Claudia Brind-Woody is currently the Vice President and Managing Director for IBM Global Intellectual Property Licensing. Claudia has been with IBM since 1996, and has held multiple global roles during her tenure including work in Finland and the United Kingdom. Claudia is also the Global Co-Chair for the IBM LGBT+ Executive Taskforce, and an executive sponsor for the LGBT group in UK and Ireland.
In addition her IBM Co-chair role Claudia has also served on the Board of Directors or Advisory Board of: Out & Equal Workplace Advocates (USA), Lambda Legal (USA), Workplace Pride (Netherlands), OUTstanding (UK), Wybernet (Switzerland), Stonewall Global Diversity Champions Programme (UK), GayStar News, and the Economist Pride & Prejudice Event.
Claudia is an accomplished speaker who has is in high demand for keynote speeches on LGBT Diversity throughout the world to businesses, governments, NGOs, and other organizations. She has also contributed to the books: Out & Equal at Work: From Closet to Corner Office (2013) and The Glass Closet: Why Coming Out is Good for Business (2014). She is featured in the book Pride and Joy: LGBTQ Artists, Icons and Everyday Heroes (2017).
Claudia has received numerous awards for her work in the LGBT+ including: the Out & Equal Trailblazer Award, GO Magazine’s “100 Women We Love,” The Guardian’s WorldPride Power List Top 100, #2 ranking on the Telegraph Media Group’s Out at Work LGBT Top 50 Executives, the Diva Power List , and multiple listings in the top 10 of the Financial Times LGBT Role Models – resulting in her being named to the Financial Times LGBT Role Models Hall of Fame for 2016.
Before joining IBM in 1996, Claudia worked for the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games, as an executive for CenturyLink, and 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 the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Tennessee. She was also an Assistant Basketball Coach under Pat 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.
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