April 10, 2013
Registration Open for 2013 Conference
Workplace Pride is pleased to announce that registration for its 2013 international conference is now open. The conference will take place on Friday 7 June at the global headquarters of ABN AMRO in Amsterdam and will be opened by their Chairman of the Board, Gerrit Zalm.
The theme of this year’s conference is:
“Creating Progress for LGBT People in the Workplace: What are the Essential Next Steps?”
This theme takes into account the difficult economic situation in which we all currently live and looks at how this may hinder or even help progress for LGBT people in the workplace. Questions that will be covered in the conference include:
- What is the next step in LGBT Workplace Evolution?
- How do we measure progress for LGBT in the workplace?
- What is the contribution of LGBT people in European SME’s?
New to this year’s conference is close cooperation with a number of organizations that bring specific expertise to the content of the event. These include the COC (Netherlands), European Gay and Lesbian Managers Association (Switzerland), ESADE Business School (Spain), Catalyst Europe (Netherlands), GLSEN (United States), Transgender Europe (Germany), and Transgender Network Netherlands.
For more information about the conference and to register, please go to:
April 9, 2013
EGMA General Assembly held in Rome
Workplace Pride’s close international partner, The European Gay and Lesbian Manager’s Association (EGMA) held its annual Gen. assembly in Rome on 6 April. This annual event brings together the 10 representatives* of EGMA and outlines their plans for the future. This year’s meeting discussed a number of issues including closer cooperation with Workplace Pride.
EGMA and the foundation have a number of common goals including more visibility for LGBT people in the workplace. EGMA, however works more with LGBT business owners and small and medium-size enterprises (SMEs) across Europe. Likewise, Workplace Pride is endeavoring to reach out more and more to LGBT people in the workplace in SME’s and it’s close cooperation with EGMA for international matters will facilitate this. Four Board Members of Workplace Pride were present at the EGMA General Assembly underlying the importance of international cooperation for the Foundation going forward.
* Members of EGMA represent organizations from:
The Netherlands 2x
For more information about EGMA please see their website: www.egma.eu
For more information about the international activities of Workplace Pride, please write to: firstname.lastname@example.org
April 8, 2013
Elsevier Pride network launched in Amsterdam
On March 14 Elsevier, one of Workplace Pride’s newest members, launched its own LGBT employment network. This well-attended event demonstrates how, more and more, employers are realizing the value of connecting to the LGBT community. Whereas traditionally most Workplace Pride members already have LGBT employee networks when they join, Reed Elsevier (the parent of Elsevier in the Netherlands) took the step of joining first to tap into the Foundation’s knowledge and experience to help them get their network going. The result was a very positive inclusion of LGBT topics into their organization as well as a great deal of enthusiasm by the network’s members.
Spearheading the creation of Elsevier Pride was Dr. Michele Kolman. Michele spoke on 14 March about the concrete activities that the network has planned for the coming years. David Pollard, Executive Director of Workplace Pride was also invited to make a short presentation. A article about the event appeared in Elsevier Connect: the company’s internal newsletter.
Dr. Michele Kolman speaks at the launching of Elsevier Pride
April 2, 2013