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The Square Pizza podcast focuses on the intersection of education, innovation, and diversity. We host and interview leaders doing incredible work around the country to ensure all students have access to an equitable education. The Square Pizza podcast is hosted by SchermCo, a social-impact implementation firm that offers strategic implementation and project management services to schools and education-focused organizations across the country.

We are excited to bring you this episode of the #squarepizzapod. This week, Greg is in conversation with Lydia Logan, Vice President for Global Education and Workforce Development, Corporate Social Responsibility at IBM. She serves as the global lead for IBM’s education and workforce development initiatives.

In this episode:

  • Family background within education
  • Her vision of effective philanthropy and social-impact work from the corporate side
  • Skilling 30M jobs by 2030
  • IBM’s apprenticeship program being recognized by the department of labor
  • Skills-build Now – program
  • Favorite professional failure


Lydia Logan is the Vice President for Education and Workforce Development, CSR. She is responsible for leading the strategy, development, and end-to-end execution of IBM’s global education and workforce development initiatives which include P-TECH, IBM SkillsBuild and STEM for Girls. Her portfolio also includes the development of new and innovative education initiatives and strategic global partnerships with IBM’s clients, non-profit organizations, governments, and content and curriculum developers. She is an education expert with over 25 years of experience in education, non-profit organization management, policy, and philanthropy.

Prior to joining IBM, she led the Verizon Innovative Learning Schools initiative. A national digital inclusion initiative providing technology, access and training in over 500 under-resourced public schools. Lydia also served as the vice president of programs for the Kimsey Foundation, where her grant portfolio focused on improving educational outcomes for students in under-resourced public schools, and closing the digital divide for low-income families. Lydia holds a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania.