Spectrum 5th Birthday – Celebrating LGBTI Inclusion at Telstra
Posted on December 13, 2013
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Last week, we celebrated a wonderful milestone at Telstra – our Spectrum Network’s 5th Birthday. Spectrum is our internal Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex affinity network. It’s one way LGBTI employees and allies connect, support and value each other, while bringing emphasis to LGBTI inclusion at Telstra, both inside and outside the company.
I am the LGBTI Executive sponsor at Telstra. As an ally, I see how important it is to champion an inclusive workplace, so that our people can bring their whole selves to work and contribute fully to delivering for our customers and each other.
Our Spectrum network was formed on 1 December 2008, also marking World Aids Day. This day is about raising awareness about the issues surrounding HIV/AIDS. We supported the campaign again this year, with a number of our people attending the AIDS Trust of Australia Annual Dinner in Sydney.
Reflecting over the past 5 years, I am deeply proud of our work for LGBTI inclusion. I’ve been part of our sponsorship for the Midsumma festival since 2011, and our support for the “It Gets Better” and “No to Homophobia” campaigns. We also continue to be a foundation member of Pride in Diversity (PID), most recently sponsoring the inaugural PID Australian National LGBTI Recruitment Guide. We have supported Parliamentary Friends for LGBTI Australians, and our Executive Team supported the “This is Oz” campaign. What I love about these is that all Telstra people can get involved and we’re helping raise awareness about LGBTI inclusion in our communities too.
To mark Spectrum’s 5th Birthday, we held an event at our Melbourne office for Spectrum members and their guests. We were pleased to be joined by Kate Jenkins, Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commissioner, to hear about the Commission’s work around LGBTI inclusion. At this event, Karsten Wildberger, our Group Managing Director of Telstra Consumer, launched our latest initiative to help create more inclusion for LGBTI employees at Telstra – our Executive LGBTI Allies network. This network is about LGBTI employees having a visible point of contact in the Telstra Executive Team, who can champion the objective of inclusion with specific LGBTI focus. The profile of this group helps elevate this work in a way that we’ve not done before to such an extent – I’m proud of my colleagues who have stepped up here. This network of Executive allies numbers around 40 at launch and will continue to grow.