Vicki Nickinovich

Nickinovich, Vicki

Company: IBM Corporation (Retired)
Industry: High Tech industry
Mentor Since: Fall 2007
Will Mentor: Graduate Students

Employment History

My current career follows 32 years in the high tech industry including 25 years at IBM and 7 at FileNET (which was subsequently acquired by IBM).  During those years, primary responsibilities included leading organizations focused on Complex Large Systems Engineering and Sales, Voice and Data Communications, Contract, Legal, and Global Strategic Alliances.  

Primary areas of industry focus included Insurance, Telecommunications, Retail, Distribution, Aerospace, and most recently the Medical industry.


L-EMBA from Seattle University, Executive Leadership Program (ELP) Seattle University, plus Advanced Business and Leadership Institutes affiliated with IBM, Princeton, and Harvard

Mentoring Objectives & Scope

My objective is to assist students in the challenge of clearly defining success for them in one concise sentence.  This exercise is time consuming, occasionally rigorous, and often a catalyst for deep personal introspection and clarity.  I believe it is critically important to set aside time in our busy lives for introspection regarding what is most important to us and how that can become integral to the pillars supporting our personal and career success.  This is true regardless of our age and experiences.

This process typically takes the entire time of the program, due to ongoing client insights, which foster various associated discussions.  Ideally, we are also able to begin a focus on identifying obstacles and potential strategies to realize the client’s definition of success.

When and where do you hold meetings with your students?

Mutually convenient times and locations