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Join us in San Francisco on March 13th to celebrate LGBT workplace equality at the 2014 Momentum gala dinner and leadership celebration.


February 2014 - April 2014

Upcoming Town Calls 
(Calls start at 12pm Pacific and last for one hour except when otherwise noted)


Feb 18 - Virtual Summit #5 - Executive Sponsors: Use 'em or Lose 'em (sponsored by Sprint & Fannie Mae) - 12:00pm - 1:15pm Pacific

Feb 27 - Discovering Strength in our Diversity: Voices of Latino/Latina/Hispanic LGBT/Allies  - PoC (Advisory Committee)

MAR 27 - The Post-DOMA Era: The Great News for Companies and Employees!

April 24 - Self Identification (details soon)


Want to sponsor the 2014 Town Call or Virtual Summit series? Contact us for details!

Classroom Trainings/Events

 

March 11-13 - Executive & Emerging Leader Forum, SF         

    

Out & Equal Online Training

March 4, 11, 18 - Building Bridges to LGBT Cultural Competency (12:00-1:15pm Pacific)    

We have launched our Learning Management System (LMS) and will be populating it shortly. You can set up your account today!  

Join us for our core courses Train the Trainer, Dialogues on Gender Identity, Developing Allies and Building Employee/Business Resource Group (ERG/BRG) Value in 2014.  You can also use our course catalog of recorded courses to get the training you need now!  

  

 
Want to sponsor the 2014 Out & Equal online live courses or our Learning Management System (LMS)? Contact us for details!

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Monthly Insights
Thoughts from Pat Baillie, Director of Training & Professional Development

The world is focused on Russia this month with the Olympics. Discussion have raged throughout the online community on whether we should support or boycott the Olympics due to Russia's oppressive laws for LGBT individuals. I know I watched the Opening Ceremony for "rainbow spottings".  Some countries caveated that they were not making a statement but that they had just selected the bright colors to celebrate their athletes. Others were subtle with a small flag or pin. Either way, the media is watching and waiting and LGBT athletes and issues are at the forefront.  When one Olympic ring did not expand during the opening ceremony, I felt like that might be a sign of what happens when we can't come out and Facebook provided the image to support that thought.

As a former college and recreational athlete, I know I just wanted to do my best and that was my focus. I also know, from my work experience, when I couldn't be out that my performance suffered because I had to look over my shoulder and wonder if anyone suspected me. There were times when I could overcome those concerns and do an amazing job. However, there were other times when it just felt too hard to push on one more time, and so I settled for a satisfactory performance. Either way, it took energy and awareness on an issue that should have had no basis in how well I did my job. 

This Olympics, we can take the opportunity to talk with others in the workplace and increase their understanding of what it means to be lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender. For many around the globe, even in the United States, it can feel like Russia to us. If we are afraid to talk about our lives and families, no matter where we are, we face the kind of oppression that is being highlighted by the Olympics.  Let's take this time to build some new allies and make sure all the Olympic rings are included.    

Sincerely,
Pat Baillie


Trainers' Corner 

News for Out & Equal Certified Trainers

Let's talk about situational learning. One of the best ways for others to learn about LGBT employees and how to respond in the workplace is to provide practice in workplace scenarios.

Think about 2-3 situations employees may face in the workplace, or have asked you about. Create a scenario that gives all the details and then use it in your diversity moments or trainings to provide a platform for discussion. You can add in concepts, terminology, and best practices as the group works through the answer. If you have a more extroverted audience, have them act out the scenario so everyone can see the reactions.

Using scenarios provides a solid check on how well your participants understand the theories you are presenting. They also create more space to ask questions and continue the discussion. If you are already using scenarios, send them to me so we can compile a list that others can use! We hope to create more forum type discussions as we advance the use of the LMS platform and have more opportunities to share and build LGBT diversity programming!


To learn more and to share your questions/insights, please join us for our next monthly Trainers' Forum Webinar on Thursday, February 20, at 1:00pm (Pacific Time Zone). Contact Pat Baillie for more information.
 
Trainers' Forum

 

Thursday, Feb 20, 1:00pm PST, 60 min. 

 

Monthly Trainers' Forum Webinar Moderated by Pat Baillie 


Upcoming dates for Trainers Forums:

Mar 24 - Trainer's Forum (10am)
Apr 14 - Trainer's Forum (1pm)

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Founded in 1996 by Chief Executive Officer Selisse Berry, Out & Equal Workplace Advocates is the world's leading organization dedicated to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) workplace equality and inclusion. We believe that people should be judged by the work they do, not by their sexual orientation or gender identity.

 

Out & Equal mobilizes tens of thousands of employees, managers and executives via a network of regional affiliates and the world's largest Employee Resource Group Registry. Through LGBTCareerLink, an online job search and career development service, Out & Equal serves diversity-friendly employers and LGBT job seekers. Through trainings and webinars, Out & Equal educates diversity friendly employers on both the basics and best practices in the field. Out & Equal is best known for the hallmark annual Out & Equal Workplace Summit that convenes over 2,000 LGBT, HR and diversity professionals to advance this movement. The 16th anniversary Workplace Summit will be held in San Francisco from November 3-6, 2014. More information is available online at www.OutandEqual.org