This programme is designed to give you the tools and confidence to advance LGBT inclusion in your organisation.
Sessions are arranged into eight best practice streams to help you plan your day, however, delegates are free to choose any combination of sessions.
Sessions A and C are interactive workshops, which will give you the chance to hear from Stonewall inclusion experts and leading organisations as well as time to create practical action plans that work in your context.
During session B two different types of slightly shorter session will take place:
Discussion sessions give you an opportunity to learn more about a topic through hearing perspectives from a range of speakers and having a chance to ask your own questions.
Challenge sessions are facilitated sessions which give you an opportunity to address common problems by providing a framework to share ideas and identify actions.
You must choose three sessions from any stream, one A session, one B and one C. Session registration will open on 25 March and delegates who have booked will be notified by email and asked to select their sessions. You’ll also be able to access the delegate list and connect with other attendees ahead of the event.
Best practice streams
Workshop A: Empowering all staff to champion trans inclusion
To create a truly trans-inclusive workplace all staff must have the knowledge and confidence to understand the challenges trans people face and be empowered to act to create a more inclusive culture. This session will explore how to use methods such as training, all staff comms and events to encourage everyone to become active allies to trans people.
- Explore how to overcome the challenges in bringing all staff on board to champion trans inclusion
- Discuss how to ensure the work you already do to engage and educate all staff is truly trans inclusive
- Understand the need for trans-specific engagement work and how to reach all staff with creative events and communications
Discussion B: Being BAME and trans in the workplace
BAME trans people face some of the highest levels of under and unemployment of the LGBT community. They face distinct challenges in entering and remaining in jobs that allow them to reach their potential due to prejudice and discrimination. In this discussion session speakers will share their experiences and expertise to give you a greater understanding of BAME trans inclusion and help you identify practical steps to take in your organisation.
- Identify barriers and challenges that exist in organisations which prevent BAME trans people reaching their potential
- Understand some of the challenges faced by BAME trans people in the workplace
- Consider steps your organisation can take to support inclusion for BAME trans people
Workshop C: Creating a non-binary inclusive workplace
Two in five non-binary people are not out at work and of those who are a third don’t feel able to wear work attire representing their gender expression. This session will explore the experiences of non-binary people in the workplace to give you the skills and confidence to advocate for more inclusive practices. You’ll explore the common touchpoints organisations can use to create inclusive environments for non-binary people including pronouns and monitoring as well as training and all staff communications.
- Learn more about non-binary identities and what workplace inclusion for non-binary people looks like
- Discuss how to ensure common touchpoints in your organisation are inclusive of non-binary people
- Share ideas for non-binary specific inclusion work in your organisation
Workshop A: Creating workplaces that are inclusive of BAME LGBT people
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.
- 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
Discussion B: Understanding the experiences of LGBT disabled people
There remains a distinct lack of understanding about the experiences of people who are both LGBT and disabled. This means that many workplaces are not accessible to or cannot retain talented people and create space for them to achieve their potential. During this session speakers will share their experiences and expertise to help you identify how to best include and celebrate LGBT disabled people in your organisation.
- Learn more about the experiences of LGBT disabled people
- Understand the specific challenges facing LGBT disabled people in the workplace
- Share ideas on how to create workplaces that include and celebrate LGBT disabled people
Workshop C: Understanding and championing bi identities in the workplace
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.
- 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
Workshop A: Using your influence as an LGBT network group
An effective employee network group is a crucial resource for an organisation and for its employees. This session will look at how to maximise your influence as a network group to help your organisation develop a more inclusive culture. You’ll explore how to set effective goals, engage senior champions and make your voice heard in key organisational priorities including HR decision making.
- Develop an understanding of how to create an effective structure and set the right goals for your network group
- Explore strategies to engage senior members of staff appropriately and upskill them to become advocates for LGBT inclusion
- Discuss how to influence key decisions in an organisation and how to make your voice heard at an organisational level
Discussion B: Recruiting and support diverse network group membership
The best LGBT network groups provide advice, support and advocacy for all members of the LGBT community and their allies. However, many networks struggle to recruit members from a diverse range of backgrounds and engage them in leadership positions. In this discussion session members from leading network groups will explore how you can best recruit and represent everyone in your organisation.
