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2023 LGBTQI+ APAC Forum: A Day of Transformation
July 11 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
The Ritz Carlton, Bangalore (India)
Asia Pacific’s premier LGBTQI+ workplace inclusion event, Out & Equal’s 2023 LGBTQI+ APAC Forum, returned to an in-person gathering this year with an even wider geographic reach and an agenda designed to incorporate more diverse perspectives from across the region. Hosted in partnership with Pride Circle, Out & Equal’s “A Day of Transformation” aimed to convene top LGBTQI+ and ally workplace inclusion professionals to learn from each other and grow into even more transformative and impactful leaders through trailblazing discussions, peer-to-peer workshop sessions centering on best practice development, and once-in-a-lifetime networking among key business leaders and influencers. The Forum featured speakers from across the region, including China, India, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, and more.
Out & Equal’s LGBTQI+ APAC Forum comes at a momentous time in the region. While there is no one “APAC” identity, we know that businesses do coalesce around regional strategies and there is great richness in sharing across experiences. Businesses across Asia Pacific are blazing a path of inclusion and innovation through commitments and actions being taken both inside and outside their walls of operations: from supporting marriage equality in Japan, Taiwan and India (the world’s second most populous nation), to rolling out trans and nonbinary inclusion practices in the Philippines, and beyond. APAC Forum aimed once again, through interactive workshops, inspirational storytelling, and peer-to-peer education sessions, to harness the power of these efforts into a collective strength and united vision for a more inclusive future for LGBTQI+ talent, for the organizations that employ this talent, and for communities broadly.
Out & Equal’s LGBTQI+ APAC Forum provided participants with:
- Concrete skills in the necessary work of internal persuasion and storytelling for change;
- Practical toolkits for LGBTQI+ workplace inclusion and belonging practice implementation; and,
- Ample networking opportunities.
- Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging (DEIB) and HR practitioners
- ERG leaders
- Change-makers from across the region
Our power as a global community comes from our ability to transform individual experiences into collective strength and innovation. Together, we will create workplaces where LGBTQI+ employees and allies belong, thrive, and contribute to greater impact on the world.
Petitioner for the Indian Supreme Court NALSA Case on Transgender Rights and for the Indian Supreme Court Marriage Equality Case
Petitioner and Lawyer for the Indian Supreme Court Marriage Equality Case
Regional Inclusion & Diversity and Employee Experience Lead, Asia, Dow
Sr. Manager IT C&I, Tata Steel Ltd.
Senior Vice President, Bank of America
Senior Program Manager, Pride Circle
Sr. Program Manager – Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI), Pride Circle
Director of Business Transformation Services, Alvarez and Marsal Co-Founder, Samavesh Chamber of Commerce India
Senior Vice President & General Manager, Global Small Business, Dell Technologies
Vice President, Corporate & Investment Bank, JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Managing Director Global Delivery & India Pride Sponsor, Accenture
Managing Director, Chief Programs and Partnerships Officer, Out & Equal
Co-Founder, Diversity & Inclusion Consulting (DNIC)
Vice President – Business Management & Pride Co-chair – GSC, HSBC
Lead – Logistics Procurement (Indian Subcontinent), Dow Chemical International Pvt Ltd
Co-Founder, Pride Circle & Rainbow Bazaar
Asia Pacific Marketplace Diversity Leader, IBM
Vice President, IBM Software (India Software Labs, Partnerships, IBM Cloud Paks), IBM
Chief Compliance Officer & Co-Chair of Citi India Pride Inclusion Network, Citi India GCC
Associate Director – Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Pride Circle
Co-Founder, Pride Circle & Rainbow Bazaar
Priyank Asha Sukanand
Co-Founder, Queer Collective India
Category Leader, Personal Healthcare, P&G
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Leader | India and Philippines, Wells Fargo
D&I, Employer Branding,Godrej Properties