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InvescoProud Network: A Lookback at 2019

Below is an article originally written by PowerToFly Partner Invesco, and published on December 26, 2019. Invesco is Jemstep's parent company. Go to Jemstep's page on PowerToFly to see their open positions and learn more.

2019 was a banner year for the LGBT+ community at Invesco. The firm's momentum toward growing an inclusive culture increased with the launch of InvescoProud, the global LGBT+ network.

InvescoProud is working to build an inclusive culture is where every individual feels that they can bring their whole self to work, be accepted and respected. In support of the firm's commitment to diversity and inclusion, Invesco expanded its D&I efforts in 2019 by launching the InvescoProud Network on May 1. Events were held simultaneously in the Henley and Atlanta offices. Despite the five-hour time difference, Atlanta hosted a lunch-time gathering while Henley held an informal cocktail reception.

InvescoProud also launched chapters in Frankfurt in July, and Hyderabad in September. In India, it has taken many years to make progress for LGBT+ rights. Last year, India annulled Section 377 and decriminalized homosexuality, while Invesco introduced same sex partnership benefits for India employees.

In June, Invesco celebrated Pride month firm-wide with a focus on allyship. The challenge of feeling that you can bring your whole self to work is not unique to LGBT+ colleagues, but it does reinforce the importance of having strong and vocal Allies in the workplace, these are individuals who are willing to learn, challenge their own preconceptions and act to help create a supportive and inclusive environment. These recent LGBT+ events and actions taken by our firm represent our ability to have more open conversations and further inclusion efforts that encourage others to take on active supporting Ally roles.

In July, Invesco joined hundreds of firms to sign a "friend of the court" or amicus brief, recommending that the U.S. Supreme Court include sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination as a violation of the Civil Rights Act. This was the first time in Invesco history that the firm actively took a stance on a social justice matter.

National Coming Out Day on Oct. 11 was globally recognized in support of a safe world for LGBT+ individuals to come out and live truthfully and openly.

There have been significant strides with LGBT+ rights and equality in recent years, including same sex marriage legalization, now in 28 countries, but there is still much more to do. Being LGBT+ is still illegal in about 70 countries and it is currently legal in 17 states to be fired on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

InvescoProud is looking forward to 2020. The steering committee has been hard at work creating a solid infrastructure to kick start the New Year. Most notably, Loren Starr, SMD and Chief Financial Officer has agreed to be an executive sponsor of the group and will provide guidance and support as IPN evolves.

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How These Companies Are Celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

According to a recent study, anti-Asian hate crimes have risen 150% since the pandemic started. But these acts of violence are not new — they are part of a much larger history of anti-Asian racism and violence in the U.S.

That makes celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month (which was named a month-long celebration in May by Congress in 1992 "to coincide with two important milestones in Asian/Pacific American history: the arrival in the United States of the first Japanese immigrants on May 7, 1843 and contributions of Chinese workers to the building of the transcontinental railroad, completed May 10, 1869") this year all the more important.

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30+ Ways Companies Are Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month 2021

Founded in 1989, Hispanic Heritage Month begins on September 15 and ends October 15. The four-week span over two calendar months may seem a bit odd, but it comes with good reason, as it covers independence anniversaries of several Latin American countries, as well as key celebrations in Hispanic and Latin communities. Apart from commemorating major holidays and historic milestones, this month honors the cultures and contributions of Hispanic and Latinx Americans.

We asked some of our partner companies what they're doing to honor and celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month at work this year, and we were inspired by the wide range of responses, from highlighting the impact that employees have in local communities to hosting fireside conversations on allyship to sharing performances and instruction of famous cultural dances.ot only are these companies honoring Hispanic Heritage Month, they're finding ways to spread positive change throughout the year. Here's what they're doing, in their own words:

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The Workplace of the Future: How Companies Can Plan for The Ever-Changing

As vaccination numbers climb and some—though not all—of our collective paranoia begins to dissipate, businesses are starting to reopen. Employers face a key decision: how will they respond? Will they go back to the ways of life before COVID? Or will they adopt more permanently the flexibility and remote-first work necessitated by the pandemic?

As part of our Corporate Circles: Inclusive Conversation Series, join PowerToFly's Global Director of DEI Sienna Brown and Global DEI Strategist & Trainer Zara Chaudary on Friday, October 1st from 12pm to 1:30pm Eastern for an interactive roundtable as we discuss and share the tools and mindset needed to create the office of the future in a post-pandemic world.

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"At our annual non-partisan, non-profit conferences, we bring together thousands of active professionals to connect, renew, and find inspiration in community. We are committed to helping close the pay gap, eliminate gender discrimination, and achieve parity in company leadership and on corporate boards. We inspire the next generation through our Young Women's program and we support local non-profit organizations. The Conferences for Women harness the collective wisdom, experience, and energy of inspirational women and men of all ages and backgrounds in service of our values: supporting and giving back to our growing nationwide community."

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