Young@WorkplacePride organizes first LGBTQ Student Networking Event
March 16, 2016
On February 19th, Young@WorkplacePride organized the first LGBTQ Student Networking Event in association with student groups ASV Gay (Amsterdam) and Outsite (Delft). The goal of the event, hosted by PwC, was to start a dialogue about life as an LGBT student and as an LGBT young professional*.
The event, attended by Young@WorkplacePride members and 30 students from various schools, started with a personal mentoring session from Janet Visbeen, partner at PwC. Janet, who is also part of Young@WorkplacePride’s Mentoring Program, gave an inspiring speech about her experiences in the workplace as an LGBT professional. What resonated most with the attendees was her advice to develop your personal brand and stay true to it.
The students were then given the time to speed date in small groups. This created a welcome opportunity to continue the dialogue,learn from each other’s experiences and ask questions in a safe environment. The event ended with an informal drink where new connections were cemented and PwC’s recruitment team was present to scout for talent and answer all questions.
Young@WorkplacePride would like to thank PwC for hosting a fantastic event. This was the first student event of many to follow,each hosted by a different Workplace Pride member.
For more information about Young@WorkplacePride, please contact Boyd de Ruiter at email@example.com.
* Research has shown that in The Netherlands an astonishing 30% of LGBT students, 1800 LGBT students per year, go back into the closet when applying for a job. The Sociaal Cultureel Planbureau, DUO (Dienst Uitvoering Onderwijs) and ING have estimated that young professionals who hide their sexual orientation are 30% less productive than their peers, which adds up to an approximate 8 – 11 million Euros loss in revenues per year.