Event Recap: What's it like to be LGBTIQ in a corporate workplace?

Last Thursday Out for Australia in partnership with eleven of Australia’s high profile financial firms hosted a speed networking event at the University of Sydney’s Camperdown campus. The event was open to students across all disciplines and universities with the purpose of exploring what it is like to work in corporate Australia as an LGBTIQ person. Students had the opportunity to network in small groups with LGBTIQ employees from Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Citi, Commonwealth Bank, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, Macquarie, Morgan Stanley, UBS and Westpac.


‘Learning about the culture of a company is probably the most important and yet most difficult piece of information to gather when you are starting to think about where you’d like to work after uni. It’s more difficult for LGBTIQ students because so many sources of that information, whether it’s speaking with graduate recruiters or reading the online graduate profiles available, are unable to speak to the lived experience of LGBTIQ employees. These events let students interact directly with those employees.’ - Nathaniel Kammer - Outreach Coordinator - Out for Australia


Vasili Hatzis, Associate at Goldman Sachs said ‘“It’s great to be able to share my experiences of working in the finance industry as an openly gay member of the community. Many of the students didn’t know that firms have their own LGBTI networks or weren’t aware of the many events these networks run or the kind of support they offer.”

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