Michael Watson is the Senior Vice President, Human Resources and Diversity for Girl Scouts of the USA. Prior to joining Girl Scouts in 1999, Watson was a human resources partner for IBM Global Services, where he served as senior human resources strategist for two businesses with combined revenues of more than $2 billion. Other positions he held include manager-corporate human resources for Time Warner Inc. and manager-staffing and cultural diversity for GE Capital's 7,500-employee Retailer Financial Services business. He was awarded GE Capital's Pinnacle Club for top performance. Before joining GE's Human Resources Management Program, Watson was an IBM marketing representative and received an IBM Golden Circle Award for ranking among the top performers in sales for the year.
Watson has been a business coordinator and volunteer for INROADS, an Association of Yale Alumni delegates, and graduate of Leadership Jacksonville and Leadership Canton. Watson is a lifetime member of Girl Scouts of the USA and the National Black MBA Association. Watson is chair of the National Human Services Assembly's Human Resources Council, an association of senior human resources professionals from some of the nation's leading national nonprofits in the fields of health, human and community development, and human services. He is treasurer of the Nonprofit Workforce Coalition's board of directors. Composed of nonprofit organizations, associations, foundations and academic centers, the coalition focuses on identifying and addressing issues facing the nonprofit sector workforce. Watson was the first recipient of the National Human Services Assembly's Spirit of Collaboration Award in June 2010.
Watson has a Bachelor of Arts in economics from Yale University and a Master of Science in organizational management and human resource development from Manhattanville College. A native of New Brunswick, N.J., he was inducted into the 2008 Hall of Distinguished Alumni by the New Brunswick Education Foundation.