January 26, 2016
Mark Emdin (Shell)
Mark was appointed as Foundation Chair in 2014. Since then he has focused on strengthening the strategic direction of the Foundation particularly the development of key partnerships and international reach.
He is currently Organisation Effectiveness Manager for Shell’s Global Functions. He and his team are responsible for supporting executives and senior directors in the areas of organizational design, behavior, leadership and team effectiveness. This global role has Mark working across a diverse range of cultures, environments and organizations.
Mark has been with Shell since 1995, starting his career in Australia. He has held a number of human resources based roles both in the field and head office. He has a passion for supporting individuals in achieving their potential and creating challenging, stimulating and enjoyable workplace environments. Mark is a former chair of Shell Netherland’s LGBT network “Pink Pearl” and works to support LGBT staff in countries where Shell does not yet have LGBT networks.
He holds a Masters in Leadership and Management (Hon) degree from Curtin University, Australia and is originally trained as an Agricultural Economist. He is a recipient of the Vincent Fairfax Award for Ethics in Leadership through the St. James Ethics Centre in Sydney.
Mark lives with his husband, Michael, in Amsterdam. Both are avid travelers and enjoy what the world has to offer to those willing to step outside and take a risk.
December 1, 2016
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.
Speakers from a number of Thai organizations representing the public, private and governmental sectors outlined the unique challenges to LGBTI inclusion in their country while noting that now is the time to start the dialogue. Their comments were supported by a report from the UNDP (United Nations Development Program) representative, Katri Kivioja who highlighted differences in perceptions and progress in a number of Asian countries regarding LGBT inclusion. Her conclusion was that there is still a great deal of work to do in the region.
Breakout sessions encouraged participants to ‘dig deeper’ into practical applications of LGBT progress and covered topics such as:
- Visibility at Work
- Employee Networks and Straight Allies
- Business Case for LGBTI Inclusion
- Making Change Last
Workplace Pride members operating in the region rallied around this initiative with representatives and support from Clifford Chance, Booking.Com, Elsevier (RELX), Shell and a number of other parties. Tony Tenicela, representing main Sponsor IBM, was a keynote speaker at the event and called for increased cooperation among all parties. Other organizations represented in the official program included the Thai Ministry of Social Development and Human Security, Orami Group, Greenpeace Thailand, Krungthai-AXA, and the World Bank. Paul Heymans, Founder of OUTBKK, which is an NGO working locally for LGBT workplace inclusion, cooperated closely with Workplace Pride in realizing the conference.
Closing the busy day was Martin van Buuren, 2nd Secretary of the Dutch Embassy in the Netherlands, which was also a strong supporter of the event.
Workplace Pride’s first foray into Asia showcased the many obstacles that still exist to LGBT workplace inclusion in the region. However, it also very effectively demonstrated that many parties from all sectors and nationalities are willing and ready to work together to create progress.
For more information on the Workplace Pride Business Conference in Bangkok, write to: email@example.com
* Following up on the event, Thai National Patrick Huang, wrote a note about his own experiences at the conference. Click here to read
Foundation Chair Mark Emdin moderates the panel of Thai specialists repressing 4 different sectors
Keynote speakers, Paul Overdijk, Katri Kivioja and Toni Tenicela (IBM)
Martin van Buuren of the Dutch Embassy addresses the gathering while workshop participants ‘dig deeper’
January 14, 2016
On Monday, January 11th, Workplace Pride held its 2016 New Year’s Reception at the UWV head office in Amsterdam. The evening was opened by UWV’s CEO Fred Paling, who gave a warm welcome to all attendees, followed by Lisette Kuyper from SCP (Sociaal Cultureel Planbureau) whose Transgender research paper captivated the audience.
David Pollard, Workplace Pride Executive Director, focused on the Foundation’s activities in the year ahead. To name a few: the third edition of the Global Benchmark opens on May 2nd, the selection process for Chair Holder for the Workplace Pride Chair at Leiden University has started and the foundation has been selected as partner in a EU Commission’s LGBT Diversity Business Case study.
