Global Executives and Leaders from 23 Countries Gather in London to Advance Workplace Equality

Out & Equal's First-Ever 2012 Global Workplace Summit Commences 5 July

July 4, 2012 – Over 250 lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people and allies are gathering in London, 5-6 July, to consider ways to advance global workplace equality at Out & Equal’s 2012 Global LGBT Workplace Summit. The conference is bringing together hundreds of global executives and leaders from 23 countries to share their best practices and ideas for creating workplaces where LGBT people are safe, accepted, and valued. 

“We are proud of the program we have put together, and are very grateful to all of our sponsors, partners, supporters, speakers, panelists, presenters, and participants—all whom are integral to the work being done around the world to bring greater equality in the workplace to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people,” said Selisse Berry, Founding Executive Director of Out & Equal Workplace Advocates.

The Global LGBT Workplace Summit features dozens of workshops, multiple learning and networking opportunities, a dinner at the House of Lords, and a Gala Dinner. Trailblazers in the LGBT equality movement will deliver remarks as speakers and panelists, including: 

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

IBM is the presenting sponsor for The Global LGBT Workplace Summit, and is joined by fellow sponsors Accenture, British Airways, Citi, Eli Lilly and Company, The Walt Disney Company, Deutsche Bank, Ernst & Young, Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard, CA Technologies,  The Advocate, GayStarNews, The Glass Hammer 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 2012 Global LGBT Workplace Summit has been approved by the Human Resources Certification Institute (HRCI) for 8.0 (General, Strategic and International) recertification credit hours toward HR Professionals in PHR, SPHR and GPHR recertification. 

Onsite registration begins 4 July, at 14:00 at The ParkPlaza Westminster Bridge Hotel. Full conference information is available online: