11-12 November 2014 | Hong Kong

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icon4DAY 2: 'Taking the Lead with LGBT' Programme

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Community Business is delighted to present the ‘Taking the Lead with LGBT’ Programme. This progamme of targeted Breakout Sessions, training and networking opportunities on Day 2 of the Conference is designed specifically for those passionate about achieving market differentiation and progressing LGBT inclusion.

LGBT & Allies Networking Reception
Wednesday, 12 November 2014, 5.45pm - 8.00pm

This LGBT & Allies Networking Reception provides an opportunity for all delegates to celebrate the end of the Diversity & Inclusion in Asia 2014 Conference. It is also an opportunity to bring together LGBT professionals and allies from different industries, companies and geographies who are committed to driving LGBT inclusion forward in Asia.

Featuring Guest Speaker, Gigi Chao
Please join us for a dynamic conversation with Gigi Chao, an executive director at Cheuk Nang Holdings, a qualified pilot, philanthropist and more recently an LGBT activist. Gigi will share her background, views on gender diversity and LGBT initiatives in Hong Kong. To learn more about Gigi Chao and her story, click here.

Moderating the conversation will be Brian Leung, Chief Campaigner of BigLove Alliance, a ground breaking LGBT advocacy group in Hong Kong dedicated to the protection of basic equal rights for the LGBT community.

Launch of LGBT Workplace Inclusion Index
Community Business will also be announcing the launch of its LGBT Workplace Inclusion Index, a pioneering initiative that will allow companies in Hong Kong to benchmark, drive progress and promote their efforts to create inclusive environment for LGBT employees.

To book a Corporate Branded Table of 8 for the full LGBT Programme on Day 2 of the Conference, or purchase an individual ticket:

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Programme:

Breakout Session 3A: LGBT:Engaging Allies in Asia
Best Practice Sharing by Companies

This Breakout Session is sponsored by:

Credit Suisse

Leading companies are recognising that when it comes to addressing LGBT inclusion in the workplace in Asia, developing a robust ‘ally strategy’ is critical. The cultural sensitivities are such that many Asian LGBT employees may not be comfortable disclosing their identity or openly engaging in LGBT network type activities. An ally programme that seeks to foster greater understanding and proactive support for LGBT inclusion – engaging people at all levels, can be instrumental in creating an environment that enables Asian LGBT employees to feel safe and supported. In this session we will explore best practice approaches to engaging LGBT allies in Asia. An ally programme that seeks to foster greater understanding and proactive support for LGBT inclusion – engaging people at all levels, can be instrumental in creating an environment that enables Asian LGBT employees to feel safe and supported. In this session we will explore best practice approaches to engaging LGBT allies in Asia.

Speaker:

Keerthana MOHAN

Keerthana MOHAN
Head of Diversity & Inclusion Asia Pacific,
Google

 

Tony TENICELA

Tony TENICELA
Global Leader
Workforce Diversity and LGBT Markets
IBM Corporation

 


Breakout Session 3C: The LGBT Inclusion Journey - What Can Asia Learn From Global Experiences?
Panel Discussion with Leading Advocates of LGBT Inclusion

When it comes to promoting LGBT inclusion, Asia is just at the start of its journey. Much can be learnt from the experiences of other countries – in particular the UK, US and closer to home Australia. In this session Community Business will facilitate a discussion with leading LGBT advocates Stonewall, Human Rights Campaign (HRC) and Pride in Diversity. Sharing experiences and lessons learnt, these leaders from around the world will explore the key role that their workplace inclusion indexes play in pushing this agenda forward and driving the adoption of best practice in their markets.

Moderator:

Kevin Burns web

Kevin BURNS
Programme Manager,
Community Business

 

Speakers:

Simon FEEKE

Simon FEEKE
Head of Workplace Stonewall

 

Deena Fidas

Deena FIDAS
Director, Workplace Equality
Program Human Rights
Campaign Foundation

 

Dawn HOUGH

Dawn HOUGH
Director, Pride in Diversity

 


Breakout Session 4A: LGBT and Religion in Asia
Panel Discussion with Leading Experts in Asia

Religion can be an obstacle for many lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals in Asia. In various countries in Asia, outspoken religious groups are active in thwarting efforts to progress LGBT inclusion whilst strongly held religious beliefs of individuals can create tension in the workplace. How do companies handle these dynamics - respecting the religious views of their employees whilst reinforcing their broader values and promoting a culture of tolerance and acceptance? This session will explore this dilemma and seek to provide companies and managers with practical advice on how to respond in a way that is sensitive and appropriate.

Moderator:

Mark FOWLER

Mark FOWLER
Managing Director of Programs, Tanenbaum

 

Speakers:

Shubha CHACKO

Shubha CHACKO
Executive Director, Solidarity Foundation
Director, Aneka

 

Bryan CHOONG

Bryan CHOONG
Executive Director of Oogachaga Counselling and Support