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PARTNER EVENT: 'Get out, stay out: supporting LGBTQ employees to succeed in the workplace'

  • University of Birmingham Learning Centre - LG14 B15 2TT United Kingdom (map)


Changes in the law have offered increasing protection to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/questioning community. Despite this, graduates often return to the closet once starting work and openly LGBTQ people continue to be under-represented in senior roles in both public and private sectors.

This is a worrying trend for both employers and employees in light of the growing evidence that all employees perform better in work place environments when they can be themselves.

This interactive workshop will look at the experiences of LGTBQ people in the workplace and identify practical steps that individuals and organisations  (LGBTQ or straight) can take that will enable LGBTQ staff to thrive at work.

The workshop will give feedback from four years of the University of Birmingham’s unique LGBTQ mentoring scheme-  and will also cover the following topics:

  • attracting LGBTQ applicants
  • career progression and promotion
  • value of mentoring schemes and support networks
  • effective coming out strategies – including coming out to clients and customers
  • working abroad

The workshop will be highly practical, enabling participants to network, ask questions and share good practice. There will be an opportunity to develop a personal action plan to enable LGBTQ people to thrive in the workplace.

Who should attend?  

Anyone from the LGBTQ or straight community is welcome to attend this free event.

It will be of particular interest to: HR professionals, graduate recruiters, LGBTQ staff network members, Managers, Equality advisers, Students, Careers advisors.


  • Sean Russell, creator of the University of Birmingham career mentoring scheme for students, formally chair of the Midland LGBT Employee Network and Director of University Careers Services. He is also an executive coach.
  • Paul Eaves-Seeley, Senior HR manager at PWC
  • Khakan Qureshi, Founder of Birmingham South Asians LGBT Group

The event is free, but booking is essential.

Please register at:

Earlier Event: September 15
LGBT Parenthood and Employability