In recognition of Pride Month, Timely hosted a luncheon for professional beauty business owners, LGBTQI+ leaders and media at The Green Moustache in North Sydney.
Hosted by gender diversity advocate Mary Haddock-Staniland, guests were treated to an intimate panel discussion focused around issues of diversity and inclusivity in the workplace, namely the hair and beauty salon industries.
Panelists answered questions around the acknowledgement of client pronouns in their places of business, shared their personal coming out stories, and suggested strategies on how to change the cultural rhetoric around discussions of gender.
Guests toasted over a two-course menu of entrees and mains, complemented by wine and bubbles. Professional Beauty’s Hannah Gay attended the event, ordering a serve of fresh tuna sashimi, followed by the Darling Downs Scotch Fillet with field mushroom, confit onions, red wine jus and foie gras butter.
The celebration also paid tribute to the company’s launch of its new pronoun feature. The feature allows beauty therapists the opportunity to input client preferred pronouns against their bookings
“We’re passionate about making our own team members feel valued and celebrated; no matter who they are, what they do, or where they come from,” said Mary, who is also the Global Senior Vice President of DEIB for EverCommerce, Timely’s parent company. “We have this same passion for our customers – hairdressers and beauty professionals – who hold immense power in helping someone to express their gender identity, but they may not always realise it.”
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