Out & Equal’s Global Webinar Series includes bi-monthly, hour-long webinars on topics relevant to LGBT workplace equality outside of the United States, both in specific locales and on a global scale. Webinars feature speakers from both the private and nonprofit sectors who specialize in a specific area of LGBT diversity and inclusion, who present focused presentations and answer questions sent in by our audience. Global webinars are designed to help global diversity and inclusion managers, executives and busy professionals, as well as civil servants and non-profit employees. All webinars are recorded to be useful in the future.
May 9th, 2018 – Corporate Advocacy on Global LGBTQ Issues
When governments hold discriminatory positions against the LGBTQ community, the private sector can be one of the most vocal proponents of equality by coming out publicly in support of LGBTQ inclusion. While this has been especially true in the United States, matters become more complicated when considering companies’ diversity efforts in other parts of the world, especially when embracing LGBTQ equality publicly can potentially have significant consequences for operations. This webinar will discuss the ways in which LGBTQ and ally leaders can navigate those challenges and overcome potential resistance within their companies to harness high-level support for LGBTQ equality efforts in diverse international regions.
July 11th, 2018 – Strengthening your LGBTQ ERG in Brazil
This webinar will discuss the important role of LGBTQ ERG’s in Brazilian workplace advocacy, including both opportunities and challenges that they face for achieving inclusion.
September 12th, 2018 – Translating Transgender-Inclusive Policies for Diverse International Contexts
This webinar will explore how multi-national companies adjust their policies designed for transgender and gender non-conforming employees in countries where gender categories are constructed differently than in the United States.
November 14th, 2018 – Exploring the Global Generational Gap on LGBTQ Workplace Issues
This webinar will focus on those young professionals who are working to advance LGBTQ-inclusive initiatives in workplaces around the world, and look at how societal views towards LGBTQ issues in general are shifting in a rapidly globalizing world. We will discuss both resistance and support that these professionals have encountered from older, more established colleagues, and how they are obtaining company approval to shape a workplace they are proud of.
March 14, 2018 – U.N. Initiatives to Engage the Private Sector in Advancing LGBTQ Equality
The United Nations serves as one of the premier defenders of human rights around the world, through both research of abuses and guidance for businesses and governments to adopt better practices. One area in which this is true is around global LGBTQ rights, for which several U.N. divisions have created focused initiatives to combat discrimination–including in the workplace.
Join Out & Equal on March 14th for our global webinar discussing the role of the United Nations in engaging the private sector on LGBTQ equality. Fabrice Houdart from the Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights will share progress on raising awareness of the office’s LGBTI Standards of Conduct for Business around the world. Edmund Settle from the United Nations Development Programme will then review the results of their multi-country study on employment discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity, and sex characteristics in China, the Philippines, and Thailand. To end, presenters will answer audience questions on their specific programs, as well as general questions about the role of the United Nations in defending LGBTQ workplace rights.
If you or someone at your company is engaged in global diversity and inclusion work and wants to know challenges and best practices that exist around the world, this webinar is for you!
January 10, 2018 – Perspectives on LGBT Workplace Equality in Singapore
In the half century since its independence from Malaysia in 1965, Singapore has grown into one of the most competitive economies in Southeast Asia. With booming finance, shipping, commerce, and travel sectors, the city-state boasts one of the highest GDP per capita in the world, and is a favorite market for multinational corporations due to notoriously friendly business conditions. However, this economic success has also been accompanied by a relatively controlled political climate not always favorable to LGBT issues: though rarely enforced, consensual sex amongst men is still formally illegal, and there is no legislation that specifically protects LGBT people in the workplace. While both domestic and multinational companies have often supported local efforts to secure more inclusive policies, in 2016 the country’s government warned multinational companies to stay out of Singaporean’s “domestic issues,” and later passed legislation making it difficult for foreign entities to sponsor LGBT-focused events. And as developing cities and countries continue to look to the city-state as a model for both economic success and political stability, the stakes of these standpoints continue to rise.
- Leow Yangfa, Executive Director, Ooagachaga
- Sophie Guerin, Head of Diversity & Inclusion for Asia Pacific, Greater China, and Japan, Dell
September 13 – Perspectives on LGBT Workplace Equality in Colombia
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.
