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This year, LGBTQ+ topics will be a prominent pillar of the diversity focus track at AsiaBerlin Summit 2021 (4 to 10 October 2021). We will discuss everything from how partners, corporates, initiatives, communities, other startups, and allies support fostering a diverse ecosystem. We will focus on how companies can create individual accountability, inclusive policies, and effective programs to create safer workplaces that iterate towards more considered forms of diversity. Some of the panels and keynotes are : 

From Streets to Offices: Unblocking LGBTQ Talent

Monday, 4 October 

2:00-2:15 

Data on experiences for LGBTQ-identified professionals is only just becoming more widely available in Germany and some parts of the Asia Pacific. A 2020 German study showed that while LGBTQ-identified individuals are highly educated, one in three individuals experienced discrimination at work. How can Berlin deliver on its reputation as an LGBTQ-friendly for not only culture but workplaces? We’ll survey some of the initiatives that startups and tech communities in Berlin have taken up to create more inclusive workplaces to gather top global talents.

Startups and Enterprises – Discussing LGBTQ ERGs

Monday, 4 October

2:20-3:00

What are best practices that businesses have learned over the years as they’ve iterated their diversity policies? What are ways new teams can be intersectionally inclusive from day one? How can ERGs support LGBTQ professional development? In this panel, we will discuss how companies can create individual accountability, inclusive policies, and effective programs to create safer workplaces that iterate towards more considered forms of diversity.

Empowerment & Diversity as a mindset – From Buzzword to Action

Tuesday, 5 October

2:00-2:50

Diversity is a heavily discussed topic in 2021. Study after study shows that diverse teams make better business decisions and produce better outcomes. But how far have we come while speaking about it? Spoiler: A 2019 survey showed that only 7% of German startups are led by a mixed team, compared to 85% all-male teams. If mixed teams actually make more money, why is change so slow? How can diversifying boards and hiring practices along gender, sexuality, race, disability and neurodiversity make a difference? Who do young STEM workers actually want to work for? This panel, our we will discuss the nuances of intersectional identities and how they move beyond ticking boxes to impacting team culture.

Building cross-border communities and entrepreneurial networks

Tuesday, 5 October

3:15-4:00

Communities are built from shared identities and serve as support networks for individuals who may identify as entrepreneurs, people of color, LGBTQ, or professionals from industries like tech. As Berlin continues to grow as a startup and tech hub, how are the talents arriving here finding and building communities to thrive as professionals and entrepreneurs? What are common challenges for founders with intersectional identities in Berlin and Asia and what opportunities are there with today’s cross-border networks to address them?

 

Please note that we have various panels lined up and we will keep updating this list with more details.

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