Authenticity

A careers event for
LGBTQ+ Students

ONLINE | 23RD SEPTEMBER

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Find your place in the city

AuthentiCity is a virtual event, supported by Stonewall and Just Like Us, created exclusively for LGBTQ+ students looking to explore career opportunities in the City. You’ll get to speak to representatives from a number of worldwide firms, who’ll be providing a valuable insight into their work and sharing their experiences of being LGBTQ+ in the workplace. Get involved and we will show you just how much you can accomplish while still remaining true to who you are. The event is supported by myGwork, which is a leading online recruitment and networking hub for LGBTQ+ professionals and organisations.

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Who should attend

If you have career aspirations in Professional Services, Finance, Fund Management or Technology – or you simply wish to explore what these industries have to offer – then this event is for you. Many people believe their gender or sexuality can put them at a disadvantage when looking for jobs. Our aim, above all, is to help put your mind at rest, open your eyes to the wide range of options available, and encourage you to show the world what you’re really capable of. AuthentiCity is an event celebrating diversity, meaning you’ll be in amongst a talented group you can identify with. This is an opportunity to engage with relatable individuals and ultimately help us improve the way businesses view the LGBTQ+ community.

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The firms

With major firms from several different industries, AuthentiCity gives you the chance to engage with experienced individuals and begin to form an idea of where your potential career may take you. Every firm participating is a globally recognised organisation. Together, they work to make a positive impact and actively strive for equality and diversity in their respective fields. Click on a logo to view a firm profile.

Accenture’s purpose is to improve the way the world works and lives. Applying the new now is how we do that. Designing, developing and delivering the new requires different perspectives working together. It also requires new ideas on how to make it happen. You can’t develop the new by asking the same questions that you’ve always asked. Where do you think true innovation comes from? It’s not the people who’ve always been around and know the rules inside out. It’s the people who came, looked around and decided what was there could be better.

Why can’t that be you?

If you think you’re not right for Accenture, you might be exactly who we need. We rely on different people coming together and bringing their perspective and experience with them. We can’t deliver the necessary innovation without your voice in the room helping shape new structures and new thinking. We can’t develop the ideas that change the world by staying still.

We can’t find the new, without you.

https://www.accenture.com/gb-en/careers/local/graduate-home 

KPMG UK LLP

 

About KPMG

 

With a worldwide presence, KPMG continues to build on our member firms’ successes thanks to a clear vision, our people and Our Values. This year celebrates 150 years of KPMG in the UK supporting businesses to grow, our people to achieve and our communities to thrive.

 

Our largest practice is Audit, which helps to build the confidence and trust that business and society needs. In Tax, KPMG Law, Consulting, Deal Advisory, Technology & Engineering, we help companies to solve some of their most complex business challenges.

 

Like the organisations we work with, KPMG is embracing change with new ways of working and innovative technology unlocking opportunity in a digitally-driven age. Trainees have access to advanced technologies, such as artificial intelligence and the latest Cloud tools. KPMG Clara – the firm’s progressive global collaboration and analytics tool – enables our audit teams to provide quality insights and consistency across all audit engagements.

 

Our colleagues come from all sorts of degree disciplines and backgrounds bringing diverse perspectives, whilst sharing a natural curiosity, a digital mindset and a desire to work together, explore new ideas and deliver exceptional results.

KPMG’s Diverse and Inclusive Culture

We want to offer an inclusive environment where everyone feels empowered. Our Employee Networks help us achieve this. As well as representing specific groups, they help to increase collaboration, share best practice, and make KPMG a more enjoyable place to work. Find out more about our networks here. As a Stonewall Diversity Champion and Top100 employer, KPMG is proud of the ongoing time and effort we have invested to make LGBT inclusion real for our people, in our workplaces and communities. Our award-winning LGBT network, Breathe, will be there to support you all the way as you build your career at KPMG. Delivering innovative approaches calls for diverse perspectives; KPMG welcomes a range of personalities, skill sets and degree disciplines.

