Diversity Journal-14th Annual Innovations in Diversity Awards-Fall 2017

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n 2015, The Walt Disney Company, along with Out & Equal Workplace Advocates, hosted the LGBT Equality Institute at Walt Disney World, a first-of-its-kind, complimentary event to help other companies create welcoming and inclusive workplaces for LGBT employees. More than 600 attendees, representing 300 companies, gained insights on LGBT workplace trends at the one-day event.


The Walt Disney Company Innovation: LGBT Equality Institute Introduced: 2015 Program Leader: Latondra Newton, Senior Vice President, Diversity and Inclusion

In 2017, Disney and Sodexo partnered with Out & Equal to inaugurate the global Equality Institute in London. It was the first international session focused on LGBT workplace equality and featured a blend of local, regional, and global speakers who provided insights for more than 200 attendees, representing 100 companies. Disney, Out & Equal, and Sodexo hosted the event and the Disney Institute, which

provides professional development and leadership training to organizations around the world, provided the content and facilitators. At each session, Disney and other organizations shared case studies, best practices, and opportunities to benchmark inclusive practices for LGBT employees. Attendees left each session with ideas and actionable steps they could apply and customize for their organizations.