IN Awards : Network Event of the Year

IN Awards : Network Event of the Year

Photo : Enfys, our Highly Commended network event. (L-R) Professor Colin Riordan, VC, Karen Cooke, Chair of Enfys, Ruth Williams, Vice-Chair of Enfys, Sue Midha, Director of HR

In this category the judges considered events of any type where the network was instrumental in creating and managing an event that had a positive impact. It could be a networking or social event for their members, an event to mark a key date or special occasion or perhaps a learning and development event such as a conference, webinar or workshop. Each finalist is very different, but just as awesome as each other.

Brown Brothers Harriman, European Women’s Network, Connecting Women Across Borders

The Brown Brothers Harriman (BBH) Women’s Network held a pan-European offsite event – ‘Connecting Women Across Borders’ for approximately 125 women from across the globe in May 2015. The two day event provided opportunities for self development and networking around the “Confidence Gap” and “Personal Brand.” Perhaps more important, the incredible two days declared loud and clear that BBH is an organisation committed to empowering women in leadership and to breaking down any remaining cultural, attitudinal, or territorial barriers across our business!
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HIGHLY COMMENDED : Cardiff University, Enfys LGBT+ Staff Network, Pride Film Screening with Dai Donovan

As part of their LGBT History Month 2015 celebrations the network hosted a showing of the hit film Pride. They were particularly keen to show the film as 2015 marks the 30th anniversary of Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners that is of significant local importance. This wasn’t just an ordinary showing of the film; they were delighted to have the company of Dai Donovan, one of the original inspirations for the film who took part in a question and answer session after the screening. This was by far the largest audience they’ve ever had for a network event with over 100 people attending the screening, including students, members of staff and the public and four members of the University Executive Board.
Follow the network on Twitter @EnfysCardiff

EY, EY Women’s Network, Igniting Change

In March 2015 the network hosted a day of celebrations across the UK and Ireland touching 15,000 people. The theme Igniting Change united people across 15 events, including a global social media campaign ‘Pledge to ignite change’ and awards programme. The campaign showcased how they harness their collective power to ignite change and build a better working world, for their people, clients and communities. Guests at events included EY women and men, clients, and representatives from external networks, including the City Women’s Network and Guardian Women in Leadership. Speakers included Bridget McConnell and Rosemary Squire OBE, EY’s 2014 UK Entrepreneur Of The Year winner.
Follow EY on Twitter @EY_UKI

Fujitsu, Shine LGBT+ Network, Inclusion Motivates

To coincide with the networks first birthday they hosted an Inclusion themed event with John Amaechi as their keynote speaker. Other speakers included representatives from Stonewall and IBM’s Eagle LGBT network. The Executive Sponsor for the network, Steven Cox (VP and Head of Public Sector), opened the event and spoke on a personal level about his journey of coming out as a senior executive and the reason why he actively supports the network. 70 people attended the uplifting event that included the premiere of a Fujitsu staff video on what inclusion means for them. The event was recorded so the network could share the experience and thought-provoking discussions with colleagues who were unable to attend.
Follow the network on Twitter @ShineLGBT

Photo : The awesome LGBT Leaders team

LGBT Leaders, LGBT Leaders Conference

Their inaugural conference took place on 21st February 2015 in London with 120 students from 39 Universities attending. One of the aims was to help reverse the trend of too many LGBT students re-entering the closet when they enter the workforce, an estimated 62%. The team not only delivered a fantastic conference with 101 inspiring speakers, including Dennis Layton and Sandy Downs, but they also kept the momentum going with regular updates and additional support for attendees. The LGBT Leaders network of ‘alumni’ – former attendees and speakers – have a role in continuing the success of the annual conference as well as creating an inclusive community of likeminded people who can advance LGBT rights in the workplace together.
Follow the network on Twitter @LGBTLeaders

Photo : Double award winners, the GLEE team with their shiny awards


2015 saw the network host its first Big GLEE@PwC Day – a day of networking and awareness raising events. Using the #bigGLEEday hashtag, they were able to make sure the event reached further than just their offices in London. It was a sizeable event that included a breakfast hosted by The Network of Networks and was followed by an internal team building and strategy session. Their midday session was part of the Lunch with Leaders programme, informal lunchtime events where those internally can network in smaller relaxed environments and talk to LGBT leaders. The afternoon started off with the charities roadshow, where charities were invited to present to PwC employees about what they do and how people at PwC can help. An external networking event ended the inspiring day.
Follow the network on Twitter @GLEEPwCUK

The University of Sheffield, Women@TUoS NETwork, International Women’s Day 2015

90 guests were welcomed by the Lord Mayor of Sheffield, Cllr Peter Rippon to Sheffield Town Hall to celebrate International Women’s Day 2015. The theme this year was Closing the pay gap. Despite the Equal Pay Act from 45 years ago, the gender pay gap remains stubbornly persistent and stands at 19.1% today which means that for every £1 a man earns, a woman gets just under 81p. Speakers included Professor Anne Peat, Pro Vice Chancellor for Learning and Teaching at the University of Sheffield and Shahida Siddique, founding partner and director of FaithStar. The event certainly got people talking and ended with energetic and enthusiastic networking.
Follow the network on Twitter @WomenTUoS

Village Bakers, Great Village Bake Off

The Manchester based network host their annual event as part of Superbia (formally Manchester Pride Fringe). Money raised at the event is donated to the Manchester Pride Community Fund that helps local LGBT charities and community groups. It’s a fabulous afternoon full of cake, pastries and savoury treats made by amateur bakers. There was lots of laughs and fun had and as always, attendees met up with friends, and made new ones too. Hosted at The Molly House, prizes were awarded for categories including Best Savoury Snack. The inclusive event was packed with a real buzz in the air. Judges in recent years have included Bake Off star Howard Middleton and Corrie actress Jennie McAlpine.
Follow the network on Twitter @VillageBakers

About The Author

Thomas Anderson

Founder and MD of Inclusive Networks. Thomas was Chair of the award winning LGBT network for The Co-operative Group, ‘Respect’ (2011-14). Thomas named the network and designed and managed all of the branding, communications and engagement until he stepped down from the role of Chair in March 2014. He also created the branding, name, was Editor of the quarterly magazine and developed the launch of the UK’s first Inter-Retail LGBT network ‘CheckOUT’. He contributed to the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index 5 Year review. In recognition of his work in the diversity field he was shortlisted for ‘Diversity Champion of the Year’ at the 2013 European Diversity Awards, shortlisted for ‘Role Model of the Year’ at the 2012 Lesbian & Gay Foundation Homo Heroes Awards and shortlisted for the ‘Positive Action’ award at the 2013 Asian Fire Service Association Fair & Diverse Awards. He also won the 2012 ‘Pride of The Co-operative’ award. He was a judge for Scotland's biggest diversity awards, The Icon Awards in 2016, 2017 and 2018.

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