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Luxembourg Prime Minister to address tomorrow’s LGBTI business leaders

Luxembourg’s gay Prime Minister, Xavier Bettel, will attend the annual EurOUT conference at the London Business School

Luxembourg Prime Minister to address tomorrow’s LGBTI business leaders
Jwh | Wikipedia Luxembourg
Luxembourg Prime Minister Xavier Bettel

The Prime Minister of Luxembourg, Xavier Bettel, will be among the special guests at this year’s EurOUT conference, due to take place this weekend (18-20 November) in London.

Bettel is one of the most high-profile gay politicians in the world. He became Prime Minister of Luxembourg in 2013 as leader of the Democratic Party.

Images of his 2015 wedding to husband Gauthier Destenav made headlines around the world.

EurOUT takes place at the London Business School (LBS) and is organized by the school’s Out In Business Club. Now in its sixth year, the event is aimed at Europe’s top LGBTI business students: alumni and those studying for MBAs and PhDs at some of Europe’s most acclaimed business schools.

Organizers say that this year’s event will be the biggest yet, with 275 students and over 35 companies represented from Europe and beyond.

One of those involved with the event is the Co-President of the Out In Business Club at LBS, Nick Deakin, who was recently ranked at number 5 on the annual OUTstanding list of Future LGBT Leaders.

Deakin says that this year’s event will cover a wide range of topics – including the number of LGBTI graduates who go back in the closet when they start their first job. The event will see the launch of a unique study to gather data on career performance and job prospects for LGBTI students from LBS and other business schools.

‘In just six years, EurOUT has established itself as the premier place for top LGBT+ talent to recruit and network with the most forward thinking companies in Europe,’ he told GSN.

‘We’re delighted to be bringing together students from over 45 leading global universities and more than 40 companies – from banks, to tech giants through to consulting firms.’

Deakin said that recent political events are sure to be discussed, including the corporate world’s response to the election of Donald Trump and Brexit, and how this might impact the promotion of diversity and inclusion.

‘We are seeing more interest in EurOUT than ever before – from companies and students from both sides of the Atlantic. With this in mind, and as the business case for inclusion at work becomes clearer and clearer, I’d be surprised if change in administration in the US or a changing global focus for the UK affected this.

‘After all, it has been clear in debates in the UK and the US that companies want the best talent no matter where they are from and, increasingly, whether they are LGBT+ or not.

‘We’ve seen some fantastic company advocacy on gay marriage and anti-discrimination policies – and we hope this will persist.’

Bettel will be attending with the Ambassador of Luxembourg to the UK, Patrick Engelberg. Other speakers will include Lord Black, Executive Director of Telegraph Media Group; Jane Gooding, Head of Branding at Aviva; Jason Basmajian, Chief Creative Officer at Cerruti 1881.

Main image: Jwh, Wikipedia Luxembourg, licensed via CreativeCommons3.0

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