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Join us for these great upcoming learning opportunities:
February 23 - Coaching: What it is, what it is not, & why every LGBT leader can benefit from working with a coach!March 29 - Using LGBT marketing data to build the business case
*All courses will be recorded and available on demand after the class date
March 8, 15, 22
10am Pacific 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 30, May 7 & 14 10:00am Pacific Workplace Bullying (more details next month)
New in 2012!
LGBT Core Courses Package -
Building Bridges toward LGBT Diversity, Train the Trainer, Value Proposition for Employee Resource Groups, Developing Allies, and Transgender Intensive. Taking each course individually would cost almost $500. The package price is $449.95. For non-profits, educational institutions, and government agencies, the regular price is $374.95. 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.
[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
Monday, February 13 at 10am (Pacific)
Upcoming dates for 2012 Trainers Forum
Tuesday, March 20
Thursday, April 19
Trainer's Forum Archives
Thoughts from Pat Baillie, Associate Director of Training & Professional Development
As you may have heard, there was big news from California last week on the Prop 8 challenge - a big victory for marriage equality. Read more about it on our blog
I read the excitement on a Department of Defense blog about what this could mean for federal employees. The corporate standard is moving toward tax equity or "grossing up" to offset the additional taxes that same sex couples because their marriages are not recognized by federal law. Yet federal employees are still trying to just get domestic partner benefits. What has become a recruiting tool for corporations is still a wish list for the government sector. Many non-profits face the same issues. Somewhere down the line, when the court challenges to Prop 8 end, and Defense of Marriage Act is over, equal benefits will take a giant step forward for same sex couples no matter where they work. Until then, we will have to rely on the hard work of Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) keeping HR and management informed on what's the next advocacy frontier!
On the Workplace Summit front, the deadline for submitting Global Workshop workshops RFPs is Wednesday, Feb 15!
If you haven't gotten all the details worked out, be sure to get the concept and title entered
so the workshop is included.
News for Out & Equal Certified Trainers
February Training Viewpoint Blog: People of Color
Q and I were joined by Nancy Mace, our new Director of Community Empowerment and Justin Tanis, Director of Communications, at the recent Creating Change conference in Baltimore. Almost 2500 LGBT and ally activists looked at global issues and local solutions. We hosted our booth and did several workshops, including sharing information and case studies related to the Business of Change for non-profits.
We also helped out at the first lobby day held at Creating Change. Almost 300 LGBT and ally citizen lobbyists traveled down to DC to talk to their senators. There were representatives from almost state. We started talking about 2012 as an election year. The best line I heard from the weekend was "Occupy the Voting booth."
As a 501(c)3 non-profit, Out & Equal can't promote specific candidates but we can advocate on issues and encourage everyone to vote. There was a lot of discussion around voter identification that will be part of this year's election. Thirty-one states will require all voters to show ID before voting at the polls. In 15 of these, the ID must include a photo of the voter; in the remaining 16, non-photo forms of ID are acceptable.
One of the educational pieces that trainers can provide is information on how to register to vote, how to get involved in local, state and national issues, and how to encourage not only the LGBT ERGs but all of the ERGs to work together to get out and vote. Take some time to talk with your friends and associates, know what the issues are, and even if you can't vote, be involved!
Join us for our next monthly Trainers' Forum webinar on February 13, 10:00am (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.