LGBTQ+ Digital Focus Day 2022


LGBTQ+ Digital Focus Day

Tuesday 14 June 2022

At Diversity Network's Diverse Live: LGBTQ+ Digital Focus Day, discover new tools and resources to support your LGBTQ+ employees, foster allies, and create an inclusive culture where everyone can bring their full selves to work.

There is still work to do to ensure that under-represented groups are fully included in the workplace, including LGBTQ+ employees. Research shows that LGBTQ+ individuals are more likely to experience career-related challenges than their non-LGBTQ+ peers, so organisations must take steps to mitigate this and ensure they are supported and have equal opportunities in their careers.

At this exclusive Diverse Live: LGBTQ+ Digital Focus Day:

  • Learn about how to implement an intersectional approach to inclusion

  • Discover how important Employee Resource Groups can be in providing a voice for LGBTQ+ employees

  • Gain key recommendations on reviewing the inclusivity of your policies, benefits and recruitment practices

  • Discover how you can foster a culture of allyship in your organisation

  • Find out about the best technologies and tools to assist you in these activities

Through insightful presentations, interviews and case studies, a live panel discussion and an interactive meetup session, discover lots of practical ideas and resources to help you create a safe, welcoming, inclusive culture that enables all employees to bring their full selves to work – therefore improving their wellbeing, engagement and productivity.

Featured speakers

Ireland's Fittest Family
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Nikki Symmons

Nikki Symmons

STRIPES Global (LGBTQIA ERG) Head of Programs & Events

Philip Morris International

Sophia Papadapoulos

Sophia Papadopoulos

ERG Founder, Business Anayst and D&I Activist

Third Bridge Group


Beth Try

Senior Diversity & Inclusion Adviser for UK, US & EMEA

Herbert Smith Freehills

Herbert Smith Freehills
Katie Fox

Katie Fox

Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Lead

Victim Support

Victim Support
Philip McQuillen

Phillip McQuillen

Culture, Diversity & People Lead



Gurchaten Sandhu

Director of Programmes

ILGA World


LGBTQ+ Digital Focus Day 2022 | Agenda

Tuesday 14 June 2022

LGBTQ+ Digital Focus Day

1pm – 2pm BST

How Organisations Can Create an Inclusive Environment that Enables Employees to Bring Their Full Selves to Work

Victim Support has been named no. 3 for excellence in the Stonewall LGBTQ+ Workplace Equality Index 2022, tracking the top 100 employers. Here, Katie Fox explains how they developed this excellence and shares some best practice recommendations to help your organisation achieve the same results:

  • Why we need to listen to all members of the LGBTQ+ community – even if you identify as part of it – as everyone has different challenges and experiences
  • What can employers do to educate the workforce on LGBTQ+ inclusive language?
  • How can you track your progress when it comes to LGBTQ+ inclusion?
  • How the role of the executive sponsor is crucial to the effectiveness of your employee resource groups

Katie Fox, Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Lead, Victim Support

LGBTQ+ Digital Focus Day

2pm – 3pm BST

Setting Up And Running an Effective LGBTQ+ Employee Resource Group

  • How award-winning athlete Nikki Symmons left athletics behind, joined PMi and set up STRIPES Global, Philip Morris International’s global LGBTQIA Employee Resource Group
  • Successes so far, and how the ERG has managed to get buy-in at board-level to support LGBTQIA members of staff

  • Top tips on how to make your ERG truly effective within your organisation, and the need to be as open and outward-facing as possible to ensure maximum visibility and ally support

Nikki Symmons, STRIPES Global (LGBTQIA ERG) Head of Programs & Events, Philip Morris International

LGBTQ+ Digital Focus Day

3pm – 4pm BST

Becoming an Effective Ally for LGBTQ+ Colleagues

  • How can you ensure you have support in place for all LGBTQ+ colleagues, including those who identify as bisexual+ (pansexuality, omnisexuality and more)?
  • How can effective allyship and greater LGBTQ+ visibility within a company improve understanding and support for marginalised individuals?

  • Reviewing your LGBTQ+ inclusion strategies, policies and procedures to ensure you are not unintentionally excluding certain groups

Gurchaten Sandhu, Director of Programmes, ILGA World

LGBTQ+ Digital Focus Day

4pm – 5pm BST

Panel Discussion: Increasing Visibility of Senior LGBTQ+ Role Models in the Workplace

  • Why it is so important to have openly LGBTQ+ leaders acting as role models to ensure a diverse future pipeline
  • How can having visible role models impact upon LGBTQ+ employees’ wellbeing and career development, allowing them to bring their full selves to work?
  • How can LGBTQ+ Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) and their executive sponsors support with this?
  • Ways to promote allyship in your organisation

Sophia Papadapoulos, ERG Founder, Business Anayst and D&I Activist, Third Bridge Group

Beth Try, Senior Diversity & Inclusion Adviser for UK, US & EMEA, Herbert Smith Freehills

Phillip McQuillen, Culture, Diversity & People Lead, E.ON UK

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Great to be able to share our own experiences and tips but also to learn from other sectors.
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