Charlene Grabowski — GE Healthcare
Donna Griffin — Chubb (retired)
Vice President of Development
Renee Brown — Wells Fargo
Deborah Schmall — Paul Hastings LLP
Patrick O’Donnell — Deloitte
Cindy Armine-Klein — First Data
Michael Cox — Comcast
Lori Fox — Lori Fox Diversity & Business Consulting
George A. Kalogridis — The Walt Disney Company
Jim Norberg — JN Consulting
Reza Rahaman — The Clorox Company
Brigadier General Tammy Smith
Bobby Wilkinson — USAA
Renee Brown is a Senior Vice President and the Director of Enterprise Social Media at Wells Fargo. She served as the Executive Sponsor of Wells Fargo’s PRIDE team member network for three years and, pre-merger, of Wachovia’s LGBT resource group, GALEA. As an out lesbian executive and trailblazer, Renee has served on many diversity teams and committees to develop and support greater equality in the workplace. Raised in Louisiana Cajun country, she now makes her home near Charlotte, North Carolina with her partner, Kelly, and their nine year old daughter.
Patrick is a Principal in the New York office of Deloitte & Touche (Deloitte) and provides advisory and attest services to large, multi-national clients in the manufacturing industry. Patrick was admitted to the partnership in 2006 and has been with Deloitte since 1997. Prior to joining Deloitte, Patrick worked for the Bank of New York and on Wall Street.
In addition to serving Deloitte clients, Patrick holds a leadership role and has direct involvement in several firm initiatives focused on talent recruitment, development and retention. Patrick also serves as the partner advisor for the New York chapter of Deloitte’s LGBT business resource group and is a member of the Northeast region’s Diversity & Inclusion Council. As partner advisor, Patrick mentors the chapter’s leadership team; oversees the group’s activities with respect to professional development opportunities within Deloitte and with other firms and companies; and organizes and participates in community service activities with multiple area LGBT organizations. Patrick also serves on the firm’s national LGBT advisory team.
Patrick earned an MBA in Finance from Fordham University in New York and a BA in Communication and Business from The American University in Washington DC. Patrick grew up in New Jersey and currently resides in New York City with his partner John.
Lori Fox is a passionate advocate and member of the incredibly diverse LGBT community. As President and Founder of Lori Fox Diversity/Business Consulting, Lori works as a diversity/business consultant and personal coach, consulting with individuals and corporations on workplace issues. Lori’s primary focus is the personal and professional development of LGBT business and non-profit professionals, and the organizations they serve.
Lori served as a Director of Human Resources and Business Partner for McDonald’s Corporation, working throughout the United States and international assignments for over twenty years; consulting in unique cultures, with unique people.
Lori has worked in leadership, training and coaching roles in a diversity of local and national organizations, including OutandEqual, where she serves as National Chairperson of the Transgender Workplace Advisory Board.
Lori is a frequent speaker and facilitator on LGBT Diversity issues on university campuses, churches and business organizations throughout the US. As a Transgender woman, she truly lives her life with a passion for authenticity and excellence.
Charlene Grabowski is the General Manager of Sales Force Excellence at GE Healthcare with responsibilities for sales distribution & deployment, compensation, sales enablement tools and learning & development for the US commercial organization.
Charlene joined GE in 1981, beginning her career in X-Ray Applications. For the next 20 years she held sales, marketing and commercial leadership roles in NYC, Minneapolis and the Baltimore/Washington areas. Her focus was always on business growth all the while keeping a keen eye on developing high performance teams and leveraging the strenghts of individuals.
Charlene left GE in 2002 and became the Director of Sales for the QuickBooks product for Intuit Company, the maker of personal and business financial software. She then became COO of Fusion Sales Partners a GE Women’s Healthcare Team partner.
Charlene rejoined GE in 2007 as GM of Commercial Learning and Development bringing a passion for “people and organizational development.”
She was promoted to GM of US X-ray and Women’s Healthcare business in 2009 with focus on Market Share and Digital Growth within the X-Ray business and a personal dedication to Women’s Health issues.
She was then advanced to a strategic role as GM of Sales Force Excellence focused on the changing healthcare environment and building the future sales organization.
She was most recently appointed to Region Sales Manager in the Rocky Mountain Region.
Charlene holds a B.S. from Adelphi University in Garden City, New York and is a Registered Radiologic Technologist from the University of Pittsburgh. She is trained as a coach in self-awareness curriculm and has brought the work to GE Healthcare. She is co-chair of GE Helathcare’s GLBTA organization and is involved in outreach in her community. Charlene and her partner Anne Hunt recently re-located to Tucson, Arizona.
As Chief Diversity Officer at Chubb, Donna is responsible for providing leadership and oversight of corporate activities that drive Chubb’s diversity strategy, working closely with business unit leaders and Human Resources. Donna is responsible for Chubb’s minority talent management strategy and diversity education efforts across the organization as well as being an advocate for Chubb’s diversity efforts and accomplishments externally.
A 27-year employee of Chubb, Donna served for 14 years, beginning in 1994 as Director of Worldwide Operations. In this position Donna was responsible for global support to underwriting, claims and broker customer service. Prior to that, Donna served in a variety of senior P&L positions in underwriting, marketing and branch administration. Donna holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Rhode Island College, and she has completed executive development programs at Penn State, Wharton and Harvard.
