Gartner associates recently participated in Pride Month events around the world, supporting members of the LGBTQ+ community and commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, which kick-started the movement for LGBTQ+ rights and equality. Here is a look at how Gartner associates celebrated across the globe, through the efforts of our Pride at Gartner employee resource group (ERG).
Fort Myers, Florida
Gartner associates in Fort Myers celebrated by attending and volunteering at Naples Pride 2019. The group also organized a live performance by Sheena Brook, a contestant on the TV show “The Voice” and an LGBTQ+ advocate. Her performance at a local venue gave Gartner associates the chance to come together to celebrate Pride Month, while also encouraging associates, friends and family members to donate to the LGBTQ Emergency Fund, which supports homeless and at-risk LGBTQ+ youth.
The Fort Myers chapter of the Pride at Gartner ERG promoted the importance of workplace diversity in the local community at the University of Central Florida’s LGBTQ+ Employer Panel. Several organizations joined Gartner as the main event sponsor to educate students about workplace diversity, including discussions around LGBTQ+-specific policies, how ERGs operate, how to navigate coming out at work, and how to be an effective ally in the workplace.
Gartner’s Digital Markets team in Austin honored the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots. The group enjoyed rainbow-inspired treats and showcased their pride with festive trinkets and accessories for a group photo. Associates also enjoyed a happy hour after work, where members of the Pride at Gartner group had the chance to network and honor the historical date.
The Pride at Gartner chapter in Gurgaon hosted several discussion sessions, with more than 200 associates in attendance. Some of these sessions focused on helping participants identify and manage unconscious bias, while others focused on how non-LGBTQ+ associates can act as allies and help strengthen the culture of inclusion in India.
The Gurgaon Pride at Gartner group also hosted a screening of the documentary “Please Mind the Gap,” and hosted the film’s director in the office for a discussion on transgender rights. These are the first Pride Month celebrations in India after the abolition of Section 377 of the Penal Code, which furthers the promotion of establishing safe spaces for LGBTQ+ associates and allows for celebration of individuality in every sphere of their lives.
Associates in our Portland office celebrated Pride Month by pulling together a calendar showcasing 30 ways to celebrate in 30 days. The calendar highlighted local community-based activities, informational sessions on inclusion and diversity, links to LGBTQ+-friendly resource guides as well as team events to show support and make a difference in the community.
In addition to spreading the word about ongoing Pride activities, the Portland team organized a group office photo and happy hour networking event for associates to socialize and commemorate the Stonewall riots.
In our San Francisco office, the Pride at Gartner group hosted a panel discussion on how we all can work together to promote diversity and inclusion in the workplace. During the session, Gartner’s research and advisory associates John Kostoulas, Elise Olding, Ingrid Laman and Carol Rozwell exchanged ideas, reviewed which organizations are getting it right and dug into how each associate can contribute.
After the discussion, a few team members volunteered and participated in both the San Francisco Pride Parade and the unveiling of the Pink Triangle. Since 1997, San Francisco Pride has awarded more than $2.5 million dollars from proceeds of the Pride celebration and parade to local nonprofit LGBTQ+ organizations and those organizations working on issues related to HIV/AIDS, cancer, homelessness and animal welfare.
Associates from L2, a Gartner company, hosted their first annual Pride walk in New York City. The team shared about the history of the Pride Movement and Stonewall riots while walking from our local office on Broadway to the Stonewall Inn – a great way to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the riots.
Our Singapore office celebrated inclusion and diversity by hosting several events during Pride Month. The Employee Engagement Committee hosted a meet and greet in the common area, where members of different teams got to know each other and showed their support for the local LGBTQ+ community.
The group also took a photo, where associates belonging to each major business unit were assigned to wear a color, forming a human rainbow. After the photo, associates gathered for a streaming of Dr. Steve Robbin’s keynote “What is Culture?”. Dr. Robbins is a thought leader known for his unique science-based approach to workplace diversity and inclusion, and was a keynote speaker at a recent Gartner conference as well.
Fifty associates based in Arlington kicked off Pride Month by attending the Washington Nationals’ 15th annual Night OUT baseball game, which celebrates the LGBTQ+ community.
Gartner associates in Arlington attended an event with local charity SMYAL, a Washington, D.C., nonprofit organization that aims to support and empower LGBTQ+ youth by providing mentorship and housing assistance to those in need.
The Pride at Gartner chapter in Irving kicked off the month with a networking event in the city’s Bishop Arts District. Associates from several business units had the chance to get to know each other and network while discussing the importance of inclusive work environments for all.
To celebrate the conclusion of Pride Month, Irving associates also gathered for a morning of conversation and networking over breakfast. The session was educational for many, as the Pride at Gartner group was able to provide more information on the challenges people within the LBGTQ+ community face and how we can all work to eliminate biases within the workplace.
Gartner associates in Australia held several events to celebrate the lead-up to Sydney’s Mardi Gras in March, a pivotal event that helped to change how members of the LGBTQ+ community are treated in Australia. The local Pride at Gartner chapter hosted several gatherings in the office to educate associates and raise awareness on issues within the LGBTQ+ community, including a movie night, Lunch and Learn session, and getting involved with local nonprofit organizations.
Associates attended an informational speaking session with Positive Life NSW, a nonprofit organization working to end the stigma associated with people living with HIV. Kimberly Olsen, CEO of Trans Employment Program Australia, also joined the Gartner team for a Lunch and Learn, where she spoke about ways to improve recruitment opportunities for transgender prospects and eliminate bias within the workplace.
Learn more about inclusion, diversity and engagement at Gartner
Pride at Gartner is one of several employee resource groups specifically focused on establishing and promoting a safe and inclusive work environment for all Gartner associates worldwide. Discover more about inclusion, engagement and diversity at Gartner here.