2020 Online Symposium on 19 June 2020

11 June 2020

You are cordially invited to the Workplace Pride 2020 Online Symposium. With the theme of Great expectations, Envisioning a new decade of LGBTI Workplace Inclusion, the symposium will take a thorough look at both of the challenges and the opportunities for our community and for workplaces in the coming 10 years. Against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic, this topic takes on a new urgency which will be addressed throughout the symposium. 

Participants will learn from LGBTI workplace pioneer Claudia Brind-Woody about progress over the years and her vision for the future and take part in the signing of the Declaration of Amsterdam by Unilever CEO, Alan Jope. They will also have the opportunity to choose from four different breakout sessions looking at such diverse topics as: 

  • Economic LGBTI competitiveness of cities, 
  • Hurdles and possibilities for the LGBTI community in Europe, 
  • Practical applications of the UN LGBTI Standards of Conduct for Business,
  • The vision of young LGBTI professionals for the coming decade.

Scroll below to see the full program.

The symposium is free and open to all, however, it is required to register ahead of time. Workplace Pride members will be given priority for unlimited registration until it opens to the public on Thursday, June 11th. 

Date/Time: Friday, June 19th 2020: 15:00 – 17:00 (Amsterdam time) followed by 30 minutes of online networking & music.


15:00 – 17:00

Symposium Moderator: Mark Emdin: Chair, Workplace Pride

Keynote speaker: Claudia Brind-Woody, Managing Director Walgreens-Boots Alliance, IBM   

“A conversation with an LGBTI workplace pioneer. Thoughts and advice for the coming decade” 

Breakouts: Sessions run simultaneously and participants may choose which one to attend. 

1. “ What is the future for LGBTI progress in Europe?”

With their annual Rainbow Map just being published, ILGA Europe knows better than most about the situation for LGBTI people across the continent. This breakout looks at some of the challenges currently facing our community and how the interaction with employers is on the brink of change. 

Hosted by: 

  • Evelyne Paradis and Anna Shepherd, ILGA Europe.

2. “ How inclusive and competitive is your city?”

Amsterdam has scored highest in the world on the new Open for Business report showing that LGBT+ inclusion is a key ingredient in urban economic resilience and competitiveness This breakout session, details their findings about the relationship between this quality and a city’s GDP per capita, innovation potential, ability to attract talent, and quality of life. 

Hosted by: 

  • Drew Keller and Kathryn Dovey, Open for Business

3. “From Advocacy to Action” – using the UN LGBTI Standards to build a more inclusive workplace

Hosted by: 

  • Graham Sparks; Joyce Peirsman, Dow; and Pedro Kuijt Rumayor, Shell

4. “Will your company attract young talent in the future?” – Research on the future of LGBTI+ inclusion in the workplace by Young@Workplace Pride                                                                                                                                  

In this session, we will report on the top three expectations of students and young professionals have for potential future employers based on conversations with three experience groups. Our Young team will propose both quick wins and structural solutions to improve LGBTI inclusion, taking into consideration actions that can be integrated into post-COVID integration planning.

Hosted by: 

  • Ali Buck; Steven Kienhorst, IBM; Hannah Roan, Uber; Joost van der Sande, KLM.

Keynote speaker: Alan Jope, CEO Unilever, signs the Declaration of Amsterdam and shares his thoughts on how employers will address the LGBTI workplace in the coming decade. 

Closing Discussions: 

  • A conversation with a D&I HR representative about the situation on the ground 
  • Introduction of new incoming Chairs, Bianca Nijhof and Michiel Kolman 

17:00 – 17:30

Online networking opportunities in the Workplace Pride “Online Lobby”