28 Oct 2020| Manchester

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Wednesday 28th October 2020 | Manchester

Two decades into the twenty-first century, LGBT identity can present significant disadvantage and is still relatively taboo in the workplace. Research reveals that over a third of LGBT staff have hidden their sexual orientation or gender identity at work for fear of discrimination.

Staff cannot reach their full potential when concerned about, or experiencing, bias and unfair treatment. However, there are straightforward steps which employers can take to support their LGBT staff and ensure their wellbeing is prioritised. 

At ‘Supporting LGBT Colleagues in the Workplace’, you will receive practical advice in ensuring that LGBT staff feel comfortable bringing their whole selves to work. Actionable strategies for building inclusivity and countering bias will be shared by expert speakers, allowing you to drive better individual, business and organisational outcomes

Pride in Diversity: Supporting LGBT Colleagues in the Workplace will also be taking place in London on 17th September. Click here to visit the event page.

Key Speakers: 
  • Yassine Senghor, Client Account Manager, Stonewall 

  • David Pearson, Director of Culture & Engagement, KPMG

  • Jade Fraser, Head of Diversity & Inclusion, Serco Group

Click here to view the full agenda
Why attend? 
  • Learn how to ensure that LGBT staff can do their best work without fear of discrimination

  • Bring new, innovative ideas around supporting staff and creating an LGBT-inclusive and positive culture in your workplace back to your organisation, with the insight needed to put them into practice 

  • Hear from leading figures in LGBT inclusion on fostering LGBT allies and networks

  • Earn a CPD certificate for your personal progression

  • Enjoy an opportunity to network with expert speakers and your peers

Who should attend? 

Anyone with an interest in creating an inclusive workplace, including: employers; HR managers/officers; wellbeing officers; senior managers; consultants; trade unions, LGBT allies, staff network leads and representative groups.


Public Sector rate: 1 Place £295 (+VAT) | 4+ Places £250 each (+VAT)
Corporate rate: 1 Place £595 (+VAT)
Charity rate: 1 Place £245 (+VAT)

Book with total confidence

In view of the ongoing uncertainty caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, we want you to feel totally confident about booking onto our events. We promise the following:

  • If the Dods D&I team needs to reschedule the event, your place will automatically transfer to the new date.
  • If the Dods D&I team is unable to reschedule the event for a time within the next 12 months, you will be entitled to a full refund.
Registrations can be made online here


Welcoming Session

Olivia Bishop, Diversity & Inclusion Event Manager, Dods PLC

Chair's Introduction
Unpacking LGBT: understanding the specific challenges encountered by different communities of the LGBT umbrella
  • How the lesbian and gay community experience the workplace
  • Dispelling the myths surrounding bi-sexuality and increasing bi-visibility
  • Addressing the specific challenges and discrimination faced by trans employees

SPEAKER: Yassine Senghor, Client Account Manager, Stonewall 

Keynote: A personal reflection on my career as an LGBT employee
Networking Break
Policy in practice: dissecting legal responsibilities and meeting employer requirements
  • What does the Equality Act stipulate?
  • Creating procedures for cases of harassment or grievance
  • Writing and implementing an effective diversity policy
Workshop: recruiting and retaining LGBT staff
  • Attracting LGBT talent through an inclusive recruitment process
  • Retaining current LGBT staff and removing barriers to fair promotion
  • Controlling for and addressing unconscious bias
  • Positive action: understanding when and where it is appropriate
Networking Lunch
Keynote: You’ve got a friend in me: the importance of being an LGBT ally

SPEAKER: Jade Fraser, Head of Diversity & Inclusion, Serco Group

Pride in diversity: cultivating an LGBT-positive and inclusive culture
  • Award-winning workplaces reflect on the trials and the triumphs of their journey to LGBT inclusion
  • Workplace wellbeing: providing support and prioritising staff welfare
  • Encouraging open conversation and LGBT acceptance across the business
  • Power in numbers: the role of staff networks in education, awareness and inclusion

SPEAKER: David Pearson, Director of Culture & Engagement, KPMG

Keynote: Intersectionality at work: appreciating individuality and recognising each staff member as unique
Event end