Out and Up: The Transformative Power of LGBT-Friendly Workplace in Unleashing Productivity and Creativity
July 10, 2012
12:00pm - 1:30pm
This is a global pivotal moment for LGBTQ identity—both in how individuals are identified, and how individuals self identify. We are in an era that dismissed “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” and legalization of same-sex marriage in six states and various countries around the world.
At the same time, those triumphs are countered with the tragic realities that it’s still legal to fire employees in 39 states for openly identifying as LGBTQ. And that in countries like Russia 44% of citizens support re-criminalizing homosexual acts between consensual adults, and in Uganda, where homosexuality is legally punishable by death. Our societies still have a long ways to go in being fully inclusive of LBGTQ people.
This dichotomy of attitudes and realities spill over into organizations. While leaders are gaining a firmer grasp on general LGBT issues, the next generation of diversity and inclusion calls on us all to evaluate nuanced concepts such as gender identity and performance as the roots of homophobia, along with the complexity that rests at the intersections of race and sexual orientation. It is imperative that we examine how these social transitions affect inclusion strategies and programs at organizations.
Our themes for this discussion:
- What are the newest programs and best practices that can truly make it safer to be open in the workplace?
- What are the new ways to measure LGBTQ inclusion in mainstream HR tools such as engagement and employee surveys?
- What does the LGBTQ marketplace look like and what kinds of business growth opportunities does it offer companies?
Andrés Tapia / President / Diversity Best Practices
Michael Collins / Research & Publications Analyst / Diversity Best Practices
Stephanie Battaglino / Assistant Vice President, Meetings Director / New York Life Insurance Company
Rosanna Durruthy / Chief Diversity Officer / Cigna Corporation
Please contact Meghan Donnelly, Diversity Best Practices client services director, to register.
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