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September 2012

In this issue
New Book from Out & Equal
Corporate Sponsorship Opportunities
Summit Volunteer Deadline
LGBTCareerLink Shifts into Overdrive
Meet Out & Equal's New Director of Events
Equality in Hong Kong
Local Events!
What's Hot on Out & Equal's Blog!
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Oct 29 - Nov 1
Baltimore, Maryland

2012 Workplace Summit Sponsors  


To learn more about sponsorship opportunities, download the 2012 Sponsor Benefits Catalog.  


Ernst & Young

Marsh & McLennan
Northrop Grumman
Paul Hastings
TD Bank
The Advocate
Wells Fargo
Bank of America
Goldman Sachs
Hilton Worldwide
JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Johnson & Johnson
Lexus/Lexus Financial Services
Lockheed Martin
Morgan Stanley
National Grid
Southwest Airlines
The Walt Disney Company
Thomson Reuters

Abbott Laboratories
BAE Systems
Best Buy
Boehringer Ingelheim
Booz Allen Hamilton
CH2M Hill
Deutsche Bank
Eli Lilly and Company
General Dynamics
Harris Interactive
Hilton Worldwide
New York Life
Publicis Groupe
Rockwell Collins
SC Johnson
Sears Holdings Corporation
State Farm
Texas Instruments
The Hartford
The Nielsen Company
Towers Watson
T. Rowe Price
UnitedHealth Group
United Technologies
Witeck Communications
Central Intelligence Agency

Out for Work
PFLAG National

Essi Systems
KMA Diversity
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Registration and housing for the 2012 Out & Equal Workplace Summit are now open! 

 Register now 

A three-day Summit registration includes:

  • Entrance to the Welcome Reception
  • Six workshops, with approximately 20 workshop options per session
  • Two plenaries, with meals (one brunch, one lunch)
  • Access to the Night Out! Networking events
  • One ticket to the Gala Dinner

(Please note: Networking Luncheons, Breakfasts and the Leadership Seminars are not included with a three-day registration.)  View the 2012 Registration Rates and the 2012 Workplace Summit Schedule

Catch a Preview of Out & Equal's New Book at the 2012 Workplace Summit!

During the 2012 Out & Equal Workplace Summit, Out & Equal Workplace Advocates will release a sneak preview of its new book, Out & Equal at Work: From Closet to Corner Office

Out & Equal at Work chronicles the story of Out & Equal Workplace Advocates, its visionary Founding Executive Director, Selisse Berry, and the personal narratives of 36 ally and LGBT executives and workplace leaders who have conquered adversity and ushered in diversity and inclusion policies that affirm and support workplace equality.

Pre-order your copy of Out & Equal at Work now!

Corporate Sponsorship Opportunities  

Out & Equal's achievements as a nonprofit organization dedicated to workplace equality for everyone are made possible through the generosity of our corporate sponsors and partners. Companies wishing to demonstrate their support for workplace equality should consider advertising, hosting a booth in the exhibition hall, or the best value - becoming a sponsorThe benefits are numerous! 


Interested? Contact Dave Bueché at dbueche@outandequal.org now to find out how YOUR company can play a visible role in the largest LGBT conference in the world. Don't miss out!


New Leadership Seminars for October 29!
Out & Equal will be offering a leadership seminar focused on Inclusive Leadership and LGBT Communities of Color this year. Watch for more details soon.

Start your 2012 Summit a day early and register for leadership seminars. These day long seminars provide in depth training and networking opportunities. Seminars are available as stand-alone days, or can be added to your Summit registration. The registration fee ($200) includes breakfast and lunch as well as all materials for the seminars. The following options for Monday are:
  • Transgender Awareness & Inclusion: Getting There From Wherever You Are Now
  • Developing Allies
  • Federal LGBT Day
  • Employee Resource Groups (ERGs)

Register today for a leadership seminar.

2012 Summit Volunteer and Scholarship Deadline

Summit Scholarships

Each year, Out & Equal awards scholarships to people who might otherwise not be able to attend the Workplace Summit due to financial reasons or because their employer is not supportive of LGBT issues. The scholarship program helps keep the cost of Summit low, which allows wider accessibility to this unique event. Scholarship recipients are usually students, non-profit employees, underemployed or unemployed.

To apply for a scholarship, fill out a scholarship application as soon as possible. Contact Associate Director of Events, Dani Siragusa at 415.694.6519 with questions.

Individual Volunteers
We are now accepting applications for Out & Equal Summit Volunteers. The deadline to apply has been extended; please apply ASAP. After completing the application, you will be e-mailed with information on how to complete the volunteer registration application. Then, a week or two before Summit, you will be sent your volunteer schedule.

Group Volunteers
If you are interested in organizing a team of volunteers or if you represent a group, do not fill out the volunteer application form; contact Emma Mishel directly ASAP at emishel@outandequal.org or 415.694.6537 with all questions regarding the volunteer program as well as the scholarship program.

Find out about volunteer benefits here!
Out & Equal's LGBTCareerLink Shifts into Overdrive  
Posting an average of 10,000 jobs and hosting 5,200 job hunters every month means we are shifting into overdrive with a new job board technology that positions our LGBT talent recruitment tool for continued growth. We are making sure our job board meets the talent acquisition needs of the growing number of employers who view Out & Equal as the number one place to source professional LGBT employees now and in the future.   


Both job hunters and employers will enjoy upgraded account controls and a variety of new features and tools.   


Sign up to get Out & Equal's CareerTalk for news about this roll-out!
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LGBT Talent Recruiting Tip One

When it comes to targeting LGBT professionals, using the well-known large job boards is not the best way to reach out and hire LGBT employees. While resumes by the many thousands may be accessible there, chances are only a small percentage of them belong to viable LGBT professionals. And how would talent acquisition teams know for sure they are actually targeting the LGBT workforce there?      


