MyGwork, the global recruitment and networking organisation for LGBTQ+ professionals, has launched its first global digital conference, #WorkPride, in place of postponed or cancelled flagship LBGTQ+ events.
The conference celebrated the LGBTQ+ community and strengthened LGBTQ+ inclusion during what is a difficult time for many people across the world. The global event ran from 22 – 26 June.
According to the Trevor Project 2020, LGBTQ+ helplines are experiencing double the amount of calls and many people have lost their jobs due to Covid-19. Research shows that some parts of the LGBTQ+ community feel particularly isolated and at risk.
Pierre Gaubert, CEO and co-founder of myGwork, commented: “The ongoing pandemic has serious implications for the mental health of LGBTQ+ people. With most pride events being postponed or cancelled around the world we want to make sure the LGBTQ+ business community is visible and celebrated. This is a great opportunity for organisations committed to LGBTQ+ inclusion and their employees to come together to continue the conversation about what true equality in the workplace looks like – even from home.”
The conference, powered by Zoom, was aimed at professionals, graduates, and employers, and provided a forum to showcase and discuss best practice for LGBTQ+ inclusion in the workplace.
Each day of the virtual event covered a different theme and involved interactive sessions including workshops and panel discussions with opportunities for attendees to network and build their contacts.
Adrien Gaubert, CMO and co-founder myGwork, said: “We are focusing on pride in business because this is what we know best. This is a great opportunity to showcase what organisations and employee resource groups are doing for LGBTQ+ inclusion while learning new skills and bringing people together to combat loneliness, isolation and poor mental health.”
Sandra Thompson, of the EY Unity network – an employee network for the LGBT+ community at EY, also commented: “With pride and other key LGBTQ+ events understandably not going ahead as planned this year, virtual conferences such as WorkPride are a great way to ensure that we continue to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community. We look forward to being part of this event and having the opportunity to raise awareness of LGBTQ+ issues, and inform ongoing efforts to create an inclusive work environment for all.”