Greater Seattle Business Association’s Pride Luncheon

Last week, Plaster Group consultant Doug Ugarte attended the Greater Seattle Business Association‘s Pride Business Luncheon as a guest of Atlas Workbase. The event focused on “LGBTQ Human Rights, A Global Perspective” and discussed ways in which business leaders can leverage their power to make a difference by supporting the struggles for LGBTQ rigths globally . It was an insightful luncheon with three panelists: Fabrice Houdart, a Human Rights Officer with the United Nations, Siri May, a United Nations Program Coordinator for OutRightAction International, and Clara Ria A. Padilla, founder and Executive Director of EnGendeRights in the Philipines. The panel was facilitated by Amie Bishop, a consultant on global health and human rights. Because Plaster Group helps some of our clients improve supply chain maturity in emerging markets, it was interesting to hear ithese UN leaders’ approaches to transformation within both the government and private business sector. Both sectors are necessary, and without government support, it is essential to leverage the voice of the business community. And, they emphasized the importance of of setting your ego aside when working towards global change. This was illustrated with quote from accredited to Lilla Warson, an Indigenous Australian visual artist, academic, and activist: If you have come here to help me, you are wasting your time. But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.