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March 29 - Using LGBT marketing data to build the business case
April 26 - Tax Equality: What, Why & How!
May 31 - Bullying: From the School Yard to the Work Place - What's the Connection?
*All courses will be recorded and available on demand after the class date
March 15, 22
10am PT - Train the Trainer
3-part webinar series on breaking down barriers and fostering communication between LGBT employees and their co-workers - $109.95 registration ($89.95 for non-profit, government or educational groups)
April 3,10, 17
2pm PT - Dialogues on Gender Identity
(3 part webinar series) with Jamison Green and Ann Dunkin) - $119.95 registration ($89.95 for non-profit, government or educational groups)
April 30, May 7 & 14
10am PT - Workplace Bullying (more details next month)
New in 2012!
Archived training and LGBT Core Courses Package available -
For details on all courses click here. Email Pat Baillie, Associate Director of Training, for additional discounts for groups of 5 or more or licensing for Workplace Accreditation and details on the LGBT Core Courses.
[Out & Equal webinars and classroom courses are usually submitted to the Society for Human Resources Management's Human Resource Certification Institute. Check to see if you can receive continuing education credits for your participation.]
Monthly Trainers' Forum Webinar
Tuesday, March 20 at 12pm (PT)
Upcoming dates for 2012 Trainers Forum
Thursday, April 19 at
Monday, May 21 at
Trainer's Forum Archives
Thoughts from Pat Baillie, Associate Director of Training & Professional Development
We have been hearing from many different sectors this year about their interest in starting up or expanding their LGBT Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) training. Federal government agencies, manufacturing companies, and social service agencies are all looking at the best practices they can incorporate into their workplace.
At the same time, working with our new Director of Community Empowerment, Nancy Mace, the Employee Resource Groups and Regional Affiliates are finding a renewed commitment to take next steps toward LGBT workplace equality in their companies and regions. Nancy is planning on traveling to many of the Regional Affiliates and setting up online webinars to provide more training on key organizational concepts. There are already many resources available for the ERGs and RAs through the Town Call and Out & Equal University archives. Looking at all this increased activity, I think we may be seeing the economy coming back and that companies are budgeting more for D&I work. But I also think this increased focus on LGBT equality comes from more than just economic recovery. There is a growing energy and awareness from the LGBT and allies speak up, educate, and make changes on a local, national, and global level to reach the next level around LGBT workplace equality.
I watched the "8": A Play about the Fight for Marriage Equality on YouTube last weekend and it was another one of those moments when it felt good to be LGBT. We know the story, but with the power of top-name stars, many who are allies, it feels like we don't have to do it all by ourselves. I also watched the Ellen Degeneres commercials on the Oscars and was very happy to see JCPenney take a lead and to continue to support inclusion to a wide and diverse audience. My partner, who hasn't shopped at JCPenney for years, said this caught her attention and she would go back and see how they've changed. That's not a scientific study on marketing, but I look forward to a day when we just see a commercial or program that features LGBT-positive images and we don't even think about writing a blog or an editorial because LGBT equality is the standard we all live by. Until then, there's lots of work to do and I'm glad you are part of making that difference!
News for Out & Equal Certified Trainers
We want to take a moment to thank those of you who have contributed to the training blog so far. Here is a link to March's Training Viewpoint blog: Women
We have had several requests from companies who want to add various components of Out & Equal Training materials to their Learning Management Systems, and that have been asked about being SCORM 1.2 or AICC compliant. I have worked with these systems in the past and know some basic skills on storyboarding and scripting to create online training, but I am interested in learning more about what your company is doing, and if you would be interested in working with Out & Equal on actually creating some of these programs. We have a lot of content, but the time consuming part of creating programs is beyond the work that Q & I can take on. We want to take training to the next level, and get out those best practices that we are always talking about. Let's start a discussion about what programs you are using, what tips you have to offer about the current state of online training development, and if you are interested in working with us from a volunteer or sponsor perspective.
Join us for our next monthly Trainers' Forum webinar on March 20, 12:00pm (Pacific Time Zone). Contact Pat Baillie for more information.
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Out & Equal is committed to ending employment discrimination for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender employees. We believe that people should be judged by the work they do, not by their sexual orientation or gender identity. Every day, we work to protect and empower employees to be productive and successful-so they can support themselves, their families, and contribute to achieving a world free of discrimination for everyone.