Claudia Brind-Woody (IBM)
Claudia Brind-Woody is currently Vice President and Managing Director for IBM Global Intellectual Property and Advanced Technology Licensing. She is responsible for licensing and assignment of IBM patents and technologies to companies in the software, services, web technology and financial sectors. She also runs IBM’s Small Divestiture Practice and the specialized consulting group known as IP Management Services.
In addition, Claudia serves as the co-chair of the IBM Executive LGBT Taskforce that focuses globally on the issues of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender employees in the workplace. She is an accomplished keynote speaker and serves on the Board of Directors of Out & Equal Workplace Advocates and co-chairs their International Advisory Committee. She has also served on the Lambda Legal Board of Directors and the John C. Stennis Institute of Government Board of Advisors.
In 2011, she received the “Out & Equal Trailblazer Award” for her work in LGBT diversity and was listed in GO Magazine’s “100 Women We Love, Class of 2011”. In 2012, she received the “Emily Wirsing Kelly Leadership Award” from Mary Baldwin College and was named in The Guardian’s “WorldPride Power List Top 100”.
Claudia lives with her wife, Tracie, in Oxfordshire, England.