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Corporate Partner: Rosalia Thomas

Rosalia Thomas
Director of Diversity & Inclusion, Americas
IBM

Rosalia Thomas was appointed to Director, Diversity & Inclusion in March of  2014.  In this capacity, Rosalia has responsibility for IBM’s diversity programs and compliance within the Americas and global responsibilities for LGBT, PWD and Women initiatives across the enterprise.  

Rosalia is an experienced HR professional with 20 years in human resources.  She was Human Resources Director for the United State East IMT responsible for a team of 75 highly skilled human resource professionals whose job is to influence people on critical and complex issues related to HR programs/practices.    Rosalia began her career in 1981 in Atlanta, GA with an Independent Business Unit that later became the Personal Systems Group.  She was promoted to management in 1985.

In April 1990, Rosalia began her career in Human Resources as a Diversity Program Manager and later was promoted to Human Resource Partner, covering both National and International lines of business.  In December 1998, Rosalia became the HR Partner for IBM Global Services Latin America, responsible for IGS HR strategies in the eleven countries in which IBM does business.  In December 2000, Rosalia assumed responsibilities for HR Operations within eight Southern States.  In January of 2002, she assumed responsibilities for Human Resources programs and operations for two Global Services business units.  In March 2005 she assumed responsibilities for Appeals to the Chairman.  In June of 2008 Rosalia became the Area HR Leader for southern United States and the Caribbean Islands.  In August of 2013 she assumed Area HR Leader responsibilities for the East IMT and a 75 person HR partner organization.

Rosalia is heavily involved in Habitat for Humanity and is a founding Board member of the Women’s Executive Committee for Habitat.  She is currently on the board of St. Joseph’s Hospital, and a member of  Leadership Cobb.  She is a former board member of the Center for Puppetry Arts and of the Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention, GCAPP.

She graduated from Mercer University with a degree in Management and an MBA in Marketing.  She is Cuban born, married and has a son, Christopher, who is the pride of her life.