Out & Equal Workplace Advocates Gathers Global Executives for 2012 Global LGBT Workplace Summit

Martina Navratilova to join other notables at event

June 4, 2012 - The 2012 Global LGBT Workplace Summit, taking place 5-6 July in London, will bring together hundreds of executives from around the world who will share best practices for building greater equality in the workplace for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people and allies.

Out & Equal Workplace Advocates, based in San Francisco, California, has gathered partner organisations from Italy, Denmark, India, Canada, and England to create a conference where corporate executives, LGBT employees, human resources professionals, and diversity & inclusion staff can share practical and engaging ideas that transform workplaces.

IBM is the presenting sponsor for the conference, and Harry van Dorenmalen, Chairman of IBM Europe, will open the conference on Thursday, 5 July. The Global LGBT Summit is also sponsored by: Accenture, British Airways, Citi, Eli Lilly and Company, The Walt Disney Company, Deutsche Bank, Ernst & Young, Microscoft, Hewlett-Packard, The Advocate, GayStarNews, and Carnival Corporation.

Partner organisations include: Equal India Alliance, Kaleidoscope International Diversity Trust of the UK, PARKS of Italy, Pride at Work Canada, Q Factor of Denmark, and Bailey Balfour Consulting of the UK.

The Global LGBT Workplace Summit will feature dozens of workshops, multiple opportunities for learning and networking and a Gala Dinner. Dynamic speakers and panelists include:

  • John Amaechi / Organisational consultant,executive coach and former NBA basketball star     
  • Martina Navratilova / Athlete, author, activist
  • Jane Hill / BBC correspondent
  • Michael Cashman / MEP / Chair of the UK Labour Party's National Executive Committee
  • John License / VP Sales & Mkt, Marriott Int.
  • Vladi Luxuria / Former MP, Italy
  • Judy Dlugacz / CEO, Olivia Travel           
  • Anna Grodzka / Polish Parliament

On Saturday, 7 July, Global LGBT Workplace Summit attendees and guests will be joining Out & Equal’s walking group in the World Pride Parade in London. The contingent will be in the blue section of the parade. 

Press interested in covering the Global LGBT Workplace Summit should email jbaker@outandequal.org for more information and press passes.

Registration for this event ends 20 June. Detailed information about the Global LGBT Workplace Summit can be found at www.GlobalLGBTWorkplaceSummit.org.