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WorkPride Panel: Girl Power! The Importance of Women in the Workplace

Fortunately, today's workforce today more gender diverse than ever. Women make up the majority of all workers nowadays, holding roughly 50% of all professional roles, with 37 female CEOs making it onto the Fortune 500 list. 

Women's participation in the workplace has been evolving, but what does it mean for female peers to truly be themselves at work? What value can women add and how do they generate business value? 

We want to share the experiences of women from different backgrounds, including what it means to be an LGBTQ+ woman in 2022, as inspiration for others to be their true selves in professional and personal settings. 

-What are the challenges this time of post COVID-19 pandemic? 

-Why is visibility and representation more important than ever? 

-What are some of the barriers that stop women from being 'out' in the workplace and how can this be overcome?

-How can we be better allies to each other? Who are some of your LGBTQ+ role models? 

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  • Charlotte Vargoz
    Charlotte Vargoz
    ESG analyst
    Fitch Group
  • Ebone Bell
    Ebone Bell
    Editor and Keynote Speaker
    Tagg Magazine
    Eboné Bell is a business owner, speaker, and trailblazer who shines bright in the world of entrepreneurship, DEI, activism, and LGBTQ media. She is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Tagg Magazine. After seeing a lack of LGBTQ women represented in local publications, she decided to start a magazine and website to tell stories, provide resources, and create events. This year, Tagg Magazine celebrates ten years of telling thousands of stories, creating safe-spaces for queer women, and providing important resources for the LGBTQ community. Over the past four years, Tagg Magazine has been named “Top 25 LGBTQ-Owned Companies” by the Washington Business Journal. Eboné was recently featured in Forbes Magazine as an "Inspiring Black Entrepreneur Changing Our World." And that's exactly her mission: To create change and leave a stamp on this world. One of those stamps includes starting a student group for LGBTQ people of color while attending University of Maryland College Park. Eighteen years later the group is still going strong. ​She has produced such events as the annual Capital Queer Prom giving the older LGBTQ community a second-chance prom, Capital Pride Women’s Events, Pride in the Sky, and Put on the Gloves Fashion Show benefitting The Trevor Project, just to name a few. These events have raised over $50,000 for LGBTQ non-profit organizations. She continues her community work by serving on the board of the Equality Chamber Foundation, an organization providing financial awareness and economic opportunity to LGBTQ-owned businesses. In 2018, Eboné founded the Tagg Scholarship Fund—a scholarship created specifically for young, queer, women of color who can’t afford to attend school. In addition to running a queer women’s publication, she shares her knowledge and passion as a keynote speaker at conferences, schools, and events across the country.
  • Kira Van Niekerk
    Kira Van Niekerk
    Global Director of Training & Enablement
    Thomas International
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