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Barriers & challenges facing the 2SLGBTQ+ community in the tech industry

July 18, 2023 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am ADT

Creating an open and inclusive work environment that attracts and retains diverse talent has never been more essential to remain competitive. 2SLGBTQ+ people working in markets across Canada experience various workplace cultures and barriers to inclusion unique to this population. Despite progress toward wholly inclusive and diverse workplace environments, more must be done regarding stigmatization, higher risk of harassment, intersectionality, and lack of visibility, especially for Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming (TGNC) people. This webinar aims to increase awareness and understanding of the challenges and barriers facing members of the 2SLGBTQ+ communities in the workplace and to provide practical steps for creating more inclusive and supportive work environments.

3 Key Takeaways..

  • The term ‘Pride’ represents a way of embracing one’s identity, turning away from shame, and honoring diversity.
  • Many individuals who experience discrimination based on their sexual orientation, race, religion, or ethnicity are forced to mask their true selves on a daily basis. This can drain their energy and limit their potential in the workplace.
  • Allyship is crucial. This means engaging with local communities and taking action, such as normalizing the use of pronouns at work, offering gender-affirming healthcare benefits, and reviewing policies to ensure they’re inclusive for everyone. 

Meet your Presenter…

Sara Velimirovic is a speaker, activist, and Partnerships Manager at QueerTech, a Montreal-based nonprofit organization that promotes diversity and inclusivity within the Canadian tech industry. Sara was born and raised in Belgrade and later moved to Paris to pursue their studies in political science at Sciences Po Paris. Sara is a nature lover, runner, yogi, and passionate advocate for mental health awareness. 







July 18, 2023
10:00 am - 11:00 am ADT
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Nova Scotia Canada