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Executive Session: “C-Suite Responsibility for Leveraging LGBT Diversity”

Moderated by: Claudia Brind-Woody of IBM

Claudia Brind-Woody is currently the Vice President and Managing Director for IBM Global Intellectual Property and Advanced Technology Licensing. She is responsible for licensing and assignment of IBM patents and technologies to companies in the Software, Services, WebTech and Financial Sectors. She also runs IBM’s Small Divestiture Practice and the specialized consulting group known as IP Management Services.

Claudia has been with IBM since 1996, and has held multiple global roles during her tenure. She has been a Vice President in the Industrial Sector, the Managing Director of the IBM Nokia account in Finland and a Vice President in Global Technology Services to name a few. She received the coveted IBM Chairman’s Award for her work on the Global Y2K team, and also has two IBM patents pending.

In her “night job” at IBM, Claudia serves as the co-chair of the IBM Executive LGBT Taskforce that focuses globally on the issues of LGBT employees in the work place. She is an accomplished keynote speaker who has represented IBM in Copenhagen, Zurich, Amsterdam, Warsaw, Brussels, London, Munich, Paris, Helsinki, Bangalore, Tokyo, Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Dallas, Austin, Chicago and Washington, DC.

In addition to speaking on LGBT issues, Claudia serves on the Board of Directors of Out & Equal Workplace Advocates and co-chairs their International Advisory Committee. She has also served on the Lambda Legal Board of Directors and the John C. Stennis Institute of Government Board of Advisors. In 2011, she received the Out & Equal Trailblazer award for her work in LGBT diversity and was listed in GO Magazine’s “100 Women We Love” Class of 2011. In 2012, she received the “Emily Wirsing Kelly Leadership Award” from Mary Baldwin College and was named to The Guardian’s WorldPride Power List Top 100.

Before joining IBM in 1996, Claudia worked for the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games as the Technology Program Director for the Olympic Results System. Earlier in her career, Claudia was the Vice-President for Business Development at CenturyTel (CTL). She served as the Assistant Dean of the College & Graduate School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin. She also served as the Assistant Athletics Director at two major universities: the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. Claudia coached a 1979 USA National Team in women’s basketball, and was an assistant coach for two years under Pat Head Summitt at The University of Tennessee.

Claudia holds a J.D. degree, magna cum laude, from Georgia State University, an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin, and an M.S. from the University of Tennessee. She is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Mary Baldwin College where she earned her B. A. summa cum laude. She is admitted to practice law by the State Bar of Georgia.

She lives with her wife, Tracie, in Oxfordshire, England.



Workshop 7: “LGBT Workplace Progress in the Public Sector: The Value of Hands-on Involvement”

Opening Speaker: Rabin S. Baldewsingh, Deputy Mayor, The Hague

Rabin S. Baldewsingh was born in 1962 in Suriname, a former Dutch colony in South America. He arrived in the Netherlands in 1975 and moved to The Hague in 1980. He studied English Language and Culture at Leiden University.

Rabin has been a member of the Dutch Labour Party (Partij van de Arbeid) since 1986 and served as a member of The Hague Municipal Council from 1998-2006. From April 2006 to May 2010 he was The Hague’s alderman for Citizenship, Decentralisation, Liveability and Media. Rabin is married.


Portret Janet Visbeen (PWC)Opening Reception: Thursday June 6th at Hotel Pulitzer Amsterdam
Welcome to Conference Participants: Janet Visbeen,Partner PwC Netherlands

Janet started her career as tax consultant at Coopers & Lybrand (1994-1998). She continued as partner of JIM and joined the PwC Executive Reward team in 2003.  Janet has broad experience in advising public and private companies in the field of executive pay in general and variable pay in the form of incentive schemes in particular, including the strategic, design and implementation issues of such incentives schemes.  Janet became Partner of PwC in 2008 and was appointed member of the Local Oversight Board of PwC NL on January 1, 2013.