GE Oil & Gas GLBTA ALLIANCE
GE Oil & Gas engaged with Solo Films to document and produce a video that captured their GE Oil & Gas GBLTA Alliance Conference in Perth in 2016. GE have become a leader in inclusiveness in the workplace and asked their clients and suppliers to take part in the conference to assist each organisation in creating a workplace that is inclusive to all employees. QANTAS CEO, Alan Joyce, was just one of the key speakers on the day as well as other key influencers in the GLBTA Alliance network from around the world.
GE’s brief to us was to capture the event as guests milled about, catching up with familiar faces and growing their network of contacts in their fields. We were also asked to interview a handful of keynote speakers and guests who were champions of the GLBTA ALLIANCE in their respective companies. Along with Alan Joyce, who beamed into the room via SKYPE from his office in Sydney, we spoke with the Australian Labor Party’s Senator for Western Australia – Louise Pratt, Mary Hackett – Regional Director of GE Oil & Gas, Debbie Cohen – GE Healthcare Life Sciences and GBLTA – Leader Globalisation, David Arkell – HR Leader GE Australia, Kylie Borland – GE Transportation and Co-Lead GLBTA Alliance, Catherine Baxter – VP Operations, Aurizon, Ross Wetherbee – Senior Program Manager, Pride in Diversity, Justin D’Agostino Co Managing Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills Asia & Australia and Zak Hammer – Manager, Diversity & Inclusion, QANTAS. All of these people are passionate about creating an inclusive workplace, no matter what colour, label or gender.
The GLBTA Alliance was formed in 2005 and consists of multiple geographic and virtual chapters in more than 18 countries and well over 100 cities around the globe. The chapters sponsor professional development, networking, and educational events providing members a unique opportunity to meet and share ideas with senior leaders. Chapters also participate in community service and volunteer events, enhancing GE’s reputation as an employer of choice in, and providing service to, local GLBTA communities.
With over 300,000 employees around the world, GE supports and embraces diversity in all forms. Their business portfolio is as diverse as their workforce and they believe that diversity of thought contributes to a more inclusive and innovative culture, aligned to their company beliefs.
As GE states on the Diversity & Inclusion page of their website: “Our culture is about providing everyone who works here with opportunities to exercise their responsibility, integrity, and creativity while growing themselves, their careers, and our business.” This has to be a positive when it comes to building a positive and harmonious workplace.
As part of Solo Films’ approach to ensuring every video production we are , we were able to produce this in-house. The turnaround was less than a week from the close of the conference, so we had to work fast while maintaining a high level of production values that we apply to every project.