2016 also marks the 10th anniversary of the Foundation’s activities. A joyful occasion which will be celebrated during this year’s Workplace Pride International Conference at the Beurs van Berlage in Amsterdam with the fitting theme “New Horizons for LGBT Workplace Inclusion: 10 Years of Progress and Pride”.
Another highlight of the evening was the launch of the Workplace Pride Academy, which has been designed to provide professional training sessions for all types of organizations on the topic of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) inclusion at work.
With a symbolic signing ceremony, two new members to the Foundation were announced: utility company Nuon and multi-national professional services firm EY.
Mark Emdin, Workplace Pride Chairman of the Board, closed the official part of the evening with the introduction of the two latest additions to the Foundations Board. Jen Janice, Director Enterprise Account Sales at UPS and Fraser Morel, Knowledge & Information Manager at Clifford Chance.
With many exciting activities ahead and with the support of old and new friends, Workplace Pride is looking forward to an inspiring and successful 2016.
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October 13, 2015
LGBT inclusion in the Polish workplace was taken to a new level during the symposium held at shells head office in Kraków last Thursday. This ground-breaking event opened the eyes of the approximately 60 participants; both from the standpoint of how LGBT workplace inclusion can make such a difference from a business case standpoint as well as for the challenges that Polish culture presents to make LGBT inclusion a reality.
Workplace Pride (The Netherlands) and LGBT Business Forum (Poland) worked together to create the content of the event while Shell Poland hosted it in their offices and put a substantial team in place to organize the logistics. Highlights included.
- Opening and setting of the context by Shell Country Head: Piotr Dziwok
- Outlining of the LGBT workplace landscape: Mark Emdin, Chair Workplace Pride
- Vital statistics from the 2015 Polish LGBTQ Market & Workplace Research Report by Jej Perfekcyinosc, Chair of LGBT Business Forum
- Afternoon breakout sessions that did a ‘deep-dive’ into the obstacles, challenges and opportunities of LGBT workplace inclusion in Poland on the topics of the Business Case, LGBT Employee Networks, Straight Allies and Executive Leadership.
Workplace Pride was very pleased to welcome its Members, Sodexo, IBM, ING, Arcadis and Cisco alongside Shell as sponsors of the event: all of which have significant operations with many local employees in Poland. Local organization Diversity Hub outlined the greater context of Diversity in Poland and provided a ‘reality check’, but also showed that there has been significant progress that bodes well for the future.
All participants agreed to take this dialogue further and to engage both businesses and individuals to achieve greater LGBT workplace inclusion in Poland.
For more information on the LGBT Workplace Symposium in Krakow, write to: firstname.lastname@example.org
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March 6, 2015
Workplace Pride hosted a two-day program this week for University of Tokyo undergraduate students studying sexual minorities and social participation. The program was part of a week-long study visit arranged together with Dr. Kai Jonas from the University of Amsterdam.
The first day of the two-day program which was held in the Amsterdam Public Library, consisted of an overview of Workplace Pride, which bridges the gap between employers and the LGBT community (by David Pollard) plus the practical experiences of two of our members; Shell (Mark Emdin) and IBM (Marijn Pijnenburg). Lonneke van den Honnard, Director of IHLIA, who kindly hosted the venue at the Library, explained the importance of recording LGBT history and concluded with a tour of the IHLIA facilities.
Day two brought in LGBT community members COC and Amsterdam Gay Pride and was kindly hosted by the strong LGBT community supporter; Lloyd Hotel. Susanne te Braak gave a compelling account of COC’s role in ensuring the lasting and accurate inclusion of LGBT topics in schools, while Irene Hemelar explained the societal role of the Amsterdam Gay Pride and the Canal Parade.
Ms. Kikue Sakaguchi, Project Associate Professor at the University of Tokyo was instrumental in reaching out to Workplace Pride for this program and coordinating its activities.
