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• The purpose of this presentation is to provide you with an
outline for constructing a report that you can use for
informing management and your colleagues about your
experience of and the benefits of attending the 2014 Out &
Equal Workplace Summit. It contains metrics about Summit
participants and information about speakers and content.
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might want to highlight, where applicable. You should feel
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About Out & Equal
Out & Equal Workplace Advocates is an international, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization
headquartered in San Francisco, Calif. Out & Equal champions safe and equitable
workplaces for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. The organization advocates
building and strengthening successful organizations that value all employees, customers and
communities. For additional information, visit
Mission Statement
Out & Equal Workplace Advocates educates and empowers organizations, human resources
professionals, employee resource groups and individual employees through programs and
services that result in equitable policies, opportunities, practices, and benefits in the
workplace regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, expression, or characteristics.
Workplace Summit
The purpose of the Summit is to bring together LGBT employees, allies, human resources
and diversity professionals, employee resource group leaders, executives and organizational
leaders, and others who are working toward creating safe and equitable work environments
for all.
Total Attendance at
Summit: 3261
Sexual Identity
Gender Identity
Gay: 45.28%
Lesbian: 15.75%
Bisexual: 3.19%
Heterosexual: 20.28%
Asexual: 0.04%
Omnisexual: 0.11%
Other: 0.73%
Prefer not to say: 5.99%
Queer: 1.02%
Total Response: 92. 38%
Female: 33.49%
Male: 53.08%
Transgender/Transsexual: 0.65/0.69%
Gender Non-Conforming: 0.33%
Other: 0.25%
Genderqueer: 0.36%
Prefer not to say: 3.48%
Total Response: 92.34%
African American: 5.44%
Native American, American Indian, First Nation: 0.36%
Asian/Pacific Islander: 5.01%
Latino/Latina, Hispanic: 7.04%
Annual Income
Multi Ethnic: 2.76%
Greater than 200K: 9.14%
White: 65.20%
150-199K: 8.60%
Other: 1.20%
100-149K: 20.26%
Prefer not to say: 5.33%
65-99K: 18.72%
Total Response: 92.34%
Less than 64K: 8.13%
Rather Not Say: 29.96%
Total response: 92.16%
Companies with the Largest Summit Attendee Presence
by number of attendees:
Bank of America
Wells Fargo
JP Morgan Chase
Higher Education
The Summit provided a number of benefits for [your company]
employees, including:
Significant Visibility for [your company] to other leading corporations—including
key business partners—and their LGBT employees
An opportunity to showcase our commitment to and leadership in LGBT inclusion
as an employer and service and/or products provider of choice
A variety of learning and professional development experiences to advance
diversity inclusion and employee leadership skills
The Summit’s three plenary sessions featured keynote speakers, including
headline entertainment.
 114 unique education opportunities
 78 workshops
 12 featured panels
 12 roundtables
 6 global series
 6 case studies
Educational Tracks for Workshops
 14 tracks to enhance your educational journey
 Allies
 Beyond Corporate Workplaces
 Beyond LGBT Diversity
 Bisexual
 Changing Workplace Climate
 Corporate Case Studies
 Employee and Business Resource Group (basic)
 Employee and Business Resource Group
 Executives/Management
 General
 Law, Policy and Benefits
 Professional Development
 Transgender
 Case Studies
Special Programs
Monday Leadership Day
• Leadership Day was a concentrated focus for learning. Attendees spent all day
in seminars dedicated to one learning track.
Community Engagement Series highlights the experiences of the following
members of the LGBT community:
• Transgender
• People of Color
• Bisexual
Outie Awards
The Summit is also the venue for the prominent Out & Equal Workplace Awards, known as “the
Outies,” recognizing individuals and organizations that are leaders in advancing equality for LGBT
employees in workplaces around the world.
The 2014 Outie Award Winners
LGBT ERG of the Year || Citi Pride Network
Regional Affiliate of the Year || Chicagoland
Champion Award || Vijay Anand, Intuit
Workplace Excellence || Chevron
Trailblazer Award || Greer Puckett, Northrop Gruman
2014 Out & Equal
Workplace Summit
Programming Highlights
Selisse Berry
Founder & CEO,
Out & Equal Workplace Advocates
"Having gone through the sometimes painful experience of coming
out, and feeling alone and unsure of my future career, I decided
that no one should ever have to choose between a career they love
and the person they love. And I brought this passion for
authenticity to my role as founder of Out & Equal Workplace
“I realized my underlying passion was that each of us feel free to be
our true, authentic selves, and have the opportunity to bring all of
who we are to our lives and to our work every day."