- Understand the barriers preventing everyone from joining LGBT network groups and taking up leadership positions and consider ways to address them
- Gain insight into the best practice approach to creating a truly inclusive LGBT network group
- Explore how to partner with other network groups and external organisations in order to better represent the diversity of the LGBT community as a network group
Workshop C: Engaging allies in LGBT network group activities
Engaging non-LGBT allies in network group activities is an effective way of engaging more of the organisation in LGBT inclusion. This session will explore how best to take a structured approach in establishing and maintaining an allies network that can create sustainable change in your organisation. You’ll hear from successful organisations on how to build your network, engage new members and run creative engagement and educational activities.
- Understand the value of engaging allies in LGBT network group activities
- Learn how to engage new members from across your organisation and how to work with them to achieve your goals
- Gain ideas on how to educate and motivate allies in your network to work to create a more inclusive culture
Workshop A: Proud Employers: Recruiting LGBT talent
Your organisation is only as good as its staff so it’s crucial to ensure you’re reaching the best talent and enabling them to apply. This session will help you 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.
- Look at the barriers faced by LGBT jobseekers in the recruitment process and how you can work to remove them
- Explore how to use recruitment campaigns, events and websites to engage directly with LGBT jobseekers
- Hear best practice examples of how to evaluate your recruitment campaigns
Discussion B: Supporting the mental health and wellbeing of your LGBT employees
Research shows that LGBT people disproportionately experience mental health problems compared to non-LGBT people. In this inspirational session organisations and individuals will share their experience and expertise to help you encourage discussions around mental health and identify ways to promote positive wellbeing in the workplace.
- Understand individual experiences of mental health in relation to sexual orientation and/or gender identity
- Explore how to challenge the stigma surrounding mental health issues in order to promote open dialogue
- Consider the practical steps organisations can take to support the mental wellbeing of all staff
Workshop C: Collecting and using monitoring data effectively
Monitoring is key to enable organisations to support their staff, allocate resources and evaluate the impact of inclusion work. This session will explore best practice on asking the right monitoring questions, encouraging people to complete monitoring forms and using the data to improve your organisation’s understanding of equality and diversity.
- 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
Workshop A: Embedding LGBT inclusion in marketing
The best organisations embed LGBT inclusion in their marketing activity, they go beyond Pride month and LGBT-specific campaigns to create advertising that consistently includes LGBT people in its message and delivery. This in turn increases consumer trust in an organisation and improves loyalty and satisfaction. In this session you’ll explore how to display your commitment to LGBT inclusion through your marketing activity and how to address some of the common challenges this entails.
- Understand the benefits of LGBT-inclusive marketing activity
- Hear best practice examples of how organisations have created both LGBT-specific and LGBT-inclusive marketing campaigns and materials
- Discuss some of the common challenges and objections to LGBT-inclusive marketing and how to overcome them
Discussion B: Building meaningful partnerships with LGBT community groups
Organisations have both the power and the responsibility to advance LGBT inclusion beyond the confines of their offices. This session will bring together community groups and organisations to discuss how, by engaging in consistent and meaningful partnership with community groups, organisations can use their influence to create a more accepting and open culture both within and outside of their organisation.
- Understand the importance of community engagement for an organisation
- Explore how to build meaningful and mutually beneficial partnerships that benefit both organisations
- Discuss how to embed community engagement in your LGBT inclusion work to create sustainable culture change
Workshop C: Procurement: developing an LGBT-inclusive supply chain
Organisations that embed LGBT inclusion into procurement and commissioning practices are able to provide a far better service to LGBT service users and customers. They are also working to support other organisations to be LGBT inclusive by holding suppliers to account. This session will explore cross-industry best practice for ensuring LGBT inclusion in your supply chain.
- 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
Workshop A: Starting out in LGBT inclusion
Taking your first steps in LGBT inclusion can be challenging, this session will help you build strong foundations including a solid business case. It will explore the unique issues faced by LGBT people and provide inspiration for strategies you can use in your organisation as well as discussing how Stonewall can support you in this journey.
- Increase your confidence to begin your LGBT inclusion work through identifying the right approach for your organisation
- Understand the first steps, such as setting up a network group, reviewing your policies or identifying a senior champion
- Hear best practice tips from other organisations who have recently begun their journey
Challenge B: Working with limited resources
Public sector organisations are facing significant resource challenges which can hit LGBT inclusion work hard. Despite these challenges many organisations are using creative approaches to remain leaders in LGBT inclusion. Through this facilitated interactive session you'll develop new ideas and work through existing challenges with other leading public sector organisations and Stonewall inclusion experts.
