Following the incredible success of the 2018 inaugural event, This is Us is hosting its second annual diversity conference at the Double Tree Hilton in Milton Keynes on Monday 7th October. Events Together founder and CEO, Meena Chander designed This Is Us to advance LGBTQ+ diversity and inclusion within the workplace and to help businesses address LGBTQ+ bias and create real time solutions and better practice.
With friends, colleagues and role models in the LGBTQ+ community, Meena has seen their struggles first-hand and is deeply passionate about driving essential change for LGBTQ+ employees and eradicating the stereotypes and injustices they experience in their working lives.
With a recent survey reporting that only 39%* of LGBT+ employees believe that their organisations are committed to promoting diversity and inclusion, the conference is a unique opportunity for leaders from organisations of all sizes, to come together and spearhead tangible change.
“Issues surrounding LGBTQ+ individuals within the workplace can have severe, ongoing effects. As leaders, we must address these issues and work together to create permanent solutions.” Says Meena.
Today, businesses have the responsibility to build safe and inclusive cultures for everyone. Not only have various studies proven that a more diverse and inclusive workforce leads to increased productivity, and greater success, but being regarded as an LGBTQ+ inclusive employer can help attract and keep the best talent in the marketplace.
Meena adds, “By creating more opportunities for dialogue, and working as allies, we can help to build and offer more support, trust and create environments where individuals can thrive…It’s vital that workplaces are trusting environments, not only without prejudice and discrimination, but also with the tools to understand the issues that affect LGBTQ+ individuals.”
With many LGBTQ+ people experiencing abuse at work, fear, loneliness and associated mental health issues are prevalent; failing to tackle these issues head-on could have detrimental effects on LGBTQ+ individuals and in turn
As event curator, Meena explains that “This Is Us will educate, inform and help businesses to implement long term strategies and policies to help drive their business forward.”
Incorporating talks, panels and workshops, hosted by some of the UK’s leading industry experts, the conference will showcase best practice, offer training materials and address and facilitate important conversations around LGBTQ+ inclusion and diversity.
This year’s event programme also presents a stellar line-up of speakers, each offering inspirational and valuable insight into a range of pertinent diversity and inclusion topics, including technology, authenticity, resilience, intersectionality, allyship and the importance of networks and alliances. Taking to the stage, amongst others, will be Emily Coates, Community Co-Director of GLEAM – the internal LGBTQ+ employee resource group at Microsoft, Monumental Marketing founder, Jamie Love; Sanisha Wynter, Voice and Campaigns Officer at Girlguiding; Christopher Sharp, co-founder of Racing Pride and Gamiel Yafai, MD of Diversity Marketplace. Award-winning trans model, Jacqui Gavin will chair the conference.
There are a wealth of organisations in Milton Keynes and surrounding counties, which Meena wants to tap into to help progress the business community and make it thoroughly supportive of LGBTQ+ employees.
“All of us, as leaders, are committed to making a difference in our workplaces and communities, and This Is Us is giving them the platform to do so. Taking action and identifying the changes that are needed within our business has the power to change behaviours and make an impact.” Meena concludes.
This Is Us 2019 registration is open now. Tickets can be purchased for £65.00 + VAT. To book a place and for more information visit: www.events-together.co.uk/thisisus. If you would like to showcase what your business is doing around LGBTQ+ inclusion and diversity, or would like to partner or sponsor with This Is Us please contact Meena on firstname.lastname@example.org