I interviewed Kelly Widelski earlier in the summer, as part of a series of articles run by the Glass Hammer in support of June’s Gay Pride month.
She’s had a fascinating global career in knowledge management with the accounting giant and you can read her profile here.
Earlier this month, I went along to the Law Society on Chancery Lane to attend the launch of a new report on barriers within the judicial appointment system for members of the LGBT community.
My article about the report and its key findings is now up at Evolved Employer (sibling site to the glasshammer.com) and can be read via this link.
Former lacrosse star and now a senior learning and development consultant with Accenture UK, Sarah Odell, who is also very active in her employer’s LGBT network, is the subject of my most recent article on theglasshammer.
“Her enthusiasm is infectious, as she describes Accenture’s networks as being “… very mature; there’s lots of excitement around the LGBT network and we’re now trying to raise awareness by launching a “Straight Allies” programme. This provides sponsors within each function who serve as ambassadors and mentors for LGBT issues, cascading information on policies and serving as a bridge between the straight and the LGBT communities. The programme’s strap line is “I can’t be out but I’m in” and we hope to make it a global programme over time. We launch later this month at an event with Stonewall.”
Read the full article here.
The first of my three articles on LGBT issues for theglasshammer.com has now been published:
As part of this year’s celebrations of Gay Pride, The Glass Hammer decided to take a look at Sexuality in the City (of London) and ask – how are London’s big companies and financial institutions approaching the LGBT agenda and what do best practices look like in 2011? Are networks making a difference, is it any easier to be out at work than it once was and what does “success” look like if you’re building an integrated and inclusive workplace? Read more …
In support of the celebration of Gay Pride throughout June, I’m writing a couple of articles on LGBT issues for TheGlassHammer.
Look out soon for a piece on LGBT inclusiveness in the City, along with profiles of two “out” women who work in financial services.
Earlier this year, I had an article published on US website The Thin Pink Line. My piece was about the launch of the interactive International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association‘s (ILGA) new website, designed and sponsored by British Telecom:
Last week saw women around the world celebrating the 100thanniversary of International Women’s Day – a day marked on 8th March every year to commemorate the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future.
If, however, you are a gay woman in Pakistan, Algeria or Uganda, then you probably have somewhat less to celebrate, as it’s still illegal to be gay in those countries – and several others. And if you’re a gay woman and fortunate enough to live elsewhere such as the US or the UK, a country where you are, in the recent words of Ulrike Lunacek, an Austrian Member of the European Parliament who co-chairs that entity’s LGBTI group:
“… able to be open in your workplace; able to be free to be who you really are …”
- but you travel overseas, then here’s a website that you may wish to check out. In addition to serving as a useful resource, it will help to raise your awareness of the other countries out there where the LGBTI community don’t enjoy the same levels of personal and professional freedom.
Click here to read more – and here to read about the TPL team’s view on the successful components of collaboration, with which I completely agree, summarised as:
- Agree on a process and a timeline;
- Communicate early and often – and not just by email!
- Respect one another.