Carla Grant Pickens

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Carla Grant Pickens

CARLA GRANT PICKENS serves as the VP and global chief diversity & inclusion officer for IBM. Diversity and inclusion has been a pillar of IBM’s culture for over 100 years and, under Pickens leadership, the company has been globally recognized as a leader in the space, being named as a “Top 10 Working Mother Best Company,” a “Top 10 Company for Dads,” and a “Top Place to Work for LGBTQ Employees” by the Human Rights Campaign, among others. Her career at IBM spans over twenty years and, during her tenure, Pickens has held roles HR leadership, talent strategy and programs, and executive succession & development across the company. She holds an IBM patent and the prolific title of “IBM Inventor” for workforce retention and compensation analytics. She also sits on the boards of the Federal City Council and Connected DMV. Pickens graduated from the University of Maryland with a BS in economics and MS in human resources. @IBM

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