Out & Equal’s Global Webinar Series includes bi-monthly hour-long webinars that feature guest speakers on LGBT equality in the workplace worldwide. Webinars are country specific. We will discuss the situation of LGBT equality in the workplace in a given country and the steps that companies working in these countries can take in order to improve the circumstances of LGBT people in the workplace. This is an interactive learning experience with a Q&A session after each presentation. Global webinars are designed to help global diversity and inclusion managers, executives and busy professionals as well as civil servants and non-profit employees. Global webinars are recorded so that they can be used in the future.

Upcoming schedule

May 10 – Perspectives on LGBT Workplace Equality in India

8:30 – 9:30am PST

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

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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:

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. Panelists: 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.