March 24, 2011
CPP’s 5th Annual International LGBT Business Conference
What a great event it was! Over 250 participants took part in the conference with the theme of:
The LGBT Edge: Matching the Needs of Diverse Talent
This conference brought together Europe’s leading LGBT workplace equality experts with the international LGBT community to discuss the latest issues, challenges and trends in creating an inclusive and diverse workplace. Interactive workshops will gave the Conference participants the opportunity to share experiences and contribute to the conference outcomes. The Conference looked at questions like these:
- How can we continue to attract and retain top talent at a time when the workforce is shrinking?
- What can employers do to create an environment that enables LGBT talent to reach its full potential?
- How can social media build our reputation as a top employer?
Photographs and a conference evaluation are now online at:
March 11, 2011
The Company Pride Platform is proud to announce that it has become an official member of the European Gay Managers Association (EGMA). Like the CPP, EGMA is also an umbrella organization, but instead of bringing together LGBT employee networks, it brings together other LGBT organizations that deal with LGBT business-related issues. The other associations are found in Germany, Switzerland, France, Austria, Belgium and the Netherlands (Genius).
The CPP has already worked closely with EGMA over the years. However, it was decided to take this step as part of our outreach to other LGBT organizations and our decision to focus on improving our international presence, given that many of our Members have international activities. EGMA members played a key role in the CPP’s 2010 International Conference.
CPP Board Member, Marion Mulder and Executive Director, David Pollard, will be representing the CPP at the EGMA General Assembly in Vienna on 15/16 April. Each will be giving presentations about LGBT employee networks and the CPP.
For more information about EGMA, please write to: firstname.lastname@example.org
2011 marks the beginning of the CPP’s 5th year as an organized group of LGBT employee networks, and it’s 3rd year as a foundation. To celebrate this and to allow us to better fulfill our vision of achieving greater LGBT workplace visibility, the CPP has re-designed and re-configured our website with a fresh new look.
Highlights of the new look include:
- The CPP ‘Platform’: The CPP ‘rainbow globe’ logo represents a world full of LGBT people. The reflection of the globe in the ‘platform’ is only partially visible, signifying that many employees are still not OUT at their workplace. Further along the platform and rising from behind it (as if coming OUT), are people (workers) of various ages, genders, ethnic backgrounds, and working roles; any of which could be LGBT.
- Expanded Menu: Several new menu items have been added to highlight our increased focus on our Members and the LGBT Community. “Jobs” will look at the practical aspects of interaction between LGBT people and employers; “Partners” focuses on other organizations whose goals are complementary to the CPP, while “Calendar” provides an easy-to-use overview of upcoming CPP events.
- Online Membership and Event Registration: Starting in 2011 the CPP has opened up its membership to Entrepreneurs and Students. To facilitate the anticipated new members registration as well as registration for CPP events, an online form has been added to the site. In due course, online payment choices will also be added, making the CPP’s administration much more efficient, cost effective, and user-friendly.
- Special Focus; Lesbians and Transgender: To emphasize the CPP’s commitment to these often under-represented groups, permanent, front-page links have been placed in prominent positions. Here you will find specific information on our on-going effort to increase visibility for Lesbian and Transgender people in the workplace.
- Social Media Links: Like world of communication and human interaction, the workplace is constantly changing. The CPP and the LGBT working community it represents strive to be at the forefront of those changes. Nowhere is this more evident than in the social media and networking links to which the CPP is now fully connected.
- CPP Corporate and Business Members: To highlight the important role of our Corporate and Business Members, without whom the CPP would not exist, a prominent field has been added with links to their home pages. By allowing their logo to be used here, each organization is signifying its support of the LGBT community and for those LGBT people they employ.
For inquiries regarding the CPP Website:
March 9, 2011
Recognizing that LGBT people work in many different types of environments and situations, the CPP has enlarged the number of its membership categories from 2 to 4. Our original Membership categories of ‘Corporate’ (LGBT employee networks in companies with more than 5,000 employees) and ‘Business’ (LGBT employee networks in companies with a maximum of 5,000 employees), have now been supplemented with ‘Entrepreneur’ and ‘Student’ Membership categories. These categories are designed to address the workplace issues of individuals who work in SME’s, and those of students who will soon join the workforce.
The CPP is proud to welcome our first Entrepreneur Member, Carolien van der Lagemaat. Carolien is the Chairman of the Transgender Network Netherlands, and is an active and vocal contributor to the LGBT workplace discussion.
When asked about her motivation for joining the CPP, Carolien said: “ In general, everything is possible career-wise as long as does not stand-out too much in the business you’re in. Stay inside the unwritten and sometimes written rules and you will be OK, (see for example what a certain Swiss Bank has done with their dress code lately!). But how will you do such a thing if you are transgender? Deny it; hide it to save your career? To have a network is of major importance for a successful transition. A network can give you good feedback where, and what the resistance is, and help you to overcome any significant problems during and after the transition. Minds have to be changed and you will set new rules. This is not unique to trans people. At one point, all LGBT’s will cross gender boundaries and have to deal with not staying inside the normative heterosexual binary rules. A network such as the CPP can provide you with knowledge on how to go about this, and sometimes help to overcome fears by others. It creates visibility and will therefore help emancipate the LGBT’s. This, and sharing my own knowledge is why I decided to join the CPP.”.