Our Equity, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EED&I) Committee
is dedicated to creating an environment where all employees can bring
their whole, authentic selves to work. Ahead of Sydney’s Gay and
Lesbian Mardi Gras, our EED&I Committee held a “Mardi Gras
Extravaganza” event to celebrate pride and educate employees on the
This in-person event took place in Sydney and was live-streamed to
employees across the country. The evening was full of incredible
musical and drag performances as well as an educational panel
discussing Australian LGBTQIA+ history and issues faced by the
“Our Mardi Gras event was created in a way that was a celebration of
our community but was also educational. It allowed the audience to
uncover deeper issues pertaining to LGBTQIA+ people to give our
employees pragmatic ways to support and promote positive change” says
Dan Iachini, AbbVie Rheumatology Brand Manager, EED&I Committee
member and co-champion of the LGBTQIA+ diversity stream.
The Mardi Gras Extravaganza was one of the first opportunities to
bring together AbbVie and Allergan Aesthetics employees since
integrating last year. One of the key goals of the event was to
provide opportunities for employees to learn, contribute and ask questions.
“It is important for communities to have strong allies. Everyone
within the business has a role to play in supporting inclusion” says
Ella Boonzaier, AbbVie Business Unit Manager and LGBTQIA+ ally.
“Creating a culture where one can bring their whole authentic self
to work isn’t just a feel-good venture – it makes business sense. This
promotes diversity of thought and inclusion which creates a safe and
trusting environment, and in turn, it allows employees to contribute
more broadly and feel comfortable to constructively challenge the
status quo,” said AbbVie ANZ General Manager Chris Stemple.