Selisse Berry is Founder & CEO of Out & Equal Workplace
Advocates. Under her leadership, the organization has grown
significantly with expansion of the annual Workplace Summit and
the expansion of programs and global initiatives.
Selisse is a frequent speaker on workplace equality and has spoken
across the United States and also abroad. Selisse is the editor of
Out & Equal at Work: From Closet to Corner Office, Out & Equal’s
new anthology celebrating executive trailblazers who have
transformed the workplace for LGBT people. Selisse and her wife,
Cynthia Martin, were married in July 2007, and legally married in
Billie Jean King
Named one of the “100 Most Important Americans of the 20th
Century” by Life magazine and a 2009 recipient of the
Presidential Medal of Freedom, Billie Jean King has long been a
pioneer for social justice.
King grew up playing tennis in the California public parks and
won 39 Grand Slam titles during her career. She helped form the
Virginia Slims Series and founded the Women’s Tennis
Association. She defeated Bobby Riggs in one of the greatest
moments in sports history – the Battle of the Sexes on Sept. 20,
In 1974 King co-founded World Team Tennis (WTT), the
revolutionary professional tennis league, and the Women’s
Sports Foundation. In August 2006, the National Tennis Center,
home of the US Open, was renamed the USTA Billie Jean King
National Tennis Center in honor of her accomplishments on and
off the court. In 2014 President Obama named King to the
Presidential Delegation for the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
Olympia Dukakis
Olympia Dukakis is an Academy Award winner for her performance in
Moonstruck, a role that also earned her a Golden Globe Award, American
Comedy Award, and the Los Angeles Film Critics Award for Best
Supporting Actress. She has appeared in more than 60 feature and short
films, including Cloudburst (most recent), Mr. Holland’s Opus, Steel
Magnolias, Dad, Look Who’s Talking I, II & III, Mighty Aphrodite, Jeffrey,
Away From Her, among many others. Television: Bored to Death (most
recent), Last of the Blond Bombshells (Judi Dench), Sinatra (Golden Globe
Nominee), Joan of Arc (Emmy Nominee), Tales of the City, More Tales of
the City (Emmy Nominee), and Further Tales of the City, among more than
40 others.
She has performed in over 130 productions Off-Broadway and regionally
at theatres including A.C.T., Shakespeare in the Park, Shakespeare & Co.,
and the Williamstown Summer Theatre Festival. She has received Lifetime
Achievement Awards from the Greek America Foundation and the Elliot
Norton Awards, was bestowed the National Arts Club Medal of Honor and
her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame was placed in 2013.
John Stumpf
John Stumpf became Chairman for Wells Fargo &
Company in January 2010. He was named Chief
Executive Officer in June 2007, elected to Wells
Fargo’s Board of Directors in June 2006, and has been
President since August 2005.
A 32-year veteran of the company, he joined the
former Norwest Corporation (predecessor of Wells
Fargo) in 1982 in the loan administration department
and held management positions with the bank -- and
led various acquisitions -- in the Southwest and West
before becoming Group Executive Vice President of
Community Banking in 2002. In December 2008, he
led one of the largest mergers in history with the
purchase of Wachovia.
He serves on the Board of Directors for The Clearing
House, the Financial Services Roundtable, Target
Corporation, and Chevron Corporation. He also
serves on the Board of Trustees of the San Francisco
Museum of Modern Art.
Armistead Maupin
Launched in 1976 as a groundbreaking serial in the San
Francisco Chronicle, Armistead Maupin’s iconic Tales of the City
series has since blazed its own trail through popular culture –
from a sequence of globally best-selling novels, to a Peabody
Award-winning television miniseries starring Olympia Dukakis
and Laura Linney, to an ambitious new musical that had its
world premiere at San Francisco’s American Conservatory
Theater in 2011.
