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Stonewall Scotland Workplace Conference 2017 breakout session

Breakout and Information Sessions

Choose from 12 breakout sessions and 5 information sessions led by inclusion specialists.

You can attend three sessions throughout the day, one from each group A, B and C and can make your selection while booking your place at the conference.

The sessions are organised into six best practice streams to help you plan your day.

Focussing on trans inclusion 

While we have seen great strides made in securing rights and improvements for LGB individuals in the workplace, there is still much more we need to do, to ensure that trans individuals have these equal rights and benefits. This stream will aim to give individuals a strong foundation and understanding for how they can make their workspaces more inclusive for trans colleagues, hear about the lived experience of trans individuals and how individuals can step up as an active ally. 

Workshop A1: Trans 1.0 

Understanding trans identities is fundamental to creating an inclusive workplace. This session will introduce trans identities, terminology and language and will give attendees the opportunity to share their experiences and questions.  

Learning outcomes:

  • Improved understanding of trans identities, terminology and language
  • Explore the challenges facing trans people in the workplace including dress code, pronouns and toilets
  • Increased confidence in understanding what the first steps to trans inclusion look like in your organisation

Information Session B7: Trans Experiences in the Workplace

This panel discussion will be an opportunity for attendees to hear about the different challenges individuals have faced as they have transitioned in their workplaces. 

Learning outcomes:

  • Develop an understanding of the best practice for organisations and what they can do to support their staff to ensure that everyone is accepted
  • Gain insight into the lived experiences of trans individuals in the workplace, including some of the challenges they have faced and what support they received

Workshop C12: Trans Allies

Visible allies to trans people are vital to changing workplace cultures. This session will explore the role of allies and how you can step up as an active ally as well as empowering others to do the same.

Learning outcomes:

  • Understand the importance of stepping up and being a visible trans ally in the workplace and the impact this can have
  • Explore ways to be an effective trans ally to overcome challenges
  • Develop strategies to empower others in your workplace to be trans allies

Inclusive and authentic leadership 

Stonewall recognises that people perform better when they can be themselves. Senior leaders and management teams have the potential to be authentic and visible role models within their organisations, helping to lead on cultural change and create a more inclusive workplace for everyone.   Please note this stream is suitable for line managers and senior leaders.

Workshop A2: Practising Your Values: Inclusive Line Management

Equipping managers with the skills to lead diverse teams helps all staff to reach their full potential. By providing a space for line managers and those who train line managers, this session will look at how to tackle the challenges that may arise from having diverse team members to creating an inclusive environment for everyone.

Learning outcomes:

  • Learn about the positive impact of managing and harnessing diversity within teams 
  • Understand how line managers can challenge homophobic, biphobic and transphobic language while championing inclusive behaviours
  • Begin exploring how to engage with line managers in dispersed locations and those working in front line service delivery

Information Session B8: Authentic Leadership – Conversation With Darren Towers

Join us and our Executive Director Darren Towers, for a discussion on the power of authentic leadership, sharing ideas and insights from over ten years of working with senior leaders on LGBT inclusion. 

Learning outcomes:

  • Explore the importance of senior leaders in creating a culture that celebrates inclusion 
  • Hear examples of best practice, for authentic senior leadership on inclusion strategies

Workshop C13: Senior Leaders and Inclusive Strategies

Bringing senior leaders on board with inclusive strategies is a key way to ensure their permanency and acceptance by the rest of the organisation. 

Learning outcomes:

  • Examine the business case for senior leadership involvement in inclusion strategies and what this involvement looks like
  • Develop an understanding of the power of authentic leadership and storytelling
  • Explore best practice from organisations and begin to create a bank of strategies for your organisation.  


Starting Out 

Every year we welcome new organisations to the conference who have just begun on their LGBT inclusion journey. This stream is designed to provide information and support for organisations who are either just starting out, or would like a refresher course on elements of best practice on the foundations of LGBT inclusion within the workplace.

Workshop A3: Starting Out in Inclusion: Making Policies and a Business Case

This session aims to help you build strong foundations for LGBT inclusion in your workplaces, including a solid business case. It will explore the unique issues faced by LGBT people and provide inspiration for strategies you can use in your organisation. 

Learning outcomes:

  • Increased confidence to begin your LGBT inclusion work through identifying the right approach for your organisation
  • Understanding of the first steps, such as setting up a network group, reviewing your policies or identifying a senior champion
  • Best practice tips from other organisations who have recently begun their journey

Information Session B9: Role Models and Allies

Prominent LGBT Role Models and non-LGBT Allies will help to demonstrate to others that their difference will be accepted and is not a barrier to advancing in their organisation. Featuring discussions with some of Stonewall Scotland Role Models and Allies alumni, this session will help you to gain an understanding of how these groups can empower one another to affect change. 

Learning outcomes:

  • Increased understanding of the value of having visible LGBT Role Models and non-LGBT Allies in your workplace at all levels of the organisation
  • Explore how you can support visible LGBT Role Models and non-LGBT Allies in your organisation. 

Workshop C14: Setting Up a Network 

LGBT and Ally networks can be great effectors of change within organisations as well as a source of support and community for LGBT individuals and their allies. This session will focus on how you can begin setting up a network in your organisation, whether it’s from scratch, or after a long period of inactivity. 

