Regularily, our board member Albert Kehrer invites an inspiring role model of the LGBT*IQ community or an LGBT*IQ Ally for a chat. You can look forward to an interesting exchange about role models and visibility in the LGBT*IQ community.

This event took place in German.

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GUEST OF THE DAY
© Sandra Jana Vollmer

Sandra Vollmer
Board Member Finance and HR at 1&1 Mail & Media Applications SE
2nd Place PROUTExecutives 2021

Sandra Vollmer is responsible for the financial management of the 1&1 Mail und Media subgroup, known by its Web.de and GMX brands. In particular, she is responsible for supporting the company’s transition to a data platform-based digital business model and the associated change processes. She is also responsible for Corporate Controlling, Accounting, Tax and Procurement at the United Internet Group’s shared service company.

For Sandra Vollmer, equal opportunity is a fundamental part of the business. After all, it’s all about motivating qualified employees with exciting tasks and delivering top performance. In this context, nationality, ethnic origin, religion, gender and gender identity, age, disability or sexual orientation are completely irrelevant, but rather reflect the reality of a modern society to which, on the other hand, we provide our products and services.
In reality, unfortunately, we still encounter people who do not fully accept equal opportunities and in some cases represent traditional, outdated world views. Therefore, it is of great importance to Sandra Vollmer to actively demonstrate her own understanding of equal opportunities every day, for example in the staffing of projects, jobs and management positions. In addition, Sandra Vollmer supports internal company initiatives, such as the promotion of women in management positions. Her outing in a professional context took place in December 2020, so that her own transition, i.e. acceptance and “arriving” as a woman, was the main focus.

Please note that this event will took place in German!

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Thorsten Eger
Head HR Switzerland, Johnson & Johnson

Experienced, well rounded global Human Resources leader with a demonstrated history of working in Healthcare (J&J, Roche, Novartis) as well as in high tech (T-Systems, T-Mobile, Deutsche Telekom). Skilled generalist with deep OD expertise as well as HR Consulting, Coaching, Executive Coaching, Team Building, and Leadership. Worked in roles on Corporate, global, regional and country level. Strong business minded, people and impact oriented professional with a PhD focused in Sociology from Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main. Lived in 5 countries (Germany, Switzerland, UK, Russia, Canada) and love to travel the world (over 60 countries so far). Besides family and friends my passion is Yoga and hiking.

Regularily, our board member Albert Kehrer invites an inspiring role model of the LGBT*IQ community or an LGBT*IQ Ally for a chat. You can look forward to an interesting exchange about role models and visibility in the LGBT*IQ community.

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© Dr. Ernesto Marinelli, SAP SE

Dr. Ernesto Marinelli
Senior Vice President, Head of Human Resources for Global Customer Success at SAP
Ranked 10th on the TOP 100 OUT EXECUTIVES list 2019

Ernesto has over 15 years of human resources experience He is currently the global head of HR for SAP’s Customer Success organization. Passionate about transformation and the impact of leadership on people, Ernesto is a seasoned, goal oriented global HR Senior Executive with broad experience in supporting the Sales and Services organization as well as Development Groups. Accustomed to work in an international environment, Ernesto is strong in transformational work and possesses in depth expertise in all relevant HR processes with a strong ability in creating long term partnerships He speaks Italian and German, is fluent in English and has good knowledge of French and Spanish. He joined SAP in 2005 as a recruiter and had several roles within the HRBP Organization. Ernesto earned a Master Degree in General Linguistics and a PHD in German Linguistics at the University of Würzburg in Germany.

Regularily, our board member Albert Kehrer invites an inspiring role model of the LGBT*IQ community or an LGBT*IQ Ally for a chat. You can look forward to an interesting exchange about role models and visibility in the LGBT*IQ community.

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GUEST OF THE DAY

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Philip Heßen
Head of HR Strategy & Transformation bei Merck
Ranked 6th on the TOP 100 OUT EXECUTIVES list 2020

Philip Heßen joined Merck KGaA, a leading science and technology company based in Germany, in 2014. Initially Philip held the position of Head of Global Rewards, followed by his role as Head of HR Germany and is currently responsible for the Global People and HR Strategy, acting as Head of HR Strategy & Transformation.  

