Welcome to the Workplace Pride’s 7th annual conference

| February 27, 2013

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Welcome to the Home Page of Workplace Pride Foundation’s 7th Annual International LGBT Inclusion Conference. This year the conference will take place on Friday 7 June at the global headquarters of ABN AMRO in Amsterdam. The theme of this year’s conference is:

Creating Progress for LGBT People in the Workplace: What are the essential next steps?

With the world in an economic and political state of flux, LGBT people in the workplace are often confronted with a dizzying number of choices. Unstable working environments, or the loss of their job leads to uncertainty about their own futures. Likewise, employers are re-evaluating their roles in society and governments are searching for solutions to seemingly impossible challenges.

Workplace Pride’s 7th annual conference will examine what we all can do to ensure progress in this difficult environment.  Questions that will be covered in the conference include:

  • What is the next step in LGBT Workplace Evolution?

The value of LGBT employees and their networks (employee resources groups: ERGs) is often under-estimated by both employers and the employees themselves. Quantifying this value and what it can mean when organizations fully integrate the potential of LGBT employees into their organizational structure will be discussed in detail at a number of points during the conference.

  • How do we measure progress for LGBT in the workplace?

Working with straight allies, ‘Trust’ as a key to coming out, and engaging student before they enter the workforce are all examples of how we would like to make progress for LGBT people in the workplace. But how do we determine if progress is actually being made? Through a number of workshops and presentations, we will learn how other (even non-LGBT) organizations measure their own achievements and how we can adapt these tools to our own needs.

  • What is the contribution of LGBT people in European SME’s?

Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs) are the backbone of the European economy and LGBT people make a significant contribution to them: both in management and as employees. How can we as a community leverage this strength to benefit both ourselves and the organizations we work with and for? Is it time for a greater connection between LGBT entrepreneurs, SMEs that employee LGBTs, their clients and large employers from both the public and private sectors? Guest speakers from across Europe will help define and act upon this new ‘next step’ in European LGBT workplace evolution.

New for this year are several workshops arranged by other organizations. Their new and diverse ideas will enrich the dialogue and create new connections for conference participants, thus helping to realize progress for LGBT people in the workplace.

 

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