fbpx Skip to main content

Charting Our Path, Sustaining Ourselves: Reflecting on Global DEI Initiatives of 2022 and Readying for 2023

Thursday, December 15, 8am EST 

From Dallas to Shanghai, from São Paulo to Madrid, workplace inclusion leaders are facing significant challenges in battling cultural backlash and anti-LGBTQ public and policy proposals. While each context comes with its unique set of social, economic, and legal realities, there are surprising commonalities and thus ripe opportunities for practitioners to come together as a global learning community and identify shared goals and best practices.   

As we get ready to close out one calendar year and open another, let’s take the time to come together to reflect on lessons learned to construct new DEI goals to achieve genuine, tangible, and sustainable impact. Join this interactive session featuring a panel of LGBTQ+ workplace inclusion leaders from around the world to engage in shared learning and solution-building.   

This Forum will be held in English. Simultaneous translation will be available for participants in Mandarin, Portuguese, and Spanish.  

register here


Miguel Castro (he/him)

Miguel Castro is Senior Director and Global Lead for Diversity and Inclusion at SAP. He has more than 20 years of experience in diversity & inclusion, consulting, international operations and business development. He joined the SAP Global Diversity & Inclusion Office in 2016 working out of Madrid, in Spain. Previously he had lived and worked in Copenhagen, Denmark and Berlin, Germany, among other locations.

Besides his role in SAP, Miguel is a member of the Innovation Advisory Council of STANPA, the Spanish Cosmetics, Toiletry and Perfumery Association, and a guest professor for Diversity and Inclusion for the Inditex sponsored program for Sustainability and Social Innovation at the University of A Coruña (Spain).
He is honorary member and the former chairman of the board of REDI, the Spanish Business Association for LGBTI Inclusion, and has also had different roles in advisory boards and special committees of organizations like PROUTATWORK in Germany, and Workplace Pride in the Netherlands.

Ashley Innes (she/her)

Ashley Innes is the current Regional Director for HIV Community Operations at Gilead Sciences, Inc. She oversees 13 states in the US and leads a team that provides resources, education, capacity building, and technical assistance to medical providers and allied health care professionals in the treatment and prevention of HIV. Ashley also serves as the current North America co-lead for the Pride Alliance Employee Resource Group. She is committed to diversity and inclusion and creating spaces where people feel a sense of belonging. Ashley is focused on creating better equity in healthcare and has done work at the state, national, and international level leading and collaborating on various projects that work to dismantle health disparities due to systemic oppression.

Ashley is a former Officer in the United States Air Force where she served as Crew Commander and Chief of Training. She led the first ever missile defense operations directed by the Secretary of Defense of the United States. Ashley is also a freelance writer and has a monthly column in HIV Plus Magazine. She focuses on social justice issues and has written for various publications including The Advocate, The Huffington Post, and HIV equal.

Ashley is passionate about empowering traditionally undervalued communities and creating spaces for them to live their best and healthiest lives. Ashley is a graduate of Saint Louis University and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, and a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology.

Charlene Liu (she/her)

Charlene Liu was born in Malaysia and has lived in the US, Singapore, and now Shanghai, China. She is an engineer, a social change maker, and a community leader. She graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a BS in Electrical Engineering and has 20 years of working experience in different areas of the Semiconductor & Electronics industry, ranging from design, engineering, manufacturing, project management to sales and marketing. She also has experience with events, corporate innovation, and management consulting at PwC. 

Charlene has 16 years of community leadership, commercial event management, and Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) advocacy experience. In 2009, she co-founded ShanghaiPRIDE, an annual festival run entirely by volunteers that promotes diversity, in 2014 Q-Events, an event management company, in 2016 Ladies Who Tech, a social impact community for women in STEM, and in 2019, D&I Consulting, a consultancy which helps corporates cultivate a more inclusive culture. Charlene is now embarking on a full-time journey managing these platforms.

Melu López (she/ella/ela)

Melu López is a Product & Inclusion Manager at Google, working to make Products and Marketing inclusive of all our users, currently working in São Paulo, Brazil. She has 9 years of experience in Marketing in Tech with the Latin American market. Prior to that, she co-founded an adult literacy NGO in Argentina. Melu has been selected as a mentee by the Vital Voices mentorship program for future women leaders, and received multiple awards at Google for her work with Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (including work with the trans and Afrobrazilian communities). She’s also the creator of Listen Louder, Google Cloud’s podcast about DEI in Brazil.
Seen by her team as the most Brazilian Argentinean you’ll ever meet, she takes stilt walking lessons to dance at carnival with a feminist collective (when she’s not living through a global pandemic!).

CV Viverito (they/ile/elle)

CV Viverito is the Director of Global Impact Programs with Out & Equal Workplace Advocates, where they manage programming aimed at advancing LGBTQ workplace inclusion in the US Southern States, Latin America, and the Asia-Pacific. Through partnerships with NGOs and multinational and national corporations, they play a key role in the development and implementation of the organization’s global strategy and activities. Drawing from a variety of sources, local experts and stakeholders, they oversee the curation of Out & Equal’s globally-focused content.

CV has previous experience working toward LGBTQ equality and inclusion in the Balkans, India, Latin America and the Caribbean and South Africa through civic leadership trainings, research, and international conferences. With over ten years of experience working to advance LGBTQ equality, both in the US and around the world, they are passionate about creating change through an intersectional community-driven framework. CV speaks English, Spanish and Portuguese.

Out & Equal is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for SHRM-CP® or SHRM-SCP® recertification activities. 

Our Global Forum: Charting Our Path, Sustaining Ourselves: Reflecting on Global DEI Initiatives of 2022 and Readying for 2023 is eligible for one PDC.

Contact global@outandequal.org for more information.

revisit June global forum


Global workplaces where all people are equal, belong, and thrive.


Out & Equal is the global convener, thought leader and catalyst actively working to achieve workplaces of equality and belonging - supporting LGBTQ+ employees and leaders who thrive in their careers and lives and achieve greater impact on the world.