About Diversity PRO

Our mission

Diversity PRO is a Non-Government Organization (NGO) aimed at raising awareness to workplace Diversity & Inclusion, and promoting diversity visibility and leadership. Our focus is on the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) community. We are a non political organization aimed at helping employers and employees create an inclusive environment.

Our vision is for every employee to be treated equally by their co-workers and enjoy the same opportunities, no matter of their gender, origin, age, sexual orientation, gender expression, or disability. We want to see a more competent approach from the business community in Slovakia towards the topic of diversity. We believe better standards can be set, and higher accountability expected in area of diversity – benefiting everyone involved by maximizing talent and potential.

Our approach is focused on education and communication. We wish to enable decision makers to apply best practices by informing them about the needs and sensitivities of diversity groups. We also dedicate ourselves to developing leadership skills amongst individuals in our community, helping them connect, collaborate and excel in their fields.

Diversity PRO activities include:

  • Member events such as LGBT Professionals Network
  • Conferences and business events with member companies and other participants
  • Cross network events among international networking groups
  • Creating education and training content for employers about diversity
  • Social and community events for Diversity PRO members

Members

Our members are diversity network groups in major multinationals, large domestic companies, public sector and non governmental organizations, as well as individual entrepreneurs and students.

How to join?

Diversity PRO welcomes new members – company sponsors, employee network groups and individual members.

To find out more and to join our initiative please email:

info@diversitypro.eu

Team

Ladislava Lukáčová

Ladislava Lukáčová
Chairperson
IBM Contact

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Michal Hrebčík
Vice Chairman
Lenovo Contact

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Tibor Havlík
CFO
Norvatis Contact

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Other members

Gili Gershonok

Gili Gershonok
Co-founder

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Veronika Blum
Co-founder

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Martin Seman
AT&T Contact

Marek Novotný
IBM Contact

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Tibor Havlík

Tibor Havlík

Tibor was born and raised in Bratislava, Slovakia. After finishing his studies on Faculty of Management on Comenius University he started his professional career in consulting services at PwC. Apart from his professional duties Tibor was also an active member of the PwC Corporate responsibility program focusing on workplace area. In 2011 he joined KPMG, where he became manager at Risk Consulting department specialising on forensic services.

Tibor joined Diversity PRO in 2013, became member of the Board and assumed the responsibilities of the CFO. After elections in May 2015 Tibor became the Chairman of the NGO. Tibor aims to build on the work of its predecessors, continue with existing projects and develop further activities to fulfill the vision of the NGO.

Michal Hrebčík

Michal Hrebčík

Michal was born and is living in Slovakia. He studied IT on Comenius university in Bratislava with specialization on Artificial inteligence and Mathematical methods. After finishing studies he started to work for international IT companies like IBM, Dell and since 2008 he works for Lenovo. Michal worked in various positions within EMEA Operations department and today he is leading Channel operations team.

Through his Lenovo Bratislava project Michal is supporting diversity related events like Leadership Business forum and Bratislava pride. He also wants to start LGBT group in Lenovo to officialy support LGBT community in the company.

Marek Novotný

Marek Novotný

Marek was born and grew up in Slovakia. He studied European Affairs at Charles University in Prague and Institut d’Etudes Politiques in Paris. He has also completed European Master in Conference Interpreting organized by the European Commission at Comenius University in Bratislava.

The international environment in both Prague and Paris contributed to his passion for diversity. Already at this time he participated in various initiatives for international students seeking for advice and better integration into the Central-European society.

Since November 2010 Marek works at IBM in Bratislava. After nearly 4 years of supporting marketing administration, audits and internal communication he moved to the position of Event Manager in July 2014.

In spring 2012 he got involved in the activities of the IBM LGBT diversity group, EAGLE (Employee Alliance for LGBT Empowerment) and joined Diversity PRO in spring 2013.

Benefiting from his professional communication and writing skills he is promoting LGBT diversity via articles published in the IBM internal newsletters and in presentations for various target audiences.

Ladislava Lukáčová

Ladislava Lukáčová

Ladislava was born and grew up in Bratislava, Slovakia. After 5 years of working experience in the area of EU projects she joined IBM as a Business Controls Professional. In mid 2013, with her passion for diversity, she took an opportunity and became an EAGLE@IBM Leader. (EAGLE is a Business resource group for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees) Together with EAGLE team she organizes company events with the aim to create safe environment for LGBT employees and to support LGBT leadership and empowerment.

In the beginning of 2014 she became a board member in Diversity PRO where she is responsible for co-organizing intercompany events, workshops and forums.

Gili Gershonok

Gili Gershonok

Gili was born in Ukraine and grew up in Israel. She also spent time living in New York, Austria and Czech Republic. Her studies in Psychology at the Open University of Israel lead up to a people focus in her career already in the early years. She considers herself a self made professional with a strong focus on leadership and people management. At age 23 she managed a team of 30 people in the field of International Services.

In 2010 she joined IBM in Bratislava, a company well known for its emphasis of diversity empowerment. With her taking on a leading role in the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) Diversity Network Group, the network grew from 5 to 50 members in one year of activity. In 2012, Gili co-organized the first LGBT Business Forum in Slovakia, titled ‘From Global to Local’ which took place during Bratislava PRIDE Week events. These activities soon lead to a broader engagement: In September 2012, Gili kicked off a professional LGBT networking community, which had grown quickly and meets regularly in Bratislava.

In early 2013, she co-founded Diversity PRO as the home organization for ongoing and future project in LGBT and Diversity space.

Veronika Blum

Veronika Blum

Veronika grew up in Germany and Italy from partly Russian ancestors. A multicultural environment was thus key to her upbringing. This tendency was affirmed through her studies of Eastern European languages, society and law at the Freie Universitaet Berlin and Humboldt Universitaet Berlin.

Settling for several years in Hungary to work for IBM, Veronika became involved with the LGBT community ‘EAGLE at IBM’, later taking on a leadership role. Through this, she became acquainted with the possibility of working on the LGBT issues that are characteristic to the Central European societies, while keeping a focus on professional life.

The occupation with LGBT diversity projects in CEE had led Veronika to co-founding Diversity PRO in 2012, with a focus on enabling an inclusive workplace environment through communication & educational contents.

Contact

Email

info@diversitypro.eu

Address

Diversity PRO
Trebišovská 17
821 01 Bratislava

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Banking connection

Bank name: Tatra banka, a.s.
IBAN: SK88 1100 0000 0029 2989 5172
SWIFT: TATR SK BX

Registration details

IČO: 42 270 731
DIČ: 202 377 7492
DUNS: 361339649

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