Thank you for making this a fabulous Summit!
This evening's Gala Celebration was a glittering success thanks to our sponsors, speakers, and thanks to you!
We had some empowering panels and workshops, leading up to tonight's fabulous Gala dinner!
|Brigadier General Tammy Smith|
Comedian Kate Clinton lead us through the evening's event with many laughs and a reminder of the safety and acceptance we all deserve in our offices and throughout our diverse industries.
Special guest speaker Brigadier General Tammy Smith, the first openly LGBT officer of flag rank in the U.S. Army, shared her experience ofsuccessfully rising through the ranks while remaining true to herself. Her resounding remarks illuminated the importance of each individual's presence at Summit and future equality efforts.
Addressing all attendees, sponsors, and Out & Equal volunteers and staff, Tammy said, "If I am able to stand here as a soldier and as my authentic self it is thanks to you... so don't stop, don't even slow down in creating equal workplaces. I am in your debt."
Sister Sledge, featuring Kathy Sledge had the crowd dancing before dinner! Suede and the Washington Gay Men's Chorus a cappella ensemble Potomac Fever brightened our evening!
|Sister Sledge Featuring Kathy Sledge|
And, we congratulated the final two amazing Outie Award winners:
Lance Freedman, OutServe and Google!
Thanks to our sponsor Target for the Gala Reception, and thanks to our sponsor HP for the Gala Dinner -- a fabulous finale!
|2012 Outie Award Winners
Trailblazer Award | Lance Freedman, Lockheed Martin
Champion Award | Harry van Dorenmalen, IBM
LGBT ERG of the Year | OutServe, US Dept. of Defense
Regional Affiliate of the Year | NY Fingerlakes
Workplace Excellence | Google
Congratulations to this year's Outie Award winners!
From Closet to Corner Office Available Online
If you didn't make it to the Outie Store for a special preview of the new book from Out & Equal, From Closet to Corner Office, you can still order copies for yourself and your colleagues online at regular price.
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.
Trip Report: Bring Summit to Your Colleagues
Although we wish everyone could experience the Out & Equal Workplace Summit in person, we know that is not always possible. Early next week Out & Equal will release our 2012 Workplace Summit Trip Report. This will contain all the highlights and important messages from the event that you'll want to share with your company. Keep an eye on your inbox for the Trip Report.
| Save the Date for 2013!
Each year Out & Equal holds the Annual Workplace Summit in a different city, and each year more business professionals and more companies join us in the discussion on LGBT rights. Let's plan to be together as we move forward in our struggle for LGBT workplace equality.
Join us in Minneapolis, Minnesota, October 28 - 31, 2013!