November saw a re-shuffling of priorities for many countries and organizations around the world. Things that have assumed to be stable may be questioned and many in the LGBT community are anxious about the future. One thing is for sure though, Workplace Pride’s commitment to fostering workplaces where LGBT people can truly be themselves will proceed at full pace and this past month was a great example of that!
With the help of our members such as IBM, Clifford Chance, the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and many other organizations, the 1st Workplace Pride LGBT Business conference in Bangkok was a resounding success! This followed closely on the heels of a similar symposium held in Washington D.C. in which Shell played a major role. The LGBT employee network of the United Nations joined as a Global Benchmark Partner, finishing off the international focus of the month.
Locally, Women@WorkplacePride kept the momentum going with a energizing event at Booking.com, while the Annual Member’s Meeting pointed the way forward in 2017, which will start off with the Foundation New Year’s reception, hosted by Randstad next year. Happy Reading!
Executive Director, Workplace Pride
Bangkok Conference Resounding Success!
The first Workplace Pride LGBT Business conference in Bangkok was a true milestone in the region with around 100 delegates from many different countries taking part in the event. The conference, which was a side event of the annual ILGA World Summit, took a close look at the situation for LGBT people in ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) which included both business and cultural aspects.
Foundation Members Shine at Conference in Washington D.C.
Workplace Pride Members Shell, ING, Akzo Nobel and EY took part in the “Out in the Global Economy Conference” which was held on 17 November in Washington D.C. The event, which was part of the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce’s Global LGBTI Business Week was hosted at the Philips Collection Museum by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, another Workplace Pride member.
On November 14th, Booking.com hosted the Amsterdam launch of Women@WorkplacePride. In a full room with over 50 people the initiators of Workplace Pride’s program for LGBT women professionals shared their mission.
Clifford Chance was the host again for this year’s Annual Member’s meeting. This gathering provides the opportunity for members to have a say in the future of the Foundation. Highlights included the desire to have more involvement in international planning and more member-to-member events in which best practices can be exchanged.
Workplace Pride is very pleased to be working together with ILGA Europe to realize our 2017 International Conference which will be held in Brussels. This event will focus on the important role of the EU Institutions in driving the LGBT workplace agenda and continue the on-going link between the public & private sectors and civil society.
SAVE THE DATE: June 23rd, 2017
Foundation Member Randstad will host the 2017 Workplace Pride New Year’s Reception in their Amsterdam Global Head Office on Thursday, January 19th. While meant primarily for our stakeholders, interested parties can request an invitation by writing to: firstname.lastname@example.org
December 16th: Women@WorkplacePride Network Event,Workplace Pride Office, Amsterdam
January 19th: Workplace Pride 2017 New Year’s Reception, Randstad, Amsterdam
June 23rd: Workplace Pride International LGBT Conference, Brussels