Date: Wednesday October 19th, 2016
Fee: Guests $75 (CAD) Early Bird by Oct 12th, $85 thereafter (CAD)
Location: Ontario Heritage Building, 10 Adelaide St. E., Birkbeck Rm.
Description: LGBTQ inclusion in the workplace: opportunities, challenges, and legal imperatives
In 2012, gender identity and gender expression were added as grounds of discrimination to the Ontario Human Rights Code (sexual orientation which was added in 1986). Despite this, 30% of LGBTQ employees in Canada report experiencing discrimination in the workplace compared to only 3% of non-LGBTQ employees (Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion, 2015)
By recruiting, retaining, and advancing LGBTQ employees, organizations increase their ability to compete for top talent, improve job performance, minimize attrition and litigation costs, and gain wider access to consumer markets. As OD specialists, we are uniquely situated to help organizations build the knowledge, systems, and training programs needed to achieve equity in the workplace.
This goal of this session will be to jump-start a conversation on the following two questions:
What does an LGBTQ-inclusive organization look like?
What does it mean to be a leader in an LGBTQ inclusive organization?
Guest Speaker: Faye Bontje is an independent learning consultant with with a background in executive management and corporate training. She is an accomplished facilitator and instructional designer, and is currently working with Egale Canada Human Rights Trust to expand their suite of professional learning solutions.
About Egale: Egale Canada Human Rights Trust is a national charitable organization dedicated to advancing the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, two-spirit, and queer (LGBTQ) people through research, education, and community engagement. Egale’s professional services team provides high-quality training, facilitation, and policy consultation for local, national, and international organizational development.
Networking Segment: as we mentioned in September, we are adding a more intentional “networking” segment to our TODN events. At our event on Oct 19th Misha Glouberman will be leading our networking exercise. We’ll be looking for ways TODN members can strengthen our network and help each other out. Before the meeting, we encourage you to think about this question: “Is there some issue in your work or life where you can imagine that other members of TODN might be able help, in a short conversation? Some area where you’d like to tap into the expertise or insights of other people at the meeting, or just hear about their personal experiences? Some other conversation you think would be helpful to you?” Misha will be matching people up, so people can help each other out, and find the conversations they need to be having.