Meet our finalists for the ANZ Excellence in Business

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The GLOBE Community Awards celebrate the inspirational work in Victoria’s GLBTI community. Supported by the Victorian Government, all of our award categories have one thing in common – that our finalists give back and contribute to the community.

The ANZ Excellence in Business embodies this by celebrating businesses in our community that not only celebrate the contribution that GLBTI individuals and businesses make to the economy but also support the growth of our community.

Here are the finalists for the 2016 award:

The LAIRD – Is a revered Melbourne establishment that caters to the gay male community. Since opening its doors (and arms) to the gay community back in September 1980, it has become a solace for men to be themselves. The LAIRD was the first approved hotel in Victoria to reach a ‘male-only’ status, formerly unprecedented. The LAIRD has been at the forefront of supporting local community endeavours such as the VicBears, the Melbourne Leather Men and has since become sponsors of the Melbourne Chargers Rugby Union Football Club (Victoria’s only gay rugby club.)

RMIT, Pride Mentoring Program – considered a ‘pioneer in pride’, was established in 2012 to offer career and personal guidance to RMIT students who identify as LGBTIQ. Through a successful mentoring system aimed to support and prepare these students for entering the workforce, the program extends itself to counselling students through challenges that might arise from their sexual and gender preference.

LGBTI Jobs – The first of its kind in Australia, LGBTI Jobs is committed to pairing LGBTI graduates and jobseekers to companies that embrace inclusion initiatives. Although a relatively new project launching in mid-2016, LGBTI Jobs have showed no signs of slowing down. Collaborating with Swinburne University and Maddock Lawyers to create the ‘LGBTI Inclusivity Compliance Assessment’, this board assesses potential companies for their safe and inclusive culture and policies to ensure a perfect candidate-fit. Their objectives are unified and succinct: to raise a community that often faces massive discrimination while assisting both job seeker and organisation in a practical way.

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