It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of a much loved IBF team member. Gina Ribeiro, Director of Education Programs at the Institute of Business Forecasting, died on October 19, 2021 surrounded by her loving family.
Gina joined IBF in 2015 to lead IBF’s corporate training programs and, during her time with the company, oversaw the delivery of industry leading training for a variety of companies across the globe. Gina played a key role in developing IBF’s eLearning program and was committed to delivering value to her clients, ensuring IBF programs aligned with industry recognized corporate training standards and met the challenges that companies face in demand planning, forecasting and S&OP.
She was always open for a chat with clients and event attendees, drawing on decades of experience in organizational development and executive coaching, always going the extra mile to help. She was bright, friendly, and outgoing, bringing an energy and passion to everyone she worked with.
Those of you who met her at the many IBF events she attended will remember her as someone who encouraged folks to think outside the box and approach their organizational challenges from angles they hadn’t considered. There were always new ideas and approaches to develop programs to help planning leadership, and many would come back to Gina ready to sign up even before she even had a chance to roll out a program.
Born and raised in New York, Gina graduated with a degree in Psychology from the Illinois Institute of Technology. She spent the early years of her career at American Express where she specialized in Organizational Development. She would go on to spend 10 years at Walt Disney World where she delivered ambitious strategic and change initiatives before lending her leadership expertise to IBF.
Having worked in a range of leadership and consulting roles, she successfully balanced an executive career while raising her beloved son, Jordi.
Gina called Orlando home. She was an avid basketball fan, regularly going to games. Her main passion in life, however, was her son, who meant the world to her.
The IBF team will miss her, and her family is in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.
May she rest in peace.
The IBF team.