Sitel Philippines threw its full support behind the Philippine Financial Industry Pride’s Pride Summit 2019, with a silver sponsorship. The PFIP Pride Summit is the biggest of its kind in the Philippines and paves the way towards promoting workplace inclusion and diversity in the country. Now on its third year, the Pride Summit offered a full program of topics and speakers who provided insights and practices uniquely relevant to establishing diversity in the Philippine context. The event further aimed to facilitate the exchange of ideas amongst professionals on how to enhance office inclusion policies and practices, institutionalize SOGIE in the workplace, and actively promote the advocacy.

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Photographed Sitel Team (L-R) Harry Esguerra, Engagement and Branding Lead, Culture and Corporate Communications; Dale Paladan, HR – Sitel Tarlac; Lisa Bajo, HR – Sitel Baguio; Niño Ang, HR – Sitel Pioneer; Chai Agoncillo, Internal Communications, Culture and Corporate Communications; Alecks Caneja, Recruitment – Sitel Tarlac; Leo Del Castillo, Leadership Development Manager – Sitel Baguio; Jen Vargas, Corporate HR Senior Manager; Harvey Aleno, Team Coach – Sitel Tarlac

The 2019 Pride Summit was held in the Marriott Grand Ballroom with the theme “All In. All Out.” – created to address the challenges of the LGBTQ+ community in the workplace today. “All In” called on attendees to utilise their unique strengths to create a safer and more inclusive work environment where everyone contributes and develops their skills and talents regardless of identity. “All Out”, on the other hand, promoted moving from simple tolerance to true integration, allowing everyone to express his or her true selves at the workplace without fear of discrimination. Combined “All In. All Out.” called on summit participants to work towards creating a work environment where everyone may thrive and grow together.

“We are very happy to support this important event,” shared Jen Vargas, Senior Manager- Corporate HR of Sitel Philippines. “My takeaway from the talks and breakout sessions is that it is not just about initiatives, programs, and lip service anymore. To create truly inclusive workplaces, we need to invest and commit programs to actions. Saying “we are a diverse and inclusive organization” is not enough – organizational policies must be aligned, the work environment needs to support that claim, and most importantly, practices and behavior of everyone in the organization has to reflect and reinforce that value of inclusivity.”

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