The 7th edition of LGBT@WORK annual forum took place in November and was organized by the IEOut Club, IE gay, lesbian, bisexual and transsexual network that aims to promote and spread respectful attitudes towards the LGBT community and to foster the best practices to integrate them in academia and the work place.
Last year the main topic was Careers: we talked about the right process of job hunting, the importance of finding our own passions and we have also discussed how the LGBT community tends to be stereotyped on with gay men and ignored niche of lesbian women.
This year we have discussed the diversity practices at some of the world’s leading companies, including IBM and Barclays. We were honoured to have Sakis Louloudis from IBM, who talked about different diversity communities within IBM and how important diversity is for a successful global organisation. We were also privileged to have Beatriz Morilla from Barclays, who talked about how to tackle challenges at both home and work for being a successful businesswoman. Other speakers were Margarita Alonso, researcher at IE Diversity Center and author of “Best inclusion practices: LGBT diversity”, and Juan Pedro Tudela from Diversity Consulting.
On the last note we would like to thank our sponsor IBM. Without their constant support this special event wouldn’t’t be so successful!