November 24, 2016
On November 14th, Booking.com hosted the Amsterdam launch of Women@WorkplacePride. In a full room with over 50 people the initiators of Workplace Pride’s program for LGBT women professionals shared their mission and launched the new identifier that will be part of the Workplace Pride overall branding. Booking.com’s LGBT network, ‘B.Proud’ also shared their best practices.
The meeting was a good example of the impact that Women@WorkplacePride aims to have: Connecting women and building a network that allows LGBT women to be visible and get empowered. At the same time, sharing experiences and speaking about content inspires people and adds value to everyone’s careers. Valuable input for next events and activities was given by participants.
“Interacting with a vast pool of professional LGBT women enables you to be the better version of yourself. And it enables you to do something for others and for the LGBT community,” said Joanna Semeniuk, one of the initiators of the Women@WorkplacePride program.
As one of Workplace Pride’s Foundation Leaders, Booking.com shared their best practices. Tassia Pellegrini gave a presentation on Booking’s diversity strategy, especially their LGBT international network and women in tech programs. B.Proud, used a Hackathon to kickstart their network. They use a new tool, Facebook’s Intranet, for enabling the LGBT community to connect in Booking offices around the world. Booking.com’s lesson was: Together, people can achieve things. “For me B.Proud shouts to everyone at Booking.com that we are open, friendly, forward thinking and our company wants to lead the way not just follow the crowd,”said one employee.
Women@WorkplacePride will continue to organize events on leadership and professional development, role models, visibility and inclusivity and building a strong LGBT women community. The next event for Workplace Pride members is an informal networking meeting at the WorkplacePride office, on the 16 th of December.
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