Chris Bishop Plus

Wilton, CT

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I have had many different careers since I graduated from Bennington College with a degree in German literature. I first toured with the country-rock band McKendree Spring. Then, moving to New York, I became a sought-after session musician, working with many famous artists including Robert Palmer, Darius Brubeck, Chuck Berry and Bo Diddley. Realizing that by working in advertising, musicians could sleep in their own beds at night, I broke into the jingle business, first as a player and then as a producer. In 1995, having taught myself about Internet technology, I worked as a Web producer at several seminal interactive agencies in New York. In 1998, IBM asked me to join their Corporate Internet Programs team. I have now been at IBM for over twelve years, working in new media production, as a business strategy consultant, and in various communications roles. In October, I head to the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center, on Lake Como north of Milan, to codify all this. "Metacognition and Reinvention: the 21st Century Career Paradigm" is based on how I navigated through my own multiple careers.

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