In an effort to help support and grow LGBT and allied employee groups at private and public sector companies throughout the state, the Wisconsin LGBT Chamber of Commerce launched the LGBT Workplace Alliance.
Helping LGBT and allied employee groups at area companies is key to our mission of building a more diverse business community and being able to attract and retain the best possible talent. Employee resource groups, business resource groups, and the like are all key components of how companies can support their existing LGBT and allied employees. Through the LGBT Workplace Alliance, we look forward to bringing all of these groups together to learn from one and help each other succeed.
Members in the LGBT Workplace Alliance meet on a regular basis and share best practices on a variety of issues. Past topics at meetings have included transgender health benefits, engaging allies, how to use technology to grow their organization, and more.
Those companies that are members of the LGBT Workplace Alliance include:
- Associated Bank
- BMO Harris Bank
- EY – Milwaukee
- GE Healthcare
- Harley-Davidson Motor Company
- Johnson Controls
- Northwestern Mutual
- PNC Bank
- Quarles & Brady LLP
- Rockwell Automation
- UMB Fund Services
- U.S. Cellular
- Willis Towers Watson
In addition, the Alliance is proud to have Cream City Foundation, Diverse & Resilient, AIDS Resource Center of WI, Fair Wisconsin and Milwaukee Pride as additional community partners in this effort.
The Alliance builds off of a previously all-volunteer group that started a few years ago called the Southeast Wisconsin LGBT Employee Resource Group Best Practice Group. Along with a new name and additional members, the organization is now fully managed and run by the Wisconsin LGBT Chamber of Commerce.
Membership in the LGBT Workplace Alliance is open to any LGBT and allied employee group at any private and public sector company that signs a Memorandum of Understanding with the LGBT Chamber. For more information on joining, businesses should contact Jason Rae at firstname.lastname@example.org.