Are we there yet? The journey to LGBTI equality in the workplace.

Have we achieved true LGBTI inclusion in the workplace? What is the next frontier for our community in the professional world?

On Thursday evening, 23rd February we had a lively discussion of these issues and more. With speakers from LinkedIn, Ernst & Young, Deloitte and Minter Ellison, it was a great opportunity to learn, think and discuss the place of our community in the professional sphere – over drinks and canapés.

Hosted at LinkedIn’s Sydney office, guests also took the opportunity connect with some of the LinkedIn team who will helped them Rock Their LinkedIn Profile.

Thank you to our panellists

Sally Carr

Head of Relationship Management SMB – ANZ at LinkedIn Talent Solutions

A wealth of 15 years experience in Recruitment and Talent Solutions gained in the UK, Australia and New Zealand. I have significant experience in leading multiple Sales, Operations and Delivery teams across a variety of industries including: Oil & Gas, Banking & Finance, Pharmaceuticals, Telco’s, Professional Services and FMCG. Working closely with my clients business objectives I drive my teams forward with my strategic, results driven attitude. I have a natural passion for People and enjoy building key relationships with my stakeholders to becoming their Trusted Advisor backed with a passion for leading my teams and enjoy coaching and mentoring my direct reports along the way to enable them to succeed.

Robbie Robertson

Partner, Spatial & Brand Experience at Deloitte Australia

Robbie is an award winning and world class leader in experiential design, retail / brand entrepreneurship and customer experience strategy. Over the past 18+ years he has developed an exceptional expertise in the retail sector, helping businesses overhaul outmoded brands, develop winning consumer strategies & create immersive customer experiences that seamlessly integrate across physical & digital platforms.

He has worked in a number of management roles in London, New York and Sydney at well-respected creative agencies and design firms, including Imagination, Jack Morton, Landini Associates and Landor. Robbie has taken his passion for design and integrated end user experience to new heights by the establishment of two creative agencies, MashUp and E2.

Wayne Parcell PSM

Global Immigration Leader at EY passionate about building a better working world

I have more than 30 years experience in private immigration practice and in government agencies and departments including immigration, taxation, intelligence & security and defence.

At EY I have an experienced team, commited to personal service, building on our leading processes and technology to deliver an outstanding immigration programme in response to our clients’ needs. Our clients can feel secure in the knowledge that they have access to local and international knowledge and specialist assistance across a suite of global mobility servcies where they need it now and where they are going in the future.

Being part of a bigger picture, being part of new immigration stories every day is what gets me to the office and through the day, every day – I thrive on it, and so do my clients.

Gordon Williams

Partner, Human Resources & Industrial Relations at Minter Ellison

I provide pragmatic and commercially focussed advice to clients in Australia and overseas about employment, human resources and industrial relations matters.

I have particular experience advising about senior executive matters, employment aspects of corporate transactions and enforcement of post termination restraints and confidentiality obligations. I also have market leading expertise in employee benefit arrangements and related corporate governance issues.

Building on my previous UK practice, I have strong ‘project management’ skills in multi-jurisdictional employment matters, including international assignments and secondments.

I have been recognised for my expertise in the International Who’s Who of Management Labour and Employment Lawyers and in Australia by Best Lawyers. I am also a sought-after trainer at industry seminars and client workshops both in Australia and overseas.