Department of Interior - March 15, DC
Jan 26 - Allies (Part II)
Feb 9 - Allies (Part III)
Feb 23 - Allies (Part IV)
March 9 - Allies (Part V)
March 22 - Building Bridges starts
January 31, 2:30pm
Monthly Trainers' ForumModerated by Pat Baillie
Thoughts from Pat Baillie, Associate Director of Training & Professional Development
Imagine my surprise when on a sunny Saturday in December I sat glued to the TV watching CNN for the vote that could ultimately repeal Don't Ask, Don't Tell. We often think about our jobs as 9 to 5 Monday through Friday, but at moments like this, I realized it is much, much more. Particularly interesting was that my partner and our housemates joined me in the vigil, Googling, tweeting and watching blogs for any bit of news. And while none of them were ever in the military, they came to the realization that this vote impacted their lives as well. I even heard that CNN online was brought down that day due to the number of people who followed the vote. Granted, there is a long path to implementation of the repeal, but Out & Equal, along with other organizations, is ready to work with the military as it looks at training in the workplace.
I also am struck by how 2011 has begun, with the tragic assaults on Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and 19 others in Tucson. Giffords is a member of the Congressional LGBT Caucus and a powerful ally. It's a grim reminder of how tenuous progress can be. Some discussion on the relation between speech and action is going on around the country. Hopefully some good will result and we might see progress on some LGBT-related fronts, such as bullying, workplace climate and equality. Let's work together on creating safe spaces for everyone in 2011.
International Town Call
On Thursday, January 20, 2011, Out & Equal will continue its International Town Call series at 6:00 pm Pacific with a focus on the workplace in China. This call will focus on mainland China and provide a perspective on corporations based in China. The webinar will look at what it means to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) in China from a cultural and legal perspective and what the climate is for LGBT employees. It also will provide perspectives on what corporations are doing to change the workplace and begin networking with Employee Resources Groups that are forming in China. The International Town Call series will take place 2-4 times annually, with each call dedicated to the LGBT workplace experience in a specific country. This International Town Call series is being organized in partnership with The Council for Global Equality. Employees with experience working in China or who represent companies with a presence in the country are especially invited to attend.
When: January 20, 2011
Time: 8:30 a.m. Pacific; 9:30 a.m. Mountain; 10:30 a.m. Central; 11:30 a.m. Eastern
(Friday, January 21, 2011 - 10:00am Taiwan)Duration: One hour
Where: Live webinar
Registration: Click here
What's the buzz about the CEI?
Work for a Fortune 500 corporation? Do you know what your Corporate Equality Index (CEI) score is regarding Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) policies and benefits in your workplace? Interested in starting a Diversity program for LGBT employees in your business but not sure what the criteria should be? Join Deena Fidas from the Human Rights Campaign as she gives you all the information about the CEI during this month's Town Call. More importantly, she can help you sort out the requirements for the new CEI 3.0 that will add new criteria to existing ratings. Be sure you know what you need to do to keep or achieve that 100% score by being a part of our first 2011 Town Call.When:
January 27, 2011Time:
12:00 p.m. Pacific;1:00 p.m. Mountain; 2:00 p.m. Central; 3:00 p.m. EasternDuration:
FreeRegistration: Click here
Out & Equal University Webinars hosted by:
5 part Ally Development series hosted by David Hall, author of "Allies at Work: Creating a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Inclusive Work Environment "
Schedule & topics -
All webinars will be on Wednesdays at 12:30pm Pacific
- Jan 12 - Session I - Come Out, Come Out: Heterosexual Privilege and Workplace Culture - RECORDED (recording available - take the rest of the sessions during the live webinars)
- Jan 26 - Session II - Uncovering Diversity: Connecting LGBT Across Corporate Diversity Initiatives
- Feb 9 - Session III - About that T: Assessing and Creating a Trans-Inclusive Workplace Culture (co-facilitated with Eli Green)
- Feb 23 - Session IV - I Love You, May It Please the Court: Allies and Marriage Equality
- Mar 9 - Session V - Allies Changing Corporate Culture
Duration: Five 75-minute webinars (if you can't make a live webinar, the recorded sessions will be available)
Where: Online with teleconference
Series Cost: $99.95 regular; $84.95 government/nonprofit/groups of 5 or more. Click here to register.
David's book also will be available at a special webinar discount of $15!
Upcoming 2011 webinars:
March 22, 29, April 12 - Building Bridges toward LGBT Diversity (3 part series - Pat Baillie, Angela "Q" Wilson)
May 3, 10, 17 - LGBT Diversity Leadership Train the Trainer (3 part series - Building Bridges is a prerequisite course - Pat Baillie, Angela "Q" Wilson)
May 24, 31, June 7 - Transgender Intensive (3 part series - Jamison Green, Ann Dunkin)July 5,12 - Targeted AND Privileged: The Importance of Examining Whiteness within the LGBT Community (2 Part series - Stephanie Puentes, Laurie Lippin)
Classroom trainingsMarch 15 - Department of the Interior University -
Click here for more information
[Out & Equal courses are usually submitted to the Society for Human Resources Management's Human Resource Certification Institute. Check to see if you qualify for continuing education credits for your participation.]
News for Out & Equal certified trainers
Does your company or organization have in house training? Does that include LGBT Cultural Competency or the business case for diversity? It is great that you are ready to train HR professionals, senior management and ERG members with the Out & Equal Trainer's materials but what's next? Many companies are realizing that if they want to impact their entire company, they need to make LGBT training part of their corporate training or university programs. Courses taught in these programs usually undergo more rigorous review, need executive or HR support to be included and reach a much larger audience. This could also be an excellent project to build coalitions with other diversity ERGs to include more training about inclusion in the workplace as part of a series or comprehensive cultural competency course. Imagine seeing LGBT in the company listing of approved courses? Explore the process and add training goals to your 2011 work.
It is also time to check how your company is doing on the new Corporate Equality Index (CEI) criteria for 2011. Be sure you are able to train and help your company maintain their 100% rating or make the steps to raise their score.If you haven't used the CEI yet or need some resources, join the Trainer's Forum this month as we discuss the new guidelines and how to use them.
Trainers' Forum Teleconference
Wednesday, January 31
Contact Pat Baillie for more information
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