Opportunities

Our 2021 Audit graduate and undergraduate roles are now open! These roles are likely to fill very quickly, so we encourage you to apply as soon as possible for the best chance of securing your 2021 position. By joining our Audit team, you’ll help to build the confidence and trust that business and society needs. Like the organisations we work with, KPMG is embracing change with new ways of working and innovative technology unlocking opportunity in a digitally-driven age. In return for all your hard work, you’ll benefit from a structured graduate programme underpinned by world-class training and development to help you achieve your professional qualifications (fully funded). Everything you need to build a stimulating and rewarding career.

Visit our careers page here to find out more about our opportunities and application process.

 

We bring together financial leadership and state-of-the-art technology to deliver investment strategies that make a difference for our clients. That’s why investors – and the businesses they work for – entrust us with trillions of dollars, and why global governments come to us for help navigating the world’s toughest economic climates. Join us, and you’ll be joining a firm that was built for these times.

The unrivaled breadth of our global platform—with more than 10,500 “feet on the street” in 6 continents—gives us better information and sharper insight into today’s rapidly changing and interconnected markets. And our ability to share and compare the information across teams and time zones helps us translate local insight in on part of the world into foresight—and action—in another. It’s part of what makes our people—and our clients—better, smarter investors.

We are One BlackRock. We challenge ourselves—and each other—to collectively raise our game. Diversity strengthens us; our best solutions come from the contributions of a group of talented and smart people, each playing a unique—and critical—role.

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Collecting and protecting your data

Authenticity is organised by our parent company Stafford Long & Partners. In the run up to the event, we’ll be collecting certain data about the people attending. Below is a brief outline of why we need that data and what we do with it when we have it.

You can view our full Privacy Policy here.

When you apply, your CV and covering letter will be viewed and stored by our Diversity Solutions team. Firstly, so we can see if Authenticity is the right event for you. And secondly, so we can let you know if your application has been successful.

If we offer you a place at the event and you agree to attend, we’ll need to share your CV, contact details and any online accessibility requirements with the participating companies so they know who’s attending on the day. It’s also so they can let you know about future career opportunities that might be of interest. The participating firms are:

  • Accenture
  • BlackRock
  • KPMG
  • M&G

We’d also love to keep you posted about other events that might be of interest. So make sure you tick the box that says you’re happy for us to stay in touch.

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Agenda

The next event will be held online on Wednesday 23rd September and will be divided into a number of sessions. Some sessions will educate you on the career opportunities in these industries; others will allow you to interact directly with the firms’ representatives. The mixture of presentations, panel discussions and networking elements with the participating firms and Stonewall should answer any questions you may have when applying for future internships or graduate positions. “It was amazing to meet seniors from all the firms, hear how they leverage their authenticity at work and assess the distinctive cultures of the firms attending” “All of the speeches were amazing, people were so friendly and encouraging whilst being so helpful with their knowledge”

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Community News

Bisexuality can be defined as “…those who are attracted to two or more genders. By this definition, being pansexual also falls under the bisexual umbrella, since pansexuals are generally attracted to most or all genders.” Despite huge progress being made towards equality and tolerance towards those who identify as LGBTQ+, many bisexual people still face discrimination from society about their sexuality when they come out. Studies have shown that just 28% of bisexual people are out to all the people they love and only 49% of bisexual people are out at work. This all points to the need for a bisexual visibility day – because bisexual people aren’t often that visible to the other people around them. Part of the reason for this is that there are still many common misconceptions around bisexuality. It’s not unusual to hear the following statements/questions being said to a bi person when they come out: ‘You are actually gay but you haven’t come to terms with it yet’ ‘You’re actually straight, this is just a phase’ ‘You just can’t make your mind up about who you like’ (To a woman) ‘If you date a man in the future, you’ll be straight again’ ‘Because you are all attracted to both or all genders – does that mean you fancy everyone?’ ‘Bi people don’t have monogamous relationships’ Comments such as these are undermining and potentially harmful, yet many people still say them when a bi person comes out. Studies have shown that those who aren’t open about their sexuality or parts of their home life in the workplace perform significantly worse in than those who feel able to be open. Covering up who you are on a daily basis comes at a cost: it takes time and energy and is psychologically exhausting. It is for all these reasons that we need to try harder to dismantle and address bi-phobia and LGBTQ+ micro aggressions in the workplace, creating a more supportive environment for our bisexual colleagues so they feel able to be visible at work as well as in their homes. —— Stafford Long run two yearly LGBTQ+ focused events looking at helping to support LGBTQ+ students to find more information about jobs in the workplace. Links to them both can be found below… AuthentiCity: https://authenticity-event.com Inside & Out: http://www.insideandout-banking.com If you work for a company that wants to have a discussion around diversity and inclusion recruitment, training, consultancy or support please email events@staffordlong.co.uk ——– Other useful sources about bi visibility day https://www.facebook.com/attn/videos/1053624661339659/ https://www.buzzfeed.com/…/bisexual-women-almost-twice-as-l… http://www.universityherald.com/…/bisexual-men-and-women-fa… http://everydayfeminism.com/2016/01/bisexuals-mental-health/

