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Fireside chat with Pierre Gaubert, CEO&Co-Founder of myGwork

Who is Pierre Gaubert?

Pierre Gaubert is the CEO of myGwork, which he co-founded with his twin brother Adrien. myGwork is the business community for LGBTQ+ professionals, students, inclusive employers and anyone who believes in Workplace equality. Pierre is from a small town in the South of France and after living in 6 different countries, he came to London to study at LSE and graduated from a master’s in management in 2013.

What’s the story behind myGwork?

Our mother raised concerns about us being out at work but we dismissed them as being out of touch with the modern world. We were sure we would be accepted for who we are and rewarded for the hard work we would put into our new jobs. However, the reality was different, and we had to face the fact that not all people are accepting and not every workplace is inclusive. I was working for a software company where sexist and homophobic comments were almost encouraged. After I experienced harassment and exclusion from colleagues and from management, Adrien and I decided to create myGwork.

What was the most difficult part of your experience in the early beginnings?

When you are in a market testing phase and want to work with blue chip companies, you don’t have any credentials. The hardest part was to build a network a people who believed in our vision rather than a product. We were very lucky to have met some amazing early supporters who introduced us to their talent team or even became our first client. This gave us the credibility we needed for investors to come on board so we could launch the current platform.

What are you most proud of regarding your business?

Our mother always told us to be kind and keep fighting for what we believed in. When she passed away in 2013 and left us some money, we used the funds to start myGwork and help empower the LGBTQ+ community. Adrien and I are really proud to have achieved this together (our younger brother, who is a great ally, invested too!), and we hope our mum would be too.

What is your vision for the future of myGwork?

Our long term goal is to empower every LGBTQ+ worldwide; making sure they have access to a professional network, a safe space to find support and job opportunities with the most inclusive employers where they can bring their whole self to work.

What’s your advice for the businesses that are trying to adapt to this economic climate?

Making sure to create long lasting partnership with clients and becoming trusted advisers rather than seeking instant economic returns. Hiring a diverse workforce is also crucial for companies to thrive and bring new ideas on board.

Please name a few technologies which have the greatest impact on your business.

  • Management tools: Salesforce, Monday.com, Microsoft Teams
  • Social media: LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter
  • HR Tech: Broadbean, SucessFactors, eQuest, Greenhouse
  • Ads and metrics: Google, LinkedIn, Oribi

What books do you have on your nightstand?

I read thriller fictions; it allows me to escape the business world for a bit.

These are mostly in French to stay connected with my mother tongue. My current one is by Jean Christophe Grange and it’s called Lontano.

Because of the current economic climate our publication has started a series of discussions with professional individuals meant to engage our readers with relevant companies and their representatives in order to discuss their involvement, what challenges they have had in the past and what they are looking forward to in the future. This sequence aims to present a series of experiences, recent developments, changes and downsides in terms of their business areas, as well as their goals, values, career history, the high-impact success outcomes and achievements.

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