Microsoft Hosts GLEAM, Dublin's Inaugural Diversity Summit

Aine Duggan at the GLEAM Diversity Summit

GLEAM, Dublin’s first annual Diversity Summit, was hosted by Microsoft this week


Microsoft hosted the GLEAM Summit, their inaugural Diversity Summit, this week in Dublin. The GLEAM Summit explores how LGBT inclusion in the workplace can be promoted.

GLEAM is Microsoft’s LGBT employee resource group. Members of GLEAM help to ensure that the tech giant’s workforce is inclusive and that LGBT equality is promoted around the world.

Leaders from Microsoft’s global business travelled to Ireland to take part in the Summit, alongside Irish NGOs Gay and Lesbian Equality Network (GLEN), Transgender Equality Network Ireland (TENI) and BeLonG To Youth Services.



Dan Klein from Microsoft, one of the Top 50 LGBT Ally Executives from the OUTstanding and FT 2016 rankings, was one of the speakers at the GLEAM Summit.

Additional speakers included Áine Duggan, the CEO of GLEN, Moninne Griffith, BeLonG To’s Executive Director and Roland White, the Global Director of Diversity & Inclusion from Microsoft International.

Cathriona Hallahan, the Managing Director of Microsoft Ireland, said: “We are very proud to host the GLEAM Summit here in Dublin, where we have a strong track record when it comes to LGBT inclusion.



“The Workplace Equality Index Awards named Microsoft Ireland as one of the Top 5 Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality and you’ll find many of our top executives walking in the Dublin Pride Parade each year.”

“We take the view that there is always more we can do on a local and global level to ensure that LGBT employees are supported at Microsoft, and also in using our influence to promote a more inclusive approach throughout industry. That’s why events such as the GLEAM Summit are so important – they give us a chance to increase knowledge of global best practices for LGBT workplace inclusion.”

Moninne Griffith spoke about the role which “NGOs can play in partnering with industry,” Microsoft Ireland wrote in a tweet.



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