GIOF Annual Meeting • May 19–26, 2022
The Largest Annual Meeting of
 the Global DEI Community
Panel Discussion

LGBTQIA+ safe culture: is reversing homophobia at the C-level the key to progress?

May 20, 2022 2:00 PM CET BUY TICKETS

Expert studies suggest that more than half of LGBTQIA+ employees still hide their identities in the workplace. Although tolerance and acceptance are becoming increasingly normalized, equal treatment and the number of opportunities is still far away from the standard. Despite significant progress in increasing LGBTQIA+ visibility and acceptance, the general corporate culture around the world still has miles to go.

One of the primary responsibilities of the company’s leadership is to champion the corporate culture. As medium and beginner cadres mirror the practices and directions showcased within the C-suite leaders, it is imperative for the top layer of the company to represent the examples they advocate, to practice what they preach. Consequently, for companies to enable the empowerment of LGBTQIA+ employees and make space for their continuous growth, the organization must have a real-life example of such a leader in charge. Only thereafter, "res ipsa loquitur," the evidence speaks for itself.

The speakers at this panel will discuss:

  • Avoiding conflict while fostering revision of homophobic rendencies in the C-level.

  • What can conscious C-level leaders do to help foster positive transformation towards LGBTQIA+ employees across the organization?

  • Common misconceptions and best practices to challenge homophobia in the workplace.

Ezequiel Massa Head of Diversity & Inclusion at SAP Latin America & Caribbean
Dr. Yetta Toliver Global Head of Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging at Xerox Corporation
Sneha Suresh VP and Head of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (India and Philippines) at Wells Fargo
Aasha Tikoo Director of Strategic Partnerships at myGwork