Filtering by: Best Practice

RPC explores the impact of the Gender Recognition Act 15 years on
Feb
21
5:30 PM17:30

RPC explores the impact of the Gender Recognition Act 15 years on

Our friends at RPC are running an event on what will be the 15th anniversary of the Gender Recognition Act (GRA), this event (supported by the Law Society) aims to provide an overview of the GRA, the impact it had, and what the future looks like.

The speakers will draw upon their own personal experiences to discuss the issues that Trans+ people face in the UK in 2019.  Speakers include:

  • Bridget Garrood - Partner, Cartridges Law

  • Luke Williams - Solicitor / Lecturer at BPP

  • Emrys Moore - Trainee Solicitor, RPC

Drinks and nibbles will follow after the event, where the discussions can continue.

Provided by: RPC supported by The Law Society


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RPC explores the impact of the Admiral Duncan bombing on LGBT+ London life
Feb
15
5:30 PM17:30

RPC explores the impact of the Admiral Duncan bombing on LGBT+ London life

Our friends at RPC are running an event in London to mark 20 years since the Admiral Duncan bombing, this event (supported by the Law Society) will discuss how the bombing impacted upon life for LGBT+ residents of London and the long-term impact it made to the LGBT+ scene, particularly in Soho.

The panel of speakers will discuss hate crime against LGBT+ individuals more generally and the changes they've noticed in recent years.  Speakers include:

  • Chris Seel- Diversity & Inclusion Adviser (The Law Society)

  • PC Anton Brown- Hate Crime Liaison and LGBT Liaison Officer, The Metropolitan Police

  • Nick Antjoule- Head of Hate Crime Services, Galop

  • PC Herm Trepesch- Diversity Directorate and Police Sergeant, Surrey Police

  • Mark Healey- Founder, 17-24-30 No To Hate Crime Campaign

Drinks and nibbles will follow after the event, where the discussions can continue.

Provided by: RPC supported by The Law Society


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London: Empowering Allies to Create Inclusive Workplaces with RSA & DWF
Jul
5
5:00 PM17:00

London: Empowering Allies to Create Inclusive Workplaces with RSA & DWF

Allies play a critical role in creating inclusive workplaces and are key in ensuring LGBT+ colleagues are included and can bring their authentic self to work.

DWF and RSA are delighted to host this engaging event which will provide practical ways to empower allies so they feel confident to get involved and help to create a more inclusive workplace culture within the insurance sector.
 
You will hear from LGBT allies and Role Models who will share insights and practical advice to help influence your next steps. There will also be a chance to pose questions to the panel and take part in the discussion.
 
Panel members will include:

  • Simon Hodgkinson, CIO Digital Security, BP
  • Suli Hampson, Strategic Programmes, Lloyds Banking Group
  • David Walton, Partner, DWF
  • Anjalee Sewpaul, Founder at Déjà Vu

Panel Facilitator: Paul Trivett, RSA Building Pride Sponsor

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An Introduction to Mental Health Awareness
Apr
26
12:00 PM12:00

An Introduction to Mental Health Awareness

Emma Freeman, the leader of Swiss Re mental health group, Pathways, has kindly offered to run an introductory mental health awareness session for members of Link.

We will cover:

  • How to spot the early signs of a mental health problem
  • Feel confident in helping someone experiencing a problem
  • Help prevent someone from hurting themselves or others
  • Help stop mental ill health from getting worse
  • Help someone recover faster
  • Guide someone towards the right support
  • Reduce the stigma of mental health problems

Schedule

12:00 Arrival
12:30 Session Starts
14:00 Session Ends

Bring your own lunch. Tea, Coffee and water will be provided.

Note: There are only 15 spaces: first come, first served. If it's successful and there is enough demand, we will try and run another later in the year - so don't hold back from adding your name to the waitlist if you don't get in this session.

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Inclusive workplaces: How far has the Insurance Industry come? What's next?
Apr
12
5:30 PM17:30

Inclusive workplaces: How far has the Insurance Industry come? What's next?

Link celebrated its official launch on 26th March 2013. We had a fantastic panel focusing on the business case for Diversity and Inclusion (D&I). On 12th April 2018, to celebrate our 5th birthday we return to the Great Hall at Aldermanbury, once again guests of Insurance Institute of London.

Read the event brochure.

The Link committee and our excellent volunteer team are excited to invite you to join us as we reflect on the last five years and look at current trends and how they may impact our industry.

