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Accenture supports LGBT skills initiative.

Selisse Berry

New York: Accenture and Out & Equal announced yesterday that they have created the Accenture Skills to Succeed LGBT Award, which will honour a non-profit organization working to equip people in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) communities with workplace and entrepreneurial skills.

The two organizations invite nominations from non-profit groups and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that fund, support or provide programs aimed at directly improving the work skills of LGBT community members as well as their options for employment. Self-nominations are acceptable, as are nominations completed by others on behalf of an organization. The award will be presented at the Global LGBT Workplace Summit in London in July 2012.

Skills to Succeed, Accenture's corporate citizenship initiative, applies an Accenture core competence--training talent--to the need for skills that open doors to employment around the world. By 2015, Skills to Succeed initiatives will equip 250,000 people with the skills to get a job or build a business.

"Accenture focuses on building the skills of our people as well as people in communities around the world to help them get jobs and build businesses," said Nellie Borrero, managing director, Global Inclusion & Diversity at Accenture. "This award reflects our commitment to inclusion and diversity and to establishing equality for LGBT people around the globe."

"Many members of the LGBT community continue to face discrimination that leads to underemployment and unemployment. We want to honour organizations around the world that are taking concrete steps to provide full workplace equality," said Selisse Berry, Out & Equal's executive director. "We are delighted to work with Accenture to recognize a program that builds skills and empowers LGBT people."

Organizations interested in applying for the award should go to for an application and instructions. Deadline for applications is Friday, May 11th, 2012.

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