The series now encompasses eight hugely popular novels: Tales
of the City, More Tales of the City, Further Tales of the City,
Babycakes, Significant Others, Sure of You, Michael Tolliver
Lives, and Mary Ann in Autumn. The final Tales novel, The Days
of Anna Madrigal, was released in January 2014. It premiered at
#3 on the Independent Bestseller list and #7 on the New York
Times Bestseller list.
Lee Daniels
Daniels’ background is filled with bold stories as real
and gritty as the narratives from the films he creates.
By the age of 21, Daniels founded and ran his own
health care agency, providing nurses to private homes
and hospitals; he was simultaneously trying to be a
screenwriter. After selling his health care business, and
giving up screenwriting, he began managing actors
such as Loretta Divine, Michael Shannon, Natasha
Kinsky, and Aishwarya Rai. Daniels turned to producing
as a natural result of trying to find and create great
material for his clients; the organic leap to directing
came soon after. His films include: The Butler and
Kate Clinton
Kate Clinton is a faith-based, tax-paying, America-loving political
humorist and family entertainer who still believes that humor
gets us through peacetime, wartime and scoundrel time. This
year she celebrates her 30th Anniversary of performance. Kate
brings her new show The GLEE Party nationwide. This year her
9th comedy collection Lady HAHA has been released.
Featured Session
Advancing LGBT Workplace Equality, One Step at a Time
In 2014, the possible passage of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) garnered a
great deal of focus. Influencing the support of ENDA in its current form was the U.S. Supreme
Court's passage of the Hobby Lobby case and its possible ramifications on the religious
exemptions found in ENDA. The White House and President Obama responded with an
executive order requiring federal contractors to comply with federal non-discrimination policies
based on sexual orientation and gender identity, an action applauded by many supporters of
ENDA. This panel will share insights into the future of ENDA, the executive order and how
workplace equality can be achieved. (Intermediate)
Panelists: Andrea Shorter(Out & Equal), Gautam Raghavan (White House Gill Foundation),
Deena Fidas, MA (Human Rights Campaign), Kevin M. Cathcart (Lambda Legal), Sasha Buchert,
Stacy Long Simmons Esq
Panelist Biographies
Advancing LGBT Workplace Equality, One Step at a Time
Gautam Raghavan is Vice President of Policy for the Gill Foundation, one of the nation's largest funders focusing primarily on LGBT civil rights. From 2011 to 2014, he served
as President Obama's liason to the LGBT community, and from 2009 to 2011, as Deputy White House Liason for the U.S. Department of Defense. Prior to joining the Obama
administration, Raghavan worked on the 2008 Obama Campaign and for the Democratic National Committee under Chairman Howard Dean.
Kevin M. Cathcart, Executive Director of Lambda Legal since 1992, is a leading strategist and spokesperson in the movement to achieve full recognition of the civil rights of
lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and people with HIV. Under his leadership, Lambda Legal, the country's oldest and largest LGBT legal organization, protects
and promotes equality for all people regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or HIV status through impact litigation, education and policy work.
Sasha Buchert, ESq. is a staff attorney at Trangender Law Center. Before joining TLC, she was a board member of the LGBT Bar Association of Oregon, and was the chair of the
Oregon State Hospital Advisory Board and was the first openly transgender person to be appointed to an Oregon state board. She received her J.D. from Willamette University.
Stacey Long Simmons - As the Director of Public Policy and Government Affairs, Stacey promotes the advancement of LGBT equality through a progressive social change
agenda that includes ending discrimination in employment, housing, health care, education as well as securing protections from violence and hatred. Stacey received a
bachelor's degree in Africana Studies from Vassar College; a J.D. from the University of Wisconsin Law School; and a Nonprofit Management Executive certificate from the
Georgetown University Public Policy Institute.
Andrea Shorter brings 30 plus years of experience as an accomplished advocate, non-profit manager, public official, and principal consultant with Atlas Leadership Strategies.
She is the Vice-President of the Commission on the Status of Women leading policy and program initiatives on domestic violence, and gender equity in the workplace. A
graduate of Whittier College, she also completed the Harvard Kennedy School of Government's Executive Education program as a David Bohnett Fellow for LGBT Leaders.
