Borrowing Great Ideas

June 10, 10:45-12:15

Best Practices and Tools for GLBT Diversity and Inclusion

This session will introduce GLBT diversity and inclusion, explain what it is and why it is important for corporations of all sizes. It offers examples of implementation in Italy and worldwide, gives also tools for getting organized and illustrates outcomes by successful examples.


David Pollard - Executive Director, Company Pride Platform

David Pollard is co-founder and Executive Director of the Company Pride Platform Foundation which represents the LGBT networks of 17 prominent companies and organizations. He is founder and former Global Chairman of ING’s LGBT employee network “Gala”. His 15 year career at ING spanned a number of responsibilities including the creation and management of ING ‘s European Affairs Department which dealt with EU financial legislation. David is also founder and Managing Director of Community to Community Consulting (C-2-C) which helps diverse communities work together to understand each other’s goals and aspirations thereby achieving mutually beneficial results. C-2-C’s clients include major corporations, governments, NGO’s and special interest groups and it focuses on the international LGBT business community. David holds degrees in International Relations (BA, Political Science and Business, University of Oklahoma, USA) and in European Affairs (Masters: Diplome d’Etudes Europeén, Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium).


Paolo Arnaldi - HR Head for Western Europe, Citi

A graduate from Bocconi University in 1988, Paolo Arnaldi joined Citi in 1993 as a Foreign Exchange trader, after spending two years in London at a primary Italian bank. Subsequent to his appointment as the Treasury Head for Southern Europe in 1997, he was also the Country Head for Covered Warrants and European Head for Equity Derivatives Sales, Citibank. Paolo moved into Human Resources in 2003 as the Italian Country HR Head, after which he was the Southern Europe Cluster HR Head for Markets and Banking in September 2005. In March 2009 he was appointed to HR Head for Western Europe, with current responsibilities of over 16 Countries and about 9,000 employees.

Ken Batty – Executive Director of HR for Western Europe, Lenovo

Ken Batty is the Executive Director of Human Resources for Western Europe at the global PC manufacturer Lenovo. He has held this position since 2005 when Lenovo, the top PC provider in China, purchased IBM’s PC business around the world. Ken is responsible for more than 1,500 employees spread across 14 countries. The HR function in Lenovo is responsible for people and organization capability and the HR teams are expected to be deeply involved in the business. Prior to Lenovo’s purchase of the IBM PC business Ken spent 18 years at IBM. He was the European Marketing Manager for IBM’s UNIX products in the late 90s, and immediately prior to moving to Lenovo was assigned to IBM’s European Head Quarters in Paris where he was responsible for the PC Channel, and later for large accounts. Ken has been active in LGBT campaigns since the early 1980s. He was Chair of the North West Campaign for Lesbian and Gay Equality, and a trustee of the Albert Kennedy Trust, which provides accommodation and advice to teenagers who are at risk of being homeless because of their sexuality. At IBM he led the campaign for domestic partner benefits in Europe, and was a member of the LGBT Executive Task Force.

Selisse Berry - Founding Executive Director, Out and Equal Workplace Advocates

Out & Equal is the largest nonprofit organization dedicated to creating safe and equitable workplaces for LGBT people. The clear and unwavering vision of Selisse has been instrumental in creating an internationally recognized organization whose philosophies reflect the importance of treating all colleagues in the workplace with respect and dignity. Under her leadership, the organization has grown significantly since 1999. Under her leadership, the organization has created numerous programs to advance its mission, including the annual Out & Equal Workplace Summit. Since her first job as a guidance counselor, Selisse has continued her commitment to justice as a teacher and as executive director for several social service organizations prior to founding Out & Equal Workplace Advocates. She has master's degrees in education and theology from the University of Texas and San Francisco Theological Seminary respectively. She is also the co-editor of the book, Called Out: Voices and Gifts of LGBT Presbyterians. Selisse and her partner, Cynthia Martin, were married in July 2007.

Valerio Di Bussolo – Corporate PR Manager, IKEA Italy

Laureato in Discipline Economiche e Sociali, dopo una serie di collaborazioni giornalistiche, inizia a metà anni 80 un percorso professionale nella comunicazione d’impresa: prima in un’agenzia di comunicazione e pubbliche relazioni (Publi G) e poi nel network pubblicitario DDB Needham, come Direttore Servizio Clienti. Dal 1993 passa all’esperienza diretta in azienda. Entra in IKEA, arrivata da poco in Italia con i primi 3 punti vendita, in qualità di responsabile pubblicità, catalogo e pr. All’interno del gruppo svedese ha sviluppato un percorso professionale sempre all’interno della comunicazione nei confronti dei vari stakehoder occupandosi dello startup di vari progetti, tra cui il sito internet nazionale e internazionale, l’house magazine, e la corporate social reponsability. Attualmente ricopre il ruolo di Corporate PR Manager, con responsabilità sulle Relazioni Esterne e sulla Corporate Social Responsibility

Silvy Vluggen – Global GLBT Program Manager, IBM

Silvy Vluggen is IBM’s global GLBT program manager, with worldwide responsibility for the development and implementation of IBM’s gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender policies and programs. She works with senior leaders across the globe on challenges connected with the GLBT constituency. Silvy is responsible for all coordinated initiatives and activities of the councils, task forces and diversity network groups who champion GLBT activities at IBM. She also manages the external relationships for the GLBT constituency, and has worldwide responsibility for cultural intelligence, helping to ensure that every employee is capable of achieving results in a multicultural environment. An IBMer since 1993, Silvy was part of IBM’s Software Group before joining the HR organization. Prior to her current role, she served as IBM’s critical situations manager for Europe, the Middle East and Africa.