Dublin Pride’s Pride at Work Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging (DEIB) conference is returning. The event which doubles up as a recruitment expo will be available to enjoy in-person for the first time since the emergence of Covid-19, but all sessions will also be recorded and available to watch on-demand at a later time through the organisation’s Pride Player.
The two-day conference kicks off in the Radisson Blu on Golden Lane on May 12, boasting a fascinating lineup. The Director of Dublin Pride, Philippa Ryder, will welcome attendees on Thursday morning, before Dr Seán Henry of TUD, Dr Ger Moane of UCD, and Senator Annie Hoey join Ms Ryder for the opening keynote speech on the meaning, concepts, and impacts of DEIB.
In the afternoon, Christelle Gebhardt of Dublin Pride, activist and academic Dr Ailbhe Smyth, Gavin Hennessy of the NXF, TENI CEO Tina Kolos Orbán, and Talita Ferrari Rodrigues of Coinbase, will take part in a discussion labelled ‘Equality not Privilege’. According to the event description, attendees will “Learn about the importance of moving beyond trends and supporting other marginalised groups that are just at the beginning of their journey towards equity, and why even at Pride, it’s important to check our privilege.”
After lunch, Dublin Pride CEO Jed Dowling will present a talk on Rainbow Washing, which will be followed by Moninne Griffith, CEO of BeLonG To, and CEO of Outhouse Oisín O’Reilly, discussing the differences between DEIB and Corporate Social Responsiblity (CSR).
Thursday’s final event will feature Dublin Pride’s Jamie Kenny, Trans and HIV activist Rebecca Tallon de Havilland, head of Pride Poets Sonya Mulligan, and Enda McGrattan (Veda) of the Poz Vibe podcast. They will each discuss their experiences working on Pride-funded projects, explaining the impact of their work, and how audience members can get involved.
Our 2022 Pride at Work Conference & Recruitment Expo is only 4 days away! Be sure to grab your tickets for Thur & Fri before they sell out.
— Dublin LGBTQ+ Pride (@DublinPride) May 9, 2022
Day two of Pride at Work 2022 kicks off with a talk on ‘Equity in Recruitment’ from Head of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at the Public Appointments Service Siobhán McKenna, CEO of The Open Doors Initiative Jeanne McDonagh, and Udemy’s Carson Townsend. Later, Executive Director of Shoutout Aifric Ní Chríodáin alongside the Irish Centre for Diversity’s Andrew Campbell-Edie, and TENI’s Noah Halpin will discuss ‘Belonging & Staff Retention’.
‘We are Family’ is the theme of the 2PM event given by Insight Matter’s Anne Marie Toole and Dil Wickremasinghe, as well as Equality for Children’s Maeve Delargy and Dr Alegandro Aldape. The group will examine “the challenges that still exist, what’s left to do to achieve full equality and the many supports that are available,” for LGBTQ+ families today.
Lord Mayor of Dublin Alison Gilliland and Activist Kieran Rose will then present a talk entitled ‘40 Years of Irish Workers Supporting LGBTQ+ Rights’, which will be followed by Native Event’s Megan Best and Áine Hughes, and Dublin Pride’s Christelle Gebhardt and Damian Bolger explaining why human rights organisations have a duty to declare a climate emergency and further recognise the disproportionate impact of climate change on the LGBTQ+ community.
The conference will conclude with Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth Roderic O’Gorman TD, LGBT Ireland’s CEO Paula Fagan, Trans activist and TENI chair Sara Phillips, and Adam Long of the NXF discussing the issues of violence and discrimination against LGBTQ+ people.
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