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Global Webinar – Perspectives on LGBT Workplace Equality in Italy

January 11, 2017 @ 8:00 am - 9:00 am


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. Against the backdrop of Italy’s recent failed referendum on constitutional reform, join us as we examine the current climate for LGBT workplace equality in Italy and efforts to advance diversity and inclusion for all.

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  • Carlo Cortese, Senior Software Manager, GLBTA Italy Co-Lead, General Electric
    Carlo Cortese joined GE Oil & Gas in 2000 as a Design Engineer and today is a senior manager leading a team of four responsible for enhancing advanced design tools. Carlo joined GE’s GLBTA Alliance in 2008 and has served as Co-Lead of GE’s GLBTA Italy since its launch in May 2015.
  • Igor Suran, Executive Director, Parks – Liberi e Uguali
    Igor is the Executive Director of Parks – Liberi e Uguali, Italy’s only non-profit employers’ association engaged in diversity management and LGBT inclusion in the workplace. Croatian by birth, Igor is a multilingual business manager with 15 years experience as a corporate and investment banker in various management positions in a primary international bank. Parks currently encompasses 38 major multinational and Italian companies, leaders in their respective business sectors and in LGBT inclusion.
  • Luciano Cantoni, Head of Branding and Performance Solutions and LGBT ERG Lead, Google Italy
    Luciano joined Google in 2006 leading the team in charge of developing business with Italian tech and telecommunications customers. He moved to the advertising product team in 2012 and now manages the advertising solutions specialist team for the Italian market. Since 2015 Luciano has lead the Italian LGBT ERG for Google and is part of the Google EMEA LGBT steering committee with responsibility for the partnership pillar.



January 11, 2017
8:00 am - 9:00 am


Steve Roth
(415) 694-6514
[email protected]