IBM has been a member of Out Leadership since 2021 and was a sponsor of our 2022 OutNEXT Global Summit, which brought together hundreds of emerging LGBTQ+ leaders around the world both in person and virtually.

Joy Dettorre, IBM’s Global Head of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion was a panelist at our “The Role of LGBTQ+ Talent in Shaping the Future of Business” event with Goldman Sachs in September. She spoke about the power of leading empathetically to ensure the long-term success of all employees — but especially those in the LGBTQ+ and other marginalized groups.

The tech giant has a long history of supporting the LGBTQ+ community and continues to be a leader in workplace inclusion. In 2001, they created an unprecedented business development group dedicated solely to the LGBTQ+ community, a group that is now present in 42 markets around the world across industries. Their Self-ID practice has been used as a case study by the Center for Employment Equity and the company has also published research on the LGBTQ+ experience in the workplace, such as “Striving for Authenticity,” a report on the level of perceived LGBTQ+ discrimination in the workplace (conducted with Out & Equal Workplace Advocates and Workplace Pride.)


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