Meet the Co-Chairs of NGLCC Global LGBTI Business Week 2018
NGLCC Global has announced the co-chairs of its the 3rd Annual NGLCC Global LGBTI Business Week: Her Excellency Karin Olofsdotter, the Ambassador of Sweden to the United States, and Ernest Cordova, the Managing Director for Health & Public Service Global Operations at Accenture. Both bring an incredible breadth of experience in diversity and inclusion efforts around the world in their respective fields. NGLCC Global is thrilled to work with Ambassador Olofsdotter and Mr. Cordova, with the support of the Swedish government and Accenture, as it continues to fulfill its mandate to promote LGBTI economic empowerment and inclusive economic growth alongside its 14 global affiliates that represent close to 30 countries.
Learn more about each of these our extraordinary NGLCC Global LGBTI Business Week co-chairs below.
Ambassador Olofsdotter continues to champion the human rights and inclusion of LGBTI people, which has been a stalwart of Sweden’s foreign policy for many years. In Washington, D.C., the Ambassador took her post on September 1, 2017, and made history as the first woman to serve as the Ambassador of Sweden to the United States. Previously, she served as the Director-General for Trade at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Ambassador of Sweden to Hungary. Attendees of the 2018 International Business & Leadership Conference will recognize Ambassador Olofsdotter from the plenary session “Beyond Borders” where she discussed Sweden’s commitments to support the rights and inclusion of LGBTI people globally.
The Embassy of Sweden has also been a longstanding partner of NGLCC Global. As a sponsor of 2017 Business Week, the Embassy of Sweden and NGLCC Global co-hosted the event “Inclusive Growth for LGBTI People” to discuss the value of LGBTI inclusion for the public and private sector, as well as for international organizations such as the World Bank Group. The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) also helps fund the LGBTI Global Development Partnership (a public-private partnership, including USAID), which is crucial to the work of NGLCC Global and its support of partners in Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa, and South Asia.
Ernest Cordova and Accenture also have strong records of advancing LGBTI issues. Mr. Cordova comes to this event with over 30 years of industry experience in Information Security and implementation of security best practices across the public and private sector, as well as leading the diversity and inclusion initiatives at Accenture. One of the ways Mr. Cordova does this is by serving as an executive sponsor and mentor for the Hispanic American Employee Resource Group as well as the United States’ Diverse Supplier Development Program. For his work with the Hispanic and Latino community, Mr. Cordova has received numerous awards and honors, including being named a member of HITEC 100 for the past three years – an honor that distinguishes him as one of the 100 most influential and notable Hispanic professionals in the IT Industry.
Additionally, Mr. Cordova is no stranger to working with NGLCC Global and frequently participates in the division’s international events. For example, he took the stage alongside GSK’s Senior Vice President and CFO during the recent NGLCC Global UK|EU Summit in London this past September. Mr. Cordova also gave remarks at the NGLCC co-hosted event with the Organization of American States, as part of Global LGBTI Business Week 2017 and spoke to the value of generating data on LGBTI people to promote their well-being.
The upcoming Global LGBTI Business Week marks another moment in the dynamic partnership between Accenture and NGLCC Global. For the second year in a row, Accenture is Presenting Sponsor for the week, and alongside NGLCC Global’s international network, will help drive the important conversation of LGBTI economic empowerment.