Events and Honors

In this section, you will find awards and notable events.

The consumerization of enterprise software with Suzanne Livingston, July 2015

In this episode of The Digital Life, we chat with special guest Suzanne Livingston, senior product manager for IBM’s enterprise social software platform, about the “consumerization” of enterprise software and the bring-your-own-device trend. For more visit



On March 10, 2014, the SDM community convened for the presentation of the Class of 2013 MIT SDM Student Award for Leadership, Innovation, and Systems Thinking. The award, created by the SDM staff in 2010, honors an SDM student who, during his or her first year of matriculation, demonstrates the highest level of:

  • strategic, sustainable contributions to fellow SDM students and the broader SDM and MIT communities;
  • skills in leadership, innovation, and systems thinking; and
  • effective collaboration with SDM staff, fellow students, and alumni.

All nominees and the winner are selected by the SDM staff.

Finalists for the award included SDM ’13s Suzanne Livingston and Marianna Novellino. Both were cited for several significant contributions, including serving as key members of WiSDM (Women in SDM) and cofounding (with others) the MIT Product Management Club (PMC).

Since its founding in spring semester, 2013, the PMC:

  • grew from fewer than 20 members to over 300;
  • offered meetings and workshops for students with experts from Microsoft, LuckyLabs, Google, Cisco, Yelp, the venture capitalist community, and product management educator John Mansour;
  • created a highly attended (80+ students) mock interview event that brought experienced project managers from Google, IBM, Akamai, and others to MIT to help students sharpen interviewing skills;
  • became the first SDM-initiated club to be recognized by Sloan, which provides significant funding and marketing opportunities;
  • established a partnership between MIT and the Boston Product Management Association (BPMA), enabling all MIT students to attend BPMA events and recruiting sessions at reduced membership rates.


Accepting the awardSuzanne Livingston was honored Sunday October 2 as one of the 2011 Social Media Society of Boston’s Social Media Stars at the Boston Convention Center. Social Media Stars is an awards program recognizing the people behind great social media profiles and campaigns across the country. The Social Media Stars award will be presented to the best and brightest individuals in the industry and rising stars too!




Suzanne Livingston was honored Wednesday March 23 as one of the 2011 Mass High Tech Women to Watch at the Seaport Hotel in Boston. Each year for the past eight years, Mass High Tech honors New England’s women innovators, entrepreneurs and leaders. These women are being recognized for their contributions to their technology sectors and their ongoing role as leaders in their communities.
Suzanne’s Mass High Tech Profile | Suzanne’s Acceptance Speech | Read more about the Mass High Tech Women to Watch Event



January 2012 – Lotusphere & IBM Connect

Opening General Session, Social Software Keynote, Social Software Next Session

Lotusphere copy

Live blog of the opening

January 2011 – Lotusphere

Opening General Session, Social Software Keynote, Social Software Next Session

Suzanne Lotusphere 2011

4 months pregnant with my twins!

Photo by alan lepofsky

Live blog of entire session

January 2010 – Lotusphere

Opening General Session, Social Software Keynote, Social Software Next Session


Photo by flyboytyler

Live blog of entire session by Carl Tyler and Chris Miller

January 2009 – Lotusphere

Opening General Session, Social Software Keynote, Social Software Next Session


Live blog of entire session by Carl Tyler and Chris Miller

January 2008 – Lotusphere

Opening General Session, Social Software Keynote, Social Software Next Session

Live Blog of entire opening general session by Carl Tyler and Chris Miller


Notable Events

June 2010 – Read Write Web Summit, New York City

I was honored to speak at the Read Write Web summit in NYC June 11, 2010 regarding Real Time in the Enterprise. The talk was a quick one, but it was important to me, as it was just before everyone decided what topics to spend the day discussing at the unconference.  I wanted to broaden the conversation of the real – time web to include enterprises, businesses, organizations and governments. I shared a few customer stories and why I felt it was important to consider the enterprise. Afterward, the room contributed their thoughts on discussion topics for real time, and several great topics were suggested. Enterprise Microblogging, Privacy, Social Commerce and more.

Photo courtesy Alex Williams –  see more pics here

Here is a video of the opening session.  Marshall Kirkpatrick kicked things off with a great discussion on the impact of the real time web. I followed up with a short talk on real time enterprise (I’m at about 33 min in). Then afterward, the unconference topic facilitation began.  Since they are hard to see in the video, I included my slides in at the bottom.
Watch live video from ReadWriteWeb Real-Time Web Summit on

June 9, 2008 – Enterprise 2.0, Boston

IBM Lotus Connections vs. Microsoft Sharepoint. Hosted by Mike Gotta, formerly of the Burton Group, I demoed against Sharepoint in a half-day session to determine how the two platforms compared.

October 23, 2008 – Web 2.0 Expo, Berlin

IBM’s Grounds-Up Social Software Transformation.  IBM has added a dimension of imagination and innovation to the way its employees, customers, and partners work together. They aren’t alone. Organizations of all sizes have been focused on encouraging innovation, tightening customer relationships, and uncovering employee talent and expertise. See how IBM, a pioneer in enterprise social software, transformed the challenges of its own organization into opportunities for itself and its customers. What was once the experiment of researchers and innovators is now the fastest-growing product in IBM software history, and this session will show you why.

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