Workplace Pride Newsletter Third Edition October 2020

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Third Edition / OCTOBER 2020

It was with great regret that Workplace Pride was forced to cancel our ‘Conference Lite’ planned for last Friday due to new Covid-19 regulations in the Netherlands. While we had planned on announcing the 2020 Global Benchmark top scorers at the event, we have been encouraged by the outpouring of support that these leaders have received. Congratulations again for all of their efforts! 
Despite the challenges that this year is presenting us all, there is still plenty going on with LGBTI workplace inclusion! On Thursday of this week Workplace Pride will host our 13th webinar, this time on Trans integration at work. On October 27th, the Foundation’s long planned conference in Taiwan, will highlight its role as the 1st Asian country to have marriage equality. Stay tuned also for upcoming webinars on Rainbow Families (Nov. 4th), ‘Queering The Academic Curriculum” (Nov. 23rd) and our “Tech@WP event “There’s Always a Rainbow in the Cloud” on November 13th. 

Flexibility, resilience and perseverance are the names of the game for us all now! The LGBTI community are experts at this though; it’s part of our DNA! Together, we can ensure that we all come out stronger and that LGBTI inclusion becomes an even MORE indispensable element of the modern workplace.   

Enjoy reading! 

David Pollard
Executive Director,
Workplace Pride

Top Scorers in Annual LGBTI Global Benchmark Show Cross Sector Progress 

The spotlight for Workplace Pride’s 2020 annual Global Benchmark goes to those organisations whose outstanding performance indicate true milestones for LGBTI inclusion in the workplace. It is encouraging that exceptional progress is being made in many different sectors; progress that allows LGBTI employees to ‘truly be themselves’, no matter where in the world they are. Top performers include: 

Most Improved Private Sector over 2019 Global Benchmark score: RELX/Elsevier: + 32.6%

Most Improved Public Sector over 2019 Global Benchmark score: Saxion University of Applied Sciences: + 26.6%

Highest Starting position for a new participant: Netherlands Ministry of Finance

Special “Hall of Fame” award as 1st organisation to reach 100% on the Global Benchmark: IBM

To see the official press release click HERE


Transwerkt – Trans Re-integration in the Workplace Webinar

15th October 2020 from 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Europe/Amsterdam

Our next Keeping Members Connected webinar is almost here! 
Petra van Dijk from Transwerkt Nederland will be joined by
Remke Verdegem (she,her) board member (work and education) of TNN (Transgender Netwerk Nederland). Also we are hoping to have a dial-in guest all the way from Argentina! Maryanne Lettieri of Contrata Trans will share her views of the issues facing trans people and the workplace challenges they face in Argentina.

To see the webinar click HERE

Taiwan Conference “Trailblazing LGBTI Inclusion in Asia

This unique, bi-national and multi-media conference within a global context is entitled, “Taiwan – Trailblazing LGBTI Workplace Inclusion in Asia – Marriage equality in times of social change”.

This timely event is being organised against the backdrop of ever greater diverse and inclusive societies and workplaces. Set in the midst of a global pandemic, ongoing challenges with gender equality and the heightened awareness of racial inequality around the world, this event brings both the challenges as well as the opportunities of greater workplace inclusion to the forefront for everyone. As this is a hybrid event.

Workplace Pride will connect with the Taiwan conference whilst hosting keynote speakers in person from our studio in Amsterdam.

This event will occur on the 27th of October. 
To see the conference schedule and get tickets for the Taiwan event click HERE

For the invite in Mandarin click HERE

To join the streaming section please click HERE


Our New Horizons summer edition is now available to Workplace Pride Members!
Please click HERE to fill out an application to get yours!

Tech@workplacepride “There is always a rainbow in the cloud”

13th of November from 14:30-17:30 Europe/Amsterdam


Every year, the Tech@Workplace Pride programme organises an event from a different city in the Netherlands.

The guiding theme of this 2020 Groningen edition is Data Ethics, which refers to a code or behaviour and adherence to the principles and values on which human rights and personal data protection laws are based. It’s about honest and genuine transparency in data management. Data ethics is a step further than mere compliance with personal data protection laws like GDPR.

Upcoming Events & Webinars:


POC Webinar recap 

With a live international audience of over 100 participants, four unique voices of LGBTI people of colour shared their passion, professionalism and humanity as they discussed the hard issues facing their community in workplaces around the globe.

Cheyenne Smaal is a successful coaching executive at Waternet, 
and a Hindustani Surinamese transgender person.
Winston van Niel (Moderator): Founder of Parea Nederland, which is a growing network of LGBTQ+ professionals of colour.
Aurora Guds: Employed at the Dutch Ministry of Finance and a Board Member of their LGBTI network, ‘B/Proud’.
Kevin Kabatsi: Originally from Uganda. He is now the Program Manager for Africa at the Rabobank Foundation.

Moderated by Winston, the webinar was split into two main sections plus a live Q&A. In the first section, Winston and the panel shared candid stories about their personal experiences in the workplace along with their biggest challenges around the issues that LGBTI people of colour face in 2020.

Part two of the discussion focused on workplace policies and structures. The panel discussed their thoughts on gender equality, D&I interventions and LGBTQ equality. Best practices and practical pieces of advice based on their own experiences provided the audience with a valuable opportunity to ask questions to the panel in a very lively and insightful Q&A section.

To see the webinar please click HERE

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