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For Glem Dias student politics seeded a lifelong passion to nurture leadership in others. He recognized that he “liked to see people grow” after he rose to the position of President of the student’s council at his university. A career in Human Resources followed naturally and after just four years in the workforce Glem was headhunted for a HR leadership role with a high profile US investment bank in India.
Soon after Glem started a new company President was recruited from the United States who brought with him a leadership style that was not a good fit with the existing corporate culture. While intimidated, Glem knew that it was his job to take the issue up with the new boss. Not surprisingly, he did not take the news very well. “You guys in India have to grow up,” the President said. But after reflecting on the constructive feedback his attitude changed the next day and he came to see Glem’s wisdom and courage and the value that they could bring to the company.
“After that I was on his calendar every Thursday at 10am,” said Glem.
Today, Glem is the Director of Strategic Talent Management at Pitney Bowes Canada where he has done industry award winning work that focuses on executive development, high potential leadership development, succession planning as well as diversity. He attributes some of his recent success here to DiverseCity. “It has opened up huge opportunities and has helped me reinvent myself and raise my profile in Toronto,” he said. ” Glem’s connections via DiverseCity and his company’s commitment to be a Partner in the initiative have led to a speaking engagement at the 13th World HR Congress, an event that drew participants from 60 countries around the world. And Pitney Bowes’ President, Deepak Chopra was invited to be the keynote speaker at a recent DiverseCity Nexus networking event.