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Manchester Workplace conference programme

Choose from 12 workshops led by inclusion specialists

This programme is designed to give you the tools and confidence to advance LGBT inclusion in your organisation.

Sessions are arranged into four best practice streams to help you plan your day, however, delegates are free to choose any combination of sessions.

Our interactive workshop sessions will give you the chance to hear from Stonewall and leading organisations as well as time to create practical action plans that work in your context. Our inspiration sessions are a chance to learn more about a topic and discuss the challenges your organisation is facing with a panel of experts.

You must choose three sessions from any stream, one A session, one B and one C. Session registration will open on 3 September and delegates who have booked will be notified by email and asked to select their sessions. You’ll also be able to access the delegate list and connect with other attendees ahead of the event.

If you haven't yet got your tickets book now to learn best practice on LGBT workplace inclusion or find out more about the event.

Best practice streams


Workshop A: Recruiting diverse talent

Diverse teams produce better results. This session will help delegates understand how to identify and remove barriers in recruitment processes and the benefits of doing so. It will provide ways to target recruitment to reach LGBT job seekers, and how to visibly demonstrate an organisational commitment to LGBT inclusion in order to attract the best talent.

  • Identify the barriers faced by LGBT jobseekers in recruitment processes and how to remove them
  • Explore how to use creative recruitment campaigns to engage directly with LGBT jobseekers
  • Understand how to reduce bias and discrimination towards LGBT people in the recruitment cycle

Discussion B: Promoting positive mental health and wellbeing

Research shows that LGBT people disproportionately experience mental health problems compared to non-LGBT people. In this inspiration session organisations and individuals will share their experience and expertise to help you encourage discussions around mental health and identify ways to promote positive wellbeing in the workplace.

  • Understand individual experiences of mental health in relation to sexual orientation and/or gender identity
  • Explore how to challenge the stigma surrounding mental health issues in order to promote open dialogue
  • Consider the practical steps organisations can take to support the mental wellbeing of all staff

Workshop C: Monitoring; better comms, better data, better business

Monitoring is key in enabling organisations to support their staff, allocate resources and evaluate the impact of inclusion work. This session will explore best practice on monitoring and how to use the data to improve your organisation’s understanding of equality and diversity.

  • Understand the best practice approach when asking for data on sexual orientation and gender identity
  • Explore how to best use staff communications to increase declaration rates
  • Learn how to use the data you collect to create a more inclusive organisation


Workshop A: Inclusive service delivery in the public sector

When designing and developing public services, it’s crucial to consider the specific needs of the LGBT community. This session will outline how public sector organisations can obtain honest feedback about the experiences of LGBT service users and build an action plan based on the Stonewall Service Delivery Toolkit.

  • Understand how to collect and monitor data around the experiences of LGBT service users
  • Learn how to consult with service users and empower them to provide meaningful feedback
  • Gain the confidence to build an action plan for LGBT-inclusive service delivery using the Stonewall Service Delivery Toolkit

Inspiration B: Getting started globally: Utilising the UN Standards

Working around the globe can seem daunting. This session discusses ways to begin the journey to global LGBT inclusion using the UN’s Global LGBTI Corporate Standards for Conduct as a framework. Organisations will share their successes and provide ideas that can be adapted for different contexts.

  • Understand the benefits of using the UN LGBTI Standards as a framework for global work
  • Hear how other organisations have shaped their approach to LGBT inclusion across a global footprint
  • Identify key areas for development such as network groups, training and staff communication

Workshop C: Procurement; developing LGBT-inclusive supply chains

Organisations that embed LGBT inclusion into procurement and commissioning practices can provide a far better service to LGBT service users and customers. This session will explore cross-industry best practice for ensuring LGBT inclusion in your supply chain.

  • Understand the benefits of an LGBT-inclusive supply chain
  • Look at how to implement a procurement process and encourage suppliers to improve their workplaces and services for LGBT people
  • Provide practical information on how to monitor suppliers for quality


Workshop A: Creating a trans inclusive organisation

Trans and non-binary staff will often face additional barriers in the workplace. This session looks at a range of key areas including policy, network groups and staff communications to provide practical ways to make workplaces more inclusive of trans and non-binary people.

  • Gain awareness of the specific challenges trans and non-binary people face in the workplace
  • Identify practical ways to take an individual-centred approach to supporting your trans and non-binary staff
  • Understand how to ensure your LGBT inclusion work is truly trans-inclusive

Discussion B: Supporting your bi staff

Stonewall’s 2017 staff survey showed that just 16% of bi people were completely out at work. This discussion session will equip delegates with a better understanding of identities that fall under the bi umbrella and the distinct challenges that bi people face in the workplace.

  • Understand bi identities and develop the confidence to articulate the need for bi visibility and inclusion in the workplace
  • Gain insight into the challenges faced by bi people at work and the effect this can have
  • Learn practical ways to make your organisation more inclusive of bi people

Workshop C: Being BAME and LGBT in the workplace

LGBT Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic people can face distinct challenges due to their intersectional identities. This session explores how organisations can address these challenges by engaging LGBT BAME staff, customers and service users as well as by supporting and profiling diverse role models.

  • Understand the experience of BAME LGBT people in the workplace and beyond
  • Share ideas on promoting and developing the involvement of BAME people in LGBT inclusion initiatives
  • Learn how to empower and platform BAME role models and engage effective and meaningful allies in your organisation


Workshop A: Making the most of employee networks

An effective employee network group can be a real force for change in an organisation. This session will look at innovative ideas for establishing and developing network groups. It will consider how network groups can effectively influence and contribute to organisational priorities, increase the diversity of members and overcome common challenges.

  • Develop an understanding of the business case and benefits of an employee network group
  • Explore strategies to use network groups effectively and address common barriers
  • Explore ways to recruit a diverse membership

Discussion B: Empowering senior leaders to champion LGBT inclusion

Senior sponsors are key to the success of LGBT inclusion work. This conversation session will help both senior leaders and those who support them explore how to best recruit and empower an appropriate senior sponsor, as well as use their influence most effectively.

  • Understand the role of a senior sponsor and how to recruit the right person for your organisation
  • Identify ways to use the influence of a senior sponsor to drive LGBT inclusion work
  • Explore practical ways to support senior sponsors to carry out their role effectively

Workshop C: Empowering and educating all staff

Creating LGBT inclusive organisations can’t be the responsibility of only one team, everyone must be engaged to create meaningful cultural change. This session will explore how to engage everyone in this work through methods such as creative communications and embedding LGBT inclusion in inductions and training.

  • Learn best practice on creatively communicating your LGBT inclusion work to all staff, including those in dispersed locations
  • Understand methods for including LGBT inclusion in the induction process
  • Hear best practice on effective inclusion training and how to embed this into your organisation

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