Steering Committee Members

The PGLE Steering Committee sets the direction for PGLE, takes decisions, and provides ongoing support to the initiative. It is composed of the following companies and representatives:

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Christian Winslow

Marketing Director, Accenture

 Christian Winslow is Marketing Director for Accenture in the West and Southwest for the Retail, Consumer Goods, Auto, Travel, Industrial and Life Sciences industries. He develops custom marketing programs to broaden awareness and understanding of Accenture in these markets. He also serves as Accenture’s LGBTI marketing lead for its strategic partnership with the World Economic Forum, and has spent many years raising LGBTI visibility as part Accenture’s program at the Annual Meeting in Davos and now with PGLE. He is a graduate of Yale University, and lives and work in his hometown of San Francisco.  


Kathryn Burdett

Head of Diversity & Inclusion, Americas, Deutsche Bank

Kathryn Burdett is head of Diversity & Inclusion, Americas at Deutsche Bank.

 She provides thought leadership and expertise to business leaders, human resources, corporate social responsibility, marketing, and communications on D&I strategy and best practices to accelerate the pace of change. Kathryn also directs the efforts of Deutsche Bank’s employee resource groups.  She is a Task Force Co-Chair of the Center for Talent Innovation and a steering group member of the Partnership for Global LGBTI Equality, an initiative of the World Economic Forum. Kathryn is also an active member of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association D&I Advisory Council.

 A frequent speaker at D&I conferences, Kathryn was named a Most Powerful & Influential Woman of the Tri-State Area by the National Diversity Council. In 2016, she co-authored the article “Data and diversity – strength in numbers” for the Deutsche Bank Research magazine, Konzept. Kathryn’s background includes roles in employee relations, graduate recruiting, and human resources business partner. She is a graduate of Smith College.

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Beth A. Brooke-Marciniak

Board Director and Former Global Vice Chair, Public Policy, EY

Beth A. Brooke-Marciniak serves on the Board of eHealth, Inc and is a strategic advisor to the Board of SHEEX, Inc.  Beth retired as the Global Vice-Chair - Public Policy at EY and a member of the firm’s Global Executive Board.  Beth had public policy responsibility for the firm’s operations in over 150 countries and was the global sponsor for EY’s Diversity and Inclusiveness efforts

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Beth is a prominent voice around the world on Diversity and Inclusion, including most prominently on LGBT inclusion and women. She has been named eleven times to the list of Forbes "World's 100 Most Powerful Women". In 2017, Beth received the Theodore Roosevelt Award, the top individual honor bestowed by the US National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). She has also been inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame.

During the Clinton Administration, she worked in the U.S. Department of the Treasury, where she was responsible for all tax policy matters related to insurance and managed care. She played important roles in the healthcare reform and Superfund reform efforts.

Beth chairs the Board of Vital Voices, the Steering Committee of the Partnership for Global LGBTI Inclusion, and is a member of the Board of the United States Olympic Committee, The Conference Board, The Aspen Institute, and Out Leadership. She is a member of the inaugural class of the Henry Crown Fellows of The Aspen Institute, the Committee of 200, and the International Women's Forum.

Beth played basketball at Purdue University where she earned her undergraduate degree with highest distinction and has honorary doctorates from Purdue, Indiana University and Babson College.


Justin Blake

Global Lead, Executive Positioning, Edelman

Justin Blake heads Edelman’s Global Leadership positioning offer, guiding leaders in telling their authentic stories in today's complex communications environment. Justin counsels CEOs and other executive-level leaders to develop differentiating and relevant messages and communicate them through a range of channels, including media, conferences, digital and direct-to-influencer engagement.

A 19-year Edelman veteran, Justin’s work has spanned a number of sectors and geographies. He has worked with CEOs, government officials, university presidents and NGO heads for more than two decades including leaders from: eBay, Samsung and Yale University. He has worked with numerous new FORTUNE 500 CEOs.

 Justin leads Edelman’s client work at Davos where he has attended since 2002. He has worked with CEOs and executives from more than 50 companies on their Davos engagement. Justin is a Duke University Media Fellow, and a Trustee of the Classic Stage Company in New York.


John Galligan

Senior Director, Global Government Affairs, Corporate External and Legal Affairs, Microsoft Corporation

John Galligan leads Microsoft’s Global Government Affairs team, whose role is to support the company's international network of corporate affairs professionals in their public policy advocacy outreach, as well as developing global campaigns to promote the trusted, responsible, and inclusive use of technology. In addition to this role, John also co-leads CELA Pride, the LGBTI employee network for the Corporate External and Legal Affairs department.

Prior to this role, John was Microsoft’s Regional Director for Government Relations based in Singapore, where he coordinated the company’s public policy, government affairs, and industry relations across the Asia-Pacific region. John is a current board member of the Public Affairs Council and the US ASEAN Business Council. He holds degrees in Business Communication from the Queensland University of Technology and Political Science from Australian National University.  He lives with his husband in Seattle, WA.


Jessica Stern

Executive Director, Outright Action International

Jessica Stern, Executive Director of OutRight Action International, specializes in gender, sexuality, and human rights globally. At OutRight, she has doubled the budget, supported the legal registration of LGBTIQ organizations globally, helped secure the mandate of the United Nations Independent Expert on Discrimination and Violence based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity, and advanced the UN LGBTI Core Group. She is frequently quoted by the media in The New York Times, The Guardian, and Time. She has provided expert opinions to governments globally and UN mechanisms, including UN Women, where she serves as a member of the LGBTI Reference Group and Women Human Rights Defenders Reference Group. Her writing has been cited by the Indian Supreme Court in its seminal judgement decriminalizing homosexuality (Navtej Singh Johar versus the Union of India) and featured in a new chapter in The Oxford Handbook of Women, Peace and Security (2019). She is an adjunct associate professor at Columbia University.