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Choose from 21 workshops led by inclusion specialists.

Our 21 workshops are led by inclusion experts and feature best practice examples from some of the UK's leading organisations. The workshops are organised into seven best practice streams to allow you to tailor your day to address the challenges faced by your organisation. Each delegate can choose to attend three sessions at the conference, one from group A, B and C.

Once you have purchased tickets you will be provided with instructions to register for your chosen workshops.

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Trans Inclusion

Trans people face additional and specific challenges in the workplace. This stream will help understand trans identities, ensure policies and organisational structure are inclusive, and how to step up as an ally while empowering others to do the same. 

A: First steps to trans inclusion

Understanding trans identities is fundamental to creating an inclusive workplace. This session will introduce trans identities, terminology and language. Trans people will discuss their workplace challenges and delegates will have an opportunity to share experiences and questions. It will improve confidence to empower staff to champion trans inclusion.

Learning outcomes: 

  • Basic understanding of trans identities, terminology and language
  • Greater awareness of the challenges facing trans people in the workplace including dress code, pronouns and toilets
  • Increased confidence in understanding the first steps to trans inclusion in your organisation

B: Creating a trans inclusive organisation

Trans staff often face additional barriers in the workplace. Trans employees who feel comfortable disclosing their gender identity are 77% more likely to be satisfied with their job security. This session looks at a range of areas including policy, network groups and communications to provide practical ways to make workplaces inclusive for all trans employees.

Learning outcomes:

  • Understand how to confidently articulate the business case for trans inclusion
  • Awareness of the specific challenges trans people face in the workplace
  • Practical ways to take an individual centred approach to supporting staff while ensuring your organisation is a trans-inclusive organisation

C: Stepping up as an ally to trans people

Visible allies to trans people are vital to changing workplace cultures. This session will explore the role of trans allies and how to step up as an active ally while empowering others to do the same. It will provide practical ways to overcome challenges and engage staff across an organisation.

Learning outcomes:

  • Understand the importance of stepping up and being a visible trans ally in the workplace as well as the impact this can have
  • Ways to be an effective trans ally and strategies to overcome challenges you may face
  • Strategies to empower others in your workplace to be trans allies

Empowering Role Models and Allies

Visible role models and allies are instrumental in transforming cultures and ensuring organisations are accepting of all LGBT people. This stream will provide the tools to empower people throughout an organisation to step up and create a more inclusive organisation.

A: Empowering allies to create inclusive workplaces

Allies play a critical role in creating inclusive workplaces and are key in ensuring LGBT colleagues are included and celebrated. This workshop will provide practical and sustainable ways to empower allies across an organisation so they can step up and bring about a more inclusive workplace culture.

Learning outcomes:

  • Develop an understanding of what it means to be an effective and visible ally to LGBT people in the workplace
  • Identify achievable ways to step up as an ally to LGBT people in the workplace
  • Establish ways of empowering a network of allies to bring about sustainable change

B: Being BAME and LGBT in the workplace

LGBT black, Asian and minority ethnic people can face distinct challenges due to their intersectional identities. This session explores how organisations can address these challenges by engaging LGBT BAME staff, customers and service users and supporting and profiling diverse role models.

Learning outcomes:

  • Understand the experience of BAME LGBT people in the workplace and beyond
  • Share ideas on promoting and developing the involvement of BAME people in LGBT inclusion initiatives
  • Learn how to empower and platform BAME role models and engage effective and meaningful allies in your organisation

C: Supporting your bi staff

Stonewall’s 2017 staff survey showed that just 16% of bi people were completely out at work and that they are often underrepresented in LGBT inclusion initiatives. This session will introduce practical steps to assess bi inclusion in your organisation and implement measures to ensure more bi staff are able to reach their potential.

Learning outcomes:

  • Understand bi identities and develop the confidence to articulate the need for bi visibility and inclusion in the workplace
  • Gain insight into the challenges faced by bi people at work and the effect that this can have
  • Learn practical tips from organisations that have taken steps to make their workplaces more inclusive of bi people

Senior Leadership

Senior leaders have the power to affect change throughout an organisation. The first two sessions, exclusively for senior leaders, explore how to be an authentic and active champion of LGBT inclusion in your organisation. Third session explores how everyone can recruit and empower senior leaders to help drive LGBT inclusion work.

