To be the premier thought leadership partner in the New England region for organizations seeking to create a best practice inclusive and equitable work environment where LGBTQ+ employees at all levels are able to be authentic, thrive and succeed.
Pride in Our Workplace (PIOW) was formed as a Massachusetts nonprofit corporation to improve diversity and inclusion in the workplace for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer or questioning (LGBTQ) professionals and allies in the Greater Boston area. PIOW achieves its mission through a variety of activities and initiatives focused on promoting a more LGBTQ-inclusive workplace, including educational, community-building and networking events, knowledge sharing, professional development, and providing expert resources for Human Resources (HR) groups, Employee Resource Groups (ERG) and executive management. Currently, PIOW is based in Boston and plans to provide services solely to the Greater Boston area. As PIOW grows, it may expand its activities to other communities throughout the United States.
PIOWs activities generally fall into the following four categories:
- Educational, Community-Building, and Networking Events. Organize events that create a comfortable environment for professional employees and executives to learn about and openly discuss and solve key issues impacting LGBTQ employees, share knowledge and build their professional networks.
- Knowledge Sharing. Enable the discussion and sharing of best practices from companies across a diverse range of industries.
- Professional Development. Develop future LGBTQ and ally leaders through mentoring, networking, and volunteer opportunities.
- Expert Resources for HR, ERGs, and Executive Management. Develop and share resources and research to enable HR, ERGs and Executive Management to discuss and address the challenges for creating inclusive workplaces, and to maximize business impact of ERGs.