Welcome Dinner at the Terrace

June 9th 2010, Rome, Radisson Blu, 19.30

Thursday, June 9 2011: A special Welcome Dinner at the Terrace Restaurant on the seventh floor of the Radisson Blu Hotel in Rome will kick off the 4th International GLBT Business Leader Forum. The event – exclusively sponsored by Accenture – will be attended by Italian and International executives, managers, entrepreneurs and leaders of the GLBT community. The special participation of star chef Laura Ravaioli – famous for her TV performances on the gourmet Sky channel Gambero Rosso – who will join the staff of the Radisson Blu restaurant and design the menu together with the house chef Alessandro Fabri, will make the event even more appetizing and creative.

Key Note Speakers

Nellie Borrero – Global Inclusion & Diversity Executive, Accenture

Nellie Borrero is renowned, recognized and respected as an executive with passion for inclusion and diversity. A sought-after thought leader and speaker with deep global experience, Nellie helps to raise awareness and understanding of the importance of embracing diversity. She communicates the message world-wide, to organizations and recruits. As Accenture's Global Inclusion & Diversity Executive, Nellie holds a crucial leadership role and is a driving force behind the company's diversity initiatives. The program's mission is to optimize Accenture's ability to fulfill its vision and core values by creating an environment rich in diversity. Nellie is a champion for each individual's uniqueness, values, skills and contributions, and promotes respect, personal achievement and stewardship, globally. Nellie joined Accenture in 1986. Within Accenture, Nellie created the first role for Diversity efforts and is embraced as a beloved and respected advocate for change, for women, for minorities, for people. She has received numerous awards, among them: 2000 National Society of Hispanic MBA's Individual Corporate Executive Award; 1999 National Management Consulting Diversity Achievement Award; 1999 ASPIRA Circle of Achievers Award. Nellie is married and has two children. She enjoys her family life, reading and playing tennis.

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.