On November 20, ieOut celebrated the VIII edition of the LGBT@WORK, the annual appointment to discuss best inclusion practices for LGBT Diversity. IBM sponsored the club for this important appointment, as they have done since the launch of the event.
Ambassador to the United States in Spain, James Costos honored IE Business School by Officially opening the event along with Dean Santiago Iñiguez , Nieves Delgado from IBM and Felipe Barbosa, ieOut coordinator 2014.
James Costos defined LGBT rights as Human Rights and stressed that an important part of US foreign policy is to advocate for Human Rights worldwide. He thinks his nomination as Ambassador to Spain is an example of this commitment to equality in the whole world. He also underlined the importance to create inclusive environments to attract and retain the best talent.
Futher to Ambassador Costos the Civil Rights movement is a great road map to obtain LGBT normalization. He recognized the Spanish leadership in this area and committed himself to keep working to increase awareness, especially at the workplace.
Margarita Alonso did an introduction focusing on the reasons why Spanish Corporations should include LGBT diversity in their agendas from a double line, one because it is profitable for companies and two to further corporate responsibility alignments. It will increase the companies talent management, potential of a new niche, reputation and the domino effect that will invite new players. On the other hand, consistency with mission and values, the big brands have the power change public opinion and can provide more role models at executive and leading positions.
Beck Bailey, from Human Rights Campaign, explained how the Corporate Equality Index has become a very efficient tool to increase awareness and to share best inclusion practices at the workplace. Their consultants serve as trusted prescriptors to diversity professionals and other executives seeking to position their business as friendly workplaces that respect all employees, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or expression.
Miguel Castro, from SAP, shared his long experience working to improve equality and LGBT Visibility. He focused in the labor of Pride@SAP a network that has more than 250 members mostly from Germany and US. Pride@SAP contributes to a positive environment, it is a strong support tool for transgenders in transition; It reinforces leadership as employer of choice and provides visibility for the company.
Since Miguel arrived in Spain the group has increased its activities with networking lunches and participation in Global Pride@SAP. They have organized the SAP People Week to boost internal awareness about diversity along with other groups like Women and young talent. and have also coordinated events with Lesworking , ieOut and GaylesTv .
Laura Muelas showed with figures how urgent it is to normalize LGBT diversity in our society and school, the research coordinated by Ignacio Pichardo among LGBT student’s drops alarming data about homophobia, and harassment at school. On the other side of the coin, the fact is that there is a positive relationship between the level the information and awareness of school staff and faculty and the proper management of these situations
The Aula Magna was full and more than 20 ieOut friends followed the lectures by streaming.
Link to the pictures of the event.