May 1, 2015
Workplace Pride highlights the value of connections
Annual international LGBT conference center stage at Amsterdam Zuidas Business District
Amsterdam – April 23, 2015 – On June 26, 2015, Workplace Pride will host its 9th Annual
International Conference on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) workplace
inclusion. This year’s event will take place on the Gustav Mahlerplein; in the middle of
Amsterdam’s buzzing business centre, The Zuidas. Surrounded by member organizations,
Workplace Pride aims to reach a large audience and increase corporate awareness on
workplace inclusion through its pavilion in the middle of the plaza.
Despite encouraging progress in The Netherlands and other areas, LGBT employees still
face obstacles to fully be themselves in the workplace. Events of the past year have
shown that an enormous amount of work still needs to be done around the world. Diversity
and inclusion policies that are supposed to apply to global workforces are not or cannot be
fully applied to LGBT employees everywhere. This must change!
The Value of being Connected
The overarching theme of this year’s conference is: “The value of being connected”. The
conference will show the inherent value in connecting the many organizations located at
the Zuidas, throughout the country and, indeed, around the world that have the topic of
LGBT workplace inclusion on their radar screens. This value comes in the form of
individuals and organizations, but also in HOW these parties work together and the
potential of what they can achieve!
Randy Berry as Keynote Speaker
Mr. Randy Berry, former U.S. Consul General in Amsterdam and recently appointed as the
first U.S. State Department Special Envoy for LGBT Human Rights, will be the event’s
keynote speaker. Mr. Berry will be speaking about the relationship between parties that
wholeheartedly embrace LGBT inclusion in the workplace and their economic and
organizational performance. He will also help to establish the agenda for the coming years
for organizations that see the value in full inclusion of the LGBT community around the
world, both economically and from a humanitarian standpoint.
In a departure from previous years, the Workplace Pride 2015 International Conference
will include 4 “work streams” with two sessions each, that focus more in-depth on specific
topics and encourage audience interaction. Sessions are hosted by Accenture, Clifford
Chance, IBM, Booking.com, ABN AMRO, Cisco, APG, Arcadis, ING, PwC and the City of
Den Hague. The opening and closing plenary sessions of the conference will be held in
the specially-constructed Workplace Pride Conference Pavilion on the Gustav Mahlerplein
in Amsterdam, while the work streams will be held in separate offices around the Zuidas.
Detailed information about the conference and the program can be found on the
Registration for the 9th International Workplace Pride Conference is now open!
Please visit http://conference2015.workplacepride.org/registration/ to register.
Editor’s Note: for more information regarding Workplace Pride contact:
Workplace Pride Executive Director David Pollard :
The Workplace Pride Foundation was founded in 2006 and is the international platform for inclusion of
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) people at work. Its 37 members * employ more than 2
million people worldwide and share the vision that Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals and Transgenders are fully
visible, accepted and valued in the workplace and in society, leading the way for others.