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1      Sarubbi  Sofia Sarubbi                                                                                Mariels Almenda  Winhoeffer                     Professor Wells Management II 4 April 2014 Remember What Your Parents Taught You Living in a flat world has created opportunities and pitfalls for business. Companies are  now operating globally which contributes to an increasing more diverse workforce. Employing  workers from foreign countries is beneficial due to the unique perspectives and experiences they  bring to a company. However, diversity in the workplace also presents challenges to employee  synergy by hindering communication, negotiation and other various cultural differences.  Given  the rapid globalization of corporations, businesses must maximize the benefits of diversity in  order to successfully leverage from the advantages that a cross-national work environment  presents.  After interviewing Mariels Almeda Winhoeffer, president of IBM in the Philippines  and Fordham University alum, I was able to gain insight about diversity in the workplace from a  primary source.  A brief interview with Mariels Almeda Winhoeffer would provide one with enough  information to conclude why she is the country general manager and president of IBM in the  Phillipines. Mariels was born in Manila and is the youngest of seven children. After attending  elementary and high school in the Philippines Mariels went to Fordham University where earned  a double degree in Finance and Computer Science. During her last semester at Fordham  University she joined IBM's college work-study program and was offered a permanent, entry-
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2 level position upon graduation at the company.  From there Mariels climbed the corporate ladder  to earn the distinguished position she holds today.  After many years of working and living in  America she was asked to return home to the Philippines to become the president of IBM.  In the article  Making Differences Matters  by Davis A. Thomas and Robin J Ely the  authors recognize that “employees frequently make decisions and choices at work that draw  upon their cultural background-choices made because of their identity-group  affiliations”(Thomas and Ely 7). For Mariel the statement above is true. She believes that her  Filipino backgrounds and parents have had a major influence on her management style as well as the way she interacts with diverse groups of people.  Her parents and grandparents were highly 
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