GLEE@PwC

GLEE@PwC is our inclusive business network for Gays, Lesbians and Everyone Else. You don’t need to be gay or to work for PwC to join. We provide extraordinary opportunities for business networking, knowledge sharing and personal and professional development all with a deep value and respect for the diversity of views, needs and aspirations of our members.

This video below introduces GLEE@PwC and what it means to us.

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Will Phillips, GLEE@PwC Member: For me GLEE@PwC is about meeting different people and sharing different experiences.

Andy Woodfield, GLEE@PwC Partner Sponsor: The most important thing for me is that 'difference is something we all have in common', GLEE@PwC is about celebrating that difference. We know that when people can embrace their difference, they perform better at work, that’s what we’re all about.

Helen Campbell, GLEE@PwC Chair: It’s not just about being different, it’s about using those differences as strengths.

Ashley Unwin, PwC Executive Board Member: GLEE@PwC is really important to me because it represents difference, it represents diversity, and importantly it represents inclusivity - In today’s world if we can’t have those things at the heart of our organisation we’ll miss out. I’m a strong believer that insight and learning comes from an appreciation of differentiation, I think GLEE@PwC is making that happen, right here in PwC.

Danielle Kirkwood, GLEE@PwC Member: It’s about embracing the weird and wonderful things that make us all unique, it’s about promoting and recognising that we don’t need to conform to specific stereotypes to succeed in our profession

Chris MacDonald, GLEE@PwC Member: It’s about finding the right mentor and someone who really appreciates the challenges of being gay in the workplace

Gaenor Bagley, PwC Executive Board Member for People: What I really like about GLEE@PwC is the Everyone Else bit, for those of you who know me you’ll know that diversity is a really important part of my agenda. What I mean by diversity is valuing difference – and that’s what we mean by Everyone Else.

Dan Ricard, GLEE@PwC Member: To me it’s about creating an environment at work where you can be yourself and natural, it’s also been a great way to meet people that I wouldn’t normally have come into contact with. It’s also made work a little more fun.

Laura Doughty, Deputy Chief Executive at Stonewall: GLEE@PwC means to me, a place where everyone can be themselves, gay, lesbian and everyone else – as it stand for, it’s about inclusivity – it’s about people coming to work and being the best that they can be.

Kevin Ellis, PwC UK Managing Partner and Executive Board Sponsor for GLEE@PwC: Our unique selling point as a business is about providing unique solutions for our clients. Every explanation of uniqueness comes from the team, and the ability of the team to be totally diverse. Having a diverse team gives us the opportunity to develop diverse solutions. This is critical to us delivering unique solutions to our clients.

Shelley Peterson, GLEE@PwC Member: Being on the committee of GLEE@PwC has enhanced my relationship with my teenage daughter and as a direct result she is now on her school counsel combating homophobic bullying.

Luke Hoare, GLEE@PwC Member: It’s about creating education, awareness and an accepting workplace where everyone can feel comfortable to be themselves. I truly believe only by being yourself can you achieve your full potential – and of course, we throw the best parties.

Raks Patel, GLEE@PwC Member: There are two things I really love about GLEE@PwC – the first is the LinkedIn group, it’s one of the few safe spaces where you can say what you think and feel and you can talk to like minded people. The second thing I really like is the events, they are open to all, whether you are a PwC or not and regardless of your sexuality. The events are great because they are free, fun and there’s lots of positive energy in the room.

Rory Barrow, GLEE@PwC Member: I think it’s really important to have a forum, where people feel comfortable, where you can talk to different people and like minded people, whether they are gay, lesbian or straight.

Tom Coles, GLEE@PwC Member: GLEE@PwC support my belief that diversity of thought leads to greater outcomes for everyone.

Rob Dunderdale, GLEE@PwC Member: I joined GLEE@PwC because it’s a place to be myself. This ultimately gives me the confidence to do my best for the firm and my clients.

Sarah Churchman, PwC UK Head of Diversity and Inclusion: GLEE@PwC is one of our people networks, it’s a really inclusive group, which is really important, it stands for gays, lesbian and everyone else. The important thing is that we bring people together not just to celebrate our differences but to value those differences. If we bring different mindsets, different experiences to our clients and to the workplace we will add more value to our clients and that’s good for business and good for our people. We want to create a really inclusive working environment where everyone can be themselves, be highly engaged and therefore doing our best and performing at our optimum level.


What we stand for

We passionately believe that difference is something we all have in common, regardless of what that difference might be. We use our extensive internal and external networks to reinforce this vision and remind everyone how import it is to value difference. We use our voice to help everyone find and express their own difference inside and outside of the workplace. The work we do throughout the year supports this vision, so expect to see invites coming out for events focused around building personal and professional strength and resilience.

A sneak peak at what we do

We're here to support the personal and career well-being of our members. We hold a variety of events throughout the year and we pride ourselves in getting Gays, Lesbians and Everyone Else engaged. Some of our events include:

  • Speaker Series: we bring inspirational speakers to talk to us about their professional and personal journeys. These have included Gareth Thomas, one of the few high-profile gay men in UK sport.
  • Speed mentoring: We hold regular workshops aimed at facilitating focussed business and career discussions with professionals in an open and friendly environment
  • Leadership and Resilience: We are engaged with many external networks through our LinkedIn group and work with them to run leadership, mental strength and resilience workshops such as the Genius Power Dreams workshop run by GLEE@PwC partner sponsor Andy Woodfield.
  • Fundraising and volunteering in the community. We’re founding supporters and sponsors of Galeforce Capital, the first global initiative dedicated to supporting Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) social enterprises. We raised over £22,000 for Stonewall's anti-homophobic bullying campaign in 2012.

Join today and find out what GLEE@PwC means to you...

Our events are published on our LinkedIn group, and we invite everyone from our external network as well as people from across the firm to all our events. Click here to join our LinkedIn group.

Alternatively to join our mailing list or to find out more please send us an email at GLEE.Events@uk.pwc.com.

You can also follow us on Twitter @GLEEPwCUK.


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PwC is a member of Stonewall's Diversity Champions Programme, Britain's good practice employers' forum on sexual orientation. The work we are doing to promote valuing difference and tackling diversity issues was recognised again in Stonewall's Workplace Equality Index this year as we were successful in getting into the Top 100. This index measures employers’ efforts to create inclusive workplaces for lesbian, gay and bisexual people, using a stringent set of evidence-based criteria.


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GLEE@PwC was also recognised as a 'Highly Commended Network Group' - which acknowledges its invaluable contribution to the experience of LGB staff within the firm and helping PwC to 'get it right'.