First we will get a retrospective of the progress made in our industry over the last 5 years, exploring the impact from an LGBT+ perspective and hearing from people at different stages of their career.

We then welcome one of our keynote speakers, Mx Pips Bunce, who will introduce the topic of Gender Identity and Expression.

We shall then look to the near horizon and speculate on how current trends in the LGBT+ community may impact our industry and future workplaces.

Confirmed Speakers:

  • Paul Jardine, XL Catlin
  • Karen Graves, SCOR
  • Pips Bunce, Credit Suisse

More to be announced soon.

By the end of this event you will:

  • Understand the progress in D&I made by the insurance industry over the last 5 years.
  • Hear personal accounts of how this progress has impacted insurance professionals in various stages of their careers.
  • Understand the concepts of Gender Identity and Expression and how to support friends and colleagues.
  • Discuss the next steps for the LGBT community and any challenges for the insurance industry.
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Trans*formation 3rd Birthday
Oct
2
6:45 PM18:45

Trans*formation 3rd Birthday

Our friends at Trans*formation are pleased to invite you to thier third birthday celebrations, kindly hosted by Norton Rose Fulbright!

They celebrate the intersections and diversity of trans* peoples experiences in different ways every year. Their year our themes are; Trans* customers and Coming out of families of trans* people.
In addition to their themes you'll hear what they’ve achieved over the last year to support trans* individuals in the workplace, and all about thier plans for the next year. It's been a busy year and they are so excited to share all the highlights with you!

This will be followed by a drinks reception with canapes! 

Join us in helping them celebrate!

Please RSVP by Friday, September 22.

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Dive In Festival 2017
Sep
26
to Sep 28

Dive In Festival 2017

Do you have your tickets reserved at #DiveInFest 2017?

Dive In is the festival for diversity and inclusion in insurance, helping insurance get fit for the future, highlighting the business case for diverse and inclusive workplaces and providing practical ideas and inspiration for how to bring about positive change.

Following the success of the Dive In festival in London, 2015 and 10 countries in 2016, this year will see events returning to global locations such as London, New York City, Zurich, and Bermuda, as well as new cities including Beijing, Perth, Melbourne, Leeds, and Mumbai, between 26-28 September 2017.

Link is proud to be delivering the LGBT+ content for London and Leeds.

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Gender Inclusion Network: How to build your profile and keep it there
Sep
7
4:30 PM16:30

Gender Inclusion Network: How to build your profile and keep it there

Our friends at the Gender Inclusion Network have organised networking drinks and the chance to speak to reputation and image experts including representatives from LinkedIn, House of Colour, Hays, SmartWorks, Jennifer Corcoran and Julie Courtney.

Throughout the evening, there will also be the opportunity to have a professional head-shot taken.

 

 

 

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MMC Pride: In This Together - Day Conference
Sep
1
8:30 AM08:30

MMC Pride: In This Together - Day Conference

Marsh & McLennan Companies will be hosting a full day conference at the Tower of London titled ‘#InThisTogether – Intersectional Diversity’. The day will be split into topics which will look to unbundle diversity, race, disability, and mental health through discussion and understanding why these topics are still relevant today.

  • Let's Talk About Race 
  • Engaging Customers & Clients 
  • Unbundling LGBT + Disability 
  • Keynote Address: Claire Harvey 
  • HR As Inclusion Driver 
  • Unbundling LGBT + Mental Health 
  • Engaged Allies

Register to attend for one or more of the sessions of your choice, or to attend for the entire day. 

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Aon & QBE Allies
Jul
26
5:00 PM17:00

Aon & QBE Allies

Aon & QBE Allies

Link is pleased to announce a collaboration with Aon Pride Alliance and QBE Pride to provide practical tips for anyone wishing to support LGBT+ friends, family and colleagues.

What you will get from the event

  • An understanding of why Allies are so important to the LGBT+ Community
  • What is expected of Allies
  • Practical tips about how to support the LGBT+ community in the workplace
  • Hear from LGBT+ colleagues ab out the impact of having Allies in their working lives

Schedule

17.00 – 17.25Registration and refreshment
17.25 – 17.30Open & Welcome, Jim Herbert, Chief Development Officer, Aon Risk Solutions
17.30 – 17.40Brief intro to Link from Co-Chair, Theresa Farrenson
17.40 - 18.50What makes a good ally? Kris Phelps, Group Manager, Stonewall
17.50 - 18.10   Speakers from Aon and QBE
18.10 – 18.20Q&A to speakers
18.20 – 18.35Guest speaker, Dame Inga Beale
18.35 – 18.40Close, Mike East, Director of Technical Claims, QBE European Operations
18.40 - 20.00Networking

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Jun
6
4:15 PM16:15

AIG & Aon present Diversity Evolution 2.0

This event is co-hosted by Aon’s Women’s International Network and Pride Alliance, together with AIG’s Women and Allies and STEP employee resource groups.