Learning outcomes:

  • Hear good practice examples of successful LGBT and ally groups
  • Learn how to involve new members of staff from across the organisation
  • Explore how experiences developing networks in other contexts might inform group development within the organisation


Investing in your staff

The most successful organisations recognise that their most important asset is their staff and that investment in staff’s abilities and potential can reap significant benefits. Yet too often, we hear that LGBT staff face systematic barriers to accessing opportunities, including the fear of being excluded if they disclose their sexual orientation and/or gender identity. These workshops will aim to explore how you can invest in your staff and ensure that they can flourish. 

Workshop A4: Bi Representation in our Workspaces

Bisexual staff are often under-represented in LGBT inclusion initiatives and Stonewall’s 2017 staff survey showed that only 16% of bi people were completely out at work. This session will look at the unique challenges which bi individuals can face when coming out and what organisations can do to ensure more of their bi staff reach their full potential.  

Learning outcomes:

  • Understand bi identities and develop the confidence to articulate the need for bi visibility and inclusion in your workplace
  • Gain insight to the challenges faced by bi people in the workplace and the effect this can have
  • Examine practical strategies from organisations that have taken steps to make their workplaces more inclusive for bi- people. 

Information Session B10: Mental Health and Wellbeing

There has a been a steady growth in our understanding of how mental health can impact upon our performance and relationships in the workplace. However, research shows that LGBT people disproportionately experience mental health problems. This session will explore how to encourage discussion of mental health experiences across the LGBT community in order to support positive wellbeing in the workplace. 

Learning outcomes:

  • Gain a better understanding by hearing people’s stories in relation to their experiences with their mental health and sexual orientation and/or gender identity
  • Explore how to challenge the social stigma that surrounds mental health and LGBT issues and some of the practical steps organisations can take to support the mental wellbeing of their staff

Workshop C15: Developing your Networks Through Mentoring

Young networks which are at the beginning of their journey can often find inspiration and support through mentoring from other organisations/networks.  This session aims to give an overview of the benefits of mentoring and the different types which may benefit your organisation. 

Learning outcomes:

  • Develop an understanding of the different styles of mentoring and how these may be applied to your organisation
  • Hear best practice examples from organisations who have used mentoring to develop their teams and networks
  • Begin to devise strategies and network opportunities to help you develop your own mentoring network 


Global Inclusion

In an increasingly globalised society organisations can have an incredible impact on advancing equality for their staff in other countries. 

Workshop A5: The Role of Global Organisations: Inclusion For All

International employers are increasingly taking a public stance on LGBT equality globally and seeking to mobilise their most talented people internationally. This raises both practical and ethical questions and isn’t without risk. This session will explore and showcase different strategic approaches you can take in the varied environments in which you operate.

Learning outcomes:

  • Examine different examples of best practice for global staff mobility
  • Hear country-specific examples from organisations operating in challenging environments
  • Reflect on how your organisation can affect change for LGBT people globally

Workshop C16: Global LGBT People

This session will look at how you go beyond policies to engage and activate colleagues in your international operations. It will explore how you can overcome the challenges posed by dispersed and diverse workforces and empower voices throughout your organisation to drive LGBT inclusion forward in the global workplace.

Learning outcomes:

  • Learn practical ways that global organisations can communicate consistent support for LGBT equality across varying contexts
  • Understand the role of LGBT and Ally employee networks in advancing inclusion
  • Hear innovative approaches to implementing training for staff globally


Maximising your influence

An organisation’s approach to inclusion doesn’t just need to be limited to within their work spaces, offices and sites. They can have a tremendous impact on the practices and attitudes of their local communities as well, helping LGBT people to be accepted wherever they work, shop, socialise and pray. 

Workshop A6: Inclusive Service Delivery

When accessing public services LGBT people often have different needs and face specific challenges. This session will look at how you can gain honest feedback about the experiences of your LGBT services users and build an action plan based on the new Stonewall service delivery toolkit.

Learning outcomes:

  • Learn how to consult with your service users and empower them to speak to you
  • Feel confident building an action plan based on the results of your consultation and utilising your employee network group
  • Understand how to monitor feedback from your LGBT service users

Information Session B11: Students and Graduates

62% of graduates will go back into the closet once they leave university and enter the workplace. This information session will give you the chance to hear from recent graduates on the experiences which they have had in the workplace and how organisations have supported them to feel accepted. 

Learning outcomes:

  • Gain a greater understanding of the lived experience of graduates as they enter workplaces and concerns they may have about moving from university to a workplace culture
  • Develop different strategies which you can take back to your organisations to ensure that you’re supporting your graduates and encouraging them to get involved with your inclusivity initiatives. 

Workshop C17: Inclusive Marketing and Comms

External marketing and communications can be key to displaying your work around inclusion to a much wider audience. This session aims to explore best practice from organisations on what they have done to raise awareness of their inclusion work to the public. 

Learning outcomes:

  • Hear different case studies from organisations across sectors who have shared their inclusion strategies with the public
  • Develop an understanding of the different strategies which can be utilised to put your message across and how effective they can be (e.g. social media, websites, etc.) 
  • Begin to develop different strategies which your organisation would be able to do around your LGBT inclusion work

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