On May 6th, the third annual Reaching Out Brazil Conference was held in São Paolo, Brazil. A record number of attendants were at this year’s conference with nearly 400 students and young professionals registered.
The mission of the conference is to give LGBTQ students & young professionals in Brazil and surrounding countries the opportunity to discover the value and importance of being out as an LGBTQ person in the workplace. The event is structured to encourage participants to form connections with their peers, gain inspiration from the experiences shared by professional LGBT speakers, and learn about career opportunities with top-tier employers in consulting, finance, technology and marketing, which are looking to recruit LGBTQ talent.
The morning began with a Welcome Address from Reaching Out’s Executive Director, Matt Kidd and led into a panel titled Generational Diversity in Organizations. A large part of today’s workforce is comprised of Generation Y employees who come with their own expectations of the workplace, as part of the LGBTQ community and otherwise. This topic discussed the current trends that millennials find most important in the workplace by drawing on the experiences of young employees and senior industry leaders.
Three breakout sessions followed the panel and allowed the participants to spend time learning about specialized areas according to their career interests and level.
What is it like working in your industry brought representatives from the conference sponsors to talk about their experiences in their company and industry as an employee and an LGBTQ employee.
CV Analysis invited participants to have their resume reviewed to aid their job searches and to understand what employees look during the application phase.
Consideration of Graduate Programs analyzed the benefits of pursuing additional diplomas, addressed the question of “What is it like to be a Brazilian student in an international school?” and highlighted industry areas that are proving to be the most popular choices for continuing education.
The morning ended with a session titled Ability To Expose Yourself As an LGBTQ Leader. Professionals shared personal stories about the first time they felt empowered to expose themselves and be seen as LGBTQ leaders. Special emphasis was placed on lesbians, bisexual women, and the transgender community as these parts of the community have been under represented in the workplace. Afterwards, a moderated Q&A was held to allow the speakers to advise individual questions.
After lunch, McKinsey & Company Partner & Global Recruitment Leader, Brian Rolfes delivered an address about the LGBTQ vision and how it has changed over time and in global settings. As a supporting founder of GLAM, McKinsey’s gay and lesbian affinity group, he has been with the company for 19 years and has seen many changes come to inclusion in the workplace.
Following Brian were two speakers who are heavily involved in the Brazilian LGBTQ community, Reinaldo Bulgarelli and Márcia Rocha. Reinaldo serves as the Executive Secretary of the LGBT Business and Rights Forum and teaches courses on human rights and corporate social responsibility in three separate schools. Márcia holds a seat on the Sexual Rights Committee of the World Association for Sexual Health and also works as a lawyer. They both shared their how they have combined their business careers with LGBTQ activism and education.
The day ended with a career fair with the conference sponsors and a reception hosted by AmBev.
Obrigado por participar!