- Understand innovative ideas and approaches that public sector organisations have used to achieve results with limited resources
- Expand your network among professionals committed to equality at work in order to develop collaborations that can help achieve your goals
- Address some of the real challenges you're facing in a supportive environment in order to create a framework to overcome them
Workshop C: Engaging and educating all staff in LGBT inclusion
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.
- Learn best practice on creatively communicating your LGBT inclusion work to all staff, including those in dispersed locations
- Understand methods for including LGBT inclusion in the induction process
- Hear best practice on effective inclusion training and how to embed this into your organisation
Please note that sessions A and B in this stream are only avaliable to senior leaders. If you're interested in attending these sessions please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Workshop A: Inclusive leadership
Inclusive leaders build stronger teams and more productive cultures, they also play a critical role in driving LGBT inclusion forward from the top of an organisation. In the first of these double sessions designed exclusively for senior leaders you’ll explore best practice on inclusive leadership. You’ll also share ideas and experiences in order to expand your network and create a practical action plan around key areas where senior leaders can have influence on LGBT inclusion work.
- Understand the role senior leaders play in creating inclusive cultures
- Learn best practice on the theory of inclusive leadership and practical ways to use this in your work
- Discuss how to work most effectively in key elements of inclusive leadership
Discussion B: Championing bi inclusion as a senior leader
While much progress has been made on inclusion for lesbian and gay people bi people are still some of the least likely people to be out at work. Sending a strong message as a senior leader as well as supporting practical action can have a transformative effect on bi inclusion in the workplace. During this discussion session you’ll hear from Stonewall, leading organisations and individuals who’ll help inform how you build on your action plan to champion bi inclusion effectively.
- Understand more about the challenges bi people face in the workplace
- Hear best practice on how senior leaders can influence bi inclusion work
- Share actions and ideas in order to build an action plan that works for you
Workshop C: Creating a culture of LGBT-inclusive line management
A line manager is often the key point of contact any employee has and this relationship shapes their ability to succeed. Upskilling those with line management responsibilities to recognise the challenges LGBT people face in the workplace as well as the diversity of perspectives and experiences they bring creates teams where everyone is able to reach their potential.
- Learn how to educate and empower managers to enable them to foster inclusive cultures within their team
- Understand how to support line managers in recognising and addressing discrimination, homophobia, biphobia and transphobia
- Explore how to develop your management training to increase understanding of LGBT experiences in the workplace among line managers
These sessions will be streamed around the world through our remote access scheme. For a small additional fee you can purchase tickets for your offices outside of the UK to watch live and recieve recordings of these three sessions as well as the opening and closing sessions at the conference.
Workshop A: Global LGBT equality: from paper to practice
Many global employers view LGBT equality as an organisational value that transcends national borders however we know that organisations can struggle to find ways to demonstrate this in practice, in every local market. In this session, participants will explore how to turn their organisational value into a reality while navigating different legal and social contexts.
- Discover emerging best practice for consistently upholding your global values while navigating different legal and social contexts
- Understand how to utilise the UN standards of conduct for business as a framework for activity
- Develop concrete actions which you can take back to your organisation to ensure that your organisation is turning its commitment on paper into a practical reality.
Discussion B: Safe travel in a global workplace
The nature of a global marketplace means that employees are expected to travel for work. However, for LGBT people in the workplace there are additional and often difficult considerations to be made. Often the challenge for employers is to understand the legal, cultural and social landscape for LGBT people in all of their markets and communicate that to colleagues. This session will discuss the lived experiences and challenges of those who have travelled for work as well as those who’ve supported them.
- Hear real life experiences from LGBT employees that have travelled for work, understand the challenges they faced and how their employer supported them
- Explore the challenges in workplace cultures when markets are both a home and host country
- Discuss mechanisms and tools for communicating LGBT safety information to all employees that travel for work.
Workshop C: Working in partnership with local LGBT actors to advance equality globally
Multinational organisations have the power and responsibility to improve the lives of LGBT people around the world. Meaningful and sustainable change can best be affected by working in partnership with and using the expertise of local actors such as national human rights institutions and non-governmental organisations. However, employers and NGOs alike face challenges when navigating these relationships. This session will explore how to create successful partnerships to advance LGBT inclusion through active and mutually beneficial engagement.
- Gain an understanding of how to effectively advance LGBT inclusion through partnerships between multinational organisations and local actors
- Hear real examples from NGOs and employers who have worked together to affect change for LGBT people in their local markets and navigated the challenges involved
- Network and share ideas among other organisations looking to build successful partnerships