First broadcast on Tuesday, 28th February 2023

Supporting LGBTQ+ colleagues at work

As our society becomes more inclusive and diverse, it is important that we understand and support our LGBTQ+ colleagues in the workplace as fully as we can. In this session, we review the challenges and experiences that LGBTQ+ individuals may face in the workplace, and provide strategies and best practices for creating a more inclusive and supportive environment for all employees.

We discuss how to address and prevent discrimination, create a welcoming and inclusive culture, and provide support for those who identify as LGBTQ+. Our special guest speakers will share their personal experiences and insights on this important topic.

We hope that this webinar will give you a better understanding of the importance of LGBTQ+ inclusion in the workplace and the steps you can take to create a more inclusive and supportive environment for all employees.


11:00am EST / 4:00pm GMT 

Fostering a Corporate Culture Which Champions LGBTQ+ Inclusion

    • Why coming out at work is a continuous process which deserves our respect
    • Providing a platform for LGBTQ+ and their supporters within Allianz
    • Establishing a network of experts for all LGBTQ+ issues within the Allianz Group
    • Positioning Allianz as an employer of choice for LGBTQ+ applicants
    • Why we have pledged support for the UN ”Free & Equal“ LGBTI Standards of Conduct

Marie-Helene Tyack, Global Inclusion, Diversity & Belonging Business Partner,
Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (AGCS)

11:30am EST / 4:30pm GMT 

Fireside Chat: Fostering a Corporate Culture Which Champions LGBTQ+ Inclusion

    • Best practices for creating a supportive workplace culture for LGBTQ+ employees, including ally training, diversity and inclusion initiatives, and LGBT-inclusive benefits.
    • Strategies for addressing and preventing bias and discrimination in the workplace, including anonymous reporting mechanisms and training for managers and employees.
    • Discussion of the challenges faced by LGBTQ+ individuals in the workplace, such as microaggressions, lack of representation and visibility, and the impact of social stigma.
    • Information on available resources and support systems for LGBTQ+ employees, such as employee resource groups, counseling services, and community outreach programs.
    • Opportunities for ongoing engagement and feedback, such as regular check-ins, employee surveys, and ongoing training and education.
    • Protecting LGBTQ staff through adequate anti-discrimination policies and protection against harassment


Nicci Take, Global Deal Coach, Mercer Group

Carrie Neumann, Senior Director of Field Diversity & Inclusion, Northwestern Mutual

Our Speakers

Nicci Take, Global Deal Coach, Mercer Group 

Nicci started her career in sales at 12, after graduating with a degree in Maths and Computer Science she started selling IBM computers and now 30 years later coaches bid teams globally (including IBM) on how to win their pitches. (78%-win rates)

She put a dress on for the first time 16th Dec 2012 and decided almost immediately it suited her better than a suit. She is the Corporate D.R.A.G. Queen (Drive Rapid Accountable Growth) and now helps large corporates grow by helping them build strategies and execution that wins.

She is a campaigner for Equality, a supporter of Women in Business and a D&I champion. She was included Financial Times’ FT OUTstanding Leading LGBT+ Executives in 2017 and their FT HERoes Champions of Women in Business in 2018 and included in the 2021 British LGBT Awards Top 10 Inspirational Leader.

Nicci has performed in three Edinburgh Fringe shows (‘Prey’, ‘To pee or not too pee’ and ‘God hates me: I’m trans’) and headlined all over the world with her irreverent and thought-provoking stand-up comedy.

She has three kids two now NOT teenagers, has been happily married for 15 years and about to celebrate their 25thanniversary. (yes, that’s a joke!)

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Carrie Neumann is Snr. Director of Field Diversity & Inclusion, Northwestern Mutual

“I believe we can have a more inclusive world where all have opportunity to thrive and realize their full potential while being their authentic selves.

“My mission toward that world is to cultivate hope where there is not, forge a way forward where there is chaos, and develop change strategies that work to build toward true inclusion and belongingness for individuals and organizations. I do this 1 conversation, 1 person, 1 experience at a time AND she does this through designing and executing enterprise-wise systems strategies.

“Starting my career in Information Technology and ending up in Diversity & Inclusion is a road that may seem odd but provides the perfect combination to get real business results in a space that can seem “fluffy” to some. In fact, this is why I was tapped to enter this space in the first place. I’ve delivered credibility and growth. I’ve used my expertise in organizational change management, systems thinking, initiative management, coaching, applied positive psychology and diversity and inclusion to architect change strategies to get business results.

“I value working with those desiring to make the world a more equitable place. I value being on creative and innovative teams open to leveraging human behavior and positive psychology to increase impact. And I value spaces where my super strengths of endless curiosity, cultural humility, authenticity, persistence, and relentless pursuit of learning new things are appreciated.”

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Marie-Helene Tyack 

Global Inclusion, Diversity & Belonging Business Partner, Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (AGCS) 

and Chair of the Global Pride Allianz Board.

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Thank you very much for an excellent and thought provoking conference. Many thanks to the team for organising such a great event.