Whether you’re gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender, being open about your authentic self is good for business. Companies that foster a happy and inclusive workplace environment reap rewards with higher sales and more productive employees.
However, with almost one in five LGBT staff reporting that they have been the target of negative comments or conduct at work coming out to your colleagues can be a scary prospect. Data from Stonewall suggests that 62% of graduates go back into the closet when they enter the job market - so what are businesses doing wrong when it comes to protecting the rights of their LGBTQ+ employees?
Join our panel of alumni experts to discuss the barriers and enablers that LGBTQ+ employees face in the workplace. You'll hear personal insight from our panellists about the challenges they have faced in their own careers, and the motivations that inspire them to succeed.
This event is free to attend. Register and submit your questions to the panel in advance by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jet Bennett. Wellbeing Advisor, University of Bath
Liz Bingham OBE. Ambassador for Diversity and Inclusiveness
Honorary LLD 2016
Liz has received numerous accolades for her business acumen and her work championing diversity and inclusion in the workplace. She is a Global Stonewall Role Model and received an OBE in 2015 for services to Equality in the Workplace.
Francesco Masala. Students' Union Activities Officer, University of Bath
BSc Politics and International Relations 2019
Francesco will be taking over as Students' Union President in July, and his focus will shift to lobbying for equitable access and participation for students and ensuring an enriching student experience in light of Covid-19
Mat Rosswood. Chief Operating Officer, Kramer Levin, Naftalis & Frankel LLP
BSc International Management & Modern Languages French 1997
Mat is Kramer Levin’s most senior operational leader and a key strategic partner to firm leadership in developing and implementing business initiatives. Mat’s husband Eric is a writer and LGBT activist, best known for his books about same-sex parenting. Mat and Eric’s chronicle of their own adoption journey was featured in Kathleen Archambeau’s book Pride & Joy: LGBTQ Artists, Icons and Everyday Heroes.