Pride in Diversity: Supporting LGBT Colleagues in the Workplace

Pride in Diversity: Supporting LGBT Colleagues in the Workplace

23rd April 2020, Central London | 18th June 2020, Manchester

Two decades into the twenty-first century, LGBT identity can present significant disadvantage and is still relatively taboo in the workplace. YouGov research reveals that more than a third of LGBT staff have hidden their sexual orientation or gender identity at work for fear of discrimination, with the figure rising to 51% for trans staff, and to 42% for BAME LGBT employees.

Staff cannot reach their full potential when concerned about, or experiencing, bias and unfair treatment. However, across all sectors there are straightforward steps which employers can take to support their LGBT staff and ensure their workforce wellbeing is prioritised. Creating an inclusive culture where employees feel accepted rather than a need to hide aspects of themselves enables staff to contribute their best work and be themselves without fear of penalty.

At our ‘Supporting LGBT Colleagues in the Workplace’ event, HR professionals and line managers will receive practical advice in ensuring that LGBT staff feel comfortable bringing their whole selves to work. Simple strategies for building inclusivity and countering bias will be shared by expert speakers, with a view to ultimately driving better individual, business and organisational outcomes for all.

 

Key Speakers:

  • David Reagan, Director, Squire Patton Boggs LLP
  • Karen Harvey-Cooke, Chair of Enfys the LGBT+ staff network, Cardiff University
  • Wendy Ramshaw, Inclusion ad Diversity Manager, Squire Patton Boggs LLP
  • Ian Adams, NHS Director and Internationally Recognised LGBT+ Role Model
  • Yassine Senghore, Client Account Manager, Stonewall 
  • Lisa Pinney MBE, Chief Executive, The Coal Authority
  • Jade Fraser, Head of Diversity & Inclusion, Serco Group
  • ​Leng Montgomery, Diversity and Inclusion Manager,  BDO UK LLP

 

Why attend? 

  • Learn how to ensure that LGBT staff can do their best work without fear of discrimination
  • Bring new, innovative ideas around supporting staff and creating an LGBT-inclusive and positive culture in your workplace back to your organisation, with the insight needed to put them into practice 
  • Hear from leading figures in LGBT inclusion on fostering LGBT allies and networks
  • Earn a CPD certificate for your personal progression
  • Enjoy an opportunity to network with top speakers and your peers

 

Who should attend? 

Anyone with an interest in creating an inclusive workplace, including: employers; HR managers/officers; wellbeing officers; senior managers; consultants; trade unions, staff network leads and representative groups.

The event is CPD certified, and a certificate is available to confirm your attendance.

 

Dates and Locations

Pride in Diversity | London | 23rd April 2020

*Early bird discount available until Friday 14th February

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Pride in Diversity | Manchester | 18th June 2020

*Early bird discount available until Friday 6th March

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For registration queries please contact:

Ivana Picone

0207 593 5739
conference.admin@dodsgroup.com

 

Agenda

09.00

Registration

09.40

Welcoming Session

Olivia Bishop, Diversity & Inclusion Event Manager, Dods PLC

09.45

Chair's introduction

10.00

Unpacking LGBT: understanding the specific challenges encountered by different communities of the LGBT umbrella

  • How the lesbian and gay community experience the workplace
  • Dispelling the myths surrounding bi-sexuality and increasing bi-visibility
  • Addressing the specific challenges and discrimination faced by trans employees

Yassine Senghore, Client Account Manager, Stonewall 

11.00

Keynote: A personal reflection on my career as an LGBT employee

Lisa Pinney MBE, Chief Executive, The Coal Authority

11.30

Networking Break

12.00

Policy in practice: dissecting legal responsibilities and meeting employer requirements

  • What does the Equality Act stipulate?
  • Creating procedures for cases of harassment or grievance
  • Writing and implementing an effective diversity policy

12.30

Workshop: recruiting and retaining LGBT staff

  • Attracting LGBT talent through an inclusive recruitment process
  • Retaining current LGBT staff and removing barriers to fair promotion
  • Controlling for and addressing unconscious bias
  • Positive action: understanding when and where it is appropriate

David Reagan, Director, Squire Patton Boggs LLP
Wendy Ramshaw, Inclusion ad Diversity Manager, Squire Patton Boggs LLP

13.15

Networking Lunch

14.00

Keynote: You’ve got a friend in me: the importance of being an LGBT ally

14.30

Pride in diversity: cultivating an LGBT-positive and inclusive culture

  • Award-winning workplaces reflect on the trials and the triumphs of their journey to LGBT inclusion
  • Workplace wellbeing: providing support and prioritising staff welfare
  • Encouraging open conversation and LGBT acceptance across the business
  • Power in numbers: the role of staff networks in education, awareness and inclusion

Karen Harvey-Cooke, Chair of Enfys the LGBT+ staff network, Cardiff University
Ian Adams, NHS Director and Internationally Recognised LGBT+ Role Model

15.30

Keynote: Intersectionality at work: appreciating individuality and recognising each staff member as unique

16.00

Chair's closing remarks and event close

09.00

Registration

09.40

Welcoming Session

Olivia Bishop, Diversity & Inclusion Event Manager, Dods PLC

09.45

Chair's introduction

10.00

Unpacking LGBT: understanding the specific challenges encountered by different communities of the LGBT umbrella

  • How the lesbian and gay community experience the workplace
  • Dispelling the myths surrounding bi-sexuality and increasing bi-visibility
  • Addressing the specific challenges and discrimination faced by trans employees

11.00

Keynote: A personal reflection on my career as an LGBT employee

11.30

Networking Break

12.00

Policy in practice: dissecting legal responsibilities and meeting employer requirements

  • What does the Equality Act stipulate?
  • Creating procedures for cases of harassment or grievance
  • Writing and implementing an effective diversity policy

12.30

Workshop: recruiting and retaining LGBT staff

  • Attracting LGBT talent through an inclusive recruitment process
  • Retaining current LGBT staff and removing barriers to fair promotion
  • Controlling for and addressing unconscious bias
  • Positive action: understanding when and where it is appropriate

13.15

Networking Lunch

14.00

Keynote: You’ve got a friend in me: the importance of being an LGBT ally

14.30

Pride in diversity: cultivating an LGBT-positive and inclusive culture

  • Award-winning workplaces reflect on the trials and the triumphs of their journey to LGBT inclusion
  • Workplace wellbeing: providing support and prioritising staff welfare
  • Encouraging open conversation and LGBT acceptance across the business
  • Power in numbers: the role of staff networks in education, awareness and inclusion

15.30

Keynote: Intersectionality at work: appreciating individuality and recognising each staff member as unique

16.00

Chair's closing remarks and event close