Philips professional career started with Siemens, where he was responsible for the initiation of a share-based incentive and establishing an employee-share-culture. In 2011, he transitioned to the high-tech company OSRAM as Global Rewards and Executive HR Manager and, among other things, supported the company’s flotation (IPO) and Divesture from the parent company Siemens.

Regularily, our board member Albert Kehrer invites an inspiring role model of the LGBT*IQ community or an LGBT*IQ Ally for a chat. You can look forward to an interesting exchange about role models and visibility in the LGBT*IQ community.

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Guest Of the day

© Claudia Brind-Woody

Claudia Brind-Woody
Managing Director, Walgreens Boots Alliance at IBM
Global Co-Chair for the IBM LGBT+ Executive Taskforce
Part of INvolve’s Role Model Hall of Fame

Claudia Brind-Woody is currently the IBM Managing Director for the Walgreens Boots Alliance Integrated Account where she leads the IBM team in both Europe in North America.  Prior to this role, she was the Vice President and Managing Director for IBM Global Intellectual Property Licensing where she delivered more than $3 Billion of profit to IBM through IP Partnerships.   She also led the two large divestitures of IBM Software in 2019 – one was $1.77 Billion and the other was $545M.  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 an accomplished speaker who has done keynote speeches on LGBT Diversity throughout the world.   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 serves on the Advisory Boards of WorkPlace Pride in Amsterdam, and The GayStar News.  She has also served on the Board of Directors of Out & Equal Workplace Advocates, and Lambda Legal.

In 2011, Claudia received the Out & Equal Trailblazer Award and was listed in GO Magazine’s “100 Women We Love.”  In 2012 she was included in The Guardian’s WorldPride Power List Top 100.  In 2013, she was listed as #6 on The Financial Times LGBT Role Models, in 2014 was #10  on their list, and in 2015 was #5.  In 2015, she was also listed as #2 on the Telegraph Media Group’s Out at Work LGBT Top 50 Executives.  Most recently, she was included in the Diva Power List and 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.   

Regularily, our board member Albert Kehrer invites an inspiring role model of the LGBT*IQ community or an LGBT*IQ Ally for a chat. You can look forward to an interesting exchange about role models and visibility in the LGBT*IQ community.

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Guest Of The Day

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Margot Slattery
Global Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, Sodexo Group

As the Global Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer for the Sodexo Group, a world leader in integrated facilities services, Margot has responsibility for the strategic direction, implementation and alignment of its integrated global diversity and inclusion initiatives.  

Limerick-born Margot joined Sodexo Ireland in the early 1990s and prior to her current role, was country president of Sodexo Ireland from 2015-2019.   For her work in championing successful inclusive leadership in Ireland, Margot was regularly listed on the Financial Times’ Top 100 LGBT Business Leaders and was made a Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Mérite by the French Ambassador to Ireland. She has also been the recipient of many other business and professional awards in Ireland and abroad.

Sodexo delivers services that improve the quality of life to clients in business and industry, education, financial, pharma and healthcare. These include food services, infrastructure build, facilities and estate management, optimising the workplace experience, wellness experiences, personal and homecare services.

Once a month our board member Albert Kehrer invites an inspiring role model of the LGBT*IQ community or an LGBT*IQ Ally for a chat. You can look forward to an interesting exchange about role models and visibility in the LGBT*IQ community.

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GUEST OF THE DAY

© Vaughan Price

Vaughan Price

Partner at PwC
Founder and partner sponsor for Shine, the PwC LGBT+ network and member of the global PwC LGBT+ Partner Board
Ranked 7th on the TOP 100 OUT EXECUTIVES list 2020

After completing his mathematics degree, Vaughan started his career with PwC in London in 1985. After 6 years he moved to Munich as an FCA where he joined the PwC Germany partnership in 1998. He is an Assurance Inbound Leader at PwC Germany as well as Leader of the UK-German Business Network.