Our guest speaker Simon Fanshawe OBE, will be moderating a panel on the 'How and the Why' we are driving change for diversity in the financial services industry. The panel will include:

  • Antonia Belcher, Founding member of MHBC LLP
  • Erik Johnson, Corporate Development Manager, Pioneer Underwriters
  • Annika Symonds, Chief Administrative Officer, Global Retirement & Investment Practice, Aon Hewitt
  • Andrew Tunnicliffe, UK & EMEA Strategic Advisor, Aon Risk Solutions
  • Anthony Hope, Chairman of the Board of Directors, AIG Europe Limited
  • Nerissa Naidu, Global Head of Strategy, Global Business Services, AIG

You will hear from Antonia Belcher on her personal journey to achieve acceptance in the workplace, and Simon Fanshawe OBE will provide his expert insight into what is happening and what companies can aspire to achieving.
This will be followed by networking drinks and nibbles, where you can meet each other and the speakers in an informal setting.

And of course you can move on to the Link Networking afterwards

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Link Up North: Workplace Equality Best Practice
May
18
5:30 PM17:30

Link Up North: Workplace Equality Best Practice

The 2017 Stonewall Workplace Equality Index had more entrants than ever before, with increasing participation from financial services and legal firms. In this session, firms who have made a significant increase or who are established within the top 100 will share best practice, challenges they’ve overcome, and what is next for their networks or organisation.

17:30 - Light refreshments and networking
18:00 - 19:00 - Panel and Q&A
19:00 - 20:00 - Refreshments and networking

With Stonewall starting a new three year cycle on questions for the Workplace Equality Index, we will discuss what might be included, and areas of focus for firms.

This event is kindly hosted by Direct Line Group in Leeds and forms part of our International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHoBiT) celebrations.

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LinkUpNorth:  Engaging Allies
Feb
16
5:30 PM17:30

LinkUpNorth: Engaging Allies

Engaging with allies is a key factor of network success, often allowing networks to leverage a wider base of active members and prevent us from "preaching to the choir".

In this event, hosted by Bond Dickinson, we'll discuss how to engage and leverage allies to extend the reach of your network. Allies from Aviva and Lloyds Banking Group will share details of their initiatives, and answer your questions on allies. Register for this event here.

17:30 - Light refreshments and networking
18:00 - 19:00 - Panel and Q&A
19:00 - 20:00 - Refreshments and networking

While our focus is on LGBT networks, this event is suitable for all employee networks who are looking to maximise the engagement of allies, so please do share with other networks at your firm. Refreshments and canapes kindly provided by Bond Dickinson. 

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Bisexuality In The Workplace
Sep
29
5:30 PM17:30

Bisexuality In The Workplace

It’s no secret that bisexual visibility in the workplace is an issue. Stonewall research shows that Bisexual people are half as likely to be out at work than their gay and lesbian colleagues, and less than 1 in 10% of LGBT employees feel there are visible bisexual role models in their organisation. In this event, Josh Willacy from Stonewall will share information about the work they are doing to increase Bi visibility, and we’ll hear from Bisexual Role Models from across Professional Services.

Registration will open at 17:30, with talks beginning promptly at 18:00. This event is kindly hosted by Deloitte.  Please go to the 10th floor to the Deloitte main reception where you will be directed to the seminar room.

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Dive In Festival 2016
Sep
27
to Sep 29

Dive In Festival 2016

After a successful first year, with more than 2000 registered attendees, the festival is broadening its audience mandate beyond the Lloyd’s market to include the wider companies market in 2016.  As well as increased participation among insurers with a London presence, the festival will also expand across the UK and internationally. Dive In branded events will be hosted in cities including Beijing, Sydney, Paris and Chicago.

This year there will be more events, more capacity and additional themes including multi-generational workplaces and families and carers. Volunteers are encouraged to come forward if they have experience of working in any relevant network groups to help programme the content and organise events. Groups already formed but looking to refresh membership include Women in Insurance, LGBT, Multi-cultural diversity and Workability, which covers both physical and mental health.

