Saturday, July 30, 2016

2016 Workplace Pride Conference

Thursday was the IBM LGBT Leadership workshop and yesterday IBM co-sponsored the 10th annual Workplace Pride conference.  The event was held at the former 19th century Amsterdam Stock Exchange.  The aim of the conference was partnering with other businesses to drive social change with LGBT inclusion.  #wpcon2016

The first speaker was Robert Biedron who in 2011 became Poland's first openly gay parliamentarian.  In 2014, he was elected mayor of Słupsk making him Poland's first openly gay mayor.  His story was very inspiring.  He was right when he said "LGBT rights are like beautiful flowers, if you don't take care of them, they will die."

Afterwards, Marianne Zwagerman, a well-known Dutch journalist, moderated an executive panel focusing on leadership in LGBTT workplace equality.  The panel was made of of the General Manager of IBM BeNeLux, the CEO of ABN AMRO, the Chief HR Officer of ING Group, and the Global General Manager for Talent & Learning at

Team IBM at Workplace Pride
There were interesting breakout sessions held by different companies like Ikea, ABN AMRO and  These two days were inspiring and defiantly made me feel proud to be an IBMer.  

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