A & B: Championing inclusion as a senior leader

Senior leaders have the power and responsibility to drive inclusion for the whole LGBT community. This double session, designed specifically for senior leaders, will explore inclusive leadership and further develop this to look at championing trans inclusion. Executive support in these two key areas is vital to enable an increasingly diverse workforce to succeed. Between sessions participants will be invited to have lunch with Stonewall Chief Executive, Ruth Hunt where she will share her thoughts on inclusive leadership and there will be the chance to network with other senior leaders from a range of sectors.  

A: Inclusive leadership

Learning outcomes:

  • Understand what it means to be an inclusive leader and how intersectionality influences LGBT identities across a variety of protected characteristics
  • Share best practice on stepping up as an inclusive leader
  • Consider how to address systemic inequalities in your organisation that prevent people from achieving their potential

B: Championing trans inclusion as a senior leader

Learning outcomes:

  • Understand the specific challenges that trans people face in the workplace
  • Share best practice on stepping up as a senior trans ally
  • Discuss how senior leaders can use their influence to move towards a fully trans inclusive workplace

C: Empowering senior leaders to champion LGBT inclusion

Senior sponsors are key to the success of LGBT inclusion work. This session looks at how to identify and recruit a senior sponsor as well as how to use their influence most effectively to create an inclusive workplace.

Learning outcomes:

  • Understand the role of a senior sponsor and how to recruit the right person for your organisation
  • Develop ways to use their influence to drive your inclusion work
  • Practical ways to effectively support your senior champion

Supporting Your Staff

Staff are an organisations most precious resource. This stream will explore ways to support staff right from their first enquiry into an organisation through to proactive steps that look out for the mental wellbeing of staff.

A: Proud employers: Recruiting diverse talent

It is proven that diverse teams produce better results. This session will help delegates understand how to identify and overcome barriers in recruitment processes and the benefits of doing so. It will provide ways to target recruitment to reach LGBT jobseekers, and visibly demonstrate organisational commitment to LGBT inclusion to attract and retain the best talent.

Learning outcomes:

  • Look at the barriers faced by LGBT jobseekers in the recruitment process and how you can work to remove them
  • Explore how to use creative recruitment campaigns to engage directly with LGBT jobseekers
  • Hear best practice examples of how to evaluate your recruitment campaigns

B: Educating and empowering all staff

Creating an LGBT inclusive organisation can’t be the responsibility of only one team, everyone must be engaged to create meaningful cultural change. This session will explore how to engage everyone in this work through methods such as creative communications and embedding inclusion in inductions and training.

Learning outcomes: 

  • Learn best practice on creatively communicating your LGBT inclusion work to all staff including those in dispersed locations
  • Understand methods for including LGBT inclusion into the induction process
  • Hear best practice on effective inclusion training and how to embed this in your organisation

C: Promoting positive mental health and wellbeing 

Research shows that LGBT people disproportionately experience mental health problems compared to non-LGBT people. Mental health issues are still surrounded by social stigma, preventing many people from getting the support they need. This session will explore how to encourage discussions around mental health and practical ways to encourage positive wellbeing in the workplace.

Learning outcomes:

  • Understand individual experiences of mental health in relation to sexual orientation and/or gender identity
  • Explore how to challenge the social stigma that surrounds mental health and LGBT issues and encourage open dialogue in the workplace
  • Discuss practical steps organisations can take to support the mental wellbeing of all staff

Laying the Foundations

Getting the foundations of LGBT inclusion right is crucial for everyone. These three sessions will help lay the groundwork for all LGBT inclusion work by getting the critical elements right.

A: Monitoring; better comms, better data, better business

Monitoring is key for enabling organisations to support their staff, allocate resources and evaluate the impact of inclusion work. This session will explore best practice on monitoring and how to use the data to improve your organisation’s understanding of equality and diversity.

Learning outcomes:

  • Understand the best practice approach when asking for data on sexual orientation and gender identity
  • Look at how to best use staff communications to increase declaration rates
  • Learn how to use the data collected to create a more inclusive organisation

B: Procurement; developing LGBT inclusive supply chains

Organisations that embed LGBT inclusion into procurement and commissioning practices are able to provide a far better service to LGBT service users and customers. This session will explore cross-industry best practice for ensuring LGBT inclusion in your supply chain.

