The Montgomery County LGBT Business Council and 1776 at Ambler Yards are banding together to host a very timely workshop on LGBTQ cultural competency.
The workshop will be led by Todd Snovel, executive director of the recently formed Pennsylvania Commission on LGBTQ Affairs, on Nov. 28 at the suburban coworking spot.
“This workshop will equip community leaders with the information, skills, and language to be forward-thinking when it comes to engaging their LGBTQ populations and to create inclusive culture,” Snovel said in an emailed statement.
(Here’s a quick explainer on LBGTQ cultural competency, and why it’s needed.)
This interactive training session, organizers say, will help attendees create inclusive workspaces and equip them with “the knowledge and tools to be responsive to the needs of their LGBTQ colleagues, clients, and community partners.”
“The Montgomery County LGBT Business Council is thrilled to be able to offer these trainings to its members, and I believe we are the first business chamber in the county to do so,” said Richard Buttacavoli, cofounder and president of the business council. “The LGBTQ community has a high brand loyalty and we are active in using our purchasing power, estimated at $917 billion in 2015, with companies that have a positive presence in our community. As more people self-identify as LGBTQ+, organizations of all kinds should be more cognizant.”
Last September, both organizations contributed to the crafting of the space’s Anti-Discriminatory Policy. Community Manager Ben Bergman said the event aims to get likeminded people together to learn from each other — and sure, maybe get some memberships along the way.
“It’s a changing world,” Bergmand said. “It’s very important how people are perceived in terms of their gender roles and people need to be educated.”
The first event, which is limited to 50 attendees, is free for members of the coworking spot and the business council. Non-members can attend for a $25 fee.
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