Workplace Pride Conference “Can you be yourself at work?”

| May 15, 2013

WORKPLACE PRIDE CONFERENCE ‘Can you be yourself at work?’
7 juni 2013 | 09:00 tot 18:00 | Gustav Mahlerlaan 10, Amsterdam

Keynote speakers:
Gerrit Zalm, CEO ABN AMRO bank.
Caroline Princen, boardmember ABN AMRO bank.
Michael Cashman, Euro Parliamentarian (a.o. Development, Civil Rights and Justice).
• Nellie Borrero, Global Inclusion and Diversity Managing Director at Accenture.
Ben Capell, researcher and former managing director Diversity for Europe and East Africa at Hewlett-Packard.
Claudia Brind-Woody, VP and managing director Intellectual Property en Advanced Technology Licensing at IBM.

Members of the press are most welcome: rsvp via or mobile: Layana Mokoginta, +31 (0)6-20011181.

Can you be yourself at work?

The level of trust within an organisation can be measured by how comfortable lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender employees are with being ‘out’ at work. ‘Being yourself at work’ is closely linked with an organisation’s performance indicators like reputation, market performance, competiveness (both in the marketplace and as an ability to attract and retain talent), productivity and absenteeism.

When people with a different sexual orientation can be themselves at work, this applies by default to all employees. Being able to be themselves has a strong effect on how comfortable employees feel about contributing to their organisations: be it with ideas, commitment to new and additional activities, but also how they talk about their employers outside of work.

At the IDAHO conference in The Hague it was stated that, though acceptance of LGBT people is rising, only 8 out of 49 European countries, have constitutional guarantees supporting the rights of LGBT people in their country.

Even a country like The Netherlands, where LGBT rights are secured within legislation, the cultural environment within companies is still inhibiting LGBT people from being themselves at work.

A lot needs to be done to help organisations get the best out of their workforce by being a secure, open and supportive organisation to work for.

This topic will be fully addressed and discussed at the 7th Workplace Pride Conference.

Researcher Ben Capell, former Diversity manager for Europe and East Africa at Hewlett-Packard will present the outcomes of an international study among 300 respondents and will discuss the key elements and key indicators for workplace security for LGBT people and how that affects the performance of organisations.

Programme, main elements

09:00 – 10:45 opening and keynote speakers

10:45 – start workshops

16:15 – feedback and main conclusions from workshops

17:00 – drinks

Please check for the full programme

Workplace Pride Foundation (formerly Company Pride Platform) was founded in 2006 and is the international platform for inclusion of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) people at work. Its 29 members employ nearly 2 million people worldwide and share the vision that Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals and Transgenders are fully visible, accepted and valued in the workplace and in society, leading the way for others.


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