Learning outcomes:

  • Understand the business benefits of supplier diversity
  • Look at how to implement a procurement process and encourage suppliers to improve their workplaces and services for LGBT people
  • Provide practical information on how to monitor suppliers for quality

C: Making the most of employee networks

The best employers capitalise on the ideas and innovation of their employee network group to deliver LGBT equality from the ground up. This interactive session will look at innovative ideas for establishing and developing network groups, how network groups can effectively influence and contribute to organisational priorities, increasing the diversity of members and running creative awareness-raising events.

Learning outcomes:

  • Develop an understanding of the business case and benefits of an employee network group
  • Explore strategies to use network groups effectively and address the barriers you may face
  • Explore ways to recruit a diverse membership and develop members careers

Looking Beyond Your Organisation

Influential organisations have the power and responsibility to affect change not just for their staff, but for the wider LGBT community. This stream will explore practical ways to make an organisation inclusive for your customers, service users and clients as well as how to develop this work through avenues such as effective community work.

A: Getting community engagement right 

Demonstrating your commitment to LGBT equality to the wider community has incredibly positive effects, both on your organisation and on the wider movement for LGBT equality. This session will explore methods such as social media, sponsoring or supporting events and initiatives and collaborating with other organisations to promote equality. We will look at creative ideas to build effective community engagement strategies and address potential barriers to this work.  

Learning outcomes:

  • Establish the benefits of effective community engagement for an organisation
  • Explore strategies for collaboration and innovation in community engagement
  • Discuss how to evaluate and learn from your community engagement work

B: Inclusive service delivery

When designing and developing public services it’s crucial to consider the specific needs of the LGBT community. This session will show public sector organisations how to gain honest feedback about the experiences of LGBT service users and build an action plan based on the Stonewall service delivery toolkit.

Learning outcomes:

  • Understand how to collect and monitor data around the experiences of LGBT service users, and identify potential barriers to their participation
  • Learn how to consult with service users and empower them to provide meaningful feedback
  • Feel confident building an action plan based on the results of monitoring and consultation

C: Engaging with clients and customers

LGBT clients and customers represent a significant market for any private sector organisation. This session will explore how to engage with the LGBT community and reduce bias that may exist in your organisation against them. It will also demonstrate effective ways of communicating an organisation’s commitment to LGBT inclusion. 

Learning outcomes:

  • Explore how to prevent bias or discrimination against LGBT clients and customers in your business
  • Understand methods to identify the barriers facing LGBT clients and customers engaging with your business
  • Discuss creative ways to communicate your commitment to LGBT equality and the benefits of doing so

Working Globally 

Championing LGBT inclusion in different contexts around the globe can be challenging but it is vital for any multinational organisation wanting to ensure staff can reach their potential. This stream will explore ways for an organisation to either begin or develop its global LGBT inclusion work.

A: International experiences: Focus on Eastern Europe 

Eastern Europe represents a strategic growth market for many global organisations. However, varying levels of legal protection and social acceptance can create challenging workplace environments for LGBT staff. In this session, experts and leading organisations will explore real life examples of successful LGBT inclusion initiatives, which are adaptable to various contexts.

Learning outcomes:

  • Gain insight into some of the legal, social and cultural challenges facing LGBT people in Eastern European Countries
  • Learn how to adapt approaches across local contexts to respond to social and cultural challenges
  • Hear from leading organisations about innovative approaches to LGBT inclusion in Eastern Europe

B: Getting started globally: Utilising the UN Standards 

Beginning your work as a Global Diversity Champion can seem daunting. This session introduces how to plan practical and achievable ways to begin the journey to global LBGT inclusion and how to use the UN’s Global LGBTI Corporate Standards for Conduct as a framework. Organisations will share their successes and provide ideas that can be adapted for different contexts.

Learning outcomes:

  • Understand the benefits of using the UN LGBTI Standards as a framework for getting started
  • Identify key areas of development such as network groups, training and staff communication
  • Hear how other organisations have shaped their approach to LGBT inclusion across their global footprint

C: Empowering Local LGBT Network Group Chapters

This session will look at how to support and empower new and emerging LGBT network chapters in different countries. It will explore the role of a global or established LGBT network in guiding emerging chapters in contexts with varying legal protection and cultural acceptance, and how to help drive the growth of LGBT chapters across a global footprint.

Learning outcomes:

  • Hear from LGBT staff networks that have supported the development of local LGBT network chapters
  • Understand Stonewall's recommended framework for success in advancing the growth of LGBT net
  • Begin to develop a plan to help drive the growth of sustainable LGBT chapters across your global footprint 

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