Apart from her primary business focus, Donna is the founding corporate sponsor of Chubb’s Black Employee Network and has served on Chubb’s Women’s Development Council, and the Gay and Lesbian Employee Network. Outside of Chubb, she serves on the Strategic Planning Committee for Executive Women of New Jersey and the Advisory Board for the Rutgers Institute for Women’s Leadership. Donna is a past board member for the New Jersey Battered Women’s Services and the Women’s Fund of New Jersey. In 2003, she was recognized by New Jersey Business Magazine as one of the year’s 25 Women of Influence. In 2006, the New Jersey Star Ledger named her one of the 10 Most Powerful Women in New Jersey Business. In 2010 New Jersey Business Magazine included Donna as one of the “Best 50” women in New Jersey business. In 2011 The National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce named Donna Outstanding Corporate Leader in Diversity.
Donna’s career at Chubb represents a proven track record of effecting positive cultural change; an ability to create and drive long-term strategies; a global perspective; a vast business network within the industry and worldwide; and an understanding of the particular challenges facing women in business.
George A. Kalogridis
George A. Kalogridis serves as president of the Walt Disney World Resort. A 41-year veteran of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, George oversees a workforce of more than 66,000 Cast Members at four theme parks and 25 resort hotels all located at the world’s premier vacation destination.
Before the appointment to this role in January 2013, George served as president of the Disneyland Resort since 2009, where he led more than 25,000 Cast Members at the world-famous Disneyland Park, Disney California Adventure Park, the Disneyland Hotel, Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, the Paradise Pier Hotel and Downtown Disney.
George began his career at Walt Disney World in 1971 as a busboy at the Contemporary Resort. During his tenure, George has held numerous executive positions, gaining a breadth of experience from all aspects of the operation.
From 2006 until his appointment to Disneyland Resort, George served as chief operating officer for Disneyland Resort Paris and was responsible for leading the daily operations of the Resort’s two theme parks, seven hotels and the Disney Village. During his tenure in Paris, George oversaw the highly successful 15th anniversary celebration of the resort. He also played an instrumental role in reorganizing the Resort’s operations structure to help improve both Guest and Cast satisfaction.
Prior to his role in Paris, George served as senior vice president of Resort Operations for the Disneyland Resort, where he played a significant role in the first expansion of the resort – the opening of Disney California Adventure and Downtown Disney. In addition, he was responsible for the daily operations of both theme parks and three hotels, as well as Downtown Disney.
In addition to his leadership roles in both Paris and Anaheim, George served as vice president of Travel Operations at Walt Disney World in Orlando, where he implemented a new Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system that continues to serve as the foundation for how millions of Guests book their travel to Walt Disney World. George also served as vice president of EPCOT, where, in addition to overseeing park operations, he led the Millennium Celebration for The Walt Disney Company.
During his tenure as president of the Disneyland Resort, George was active in the community in California, serving on CHOC Children’s Hospital Board of Directors, the Board of Directors of Children’s HealthCare of California, the Out and Equal Board of Directors, California Travel and Tourism Commission, the Cal State University – Chancellor’s Hospitality Industry Advisors Board, the University of California, Irvine Center for Global Leadership and UCI’s Paul Merage School of Business Dean’s Advisory Board.
George graduated from the University of Central Florida with a Bachelors Degree in Sociology.
Jim Norberg is the former Chief Operating Officer for McDonald’s USA where he spent 30+ years passionately leading and inspiring others both domestically and internationally. While determining the next chapter of Jim’s work-life, he is consulting to businesses and organizations under his company of JN Consulting.
In addition to being on the Board of Directors for Out & Equal, Jim also sits on the Board of Center on Halsted whose mission is dedicated to advancing community and securing the health and well-being of the LGBTQ community in the Greater Chicagoland area. Jim also served on the Board of Directors for Ronald McDonald House Charities for over twenty years. Ronald McDonald Houses around the world serve as a “home-away-from-home for families of critically-ill children undergoing treatment at nearby hospitals.
Jim studied Business Administration at California State Hayward. He and his husband Carl live in West Hollywood, California and have three adult children.
Brigadier General Tammy Smith is a career Army Officer currently assigned as Deputy Chief of Staff, United States Army Reserve, responsible for synchronizing strategic planning and resourcing for a world-wide, 205K military force. She has 28 years military experience. Her significant senior leader assignments include Director, Army Reserve Human Capital Enterprise; Director, Senior Leader Development Office; Chief, General Officer Management Office; and Director, Army Reserve Affairs, US Forces-Afghanistan. Tammy serves on the Deloitte External Inclusion Advisory Council. Her education includes a Masters in Strategic Studies from the US Army War College and a Doctorate in Management and Organizational Leadership from the University of Phoenix. BG Smith is the first openly gay General/Flag Officer in the US military. She is married to Tracey Hepner-Smith and resides in Virginia.
Bobby Wilkinson is an Assistant Vice President of Member Experience with USAA, where he leads a team of marketing professionals who serve USAA’s Property and Casualty Product leaders in new member acquisition and growth, deepening relationships and member retention. USAA’s mission is providing financial services and solutions for current and former members of our nation’s military and their families. Bobby previously served as the State Farm Zone Marketing Leader for the State of California, where he lead a team of marketing experts in determining marketing strategy, planning and tactics for one of the largest and continually profitable operations in State Farm’s Zone structure. While in that role, he worked as an out champion to shepherd State Farm California into becoming a community leader in LGBT causes by building partnerships with Equality California, The Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center, The Golden Gate Business Association (our nation’s first LGBT Chamber of Commerce) and other LGBT organizations throughout California.
Bobby graduated from Eastern KY University with a double major in Finance and Business Education and completed his MBA in 2009. He has also earned the Senior Claim Law Associate Designation and a Marketing Excellence Accreditation from the Association of National Advertisers. Bobby currently sits on the board of directors with the San Antonio Pride Center and on the brand editorial board of Event Marketer Magazine. He and his schnoodle Brutus currently reside in San Antonio, TX.