|Welcome to the 2012 Out & Equal Workplace Summit
Today's opening plenary was a rousing kick-off to a week full of fabulous plans! We are grateful for each attendee's flexibility and patience in working with Out & Equal to accommodate schedule changes.
Out & Equal's Founding Executive Director Selisse Berry welcomed everyone and thanked us for being here, saying, "If I had to go through a hurricane, I'm glad I'm at least going through it with all of you!" She applauded attendees for their strength and determination in creating safe and equal workplaces around the world.
|Harry van Dorenmalen|
Harry van Dorenmalen, Chairman of IBM Europe, graciously stepped in as a special keynote speaker during our Lunch Plenary in light of the revised schedule today. He reminded us that every moment is a moment to speak out for equality and asked each of us to consider that "good policy isn't just paying lip service; culture is something you do when no one is looking." He urged attendees to harness their individual influence and responsibility as LGBT champions, who consistently look for the next step toward equality. "Don't go with the flow," he said. "Always think: if I don't do it, who else?"
The afternoon provided an opportunity for Monday's Leadership Seminar attendees as well as today's newcomers to join moderated discussion groups on a variety of topics addressed in workshops yesterday. Along with time to mingle and network at our Opening Reception sponsored by Deloitte, today's events offered an ideal warm-up for the rest of the week.
Thanks to our sponsor for such an incredible start to the week!
Wednesday Schedule Adjustments
In lieu of Super Storm Sandy's disruption to our scheduled program, we have made a few adjustments to Wednesday's schedule.
We have reorganized our workshop offerings for Wednesday's sessions, due to weather-related workshop cancellations. Please visit our new workshop listing online to plan out your day.
Exhibit Hall Hours:
Wednesday, October 31
12:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thursday, November 1
9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Wednesday Featured Events
Ticketed Breakfasts | 9:00am - 10:30am Tickets may be purchased at the Registration Desk, located in the Pratt Street Lobby of the Baltimore Convention Center.
with speaker Vernice "Flygirl" Armour
sponsored by Ernst & Young
Human Resources Breakfast
on Domestic Partner Benefits Tax Equalization: Getting it Done!
sponsored by Marsh McLennan Companies
Power Lunch Plenary Session | 1:00pm - 3:00pm
sponsored by Dell and Paul Hastings
Our featured speakers are:
Global Vice Chair of public Policy at Ernst & Young
President of The White House Project
Founding Executive Director of Out & Equal Workplace Advocates
Benjamin Todd Jealous
President and CEO of NAACP Entertainment: Shannon Salemi, Baltimore Dance Center
Announcement of Outie Award winners for:
Regional Affiliate of the Year
Session 3 | 11:00am - 12:30pm
Developments for the LGBT Community from the Federal Government
Session 4 | 3:30pm - 5:00pm
OUT NOW: The LGBT Global Workplace Experience - Country Survey Highlights
Sponsored by IBM
Night Out! Halloween Party | 7:30pm
Sponsored by Diageo
Night In! screening of Codebreaker | 7:30pm
Sponsored by Troup Consulting
Power Plant Live
*Please note that additional Featured Sessions and Global Series are scheduled for Wednesday, but could not be confirmed at the time of this e-communication. Please review the updated workshop listing
Zero to Breakthrough
12:00pm - 1:00pm, Outie Store
Out & Equal, book contributors
From Closet to Corner Office
3:00pm - 4:30pm, Outie Store
The Campaign Wtihin: A Mayor's Private Journey to Public Leadership
11:00am - 1:00pm, Outie Store
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Weather Impact Updates
To find out more about the ways in which Hurricane Sandy has impacted the 2012 Out & Equal Workplace Summit, please visit our the Announcements page on our mobile site.
Business casual is appropriate for much of the Out & Equal Workplace Summit. Many attendees wear shirts with their company logos, and we invite you to show your team spirit. We also have
Out & Equal merchandise available at our store in the exhibit hall.
Out & Equal cyber stations are provided by Dell, a Titanium sponsor. Laptops with wireless internet capabilities are located near the cafe in the Exhibition Hall on a first-come, first-served basis. Please note, there is a 5 minute browsing time when others are waiting. The cyber stations will operate during Exhibition Hall hours.
Please feel free to use your phones and laptops to join us online during the conference, as we encourage participants to join in on the conversation. We will also be updating our Facebook and Twitter pages throughout the conference, and invite you to share your experiences and thoughts on these platforms as well. For Twitter and Instagram use the hash tag #oesummit2012
Contact Out & Equal Staff
There are hundreds of Summit volunteers available throughout the event to answer your questions. If a volunteer is unable to answer your questions, please call 415-694-6500.