Stonewall Workplace Conference 2011, 18/3/11

Ben Summerskill, Chair of Stonewall

Marge Connelly, Global Chief Operating Officer, Barclaycard

Theresa May MP, Home Secretary and Minister for Women and Equalities

Leading Lesbians: Breaking the glass ceiling

Jane Hill, BBC News Presenter (facilitated the session).

Laura Doughty, Stonewall

18 years in sales, not always out, so tiring, made me appear a very boring (constantly editing my life for public consumption). After coming out, I was a much better leader, and far happier).

Donna Gildea, CMS Cameron McKenna LLP, IT Director

“I sat next to someone also lesbian + neither of us knew for 3 months!”

Sarah Odell, Accenture

10 years in deep South USA, not out, stark contrast how I feel now.

Finding common ground across the strands

IBM, Diversity Leader for Europe, Wendy Papworth

Ruth Hunt, Stonewall

Hafsha Ali, Tower Hamlets Council

Driving Equality in Challenging Times

Chair: How do we involve everyone so that it becomes a “whole organisation” issue?

Cameron Cartmell, Ernst & Young: We need outstanding sponsorship by senior leaders. LGBT needs to be talked about across the organisation. It needs a relevant business case that talks to the top people. How will it save money? How much do we invest in people as they progress in the organisation over 5 years?

Jane Brown, Waltham Forest Council: They are reframing equality and diversity, i.e. shorter list of objectives/targets. Keep the agenda coupled with the business agenda. As a Labour council, they have held onto the function. Highlighting community cohesion, hate crime. Evidence of desired improvements essential.

Michael Pyner, Shoreditch Trust: As well as providing times and places for mutual support, provide contexts where people can come together to ‘experience each other differently' (the Shoreditch Dog Show story!).

Bill Payne, CEO Metropolitan Housing Partnership

Lance Corporal James Wharton, British Army

Madeline — Thoughts