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What's vital in a company's culture that fosters openness leading to innovation? Research has shown that universally, organizations who embrace 'Diversity' are more creative/innovative, perform better, and are more adaptable to change. With Chiang Mai's emerging multicultural business landscape, it is important for startups, SMEs, corporates, all organizations alike to leverage on such competencies.

In light of the Chiang Mai Pride parade on the same week, Chiang Mai Connect would like to bring to the table why you should care about 'Diversity' in the workplace. Join us for this special edition hosted at the newly launched location of Regus at Chiang Mai Icon Park
  • Learn about the new civil partnership law  (recently passed through the government's cabinet) and how it will affect your businesses from inclusiveness experts
  • Unlock opportunities fostering a creative / innovative environment for you and your team through 'Diversity' in the workplace
  • Connect with entrepreneurs & professionals from wide-ranging industries in the North - linking business groups from the international and local chambers of commerce, to the Federation of Thai Industries
  • Only 45 seats available for this special edition!
Come connect on Friday 22nd February, 17.00 hrs onwards at Regus at Chiang Mai Icon Park (map)
Introducing the Chiang Mai Connect speakers:

Paul Overdijk
Co-chair Advisory Board
Workplace Pride

Chair Advisory Board
OUT Business Network
Khun Paul is a seasoned professional specialised in logistics and strategy development and an active business advocator for LGBT inclusion in the workplace in the Netherlands and Southeast Asia. During his active career, he has been, among other positions, Director of Strategy at TNT and Royal Post NL where he co-founded LGBT networks within the mentioned corporations. Paul is the Ex-chairman and current Co-chair in the advisory board of Workplace Pride, a NFP organization dedicated to inclusiveness in the workplace founded in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. In Bangkok, Paul co-founded the OUT Business Network (OUT BKK) working hand-in-hand with local companies to support LGBT inclusion in the workplace. Paul will be sharing his take on how businesses should adapt on the new civil partnership law and the multi-faceted effects of 'Diversity in the workplace'. 

Chitsanupong (Best) Nithiwana
Lead Organizer,
Chiang Mai Pride 2019


Khun Chitsanupong Nithiwana or Best is a young LGBT activist, gender studies scholar, and lead organizer of Chiang Mai Pride 2019. A first-class honour graduate of Political Science (International Affairs) from Chiang Mai University, she is current pursuing her masters on Gender Studies at CMU where her research on LGBT rights is subsequently published in the PolSci CMU Journal 2017 and 3 articles published by TCIJ (The Centre for Investigative Journalism), UN Women Asia and The Pacific. In 2018, Best has been invited to speak at the #hearmetoo Equality Talk by UN Women also at TEDxChiang Mai women. She co-founded the Young Pride Club, a local youth group dedicated to raise awareness on LGBTQ issues among young people and the general public. Best will be sharing with us her experience working hand-in-hand with civil society groups, businesses, academia, and local Chiang Mai stakeholders in promoting the city's inclusiveness at various levels. 

Hans van den Born
Executive Director
NTCC - Netherlands Thai Chamber of Commerce

Khun Hans is a tourism & hospitality professional by training, an international expat with 20+ years of multicultural management experience. After having graduated from one of the top hotel schools in the Netherlands (NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences), he spent more than a decade working for top names in the airline industry (Air Malta, China Airlines), onwards to the hotel business, and lastly into the DMC world serving industry leaders such as Diethelm Travel Group. It is true that tourism is in itself an industry which embraces diversity, but most of all, Hans believes his experiences with diverse teams has geared him up to work with intimate, international teams as at the NTCC where several generations, nationalities, and backgrounds synergize. Let's hear from Hans his views on how managers should approach diversity in the workplace. 
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Event agenda

17.00 Registration

17.30 'Diversity in the Workplace' talk & discussion

19.00 Opening by hosts

19.15 Business connecting games

19.45 Networking

21.30 Event ends

Event details

DATE: Friday 22nd February 2019
TIME (Registration): 17.00 hrs onwards
TIME (Talk): 17.30 - 19.00 hrs

TIME (Networking): 19.15 - 21.30 hrs
PRICE: 550 baht - for members of partner organizations (see logos above)
            750 baht - for non-members 
            800 baht - for ALL walk-ins

*Prices are inclusive of food & drinks
LOCATION: Regus at Chiang Mai Icon Park (map)

PARKING: Icon IT Chiang Mai (map)

17.00 - 21.30 hrs
Chiang Mai Icon Park

+66 (0) 2 254 64 34 |
15 Soi Tonson, Ploenchit Road, Lumpini, Pathumwan
Bangkok 10330, Thailand
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