Dr. Cheemin Bo-Linn, CEO and President, Peritus Partners, Inc. and Board of Director
Dr. Cheemin Bo-Linn, a global business executive, has over 25 years in technology, from digital marketing to IT infrastructure operations, complemented by transformational leadership expertise. Currently, she is CEO of Peritus Partners, Inc., recognized for leading companies to market leadership and increasing valuation. Running multi-billion dollar businesses, she has held multiple executive roles from Vice – President of IBM Corporation to former Chief Marketing Officer and Chief Revenue Officer for NetLine Corporation.
Leveraging her experience serving as Board of Director and Audit Chair for public companies and Director for private, she is on the faculty of Stanford University Director’s College and the National Association of Corporate Directors, where she is also a Leadership Fellow.
In 2015, she was inducted into the “Women in Science and Technology Hall of Fame,” a US based program supported since President Clinton’s administration, in recognition of her innovation and ability to link strategy to financial results leveraging SMAC-C (social, mobile, analytics, cloud + cyber) technologies. Prior, she was invited to speak at the United Nations on global growth and recognized as one of the most outstanding executives in California, receiving the Silicon Valley Business Journal “Woman of Influence Award,” YWCA “Tribute to Women in Industry Award,” and AACI Asian “Star Award”.
Dr. Bo-Linn, a business technology trailblazer, is committed to supporting women and girls. Under her leadership, over $2M was quickly raised for community programs with the YWCA Silicon Valley including TechGYRLS for STEM education and careers. She also received the Open- A- Door- Foundation’s “SHE DOES- Women Changing the World” 2015 Award.
She holds a Doctorate degree in “Computer based Management Information Systems and Organizational Change” from the University of Houston and completed Stanford University Graduate School of Business Executive Program and Harvard University Leadership Program.
Peritus Partners, Inc. builds global market leaders and increases the valuation of companies, leading to the next level growth or liquidity (IPO or M&A). Peritus Partners and its employees continue to reciprocate and contribute back to its community through the donation of time and resources into STEM-educational programs and environmental advocacy. Focus on inspiring and preparing nextgen leaders is reflected through its support of the YWCA TechGyrls, Women in Technology International, mentoring, T3 “teach the teacher training” professional development programs, and youth education outreach programs integrating technology and arts at the San Jose Symphony and Villa Montalvo Park and Cultural and Arts Center. Environmental commitment to accelerate innovative energy efficient and IT solutions is reflected through its executives assuming Advisory Board roles with the Nevada Institute of Renewable Energy and with joint private, public, and government partnerships including Clean Tech and Sustainable Industries, and Energy Star.
“Innovation makes imagination a reality”. This is a theme that I have shared with multiple companies undergoing transformation in today’s competitive world. Envision a world where our future leaders, equipped with STEM skills, are parachuted across the globe, changing the world, and making a positive impact. To make this dream a reality, we need to inspire, prepare, and support our youth now. Each wave of innovation and transformation requires new skills and education. To innovate we must educate first.
We achieved our goals because others before us helped pave the way. Our responsibility is to reciprocate and take action with a sense of urgency. We can’t wait for the “perfect” world to evolve. It’s far better to take action and learn than no action. Especially in Silicon Valley, success comes with taking risk and creating opportunities without hesitation. As change agents, we need to embrace this “call to action” to focus on STEM. There have been select initiatives focused on each of the individual fields of science, technology, engineering, and math. The potential to leverage the integrated learnings of all these fields into real world applications creates critical thinkers and innovative leaders, key to success.
In these United States and as individuals, our preeminence in STEM must be established. There is a widening gap between the STEM job demand and future skilled employees, especially amongst under represented women and minorities. As corporate leaders, we envision our future growth path and required transformations. Our future business needs are framed around the impact of STEM on our products and diverse talent needs, as we address the needs of our global customer base. However, to build a support foundation requires investments. Educational curriculums with cool websites, challenges, games, camps, and contests need continuous development. The fusion of different STEM experiences must be engaging… STEM fun! Such education complemented with critical infrastructure and three-way partnerships amongst corporations, community, and federal agencies, are key. Future success can be facilitated by creating teacher corps, research labs, and innovation networks with dedicated multi- year government and philanthropic initiatives. Economic viability and our future business success are highly dependent on such an ecosystem including knowledge worker education and training.
One such example that demonstrates our united front is the creation and multimillion dollar fundraisers for TechGYRLS, the “Hands-on” STEM program for school girls from marginalized communities. With a focus on upgrading STEM literacy, students are introduced to technology, robotics, and programming. The students relate education to problem solving with applications across both the arts for music creation and sciences. Choices and life options now abound.