The Path to Philly: 2018 Conference Presenting Sponsor EY

| By James Gleason

Each year, NGLCC's International Business and Leadership Conference brings together hundreds of corporate partners and suppliers for a one-of-a-kind networking and event. This year's conference wouldn't be the incredible success it is without the unyielding support of Presenting Sponsor EY. Take a look at EYs plan for continuing to grow diversity and inclusion within its company and beyond as well as some quick tips for suppliers looking to get the most out of this year's conference.

1. What does diversity and inclusion look like at EY? How does inclusion affect the company’s mission and work with customers, employees, suppliers, and more?

Diversity is about differences. Each of us is different, and at EY we value and respect individual differences. At EY, we think broadly about differences; they include background, education, gender, ethnicity, nationality, generation, age, working and thinking styles, religious background, sexual orientation, ability and technical skills. There are also differences according to service line, sector and function.

Inclusiveness is about leveraging these differences to achieve better business results. It is about creating an environment where all of our people feel — and are — valued, where they are able to bring their differences to work each day, and where they contribute their personal best in every encounter.

Globalization brings an influx of information from an increasingly diverse workforce. In this fast-changing environment, every situation and context brings its own set of challenges.
At EY, we believe that only the highest-performing teams, which maximize the power of different opinions, perspectives, and cultural references, will succeed in the global marketplace. Our focus on diversity and inclusiveness is integral to how we serve our clients, develop our people and play a leadership role in our communities.

2. What is something exciting EY has done to promote diversity and inclusion in the past year? What major achievements keep EY raising the bar for inclusion in the industry?

EY introduced Ally2Advocate, a platform designed to allow our people to explore what it means to be a supporter and ally of the LGBT+ community. Ally2Advocate is an interactive, self-guided resource for learning more about LBGT+ issues and answering such questions as “How I can get involved?” Badges of support can be earned on the site through staying involved and taking the next steps. Our LGBT+ professional network, Unity, also promotes networking with external stakeholders and advocacy groups, and it encourages participation in EY events and community efforts, such as hosting booths during Pride festivals and panels in celebration of National Coming Out Day.  Unity was the first in our industry to add gender identity and expression as covered categories within the EY US member firm anti-discrimination policy. We’ve continued to improve not only our benefits for transgender individuals but also awareness as shown through our new EY lapel pin with the transgender flag. Unity also helped create a Transgender 101 session and leader guide, including a presentation and materials about history, workplace issues, and personal stories. At one session in Los Angeles, a consultant on transgender issues in the workplace with the LGBT Center shared firsthand stories and experiences that helped bring to life an unfamiliar issue for so many. The consultant said EY felt like a family, and the training felt more like “breaking bread together.” The discussion covered the evolution of gender-neutral pronouns and tips for being an inclusive service provider.

3. Why did EY decide it was important to support the 2018 NGLCC International Business & Leadership Conference, as well as previous Conferences?

The relationship with NGLCC enables our people to connect with the marketplace on EY shared values for LGBT+ inclusion and supporting entrepreneurship. EY brings a team each year to learn about LGBTBE services, develop team members’ leadership skills in a business setting, and connect with local affiliates and other corporate sponsors. We are proud to be a 2018 Presenting Sponsor, a longtime member and a founding sponsor of NGLCC.

4. What makes the 2018 NGLCC International Business & Leadership Conference a “can’t miss” event? And how can LGBTBE suppliers prepare their capabilities to get the most out of connecting with EY leaders in August?

EY is looking forward to meeting with the NGLCC-certified businesses! Please make sure to stop by the EY booth at the trade fair and register your business for the matchmaker sessions. EY is dedicated to the advancement of LGBT-owned businesses and will be sending more than 40 professionals to attend the NGLCC event to learn about your business. LGBTBEs should review the EY website at www.ey.com/procurement to gain a better understanding of what services EY sources. In addition, they should review the ey.com website to better understand our business and values.

5. Please share one success story from a past NGLCC conference that demonstrates why EY feels it is important to support this year’s conference. Potential examples could include: connecting with an LGBTBE for a sourcing opportunity, discovering a new idea that has shaped EY’s supplier diversity program, or connecting with another NGLCC partner to share best practices.

Through the NGLCC International Business & Leadership Conference, EY has teamed with clients to develop innovative programming that creates distinctive experiences and fosters a diverse mindset. We have leveraged this platform to deliver two to five workshops each year that help connect LGBTBEs, corporate sponsors and EY professionals through workplace and supply chain thought leadership training.

Our commitment is to inspire diverse suppliers to think big and be confident in their ability to provide high-quality products and services that meet our needs. Each year, the conference has been engaging for EY as we have suppliers who brought innovative solutions and were successful in obtaining contracts in the real estate, professional services and marketing categories.