He is a founder and partner sponsor of the LGBT+ Network, as well as a member of the PwC Global LGBT+ Board and the regional committee of the British Chamber of Commerce in Germany. As part of a global mentoring programme, Vaughan mentors a young gay future leader based in Africa, supporting him through regular face-to-face and virtual meetings to help him develop at this critical stage in his career.
He speaks at numerous events and participates in panel discussions at companies as well as LGBT+ organisations, thereby promoting the visibility of LGBT+ issues in the workplace and establishing LGBT+ inclusivity as an inherent part of corporate culture.

Who is your LGBT*IQ Role Model? Nominations via our new website are open now! Find out more additional info about our new project.

A talk with… Dr. Ariane Reinhart

“For us, an open working environment – regardless of personal differences such as sexual orientation, gender identity or origin – is a matter of course.”

You support the Out Executives as a member of the jury. Why is that topic important to you?

 

Dr. Ariane Reinhart: At Continental, diversity is part of our DNA and a catalyst for our innovative power. Only the diverse perspectives, characteristics, experiences and cultures of our employees make our company innovative. For us, an open working environment – regardless of personal differences such as sexual orientation, gender identity or origin – is a matter of course. As long as there is conscious or unconscious exclusion in our society, we will be fully committed to promoting the inclusion and support of our LGBT*IQ colleagues.

At Continental you have a standardized procedure in the application process, so that no prejudices are introduced when selecting candidates. What actions are taken to also reduce prejudice against LGBT*IQ-topics in the workforce?

 

Dr. Ariane Reinhart: Appropriate trainings and initiatives worldwide show our employees that diversity in all its facets is a matter of course, forexample, that the topic is given enough space. This includes Diversity Days at Continental, which as awareness events convey the different dimensions of diversity at our locations and highlight the importance of the topic around the world. In our current 28 Diversity Networks we aim to strengthen and make our diversity visible, to exchange views and to promote mutual understanding.

Continental operates globally. How do you rate the implementation of diversity in Germany, compared to other countries in which you are operating?

 

Dr. Ariane Reinhart: Comprehensive diversity management in companies is becoming increasingly recognized – and this applies worldwide. Although our economic and social environment is constantly changing, a profound cultural change – and that is what we are talking about in the appreciation and inclusion of diversity – takes time. Realizing and appreciating the added value of diversity requires a change in our mindset. We are taking the necessary clarity and rigor against discrimination of any kind, and, as a company, we have committed ourselves to this and will continue to do so.

A talk with… Dr. Ariane Reinhart

“For us, an open working environment – regardless of personal differences such as sexual orientation, gender identity or origin – is a matter of course.”

You support the Out Executives as a member of the jury. Why is that topic important to you?

 

Dr. Ariane Reinhart: At Continental, diversity is part of our DNA and a catalyst for our innovative power. Only the diverse perspectives, characteristics, experiences and cultures of our employees make our company innovative. For us, an open working environment – regardless of personal differences such as sexual orientation, gender identity or origin – is a matter of course. As long as there is conscious or unconscious exclusion in our society, we will be fully committed to promoting the inclusion and support of our LGBT*IQ colleagues.

At Continental you have a standardized procedure in the application process, so that no prejudices are introduced when selecting candidates. What actions are taken to also reduce prejudice against LGBT*IQ-topics in the workforce?

 

Dr. Ariane Reinhart: Appropriate trainings and initiatives worldwide show our employees that diversity in all its facets is a matter of course, forexample, that the topic is given enough space. This includes Diversity Days at Continental, which as awareness events convey the different dimensions of diversity at our locations and highlight the importance of the topic around the world. In our current 28 Diversity Networks we aim to strengthen and make our diversity visible, to exchange views and to promote mutual understanding.

Continental operates globally. How do you rate the implementation of diversity in Germany, compared to other countries in which you are operating?

 

Dr. Ariane Reinhart: Comprehensive diversity management in companies is becoming increasingly recognized – and this applies worldwide. Although our economic and social environment is constantly changing, a profound cultural change – and that is what we are talking about in the appreciation and inclusion of diversity – takes time. Realizing and appreciating the added value of diversity requires a change in our mindset. We are taking the necessary clarity and rigor against discrimination of any kind, and, as a company, we have committed ourselves to this and will continue to do so.