LGBTI inclusion in the workplace is still a hurdle in many countries around the world, including Europe. It is, therefore, encouraging to see such a proactive initiative as the “Work it Out” event in Sofia, Bulgaria on April 26th.
Workplace Pride’s Executive Director David Pollard was invited to speak at this event which was supported by Microsoft and the Dutch Embassy. The conference was a first, yet very important, step in the right direction towards introducing LGBT workplace inclusion in Bulgaria.
The initiator of the event and Chairman of the GLAS Foundation (Gays and Lesbians Accepted in Society), Simeon Vasilev, has been instrumental in motivating the entire LGBT community in the country to see this type of cooperation in the workplace as a new avenue for progress. Keynote speaker Marianne Roling, General Manager Small Medium Solutions & Partners, Central Eastern Europe at Microsoft and ranked on the Financial Times top 100 list of most influential LBGT Executives, gave an impassioned presentation about her own life as an LGBT executive and how stepping up and playing such a pivotal role can be important for many people, both within your own company as well as in the countries your company operates.
The new initiative “Work it Out” will be a touch point for domestic and international businesses in Bulgaria when it comes to LGBT workplace inclusion.
For more information about GLAS, please contact Simeon Vasilev at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the GLAS website at http://glasfoundation.bg/en/.