A video learning library of D&I content from the first Dive In festival is now available on the web site at www.diveinfestival.com.

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Swiss Re:  All About Trans
Aug
11
11:00 AM11:00

Swiss Re: All About Trans

Discover the facts and myths about the Trans*community and make yourself a stronger ally!

In this session we will educate the participants on key terminology and concepts, providing a safe environment where you can ask any questions that you may have and share real life experiences with Trans* individuals from their own journey. As part of this session, we are delighted to welcome Pippa Bunce And Emma Cusdin who are looking forward to sharing their experiences with you.

11am-12pm: Presentation
12pm-12:30pm:  Light Lunch

First 10 Link members contacting Victoria_Lanfear@swissre.com will get seats.


Pippa Bunce

Mx Pippa Bunce is the global head of Integration Components within the Global Markets technology, strategy and architecture at Credit Suisse. She is gender fluid and spends half her week as Phil and the other half as Pippa both at work and at home with her wife and two teenage children.  

Pippa is an active member of the LGBT committee and is the co-chair of the Credit Suisse ally program. She is a keen activist for Trans* rights and works with many external organisations and charities to educate others on the topics of Trans*. She has produced articles for the Financial Times, been part of this BBC documentary about gender fluidity at work and spoken at many external events including the Stonewall workplace conference. She has also authored this Trans Q&A guide which has this associated video to educate people about the topic of Trans*.

She is delighted to have this opportunity to speak at this event about the importance of authenticity and represent non-binary and gender fluid part of the Trans* spectrum


Emma Cusdin

Emma Cusdin has over 20 years' experience in Human Resources having worked for global financial services organizations and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development.

Emma is an openly trans woman, having transitioned in 2009, and she is passionate about raising awareness of trans issues.  Emma has spoken at many trans events organized by leading private sector companies. She has been interviewed on Astute radio, featured in the Financial Times and has written a blog for the Huffington Post.

Emma is a Trustee for the Gender Identity Research & Education Society (GIRES) and she chaired the National Trans Youth Conference in 2014 and 2015.  She was delighted to receive the ‘highly commended’ award at the 2015 European Diversity Awards in the category of ‘Inspirational Role Model’ and she recently appeared in the OUT at work 2016 top 50 UK LGBT Executives.   Emma also sits on the trans advisory group (called the ‘T squad’) for the new start-up LGBT Insurance company, Emerald Life.

Emma co-founded trans*formation, the UK’s largest professional networking organisation for trans* individuals, their friends and colleagues.

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Link Up North: Mental Health in the Workplace
May
25
5:30 PM17:30

Link Up North: Mental Health in the Workplace

LGB people are 50% more likely than straight people to experience long term mental health problems. 

They're twice as likely to attempt suicide as straight people. 

88% of trans* people have experienced depression compared to 1 in 4 of the wider population. 

More than 60% of trans* people have attempted suicide.

These are shocking and distressing statistics, and while the issue of mental health in the workplace is much wider than the LGBT community, it's important to remember that LGBT people may have very different experiences with mental health than their straight colleagues.

In this session, Katherine Conway, Head of Diversity & Inclusion and Community Affairs, Aon, will share their strategy on mental health in the workplace, and we will discuss how LGBT networks and health networks can work together to support all employees. This event will have a wider focus than LGBT mental health, so is suited to HR professionals as well as network members. 

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Stonewall Workplace Conference London 2016
Apr
15
9:03 AM09:03

Stonewall Workplace Conference London 2016

The annual flagship Stonewall Workplace Conference in London, supported by EY, is a must-attend event for everyone involved in the delivery of workplace equality, diversity and inclusion. It brings together hundreds of organisations such as Barnardo's, the British Transport Police, EY, the Royal Navy and Vodafone to share the latest innovative thinking.

This year they have more breakout sessions than ever including advanced sessions for employee network groups, engaging staff across dispersed locations, strengthening the support of allies and exploring mental health challenges for LGBT people.

Keynote Speakers include:  Inga Beale, CEO Lloyd's of London

Download Day Programme

For more info and to register for tickets, visit the Stonewall website, Stonewall Diversity Champion members get a discount.

