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IBM exec to speak on corporate citizenship

August 29, 2018

GREENWICH — Summer vacation is coming to a close, including at Greenwich Library where the Authors Live series is scheduled to kick back into action.

On Sept. 27, the library will host Stan Litow, the former vice president of corporate citizenship and affairs for IBM. Litow still serves as president emeritus for the IBM Foundation and has written a new book called “The Challenge for Business and Society: From Risk to Reward.”

His appearance will take place at 7 p.m. inside the Cole Auditorium. There is no charge to attend but space is limited for the event. People can register online by using the library’s calendar at www.greewichlibrary.org.

“We are most fortunate to have Stan Litow, a leader in corporate responsibility speaking at Greenwich Library,” Nancy Klein, Greenwich Library’s development director, said Wednesday. “Stan had a remarkable career at a leading multinational technology company headquartered right in our backyard. He’s an exceptional speaker and the role of corporations in today’s society could not be more relevant.”

Klein said Litow is expected to focus on how business involvement can help address critical societal problems.

In addition to his work at IBM, Litow is also a former deputy chancellor for the New York City Public Schools.

“With Stan’s guidance, IBM developed innovative voice recognition technology to help children and adults learn to read, and the World Community Grid humanitarian virtual supercomputer to speed research on cancer and AIDS,” library officials said in a statement.

He was also praised for his role in devising IBM’s Corporate Service Corps, which was designed to be a corporate version of the Peace Corps.

Litow has received the title of CEO of the Year twice by Corporate Responsibility Magazine.

“We are delighted to welcome Stan Litow to Greenwich Library,” said Robert Marks, president of Greenwich Library’s Board of Trustees. “Stan has a deep understanding of the role of corporations in society and has been a leader in public and private environmental, labor, and education initiatives, domestically and around the world. This promises to be a very informative and stimulating evening.”

After his remarks, Litow will be signing copies of his book, which will be available for purchase at the event through Diane’s Books.

Doors for the event will open at 6:15 p.m.

kborsuk@greenwichtime.com

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