Executive Advisor to IBM International Foundation
Rynthia Rost is Senior Executive Advisor to the IBM International Foundation focusing on the P Tech program.
The programs offers a pathway to young people in the digital transfromation of future work and decreases the problem of the digital divide post Covid 19 to at-risk communities.
Rost was formerly GEICO’s Vice President of Public Affairs, and served on the board of the GEICO Insurance companies and the GEICO Philanthropic Foundation. Rost was primarily responsible for national community affairs, public affairs, cause marketing, and brand engagement through associate volunteer engagement.
In addition to experience in public affairs, community relations and volunteer engagement responsibilities and cause marketing, Rost served on the board of various Washington DC business organizations including the Washington Board of Trade, the Washington DC Economic Club and the Washington DC Federal City Council.
Nationally, Rost is a former Director on the Board of the National Urban league and works with the corporate advisory council of the Smithsonian African American History Museum. Rost also Chaired the National Children’s Hospital Corporate Advisory Board.
Rost is a member of Junior Tennis Center Champions board of directors and a director of Signature Theater, and a member of the diversity and inclusion committee of the Washington Ballet.
P Tech is a global education model that offers students all over the world the opportunity to develop skills and competencies that wil ltranslate drectlly to competitive careers. The P Tech network includes over 150,000 students,teachers parents, mentors and advocates in 23 countries across the globe.
Prior to joining the IBM International , Rost served as an Assistant General Counsel for National Public Radio 1991-1994, as an Appellate Attorney for the Federal Equal Opportunity Commission in the eleven circuits of the US Court of Appeals 1984-1989, as a Special Assistance US Attorney for the District of Columbia 1987-88; while at the EEOC, as an Assistant State’s Attorney for the Montgomery County States Attorneys’ Office 1983-1984 and as a Reginald Heber Smith Community Lawyer Fellow 1980-1982, for the Legal Services Corporation, in Elmira New York and Baltimore, Maryland. She was Appellate Law Clerk to the Honorable David T. Mason on the Court of Special Appeals of Maryland 1982-1983. Rost is an associate member of the state legal bar of associations of DC, Maryland, Virginia, and Indiana.
Rost received numerous professional and personal awards and recognition, including the Indiana University Distinguished Service Award, the International Dialogue on Diversity Mentorship Award, the Mentor’s Inc., Community Partner Award, and the National Service to Youth Award from the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, and was a “2011 Jewish Woman to Watch.” Rost is a fellow of the Justice and Society Program of the Aspen Institute, and the Brookings Institute’s Council and a member of the Minority Corporate Lawyers Association and the Association of Corporate Lawyers of America. Rost was recently honored with the NUL’s Charles B. Collins Award given to a board member who embodies the movement’s mission in his or her personal life and commitments.
Rost is a graduate of Fisk University, and of Indiana University School of Law. Rost resides in Purcellville, Virginia
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Rynthia Rost, former GEICO Vice-President for Public Affair…