Kimberley Messer is a Business Development Executive for IBM’s Global Diversity Business Development organization, focused on LGBT markets in the United States and Canada. As a thought leader in diversity and talent management, Kimberley advises customers on how to leverage workforce diversity and human capital to improve workforce effectiveness, foster collaboration and stimulate innovation. She is also responsible for IBM's strategic partnerships with LGBT community organizations in the US & Canada. In her 17th year with IBM, Kimberley has held various software development positions before moving into her current role. She is a member of Out & Equal’s Global Advisory Council, a member of Pride at Work Canada’s National Women’s Committee most recently served as the co-chair of IBM Canada’s LGBT business resource group.