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GLEN launches the Diversity Champions Conference in partnership with Facebook

15 November 2016

GLEN was delighted to be joined by Maxine Williams, Global Head of Diversity at Facebook, to launch the Diversity Champions Conference. The first of its kind in Ireland, the Diversity Champions Conference will bring innovative international and national thought leadership and best practice to lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

Today GLEN in partnership with Facebook, launched Ireland's inaugural conference on LGBT inclusion in the workplace. The Diversity Champions Conference will take place on March 30th, 2017 at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin.

The first of its kind in Ireland, the Diversity Champions Conference will bring innovative international and national thought leadership and best practice to lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

The conference aims to support employers in Ireland to benefit from some of the key diversity and inclusion opportunities for the private and the public sector today. Issues such as attracting, retaining and nurturing diverse talent, ensuring workplaces are inclusive and affirmative, developing LGBT leaders and embedding inclusion into policies and practices and service will be addressed.

"As the 2015 marriage referendum demonstrated, Irish people want an inclusive society and culture that values all people. Inclusion in the workplace is a vital component of that society, and a recognized value of successful businesses," said Áine Duggan, Executive Director, GLEN.

Duggan continued, "However, we can see from the LGBTIreland Report that LGBTI people still face discrimination and exclusion in the workplace. Almost 1 in 5 people experiencing bullying in the workplace for being LGBTI, with much higher rates for intersex and trans people. This is why we are very excited at GLEN to partner with Facebook to make change happen. By holding Ireland's first national conference on LGBTI equality at work, we are creating a unique platform for cross-sector showcasing and sharing of best national and international practices, and supporting employees and employers alike to work together to achieve inclusion at work."

Gareth Lambe, Head of Facebook, Ireland said, "We are delighted to partner with GLEN on this conference. At Facebook, we are committed to achieving a supportive workplace with an open culture and a broad range of perspectives on diversity including gender, LGBTQ, race and ethnicity. We have many initiatives in place to support inclusivity and we believe that diversity is everyone's responsibility. The Diversity Champions Conference will provide a platform for businesses to share and learn from each other on experiences and best practices for supporting LGBTQ inclusive workplaces."

Conference delegates will hear from Fiona Mullan, Facebook's HR Director from EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) who will speak about Facebook's diversity programmes and Debbie Ferguson, Engineering Director at Facebook who will speak about her experience as a transgender women in the workplace. Additional speakers will be announced in the coming months.

GLEN were joined in conversation by Maxine Williams, Global Head of Diversity at Facebook via Facebook Live to launch the Diversity Champions Conference. Maxine and Davin Roche, Director of Workplace Diversity, GLEN, will speak about diversity in the workplace, the issues facing the LGBTQ community and how the conference will support positive change for LGBT people in the workplace.

You can watch the Faceook Live on the GLEN Facebook page or Facebook Dublin page.

To learn more about the conference, line-up and to purchase tickets, visit www.diversitychampionsconference.ie

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