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Perspectives on LGBT Workplace Equality in Colombia
September 13, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
In recent decades, Colombia has emerged both as a major economic player in Latin America and as one of the United States’ primary regional trading partners, with total trade between the two countries exceeding $26 billion in 2016. As well, the country has been increasingly lauded as one of the more progressive countries in Latin America for LGBT rights: laws making it easier to legally change one’s gender identity and legalizing same-sex marriage were passed in 2015 and 2016, respectively, and measures protecting employees from discrimination based on sexual orientation have been on the books since 2011. However, while these legislative changes will likely help attract business and talent to the country’s rapidly growing technology and tourism sectors, a strong influence of Catholic conservatism and a lack of explicit anti-discrimination legislation on the basis of gender identity leave open serious questions concerning the state of LGBT workplace equality in Colombia.
Join Out & Equal and our panel of Colombian experts who will discuss their companies’ leading-edge initiatives to engage and support LGBT and ally employees.
If you are based in Colombia or if your company has operations there or elsewhere in Latin America, this webinar is for you! Please join us on September 13 for an informative discussion, and hopefully pick up some tips for your own organization’s inclusion and diversity practices.
- Juan Rojas Reyes, Colombia Finance Country Leader and Leader for the GLBTA HUB Andean & CAC Region, GE
Juan has a Bachelor’s degree in Public Accounting from Universidad Nacional de Colombia, holds a postgraduate in International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) from Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Business Administration at Inalde Business School. Juan started his GE career in 2012 as R2R and STAT Leader in GE Colombia, and after a number of other international positions at GE has recently returned to Colombia as Colombia Finance Country Leader, his current role. Juan is also the Leader for GLBTA HUB Andean & CAC Region.
- Dalva Vivas, Manager of Public and Government Affairs for the Andean Region, Dow
Dalva is Dow’s Manager of Public and Government Affairs for the Andean Region, comprised of Colombia, Venezuela, Peru and Ecuador. With more than 25 years working for Dow, Dalva has occupied diverse positions in the areas of Customer Service, Buying, Logistics, Sales, and Government Affairs, and has been in her current position since October of 2014. Born in Venezuela, she received both her Bachelor’s and Master’s from the University of Missouri, Columbia, in Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management, respectively.
- Sebastián Fandiño, Business Strategy Consultant, Accenture
Sebastian is a Business Strategy Consultant at Accenture with 6 years’ experience in multiple industries working with clients in topics such as strategic planning, workforce effectiveness, and operational excellence, among others. Within Accenture, he has lead several internal LGBT initiatives as well as acting as external representative for Accenture in Pride Connection, a network of companies working together to promote best practices regarding LGBT diversity and inclusion in the workplace.