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Perspectives on LGBT Workplace Equality in India
May 10 @ 8:30 am - 9:30 amFree
Perhaps no country presents greater challenges – and opportunities – for LGBT workplace diversity and inclusion than India. With the world’s second largest population, a fast growing economy, a booming global tech sector and a mobile, international workforce, India possesses many of the elements that are often synonymous with diverse and inclusive work environments. Nonetheless, a traditional culture coupled with the recriminalization of homosexuality in 2013 have conspired to create a complicated and often difficult environment for both employers and LGBT employees alike in India. Against this backdrop, a number of corporations along with a host of dedicated and brave LGBT and ally employees have managed to create safe and inclusive environments for LGBT employees in India. Out & Equal first addressed these issues at its groundbreaking convening in Bangalore in 2014. Join us again on May 10, when several experts will share their on-the-ground learnings and experience. Suresh Ramdas will explore the current legal situation in India and what it means for LGBT people and will highlight the various initiatives that HP Inc. has planned for its LGBT India Group, including awareness-building among management and the development of an LGBT ally program. Ramkrishna Sinha will share the results from the recent LGBT MINGLE survey and its implications for LGBT employees, as well as Intel India’s work on ally engagement and building an inclusive workplace for the LGBT community.
- Suresh Ramdas, Project Manager and LGBTQ Chapter Chair, HP Inc. India
Suresh began his career with HP Inc. in 2004. Currently he is a Project Manager overseeing initiatives that focus on improving the product quality of HP’s desktop and notebook computers that are sold in countries including the U.S. and Canada and delivering the best customer support. Suresh is also the chair of the LGBTQ Chapter for HP Inc India and volunteers with seniors and HIV positive youth.
- Ramkrisha Sinha, Graphics Hardware Engineer and LGBT ERG Lead, Intel India
Ramkrishna is a Graphics Hardware Engineer at Intel India, where he also leads the company’s LGBT ERG. He is an ardent advocate of diversity and inclusion and has been invited to speak at various forums and has assisted multiple organizations on their journey to LGBT inclusion. His work “In & Out –The Indian LGBT Workplace Climate Survey 2016” co-authored with MINGLE has played a crucial role in progressing the conversation in Indian workplaces. He is currently compiling a book titled “101 Coming Out Stories from India.”
Sriniwasan Ramaswami, Chief of Staff and Pride Network Sponsor, Intuit India
Srini supports the Executive team and drives Talent & Business Transformation initiatives at Intuit India, where he also serves as Pride Network sponsor. For over 16 years, he has transformed organizations by creating and nurturing highly inclusive, diverse and dynamic work environments, helping employees do the best work of their lives. He was instrumental in mobilizing the transgender community in India through Project Vayati, an initiative that actively helped them with employment, skill development and confidence building. Srini is a recent recipient of the 2017 Out & Equal Champion Award and the 2017 D&I Leadership Award (South East Asia) by BD Foundation, India.