The Netherlands Embassy to the Philippines in cooperation with the Philippine LGBT Chamber of Commerce and the Philippines-Netherlands Business Council held an event on the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT), as a means to promote diversity in business and industry in the region.
Brian Tenorio, Chair and Founder of the LGBT Chamber of Commerce, in his talk, explained that the “Out in Business” (#outinbusiness) event is a means to show that diversity in business is a good thing – that it is profitable, efficient, and an overall better environment for workers.
The COO of Maynilad, Randy Estrellado, was the first panelist to speak. He told the story of how he came out, after years of his superiors telling him that he had to get married in order to get a promotion. He says he has never been an activist, but that a good life meant he had the responsibility to speak about his experiences.
Chamber Chair, Brian Tenorio
at the Asian Development Bank
Philippine LGBT Chamber of Commerce
Chair Brian Tenorio:
“Just this year, theoretical physicist, Stephen Hawking, wrote that technology and automation will wipe out jobs that involve muscle, precision, and most mechanical skill sets. But jobs that involve compassion and caring, understanding and human interaction, creativity, and resourceful thinking, will be left untouched. With this, it may be easier to theorize that diversity is the future of humans in industry. “
The Chair of the Philippine LGBT Chamber of Commerce, Brian Tenorio, was invited to be a panel speaker at “On the Margins of Development: Asia-Pacific LGBT Inclusion, Poverty Reduction and Prosperity”, hosted in recognition of 16 Days of Activism on Violence Against Women, to be held at the Asian Development Bank on December 5 2016. (By invitation only.)
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From the event programme:
OPENING REMARKS Juan Miranda, Managing Director General of the Asian Development Bank
KEYNOTE SPEAKER Professor Lee Badgett, a Williams Distinguished Scholar at the Williams Institute
Congresswoman Geraldine Roman, the first openly transgender woman elected to the Congress of the Philippines and recently cited by Motto (a subsidiary of Time Magazine) to be one of the 13 most inspiring women of 2016 globally
Mr. Jogendra Ghimire, Senior Counsel, Asian Development Bank
Mr. Brian Tenorio, Chair, Philippine LGBT Chamber of Commerce
Board members of the Philippine LGBT Chamber of Commerce were invited to the Premiere Gala of The Tempest Reimagined by the dviersity advocacy ally British Council with PETA (Philippine Educational Theater Association).
Premiere Gala of The Tempest Reimagined, which is a co-production between the British Council and PETA (Philippine Educational Theater Association). It is a modern adaptation of Shakespeare’s The Tempest set on a Philippine island hit by super typhoon Haiyan, and incorporates stories of the storm’s survivors. It features award-winning artists from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA), Hong Kong, and Japan. The play is directed by Nona Shepphard, while the script is co-written by Shepphard and Liza Magtoto.