In contrast, Out & Equal's LGBTCareerLink, the first and only LGBT-focused job board, is a value-oriented talent recruiting tool where reaching the LGBT workforce is a given. After all, Out & Equal has been in this business for a long time!


Purchase a sponsorship subscription prior to Dec. 31, 2012 at this year's pricing and your company will be automatically migrated to our new job board.

 View summary of 2012 recruiting options. 

Contact: Julie Beach, Associate Director of Career & IT Services

 Out & Equal Workplace Advocates 


Become a Sponsor 

Find out how easy it is for your company to recruit LGBT employees right now.



Meet Teddy Witherington, Director of Events 

Teddy Witherington
Teddy Witherington, Director of Events at Out & Equal

Teddy joined the Out & Equal team at the end of June, 2012. With an impressive background in events, the team is thrilled to have Teddy join us.


Teddy was born and raised in London, England. After graduating from college, he spent ten years working in private client and non-profit law. In 1991, Teddy joined the London Lesbian and Gay Pride Committee as its Executive Director until 1997. Since then he has worked as the first-ever Executive Director for the San Francisco Pride Committee as well as the Executive Director of the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus. In an attempt to tap into his infinite events planning wisdom, we have let him settle in and find the tea stash, but now we're following up with the BIG questions.


See what Teddy has to say about his work at Out & Equal as well as the upcoming Workplace Summit here, and please visit the Out & Equal Staff page to read his full bio. 

Have Colleagues in Hong Kong?

If so, spread the word that November 6-7 Out & Equal is a sponsoring organization of the Community Business Diversity & Inclusion in Asia Conference. The conference is the primary forum for discussion of diversity issues as they relate to business in Asia. It caters to the interests and needs of senior business leaders, corporate HR and diversity practitioners, as well as diversity consultants and other active players from the academic, NGO and government sectors.

Out & Equal Deputy Director Kevin Jones will be attending, and would enjoy the chance to see your Asia-based colleagues then. Contact Kevin via email
to set up a time to connect.

United for Marriage Collecting Donated Airline Miles

United for Marriage (www.unitedformarriage.org) is a national project of the three major LGBT Organizations to recruit, coordinate and send volunteers to the four states with gay marriage on the ballot this November: Maine, Maryland, Minnesota and Washington.

In order to help send people who otherwise may not be able to participate in promoting marriage equality in these states, United for Marriage is asking others to donate airline miles to pay for volunteers' airfare. Anyone can easily donate some of their frequent flyer miles by filling out this form.
Town Calls - Free!

October Town Call
Legislative Updates: ENDA and Beyond 
Thursday, October 18, 2012 - 12 pm Pacific Time 
1 pm Mountain | 2 pm Central | 3 pm Eastern

November Town Call 
What's the Latest on Transgender Workplace Inclusion (with a special Transgender Day of Remembrance segement) 
Thursday, November 15, 2012 - 12 pm Pacific Time
1 pm Mountain | 2 pm Central | 3 pm Eastern
UpcomingEventsUpcoming Local Events!



Oct 13-14 - Atlanta Pride Celebration 2012 - Look for Out & Equal during the weekend and register to win a free iPad!
November TBD - Wine Tasting, Networking and Fundraising event



Oct 29-Nov 1 - 2012 Out & Equal Workplace Summit 



Oct 3-7 - Out & Equal is presenting workshops at InterPride  



Oct 21-24 - SHRM Diversity & Inclusion Conference    


Dallas / Fort Worth
Sept 26 - LGBT Job Expo
Oct 6 - Tarrant County Gay Pride Parade in Fort Worth  

Oct 9 - First ever Bring Your Partner's Picture to Work Day
Oct 20 - Regional Council Meeting
Nov 17 - Regional Council Meeting
Connect via Groupsite or Facebook for event information  



Sept 27 - Healthy, Wealthy and LGBT - financial planning, taxes and benefits for LGBT individuals and families. Check Out & Equal Houston's Facebook page for registration details!

Oct 17 - Mixer at Chef Joseph's Connoisseur Room 


New York Fingerlakes

October: Work It Out Discussions

Oct 1 - Regional Council Meeting 

Oct 11th - 2nd Thursday Networking Event at ONE 

Oct 23rd - ERG Roundtable: "Best Practices for an Effective Employee Resource Group"  

Nov 5 - Regional Council Meeting

Nov 8 - 2nd Thursday Networking Event 

Learn more on Groupsite.



Oct 25-28 - OutServe Conference


San Francisco

Oct 3 - Coming Out at Work: Insights from Gen Y, X & Baby Boomers


Tampa Bay

Don't see an event in your area? Double check our calendar to stay up to date.

Find out how you can start a Regional Affiliate in your area! 
What's hot on the blog? 


Focus on People of Color and Women at the Out & Equal Workplace Summit
Find out about special breakfasts, panels and workshops at the 2012 Summit in Baltimore featuring topics of particular interest to Women and People of Color.

2012 Out & Equal Workplace Summit Presents Workshop Options
Don't hesitate to check out descriptions for over 120 workshops in which Summit attendees will have the opportunity to participate.

Selisse Berry on Global LGBT Workplace Equality
Read what Selisse, Out & Equal Founding Executive Director, had to say during her keynote address at the Second International Expo & Business LGBT event in Cancun, Mexico.

Pat Baillie, Director of Training Takes Out & Equal to Germany  
Pat Baillie has been training on the road! Most recently consulting with  a large multi-national European-based corporation regarding the establishment of ERGs. Read more.