Building an LGBTQ+ Inclusive Workplace

Coming out at work can seem like a perilous challenge. Here’s how organizations can support the process
60 Minutes
Wednesday August 22, 2018 1:00 PM EDT

Your family and friends know but does your boss? How about your colleagues? For many in the LGBTQ+ community, stigma and fear mean coming out at work may not feel like an option.  That’s why nearly half of people who identify as LGBTQ+ in the U.S. still keep their true identities to themselves at the office. Doing so, however, may not only negatively affect their mental health; it also means their employers do not benefit from the innovative thinking and improved customer focus that go hand-in-hand with more diverse and inclusive workplaces.

In this webinar, Erin LeBlanc, director of strategic program development and accreditation at Smith School of Business, will speak candidly about her experience of transitioning at work. She will be joined by Erin Clow, education and communications advisor with the Equity and Human Rights Offices at Queen’s University, who will share policy best-practices and lessons learned around supporting LGBTQ+ employees.

Participants will learn:

  • Practical considerations around the decision to come out at work
  • How an employee making a gender transition was supported in her workplace
  • What employers can do to better support their LGBTQ+ employees at work
  • Best practices for creating workplace policies to protect LGBTQ+ employees

Learn more about the LGBTQ+ Executive Leadership Program.

Smith School of Business

Goodes Hall, Queen's University
Kingston, Ontario
Canada K7L 3N6

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