- Juan Rojas Reyes, Colombia Finance Country Leader and Leader for the GLBTA HUB Andean & CAC Region, GE
- Dalva Vivas, Manager of Public and Government Affairs for the Andean Region, DOW
- Sebastián Fandiño, Business Strategy Consultant, Accenture
July 12 – Perspectives on LGBT Workplace Equality in Canada
With total trade of nearly $630 billion in 2016, Canada is the United States’ second largest trading partner and a critically important market for most U.S.-based and multinational corporations. Canada is also a world leader in advancing the rights and protections of LGBT people. It was one of the first countries in the world to legalize marriage for same-sex couples – in 2005 – and discrimination based on sexual orientation is prohibited by law. But how do these forces come together in the Canadian workplace? What are major corporations doing in Canada to ensure that they’re providing a welcoming and inclusive environment for their LGBT employees? Join Out & Equal and our panel of Canada experts who will discuss their companies’ leading-edge initiatives to engage and support LGBT and ally employees in Canada. Kimberley Messer from IBM will present on “Allyship in Canada – Why allies? Why now, eh?” From the oil sands of Alberta, Raihan Khan at Imperial Oil will discuss the role of their PRIDE Employee Resource Group in building an inclusive workplace for LGBT employees and allies. And Eric Leonard at Xerox – whose Canadian operations have often been at the forefront of many of the organization’s diversity initiatives – will share on creating a workplace where all employees feel comfortable to “Be Yourself. Everywhere.”
- Kimberley Messer, Business Development Executive – North America, IBM
- Raihan Khan, Business Analyst, Imperial Oil
- Eric Leonard, Voice of Customer Business Analyst, Xerox
May 10 – Perspectives on LGBT Workplace Equality in India
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
- Ramkrisha Sinha, Graphics Hardware Engineer and LGBT ERG Lead, Intel India
- Sriniwasan Ramaswami, Chief of Staff and Pride Network Sponsor, Intuit India
March 8, 2017 – LGBT Perspectives on Mexico
What are the opportunities and obstacles to being out and equal at work in Mexico? This is the question our panelists will address. Horacio Horta from LGBT Confex will look at the landscape for LGBT equality in Mexico, including the legal, social and cultural dimensions. Luigi Forestieri will discuss how Intel is pushing the technology ecosystem, driving diversity and inclusion in Mexico. And Luis Silva will share examples of how AT&T Mexico is creating a more diverse and inclusive environment for its LGBT employees. Join us as our panelists share their experiences and perspectives in advancing LGBT workplace equality in this critical market! Panelists:
- Luigi Forestieri, Marketing Director and LGBT ERG Chair, Intel Mexico
- Luis Silva, Vice President of Human Resources, AT&T Mexico
- Horacio Horta, Project Coordinator, LGBT Confex
- Steve Roth, Director of Global Initiatives, Out & Equal
January 11, 2017 – LGBT Perspectives on Italy
With a population of 60 million and a GDP of US$2.1 trillion, Italy is one of Western Europe’s largest economies. LGBT rights have lagged in Italy in comparison to many of its Western European neighbors. The country took a big step forward in advancing LGBT equality in 2016, when it legalized civil unions for same sex couples. In some respects, equality for LGBT people in the workplace has advanced more rapidly than in society in general. Much of this is driven by multinational corporations such as General Electric, IBM and Google. The strength and ongoing advocacy of the Italian workplace equality group Parks has also helped to steadily advance workplace diversity and inclusion in the Italy.
- Carlo Cortese, Senior Software Manager, GLBTA Italy Co-Lead, General Electric
- Igor Suran, Executive Director, Parks – Liberi e Uguali
- Luciano Cantoni, Head of Branding and Performance Solutions and LGBT ERG Lead, Google Italy
June 29, 2016 – Perspective on Brazil
Watch the video below to overview the current situation in Brazil and learn what companies can do to ensure LGBT workplace equality with Adriana da Costa Ferreira, Diversity & Inclusion leader from IBM Brazil; Ken Janssens, Managing Director from J.P.Morgan; Marcelo Wolczek Horlle, IT Application Analyst from Dell; and Marcelo Oliveira, Customer Care Analyst from Dell.
April 27, 2016 – LGBT Perspective on Eastern Europe
Watch the video below to overview the current situation in the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland and learn what companies can do to ensure LGBT workplace equality with Pavlína Kalousová, Prague based Business for Society; Gergely Horvath, GE Hungary; and Kajetan Stobiecki; Polish LGBT Business Forum Foundation
February 24, 2016 – LGBT perspective On China
On February 24th, Out & Equal inaugurated a webinar series that looks at the situations and needs of LGBT communities in specific countries, and presented questions on what we can do in order to make life of millions of LGBT people around the world better.
We kicked off the series with a webinar on LGBT communities in China. Jacob Huang from O&E partner organization, Aibai, and Jimmy Chen, IBM China, discussed Chinese workplaces including examples of good workplace practices in China as well as proposed concrete steps that companies can take to improve the everyday situation of LGBT people in China.