For questions regarding the University of Tokyo visit, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
October 29, 2013
|Workplace Pride Adviesbestuur|
|Paul Overdijk (Post NL)||Co-voorzitter|
|Claudia Woody (IBM)||Co-voorzitter|
|Boris Dittrich (Human Rights Watch)||Bestuurslid|
|Bestuur Stichting Workplace Pride:
|Richard Leussink (Achmea)||Co-voorzitter|
|Marion Mulder (MuldiMedia)||Co-voorzitter|
|Aad Buis (ING)||Penningmeester|
|Marion Tahapary-Keislar (Min. VenJ)||Bestuurslid|
|Mark Emdin (Shell)||Bestuurslid|
|Maria van Driel (Arcadis)||Bestuurslid|
|Workplace Pride Personeel:|
|Paula Ortic||Assitente van de Directeur|
|Liz Bostock||IT-Web Manager|
|1. Verklaring van Amsterdam||Paul Overdijk (Post NL)|
|2. Benchmark Uitvoering||Jos Boerties (Becis), Robert Loesberg (PwC), David Pollard (WPP), Mark Emdin (Shell)|
|3. Jaarlijkse Conferentie||Mark Emdin (Shell), David Pollard (WPP)|
|4. Werving Nieuwe Leden||Marijn Pijnenburg (IBM)|
|6. International Outreach||Vacature|
|7. Sociale Evenementen||John Boekee (KPN)|
|8. Pride Activiteiten||Sonja Topfer (UWV), Arnoud Roijmans (KPN)|
|9. Connecting Networks||Vacature|
|10. Jongeren programma||Simone Zwaga (PwC), Boudewijn Moolenaar (UWV)|
|11. Diversiteit||Marion Mulder (MuldiMedia)|
|12. Maatschappelijke & Overheid instanties||Richard Leussink (Achmea)|
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August 19, 2013
Workplace Pride Foundation
Vijzelstraat 20, 1017 HK AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands
Tel. + 31 (0) 634 0566 04
Kamer van Koophandel Amsterdam nr 34294570
|Workplace Pride Advisory Board:|
|Paul Overdijk (Post NL)||Co-Chair|
|Claudia Woody (IBM)||Co-Chair|
|Boris Dittrich (Human Rights Watch)||Board Member|
|Workplace Pride Foundation Board:
|Mark Emdin (Shell)||Chair|
|Aad Buis (ING)||Treasurer|
|Marion Mulder (MuldiMedia)||Board Member|
|Marion Tahapary-Keislar (Min. VenJ)||Board Member|
|Workplace Pride Staff:|
|David Pollard||Executive Director|
|Mikel Heijman||Operations & Communications Manager|
|Liz Bostock||Office and Web Manager|
|1. Declaration of Amsterdam||Paul Overdijk (Post NL)|
|2. Benchmark Implementation||Brian Yothers, David Pollard (WP), Mark Emdin (Shell)|
|3. Annual Conference||Mark Emdin (Shell), David Pollard (WP)|
|4. Membership Acquisition||Marijn Pijnenburg (IBM)|
|6. International Outreach||David Pollard (WP)|
|7. Women@Workplace Pride||Marion Mulder|
|8. Pride Activities||Vacancy|
|9. Youth Outreach||Boyd de Ruiter (KPN)|
|10. Diversity Outreach||Marion Mulder (MuldiMedia)|
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February 18, 2011
The first Connecting Networks event of 2011 took place yesterday in the striking new offices of Boston Consulting Group in Amsterdam. 13 of the 17 CPP Members were represented and engaged in lively discussions about (among other topics):
- How to best leverage your planning for 2011
- How to encourage greater participation from each networks own members
- How to cooperate under the banner of CPP to achieve greater progress and visibility for LGBT employee networks
During the discussion, each network representative gave an overview of the progress they had made, but also about the challenges they faced. This exchange of ideas and suggestions about making progress on LGBT workplace visibility is one of the fundamental values of the CPP, and yesterday’s event was a great example of that in practice.
Members of the CPP will be able to access the ‘take-aways’ from the meeting soon under the “Members-Only” section of the CPP website.
For more information about becoming a Member of the CPP, please contact: David Pollard