Training e-Newsletter
August 2010
August Town Call
Upcoming trainings
Trainers' Corner
Breaking News
Over 130 workshops and panels have been selected for the 2010 Summit - view full schedule online.
Training Calendar
Visit the Out & Equal Training page for more event and registration information.
August 31
12 Rules for Effective Networking
September 14
Advanced Course:  Targeted AND Priviledged
October 5
Sign up for all day leadership seminars at the Summit!
Are you ready for the new transgender benefits criteria?
Register for a leadership seminar, part of the 2010 Workplace Summit.
Implementing Transgender Inclusion: Comprehensive Programming to Ensure Workplace Equality ($160), on October 5 in Los Angeles will cover Transgender Cultural Competency in the morning and then work through the new CEI 3.0 criteria on transgender health benefits in the afternoon.  Join Jamison Green and Ann Dunkin as they go through the tools to keep you 100% rating in 2011 and work for transgender equality in the workplace!
Trainers' Forum

August 30
Monthly Trainers' Forum
Moderated by Pat Baillie

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Monthly insights
Thoughts from Pat Baillie, Associate Director of Training & Professional Development
There are times when being a "professional gay" gets really interesting!  One of the real benefits of my job here at Out & Equal is keeping up on current events, policies and changes regarding LGBT employees.  Sometimes I feel like the library when I get calls on "how do we do 'X'?" or "where do I find 'Y'?".  It is very rewarding to connect people and resources.  The line "knowledge is power" is true and in this case, it is incredible to share powerful information with others and help create new perspectives, directions and goals.
However, when I watch major events unfold on the national and global level it can be challenging!  Many times my personal response may be different from my professional response!   How do I deal with this disconnect?  Over the years, I have been on both sides of the political activism spectrum.  I have been in the streets with Act Up, Pride organizations and protests.  I have also worked on change from the inside, quietly making a difference in small, small steps.  Right now, I find myself working on the inside. Talking to executives, offering training and best practices to corporations as they find the best way to balance their business and diversity goals.  Waiting for the change to come can be frustrating!  When I get to that point, I take a deep breath, look back at the progress that has been made and work to keep holding visions of possibility.  Chuck Yeager once said "You do what you can for as long as you can, and when you finally can't, you do the next best thing".  Imagine if we all lived that way.  What change we could accomplish!   So my question for you this month is "What's the best thing you are doing right now for LGBT workplace equality?"
Pat Baillie
Town call  

Where is the workplace connection - spirituality, sexual orientation and gender identity?

Register now for August's Town Call series.  
We walk into work with a wide variety of experiences and beliefs.  Our uniqueness is the strength we bring to our job, but not realizing our differences can keep us from being fully engaged on the job.  With Out & Equal, we not only focus on who we are as LGBT individuals but also our different genders, races, ages and beliefs.  How do we talk about all our diversity and find a way to truly bring ALL of ourselves to work?  Join us as we explore the links for LGBT employees and spirituality! 
When: August 26, 2010
Time: 12:00 p.m. Pacific; 1:00 p.m. Mountain; 2:00 p.m. Central; 3:00 p.m. Eastern
Duration: One hour
Where: Live webinar
Cost: Free
Upcoming trainings
Webinar trainings
12 Rules for Effective Networking 
Sponsored by Out & Equal's LGBTCareerLink
Tuesday, August 31
Advanced Course - Targeted AND Privileged:  The Importance of Examining Whiteness within the LGBT Community
Tuesday, September 14
Register here
Webinar Information:
Duration: 75 minutes
Where: Online with teleconference (also available after the webinar as a recording - Archives
Cost: $49.95 regular; $34.95 nonprofit (contact us for group or other discount pricing)
Classroom trainings at the 2010
Workplace Summit, Los Angeles 

- LGBT Diversity Leadership Train the Trainer Course. 
  Instructors: Terry Hildebrandt, Sheryl Dagang
- Implementing Transgender Inclusion: Comprehensive
  programming to ensure workplace equality. 
  Instructors: Ann Dunkin, Jamison Green

Tuesday, October 5, 2010 Register for the Summit here 
Trainer department welcomes new team member 
Angela Wilson joins as Senior Program Associate
Angela WilsonOut & Equal Workplace Advocates welcomes to the staff, Angela Wilson to the staff.  Angela will be a Senior Program Associate, dividing her time between supporting the NETWORKS! and Training & Professional Development Programs.  Angela moved from South Carolina to relocate to the Bay Area and brings with her a wealth of education and experience in Journalism, Mass Communications, Public Relations and Business Administration.  Her responsibilities will include organizing and scheduling classroom and Out & Equal University online training programs, working with the Trainer's Network, presenting courses as a trainer for Out & Equal and administering the Regional Affiliate program.  For more information about Angela, check out our staff directory on the website.
Trainers' corner

News for Out & Equal certified trainers
It has been a busy month for training!  We used our webinar platform to support the last United ENDA call and then we provided the phone network for Immigration Equality and their recent grassroots call.  We also participated in a briefing by the Department of Labor on changes to the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). 
The FMLA allows workers to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave during any 12-month period to care for loved ones or themselves and allows employees to take time off for the adoption or the birth of a child.  The definition of "parent" has been clarified to include an employee who intends to share in the parenting of a child with his or her same-sex partner.  Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis joined the call and was clearly supportive of other ideas for LGBT employees to take full advantage of government benefits.  It should be noted, however, that FMLA cannot be used for partners due to the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).  Several other ideas were suggested that might be included in the next round of policy changes.

This is a great chance to let your HR departments know about the changes.  Here is a link to the Fact Sheet.  We will also talk about this during the August Trainer's Forum:


Fact Sheet # 28C: FMLA leave to care for a parent with a serious health condition on the basis of an "in loco parentis" relationship (PDF)


Trainers' Forum Teleconference
Monday, August 30

1:00PM Pacific
Contact Pat Baillie for more information
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