Groundbreaking 2016 International Conference Doesn’t Disappoint!
August 1, 2016
With well over 300 participants, the 2016 Workplace Pride International Conference broke all records; from highest attendance and most number of senior executives, to the greatest number of participants from other countries. Three new members joined the Foundation (SAP, Deloitte and Diageo) during the event while engaging speakers from Poland, the International Labour Organization (a UN agency) and Leiden University presented a truly international view on LGBT workplace inclusion (or lack thereof).
Workplace Pride also celebrated the 10th anniversary of its activities with a look back over the years by some of its founding members in a ‘fireside chat’ presentation. The personal stories of the founders was also reflected in the newly launched “New Horizons for LGBT Workplace Inclusion” magazine which examines not only the policies and practices of many types of organizations, but also the personal stories (both good and bad) of LGBT people in the workplace. This new bi-annual publication will appear in an International Conference edition and a Global Benchmark edition.
But the most memorable aspect of the conference was the personal engagement of all who attended when it comes to the topic of LGBT inclusion in the workplace. For the majority of the attendees, this was the first time that they had attended a Workplace Pride conference. The many engaging debates, best practices from other organizations and the multitude of new contacts will help motivate them to go back to their own organizations with the message that being able to be yourself at work is truly a benefit for everyone concerned.
Click here to see the CEO and Employee videos shown at the Conference and the OUTtv video clip.
Click here to read the Press Release of the Conference.
Click here to view the full selection of images from the conference.
Highlights of the event can be found below:
- Robert Biedron, the first Polish LGBT Parliamentarian points out the discrepancies of LGBT people throughout Europe
- Gerrit Zalm, CEO of ABN AMRO Bank speaks at the opening Executive Panel
- Harry van Dorenmanlen, General Manager IBM Benelux speaks at the Executive Panel
- Professor Kees Waaldijk of Leiden University demonstrates the evolution of LGBT law & social attitudes throughout the decades
- The Founders of Workplace Pride take a trip down memory lane with the “Fireside Chat”
- Jan Kees de Jager, CFO of KPN tells his personal story of being LGBT
- The Foundation Board thanks everyone for their efforts!
- Herna Verhagen, CEO of PostNL earned a rare standing ovation for her motivational speech about being yourself at work
- SAP, Deloitte and Diageo join as new members of Workplace Pride
- The closing Q&A brings together both public and private sector leaders
- New Horizons Magazines showcases all of the efforts, best practices and challenges of Workplace Pride and LGBT workplace inclusion