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Where Burnette has embraced
a hands-on approach is in
recruiting Native students to join
IBM. Burnette is a member of the
Cheroenhaka (Nottoway) Indian
Tribe of Southampton County,
Virginia. The tribe, like most in
Virginia, was effectively erased
from official local and state
records when the state opted to
eliminate "Indian" or "Native" as
a racial choice in the early 1900s.
"That drove the tribes in Virginia
underground," he says. But
around 2000, the inactive tribe
began to reestablish itself, and
Burnette was eager to get involved
by joining the tribal council and
volunteering his time and talents
to forge new connections.
Recently, the tribe purchased
nearly 400 acres of what once had
been its reservation in the mid-

1800s. "It's very cool to walk that
land and know it's where our
ancestors lived," he says.
At IBM, Burnette is co-chair
of the corporate Native American
Diversity Group and executive
sponsor for the group's Raleigh
organization. For Burnette, the
work for his tribe and work for
his company are connected.
"Once I got active on the tribal
side, I tried to translate that into
IBM," he says. To increase the
pipeline of Native students
coming to IBM, Burnette and his
colleagues in the diversity group
took the list of all the schools
where IBM recruits and
cross-matched it with AISES
Chapters at the schools as well as
Native IBM employees who are
alumni. "We created a champions
network internally, and their job

was to reconnect with the AISES
Chapter at their school and go
out and drive interest in those
communities about working at
IBM," he says.
Looking back on his long
tenure at IBM, Burnette can't
claim to have once imagined all
the ways his career has actually
evolved. And he is still gratified
that he took the initiative to write
that cover letter so many years
ago. "I have had the opportunity
to work on many interesting
things, travel globally, and see
firsthand how we operate as an
international company and make
a difference in our performance
and results through implementing key projects," he says. "I
continue to learn new things, and
all this certainly gives me a sense
of pride in my time at IBM."

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they can," he says. "I believe their
motives are pure, and I don't have
to spend time inspecting to see if
that is true."
Which is not to say Burnette
doesn't believe he has a role to
play as an executive. But instead
of helicoptering over his
colleagues - a practical
impossibility when you are
leading large global teams with
many committed deliverables
- Burnette probes and asks
questions that reveal how
confident they are in achieving
whatever goals they have. "I will
engage with people working on
projects in my organization to see
where they are. If I ask a question
and they are fumbling, I know
they are struggling," he says.
"Then I will work to figure out
what they need to succeed."

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