Originally from Saginaw, Michigan, Jessie Layfield Lewis earned her Bachelor's and Master's in Packaging from Michigan State University. Upon graduation, she moved to Raleigh, NC, to join IBM as a Packaging Engineer. Since then, Jessie has held various leadership positions and relocation to NY.
In October 2011, she accepted her first executive position in Direct Procurement, responsible for sourcing ~$1 billion in hardware products. Jessie has managed sourcing responsibility for all of IBM's hardware brands. In January 2018, Jessie transitioned to Indirect Procurement, leading ~$7 billion in sourcing for IBM Cloud, Federal, Research, Watson Health, and Finance & Operations business units. In July of 2021, Jessie relocated to Cary, NC.
Jessie strongly advocates diversity and inclusion, mentoring women and young people throughout the community. She is an executive sponsor of the IBM Tri-State Global Women of IBM business resource group and co-chairs IBM Emb(race) Procurement strategy. She is a member of the ISM Talent Committee and the Michigan State University NY Women in Philanthropy Group. Jessie is committed to making a difference in the world.
During her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, exercising, watching movies, volunteering, reading, and traveling.