On June 27th, we welcomed 65 LGBTQI+ students into the beautiful offices of Aviva PLC for our annual AuthentiCity event. Often, our events are dedicated to one particular sector – as with our upcoming LGBTQ+ banking and finance event, Inside and Out, which you can sign up for here. In this case, though, it was about being proudly ‘out’ in careers across the City of London. Students from all kinds of disciplines were keen to attend alongside our participating firms: Accenture, Aviva, BCLP, JLL, J.P. Morgan, KPMG and M&G Investments. The afternoon began with a short introduction from our wonderful hosts, Aviva, and their Global Inclusion Lead, Liz Ashford. We were then fortunate enough to have Sara Walsh from Stonewall who gave a profoundly inspirational speech on her organisation’s work and history. The next section of the event – the recruitment sessions – proved to be wildly popular amongst the students. They found it so useful, in fact, that they asked us to extend the sessions for our future events. BCLP took on application forms and how students can best utilise these, whereas our hosts Aviva provided the students with some great tips and tricks for succeeding at assessment centres. Accenture and M&G tag-teamed for a fantastic session on video interviews, and KPMG introduced the students to the concept of commercial awareness. Next, students had the chance to connect personally with the firm representatives, who rotated around the room every ten minutes to give an insight into their daily life at work and to answer any lingering questions that the students had. This year we were thrilled to have a deeply engaged group of students, as well as firm representatives who fostered open meaningful discussions on what being LGBTQI+ means as part of their identity and as part of their working life. That sense of openness carried through to the panel discussion, where students were eager to ask our six LGBTQI+ panellists not only about the challenges in their careers, but the opportunities too. This was where our attending firms really shone, as the panellists demonstrated how they were supported and how their firms were ensuring diversity and inclusion in their everyday operations. Each panellist was currently openly out about their identity in the workplace, and despite inevitable challenges, they’d all had positive experiences to share – like Manuel Betancourt-Rubino, who came out to the KPMG management team and took a leading role in the firm’s Pride in London celebrations. After the panel, it was time to wrap things up with a dedicated networking session with drinks and nibbles. At least, we thought we were wrapping things up: both students and representatives were so engaged in their conversations it turned out nobody wanted to leave. At the end of the day, our student responses have been overwhelmingly positive, with 97% either agreeing or strongly agreeing that they’d recommend the event to a friend. The gratitude we’ve received from students during and after the event has been personally so uplifting, and we left the day thankful for the experience. We also were fortunate to have Sophia from Waterhouse Photography on the day to capture the event. You can find all the wonderful pictures they took during the event on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/staffordlongdiversitysolutions/ as well as some entertaining Instagram stories from the day on our account @SLDiversitySolutions https://www.instagram.com/sldiversitysolutions/ Finally, as mentioned earlier, our LGBTQI+ interbank careers event Inside and Out is coming up on the 27th of September, so if you liked the sound of AuthentiCity and you or someone you know is specifically interested in banking and finance careers, then don’t miss the opportunity to sign up now whilst we’re still accepting applications: http://www.insideandout-banking.com

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