moms, Rometty had a unique insight into identifying strivers whose contributions might otherwise be hidden.


Rometty sought to use the power she ultimately marshaled to do good in the world, coining the term “good power” and working to create a more equitable world by eradicating barriers for working mothers, people of color, and others. She became a leader in the SkillsFirst movement, which encouraged employers to look beyond networks and credentials to focus on workers’ actual skills, and helped create the P-Tech schools that attempt to connect school to work and have spread across the country. (When we were starting CAST, we visited the first P-Tech in New York, and while we ultimately developed our own model, it was one of the many from which we drew inspiration.)


Jeanne Russell

Executive Director | CAST Schools


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