PARTNER EVENT: LGBT Leadership in the Workplace
Apr
13
3:00 PM15:00

PARTNER EVENT: LGBT Leadership in the Workplace

  • 143 Bromsgrove Street Birmingham, B5 6RG United Kingdom (map)
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LGBT Leadership in the workplace has been created to provide an insight into some of the barriers facing LGBT employees, and some of the benefits of engaging and investing with them. The event will also be utilised to outline and publicly launch Birmingham LGBT's unique programme, the LGBT Leadership Academy.

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LGBT Parenthood and Employability
Sep
15
6:00 PM18:00

LGBT Parenthood and Employability

Our theme for the evening was “LGBT Parenthood”. After marriage equality, more and more couples are looking into adoption or starting families. Our event explored what it means to be an LGBT parent within the workplace and explored any ensuing employment issues for new – and not so new – parents.

Contributions from:

Neil Jinks, Adopter & Director, DWF LLP – and network committee member.

Lance Jinks, Adopter & Regional Co-ordinator for New Family Social.

Saulo de Oliveira Priez who, with his husband, has recently adopted two boys.

Steph Keeble – Director of Birmingham LGBT, and a mother for 28 years.

Thanks to our sponsors DWF.

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Faith & Sexuality
Mar
24
6:30 PM18:30

Faith & Sexuality

The subject of faith and spirituality is increasingly in the news– especially with regard to the interplay between religion and sexuality. The legalisation of gay marriage has also got people talking about the place of religion in our LGBT lives.

The evening will start off with our two guest speakers, before moving on to our usual Q&A and informal networking.

The Rev Catherine Shelley is a former lawyer and now Anglican Chaplain at the University of Birmingham. Mazyar (Maani) Shirali is founder of the Persian LGBT Advisory Service.

Thanks to our sponsors, National Grid, is no charge for this event.

The event will be preceded by our AGM.

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Coming Out 'Right'
Oct
9
6:30 PM18:30

Coming Out 'Right'

Laws and attitudes may have changed, but there are still challenges for the LGBT community in coming out at work.  Are we still over-sensitive? Do employers care anymore? How tiring is it coming out again every time we change job? Why are young people still nervous about coming out?  To discuss these issues and celebrate International Coming Out Day, we’re delighted to invite you to our next event.

The evening will centre around your best coming out stories, sharing advice, so do think of any anecdotes or one-liners!

To start the evening, our guest speaker, David Gregory-Kumar, the Science Correspondent on BBC Midlands Today will be sharing his wisdom on being out and having a high profile job.  The event promises to be informative and very entertaining!

Please arrive from 6pm to enjoy drinks and refreshments David will say a few words at 6.45pm, there will then be time for Q&A and the opportunity to compare notes on the advantages and best ways of coming out at work.

Thanks to our sponsors, Barclays and PwC, there is no charge for this event.

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Smashing Through the Glass Ceiling
Jun
16
6:30 PM18:30

Smashing Through the Glass Ceiling

Expanding on March’s Event which saw a discussion on ‘is there a glass ceiling for LGBT employees?’ we thought it an ideal time to hear from someone who has well and truly smashed through the glass ceilings to get to the top of their profession!

Dame Julie Moore is a graduate nurse who worked in clinical practice before moving into management.  After a variety of clinical, management and director posts, she was appointed as Chief Executive of University Hospitals Birmingham (UHB) in 2006.  She was made a Dame Commander of the British Empire in the New Year’s Honours 2012.  In 2013, she was awarded an Honorary Chair at Warwick University, was included in the BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour list of the 100 most powerful women in the UK and was included in the HSJ lists of the most influential leaders and in 2014 as one of the top ten CEOs.  She has Honorary Doctorates from the University of Birmingham and Birmingham City University.

Thanks to our sponsors, National Grid and The Loft Lounge, there is no charge for this event, however, space is limited and our last event was oversubscribed.

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Being Transgender At Work
Nov
20
6:30 PM18:30

Being Transgender At Work

We are delighted to have two great speakers, Judi Brown from Atkins Engineering and Melanie Jackson from National Grid who will give an insight into experiences at work, before moving to a discussion about some of the issues raised.

There will be plenty of opportunities to share views, information and advice. In addition to the transgender community, we are sure that the event will be of interest to anyone who wishes to find out more about this area, whether as a colleague, manager, HR professional or member of a staff LGBT staff network.

Thanks to our corporate members, who include National Grid, PWC, Irwin Mitchell and the Loft Lounge, there is no cost for the event and nibbles and refreshments will be available.

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Homophobic Bullying In The Workplace, How Far Have We Come?
Feb
26
6:00 PM18:00

Homophobic Bullying In The Workplace, How Far Have We Come?

We are pleased to invite you to our next event at the newly-opened LGBT Centre. The event provides you with an opportunity to see the Centre – tours will be available on the evening to show the range of services available at this ground breaking venue, the only one in England and Wales!

The event will offer an upbeat and positive look at how the LGBT community has made progress combating bullying in the workplace and in our lives generally.

Steph Keeble, the Centre’s Director, will say a few words about the Centre and our topic for the evening.

Thanks to our corporate members, who include National Grid, PWC, Irwin Mitchell and the Loft Lounge, there is no cost for the event and nibbles and refreshments will be available.

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Mental Health and Wellbeing in the Workplace
Oct
10
6:00 PM18:00

Mental Health and Wellbeing in the Workplace

We all aspire to be in a good state of mind, happy and full of positive thoughts all the time. Sometimes, this is hard to do, especially at work. Many employers are engaging more and more with “Wellbeing”, which is great, but what does it actually mean for the LGBT community?

Speakers for this evening include:

Steve BedserBirmingham City Council and Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing will give the perspective from the point of view of a large organisation and support available to the city.

David Mair is Head of Counselling at the University of Birmingham and runs workshops for LGBT students – he’ll be talking about some of the issues which might inform support employers might give to recent graduates.

Steph Keeble and David Viney from Birmingham LGBT will give an update on the progress of the new Health and Wellbeing Centre in Birmingham.

As usual, we’ll open up to discussion and informal networking (and drinks and nibbles of course – thanks to Irwin Mitchell).

Within the topic of Mental Health and Wellbeing, what areas are you most interested in? What does “wellbeing” mean to you?  And how does this match up with your experience at work?

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