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  • Gay female-founded tech company WERKIN offers up their mentoring platform for free to mark 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots 
  • WERKIN to offer modern mentorship to members of the LGBTQ+ community who are part of Employee Resource Groups in New York 
  • WERKIN x WorldPride Mentoring Program to connect participants based on interests, skills, and development goals 

WorldPride, welcomed this year by NYCPride to mark the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, was the occasion that WERKIN chose to publicly launch their technology for the first time. WERKIN manages, measures, and scales career development programs for global organisations, with a specific focus on diversity and inclusion, and now for the first time will offer their platform to New York-based LGBTQ+ professionals. 

Role Models

The WERKIN podcast series has spotlighted high-profile LGBTQ+ people like Arlan Hamilton – Founder of Backstage Capital, Ruth Hunt – CEO of Stonewall, Margot Slattery – President of Sodexo Ireland, and Carmen Liu – Founder of GI Collection. Alongside these names, the program will highlight LGBTQ+ role models from around the globe, and connect LGBTQ+ professionals together based on their common interests and career development goals in a way that’s never been done before. 

Registration to the WERKIN x WorldPride 2019 Mentoring program opened on Wednesday 26 June, and the program will kick-off in July. 

Free access

4 million people are expected to have attended  WorldPride this year in NYC, as we celebrate 50 years since the Stonewall Riots. To mark the special anniversary, WERKIN are offering exclusive access to this program to members of NY-based LGBTQ+ Employee Resource Groups for free. Their mentoring platform not only matches you to the best person to help your career development, but also allows you to chat to all other users. The program is open to all LGBTQ+ identified individuals from all industries who are part of their company’s LGBTQ+ Employee Resource Group. 

For the first time, the LGBTQ+ community attending Pride can take the energy they put into celebrating at the march, and channel that enthusiasm into connecting with others in the community on a professional level, taking their careers to the next stage — not just at the parade, not just for the 4 weeks of the program, but all year round. 

Werkin’s Hayley Sudbury (pic: Twitter)

Taking inspiration from the Stonewall Riots, WERKIN hopes to change the power structure of our community: where the money goes and where the power flows. WERKIN wants to provoke positive change for LGBTQ+ people of all demographics, and believes that change will only happen when we all work together. 

WERKIN’s co-founder Hayley Sudbury, had this to say about the program: 

“As an out LGBT+ woman, having spent most of my life in Finance and now Tech, I believe our community has so much rich diversity that we are just starting to tap into now, that has previously been sidelined. 

I am passionate about our LGBTQ+ programs because I want to bring more to Pride than just the party…even though it is the best party in town! If we are truly serious about raising each other up in the community, breaking out of our cliques and building different professional relationships, and being allies to each other, then this program is the platform we need as our launchpad. The WERKIN x WorldPride Mentoring program is about affecting positive change: changing how we work, who we work with, and where the money flows.” 

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