8th LGBT+ Business Forum | October 1st, 2020 | Online-Event



Embracing LGBT+ acceptance in CEE workplaces
Creating awareness and giving examples of LGBT+ realities

The CEE region is very diverse in itself: On the one hand, all the countries of this region, except from Belarus and Kosovo, are members of the Council of Europe and, therefore, signatories to the European Convention on Human Rights. Eleven of them are also members of the European Union whose Charter of Fundamental Rights explicitly prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation (Article 21) when applying and implementing EU law (Article 51). On the other hand, all these countries still have their own individual situation and specific legislation.

Prejudices and stereotypes in the workplace, however, are pan-European phenomena. This is reflected both in the 2020 FRA report „A long way to go for LGBTI equality“ and the independent expert SOGI reports commissioned by the Human Rights Council of the United Nations – the 2020 issue focusing on “conversion therapy”.

With this Forum, we want to broaden our perception of the allegedly “progressive West” and give a voice to LGBT+ activists in the workplace from CEE countries to learn more about their best practices and experiences.

The 8th LGBT+ Business Forum marks two innovations: Not only will it be held in English, it will also be in the form of an online event (also due to Covid-19), which will make it possible for international guests to participate.

Click here to register for the digital event!*

* Registration possible until September 18.

This year’s host and cooperation partner of the initiators IBM and Pride Biz Austria is Raiffeisen Bank International.

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Program of the 8th LGBT+ Business Forum

01:00 pm 

Opening words

Astrid G. Weinwurm-Wilhelm & Feri Thierry (President & Vice President Pride Biz Austria)
Patricia Neumann (Country General Manager IBM Austria)
Hannes Mösenbacher (CRO Raiffeisen Bank International)
Irena Moozová (Director for Equality and Union Citizenship, European Commission’s Directorate-
General for Justice and Consumers)

01:15 pm

Keynote: A map and a guide for the ‘long way towards LGBTI equality’  

Miltos Pavlou (European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights)
01:30 pm 

Enhancing LGBT+ perspectives

Corporate strategic aspects & personal stories of LGBT+ people and straight allies 
living and working in CEE countries
Christian Noll (GM of IBM-GBS/DACH)
Melinda Miklós (CEO WeAreOpen/HU)
Dragana Todorović (Executive director ERA/SRB)
Filip Mesić (Senior UX/UI Designer RBI/HR)
Gabriela Pacso (Director of Marketing IBM/RO)
02:15 pm 

Diversity & Inclusion at workplace

Insights into the Profesia survey on the LGBT+ perspective in CZ, SK and HU
Anna Podlesná (CSR manager Profesia/SK)
02:30 pm 

Agile Work Streams

Addressing corporate strategies, inclusive leadership & LGBT+ allies
03:15 pm 

Sharing of results & findings

03:15 pm 

Closing words

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