 

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Link Up North: Best Practice for LGBT Employee Networks
Mar
16
5:30 PM17:30

Link Up North: Best Practice for LGBT Employee Networks

The first ever Link (LGBT Insurance Network) Up North event in Manchester, we go back to basics with some of the best LGBT employers in the UK, according to the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index 2016.They will share the successes and challenges of their networks and organisations, and answer your questions at the end.

Kindly hosted by Lloyds Banking Group, their office is less than 10 minutes walk from Piccadilly Station.

 

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The Economist: Pride and Prejudice
Mar
3
8:00 AM08:00

The Economist: Pride and Prejudice

  • 155 Bishopsgate, Liverpool Street London EC2M 3YD United Kingdom (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Link has been offered a 20% discount on tickets to the London event.  Please use the discount code LINK/DC when registering.  

Pride and Prejudice is a global, 24-hour event spanning three cities around the world. It will catalyse fresh debate on the economic and human costs of discrimination against the LGBT community. The event will challenge policymakers and industry leaders to rethink the future of the LGBT movement and its impact on business.

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Link Up North: Introduction to Internal Communications for Networks
Feb
24
5:30 PM17:30

Link Up North: Introduction to Internal Communications for Networks

For employee networks, internal communications are crucial. Russell Norton, Senior Internal Communications Consultant and Diversity specialist for Scarlett Abbott, will give an introduction to internal communications and share tips on how employee networks can boost their comms skills. More information and register at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/link-up-north-internal-communications-for-employee-networks-tickets-21448213183 

Scarlett Abbott are experts in internal communications and employee engagement. They power conversations that connect, engage and motivate people to deliver great business results. More information at http://scarlettabbott.co.uk/ 

This event is kindly hosted by DAC Beachcroft, Leeds. 

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Team Pride: Levelling the LGBT Playing Field
Feb
11
8:30 AM08:30

Team Pride: Levelling the LGBT Playing Field

Link has been offered 100 seats at this event (first come-first served) - to register please email vera.adelmann@aon.co.uk.  For more information see the website

Sport has an incredible ability to break barriers and be a catalyst for positive social change.

However, despite recent stories of players and officials coming out, sport arguably has some way to go in taking full advantage of an inclusive industry where all lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) individuals are accepted and able to bring their “whole selves to work”.

Seeking positive change. A powerful body of athletes, sponsors, rights holders, LGBT allies as well as well as media and agencies that are engaged at the intersection of sports and the LGBT experience, will gather in London for an inaugural conference. A day of conversations, panels and case studies will examine: sexual orientation and gender identity in sports; the business opportunity and rationale of promoting LGBT inclusion; numerous positive examples of those breaking new ground and how sponsorsare acting as a catalyst to achieve real change.

#TeamPride

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Link Up North: New Year's Resol-YOU-tions 2016
Jan
26
5:30 PM17:30

Link Up North: New Year's Resol-YOU-tions 2016

 

Link Up North presents New Year's Resol-YOU-tions 2016, where we'll aim to inspire and motivate you for the year ahead!

We'll focus on how to get the best out of yourselves, your companies and how to better engage with Diversity and Inclusion on both a personal and corporate level.

We’re delighted to be joined by Charlotte Sweeney, Founder and Director of Charlotte Sweeney Associates. Charlotte was recently recognised as one of the Top 50 Diversity and Inclusion Professionals in the world in the inaugural Global Diversity List and has also been nominated for The Yorkshire Choice Award 2016 in the category 'Inspirational Individual of the Year.' In 2015 she launched Creating Inclusive Cultures (CIC) in Leeds.

*Update* Simon Rodgers, Corporate Events Strategic Account Manager at Aviva & Chair of Aviva Pride, will also be sharing his thoughts on the night. As well as spearheading Aviva's tremendous performance in 2015's Stonewall Workplace Equality Index, he also recently ranked 21st in OUTstanding's Future LGBT Leaders list.

This event is kindly hosted by KPMG at 1 Sovereign Square, Leeds. Refreshments will be provided.

17:30: Registration and networking
18:00 - 19:00: Talks and Q&A
19:00 onwards: Networking drinks

Click HERE to sign-up

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Nov
23
5:30 PM17:30

Link Up North: Trans-forming the Workplace

Join Link Up North and DWF in Leeds to discuss the T in LGBT. We're joined by Stonewall who will share more details on trans inclusion in the Workplace Equality Index, and Amy Stanning of Barclays, who will talk about her personal and professional experiences of being a Trans woman.

More info and registration HERE

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