Pride at Work Conference 2022

Our Pride at Work Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging (DEIB) conference and recruitment expo returns this year as an in-person event. All sessions will also be recorded and available to watch on-demand on our Pride Player.

Day 1 – Thursday, May 12th

Our first day is aimed at employers, senior managers, team leaders and HR professionals.

10.00am – 10.15am: Welcome

Philippa Ryder – Director, Dublin Pride

10.15am – 11.30am: DEIB – What and Why?

Understand the meaning and concepts of Diversity, Equity v Equality, Inclusion and Belonging. Be aware of the barriers to inclusion and belonging and the impact they have. Learn how to remove or overcome barriers and realise the benefits.

Keynote Speaker

Dr Seán Henry – Post Doctoral Researcher TUD

11.30am – 11.45am: Break

12.00am – 1.00pm: Equality not Privilege

Over the past 50 years, Pride has established itself as one of the world’s most successful and influential human rights movements and has directly impacted employment law and practices in almost half the world. LGBTQ+ themed Employee Resource Groups are consistently amongst the most popular in many businesses. While this is an achievement to be celebrated, not every sector of society has experienced the same progress. Learn about the importance of moving beyond trends and supporting other marginalised groups that are just at the beginning of their journey towards equity, and why even at Pride, it’s important to check our privilege.

Christelle Gebhardt – Programming & Training Manager, Dublin Pride; Ailbhe Smyth – Academic & Activist; Gavin Hennessy – Chair National LGBT Federation; Talita Ferrari Rodrigues – Learning & Development Specialist, Coinbase

Sponsored by: Coinbase

1.00pm – 2.00pm: Lunch

2.00pm – 2.15pm: Rainbow Washing

What is rainbow washing? Why is it not the same as pinkwashing? What’s the difference between rainbow washing and over-corporatizing Pride? And why every business should regularly check itself to make sure it’s not guilty of either.

Jed Dowling – CEO, Dublin Pride


2.15pm – 3.15pm: DEIB v CSR

While Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging (DEIB) and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) are different things, they regularly overlap and intersect. This session will help you develop DEIB & CSR strategies that complement each other and achieve meaningful change.

Moninne Griffith – CEO, BeLonG To

3.15pm – 3.30pm: Break

3.30pm – 4.30pm: Beyond Pride

Pride is more than a day. Find out about some of the projects your support of Dublin Pride has helped fund. Special guests from a number of Pride-funded projects will explain the impacts of their work, and how you can get involved.

Jamie Kenny – Outreach Manager, Dublin Pride; Rebecca Tallon de Havilland – Project Trans Bootcamp; Enda McGrattan – PozVibe Podcast

Cost: €95 (includes lunch)


Day 2 – Friday, May 13th

The morning sessions of the second day will be of particular interest to recruiters, jobseekers and students, and the afternoon will have a broad community appeal.

10.00am – 10.15am: Welcome

10.15am – 11.30am: Equity in Recruitment

In recent years we have seen a huge commitment by employers to diversity & inclusion in the workplace. Yet, entire sections of society remain excluded. Not because of the actions of employers, but because of societal barriers. Understanding what these barriers are and how equity is needed to overcome them has the potential to bring entire new sectors into the workforce.

Siobhán McKenna – Head of Equality, Diversity & Inclusion, Public Appointments Service; Jeanne McDonagh – CEO, The Open Doors Initiative; Carson Townsend, Udemy

Sponsored by: Udemy

11.30am – 11.45am: Break

12.00pm – 1.00pm: Belonging & Staff Retention

The world is experiencing the biggest mass resignation of staff in history, with over 50% of employees quitting or planning to quit their jobs saying a lack of sense of belonging was a major factor in their decision. We will examine what belonging means, how it can be fostered in a workplace community, and how job seekers can identify employers that can offer that sense of belonging.

Aifric Ní Chríodáin – Executive Director, Shoutout; Andrew Campbell-Edie – Communications Manager, Irish Centre for Diversity

1.00pm – 2.00pm: Lunch

2.00pm – 3.00pm: We are Family

LGBTQ+ families are now a common part of Irish life, both in terms of parents supporting their LGBTQ+ children and LGBTQ+ folk becoming parents. In this session, we look at the challenges that still exist, what’s left to do to achieve full equality and the many supports that are available.

Anne Marie Toole – Clinical Director, Insight Matters; Dil Wickremasinghe – Development Director, Insight Matters

Sponsored by: SIMS IVF

3.00pm – 3.30pm: Break

3.30pm – 4.15pm: 40 Years of Irish Workers Supporting LGBTQ+ Rights

40 years to the day since the LGPSU adopted a motion to support equality for LGBTQ+ workers, we look back at role trade unions and workers have played in progressing LGBTQ+ Rights.

Dr Alison Gilliland – Lord Mayor of Dublin; Kieran Rose – Equality & Human Rights Activist

4.15pm – 5.00pm: Turning the Rainbow Green

In association with our sustainability partners, Native Events, we explain why as a human rights organisation it’s our duty to declare a climate emergency and to further recognise the disproportionate impact of climate change on the LGBTQ+ community both nationally and internationally. We’ll explain the steps we are taking to become carbon neutral and answer questions on how it will impact your participation in Pride.

Megan Best & Áine Hughes – Native Events

6.30pm – 7.30pm: Pride in Inclusion

How do we address the issue of violence against LGBTQ+ people? What practical things can we do to support LGBTQ+ Refugees coming to Ireland? What are the barriers to inclusion for other vulnerable and marginalised groups within our community? What are we as a country and as LGBTQ+ organisations doing about it and what more do we need to do? How can you get involved and help make Ireland a more inclusive place?

Roderic O’Gorman TD – Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth; Paula Fagan – CEO, LGBT Ireland

Cost: Morning: €40 (€20 students/unwaged) / Afternoon: free


For more information on how to get involved, contact

“This project is supported by the LGBTI+ Community Services Fund 2021”


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May 12 - 13 2022


10:00 am - 7:30 pm

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Golden Lane, Dublin 8
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