Accenture and Out & Equal create diversity award
Thursday, April 19, 2012
Network of Executive Women title sponsor
Accenture has partnered with Out & Equal to create the Accenture Skills to
Succeed LGBT Award, which will honor a nonprofit organization working to equip
people in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities with
workplace and entrepreneurial skills.
The two organizations invite nominations from
nonprofit groups and non-governmental organizations that fund, support or
provide programs aimed at directly improving the work skills of LGBT community
members and their options for employment. Self-nominations are
acceptable, as are nominations completed by others on behalf of an
organization. The award will be presented at the Global LGBT Workplace Summit
in London in July 2012.
Skills to Succeed, Accenture's corporate
citizenship initiative, applies an Accenture core competence -- training talent
-- to the need for skills that open doors to employment around the world. By
2015, Skills to Succeed initiatives will equip 250,000 people with the skills
to get a job or build a business.
"Accenture focuses on building the skills of our
people as well as people in communities around the world to help them get jobs
and build businesses,” said Nellie Borrero, managing director, Global Inclusion
& Diversity at Accenture. "This award reflects our commitment to inclusion
and diversity and to establishing equality for LGBT people around the globe.”
"Many members of the LGBT community continue to
face discrimination that leads to underemployment and unemployment. We want to
honor organizations around the world that are taking concrete steps to provide
full workplace equality,” said Selisse Berry, Out & Equal's executive
director. "We are delighted to work with Accenture to recognize a program that
builds skills and empowers LGBT people.”
Deadline for applications is Friday,
May 11, 2012 at midnight PST.