June 29, 2015
The Workplace Pride 2015 International Conference was definitely an event to be remembered!
This year’s event was already a first for the Foundation as it was held in a specially-built pavilion on Gustav Mahlerplein in Amsterdam’s Zuidas business district. Nearly 240 participants took part in the conference which had the theme “The Value of Being Connected”. And connect they did! Eight sessions, held in four locations around the pavilion covered topics as varied as “The Impact of a Mobile Global Workforce” and “Unconscious Bias: Connecting Perceptions to Reality“.
Morning Keynote speaker Randy Berry, U.S. State Department for LGBT Human Rights spoke about the increasing inter-connection of LGBT topics around the world and the ability/responsibility of international employers to play a role here.
In the closing session, Dutch Television Anchorman, Rik van de Westelaken shared his own experience of being out in the media world and how, even there, it is sometimes a challenge to demonstrate that there are LGBT people in every walk of life.
But the conference took on a new, historic meaning with the announcement of KPN as a major funder of the new Workplace Pride Chair at Leiden University initiative, as well as the decision of the US Supreme Court to legalize Same-Sex marriages across the United States, which happened during the conference.
All in all, it was another amazing event for Workplace Pride; energizing everyone for another year of striving for greater LGBT Inclusion in the Workplace.
June 26, 2015
Workplace Pride Foundation is delighted to announce today, at it’s 9th Annual International Conference, the intention to create the:
Workplace Pride Chair at Leiden University
Endowment for International LGBT Workplace Inclusion
The first of its kind in the world, the Chair will provide a focused and scientific multi-disciplinary approach for how to improve LGBT inclusion in the workplace and allow the development and enhancement of scholarship in this priority area of study. While firmly rooted in the Dutch model for LGBT inclusion in society, the Chair will be both domestic and international in scope and will foster recruitment of faculty members from among the best scholars in the world.
Dutch corporation, KPN will be the first major funder of the new Chair:
“This initiative is a milestone in the field of LGBT inclusion. KPN is committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace and we want people to feel free to be themselves. By supporting this initiative, we want to go further and really contribute to research on this topic.”, said Janine Vos, Chief Human Resources Officer, KPN
Simone Buitendijk, Vice Rector of Leiden University,says:
“Serious academic study on LGBT inclusion in the workplace has been a long time coming and Leiden University is proud to be part of this groundbreaking work”
For more information about the Workplace Pride Chair at Leiden University, see the attached press release:
June 16, 2015
Mr. van de Westelaken is a well-known figure on the Dutch national television program NOS. In his active career he has covered stories such as the 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games, the Death of Nelson Mandela, the visit of Barak Obama, and the national day of mourning after the NH 17 Disaster. He presented 18 hours of non-stop programming for the ‘Stop Ebola’ campaign and recently, was the winner of the program ‘Wie is de Mol?’.
In addition to his journalistic career, Mr. van de Westelaken has become a visible LGBT figure in the Netherlands. He recently was interviewed for the Gay Magazine WINQ and officiated at the COC’s 2015 True Colors event.
At the Workplace Pride Conference closing session, Mr. Westelaken will relate his own story about being LGBT at work, thus inspiring both employees and employers to create more LGBT-friendly workplaces.
June 9, 2015
Progress with LGBT inclusion comes in all forms. But really making it work in an organization involves the commitment of top leadership who truly sees the added value of LGBT inclusion and are prepared to help implement it at all levels, both internally and externally.
Workplace Pride’s 2015 International Conference will examine this topic in more detail in its Executive Panel entitled: “Courageous Leadership“. The panel will look at questions such as:
- Peer support for LGBT Executives: Are they given the support and the space needed?
- How ‘out there’ should employers be when it comes to public support of LGBT inclusion: particularly in international markets?
- Measurement: what is holding you back from taking an LGBT leadership role & allowing staff to self-disclose?
Panelist will include:
- Carolien Gehrels: Director Big Urban Clients, Arcadis
- Ellen van Essen: Managing Director Operations, Accenture NL
- Marcel Prins: Chief Operating Officer, APG Asset Management
- Hairo van den Berg: Senior Vice President Strategic Development, Sodexo
The Workplace Pride 2015 conference will be held on 26 June at Amsterdam’s Zuidas business district. A special pavilion will be created in the middle of the Gustav Mahlerplein to highlight that there is still lots of progress to be made with LGBT workplace inclusion. For more details go to: www.conference2015.workplacepride.org
Panel from 2014 Conference