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Join us for these great upcoming learning opportunities:
June 28 - LGBT Executives Coming Out & Speaking Up
July 26 - What Do You Need to Know? Current LGBT Research efforts
August 30 - Taking the Theory of Community Partnerships to Reality: Using the Business of Change to expand Corporate Social Responsibility
June 19 - 11:30am PDT - CA USDA PRIDE (Davis)
June 21 - Entergy's 2012 Diversity & Inclusion Summit to be held June 20-21, 2012 at the Harrah's New Orleans Hotel
July 5/6 - Global LGBT Workplace Summit (London) - 24 Workshops
August 1 - 2012 Employee Development Conference (DC)
August 2 - EXCEL Conference for EEOC (Dallas)
August 2/3 - (tentative) Training in Houston
*All courses will be recorded and available on demand after the class date
1:00 pm (PDT) - Coaching Intensive 3-part webinar series with Terry Hildebrandt, Lyne Desormeaux, Dr. Tim Kincaid
$119.95 registration ($89.95 for non-profit, government or educational groups) - Click here for registration information
August 9, 16, 23 10:00am PDT - Creating an LGBT Marketing Program (tentative)
Featured Out & Equal University Archive Course
Harassed in the workplace? Lessons from Schoolyard Bullying!
$109.95 registration ($89.95 for non-profit, government or educational groups) - Click here for registration information.
For details on all courses click here. Email Pat Baillie, Director of Training, for additional discounts for groups of 5 or more or licensing for Workplace Accreditation and details on the LGBT Core Courses.
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Tuesday, June 19 9:00am (PDT)
Upcoming dates for 2012 Trainers Forum
Thursday, July 19 2:00pm (PDT)
Monday, Aug 20, 10:00am (PDT)
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Thoughts from Pat Baillie, Director of Training & Professional Development
I spent a good part of today listening to the Senate Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) hearings. Many of our Senate supporters spoke and the expert testimony made me proud to know how well we can articulate our position. The challenging part of today was to know that even with polls showing the majority of Americans supporting an end to workplace discrimination; we will probably not see this bill move forward! I could spend the column exploring the political reasoning behind this but I think that is such a large issue, that we wouldn't walk away with anything tangible.
What I want to do is focus more on what is it we might be able to do during this "in between" time. There is of course, the requisite political organizing toward the election and community building through Pride. However, I am looking for something more personal to do that might move the equality needle a bit more in our direction! I have been trying to use my Facebook account for good and putting more Out & Equal information out to my friends list, so I posted about the ENDA hearings. I had three separate responses that indicated to me that I might have stumbled on a way to expand my ability to educate on LGBT workplace equality.
The first was from an LGBT friend who said, "...hasn't that passed yet?" and yes, they live in the US and actually work in a state that does not have sexual orientation or gender identity/expression protections. The next was from someone who asked what ENDA was. That question gave me a chance to come out and talk about the work I do and why ENDA is necessary. They expressed an interest in learning more and thus, an ally was born. The last response was all the "likes" my post received. People who took a couple of seconds out of their day to agree that this was important and were willing to share at least a click to show they believed in it too! It suddenly didn't seem so overwhelming and working toward educating others could begin with friends I share cyberspace with. Who else can you tell about who you are and what you need today?Sincerely,
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 May's Training Viewpoint blog: Disabilities
This month Q and I embarked on a grand adventure. We began to create SCORM compliant online cultural competency training programs. We have worked on perfecting our live webinar skills and created archives of materials that LGBT employees and allies can use to advance workplace equality and the business case. This month we were able to take the next step, to take the Building Bridges program and create an interactive experience designed to cultivate allies. We bought the Adobe eLearning Suite and in just a few short weeks, we have brought the course to life. Captivate has come a long way since the days when I struggled with code and programming in Dreamweaver and the ease of navigation and support training is really making a difference. We still haven't sorted out the process of loading the program on to other Learning Management Systems, but we are moving ahead and will tackle those interfaces next. If you are thinking about your next step in training at your company, explore the online training programs that could be added to your system. These courses have the potential to reach many more employees and provide standardized, comprehensive training across the company!
Join us for our next monthly Trainers' Forum webinar on June 19,
9:00am (PDT). Contact Pat Baillie for more information.
The "Study of the Month" column features LGBTA-related research studies conducted by members of the Society for Industrial & Organizational Psychology (SIOP). SIOP is the premier membership organization for those practicing and teaching Industrial-Organizational Psychology, the scientific study of the workplace. For more information about SIOP, please visit www.siop.org.
Predetermined beliefs about gay males and lesbians in the workplace have an effect on how they are viewed by their coworkers. This is especially important in the context of leadership; if a follower holds negative assumptions about a leader based solely on the leader's sexual orientation, their relationship can suffer. In the current study, respondents were asked to think about gay, lesbian, and heterosexual leaders and to evaluate them on different characteristics to see what stereotypes people hold about these people. Results found that gay male leaders were seen as similar in leadership style to heterosexual female leaders (in particular by being relationship-oriented). However, they were seen as different from heterosexual male leaders - in some ways better and in some ways worse. For instance, gay male leaders were seen as less task-oriented than heterosexual male leaders, but they were also seen as more adaptable and better at managing diversity. Lesbian leaders, on the other hand, were not seen as significantly different from heterosexual male or female leaders. This suggests that people hold predetermined beliefs about gay and lesbian leaders, but these beliefs are not always negative - in some ways, being a gay or lesbian leader can be seen as a benefit.
This study was presented at the annual Society for Industrial & Organizational Psychology conference in April of 2012 by Nicholas P.
Salter and Benjamin Liberman. For more information, please contact Nicholas Salter at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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