Deena Fidas is the director of the Workplace Equality Program and leads the Corporate Equality Index survey and annual report to over 1,200 major employers, corporate
public policy outreach and research on emerging workplace inclusion topics. Fidas has consulted directly with hundreds of Fortune 500 and other major businesses on the
implementation of equitable policies and benefits for diverse employee populations
Featured Session
Let’s Talk About Bisexuality
Many people have questions about bisexuality. Questions such as: Why aren’t there bisexuals
in my ERG? How can we be more bi-welcoming? Where can I go to educate myself? If a woman
identifies as bisexual but has been with her girlfriend for many years, is she really bi? How can
we deal with distrust of bisexuals in our ERG? This workshop focuses on answering YOUR
questions. Hear a brief presentation by some of the leading national experts in bi experience in
a variety of fields. Break into smaller conversation groups focused on specific topics, so you can
ask your questions. Each group will give a brief report-out and together we will break down the
barriers to and misconceptions about the elusive B in LGBT.
Panelists: Heidi Bruins Green (Jamison Green & Associates), Gary B. North (BiNet USA), Robyn
Ochs, Ed.M. (RECOGNIZE, Getting Bi and The Bi Women Quarterly), Adriana Ferreira (IBM),
Faith Cheltenham (BiNet USA President).
Panelist Biographies
Let’s Talk About Bisexuality
Panelist Biographies
Heidi Bruins Green is the current Cahir of BiAC, the Bisexual Advisory Commitee of Out Equal. A researcher and educator on the experiences of bisexuals in the
workplace, she has presented on bisexuality at teh Summit since 2011. Shhe is honored to have presented her findings at the White House in 2013, along with
other leaders in the bisexual community. An instructional designer by profession, Heidi is passionate about communicating how to acheive bi inclusion.
Gary B. North is the co-founder/past president/current treasurer of BiNet USA, founder of the first national bi newsletter (Bisexuality: News, Views and
Networking); longtime journalist and former president of the Los Angeles Newspaper Guild Local 69/TNG-CWA AFL-CIO, co-founder of teh National Lesbian
and Gay Journalists Association Los Angeles Chapter, current vice president of the South Nay LGBT Center in Torrance, CA; founder/leader of numerous support
Robyn Ochs is an international speaker and author who advocates for the rights of people of all sexual orientations and genders to live safely, openly and with
full legal equality. Robyn's work - at conferences, on college campuses, in corporations, and within LGBT communities - focuses on increasing awareness and
understanding of complex identities, and mobilizing people to be powerful allies to one another within and across identities and social movements.
Adriana Ferreira is Brazil Diversity Leader and the LGBT Business Resource Group Leader, where she has the responsibility for develop/implement Diversity
Inclusion Practices. She is working with the LGBT community in her region and lead several initiatives in the marketplace to promote awareness on the LGBT
rights at IBM and in the local market. She is member of a LGBT committee that recently launched a LGBT Best Practices Manual for Enterprise's Leaders.
Faith Cheltenham is the current President of BiNet USA, the national non-profit advocacy organization for bisexual people. Faith's been an LGBT activist for 15
years and is also an accomplished writer, poet and stand-up comic. In 2014, Faith was the first president of a bisexual non-profit organization to meet privately
with President Obama and witness an executive order signing.
Featured Session
Post-Doma Era: Great News for Companies and Employees!
Since 1996, progressive companies have tried to mitigate the impact of Defense of Marriage
Act (DOMA) in search of benefits equality for LGBT families. The Supreme Court took the first
steps to end DOMA but new challenges now face LGBT employees and companies. This highly
rated panel from the 2013 Summit looked at the DOMA impact, what companies have been
doing and what changes are on the horizon. As part of the Town Call series in March of this
year, focused on the changing landscape of laws and benefits. Building on that foundation, we
will look at the next steps and questions on how businesses are being impacted with the
patchwork of decisions that exist today and what are the next steps. Panelists will share their
expertise and their insights but also bring your questions so we can expand the discussion on
next steps!
Panelists: Jennifer C. Pizer Esq (Lambda Legal), Bernadette Harrigan (MassMutual Financial
Group), Kirsten E. MacPherson (Boeing), Todd Solomon (McDermott Will & Emery LLP)
Panelist Biographies
Post-Doma Era: Great News for Companies and Employees!
Panelist Biographies
Bernadette Harrigan is an attorney for MassMutual Life Insurance Company. She handles national class actions, general litigation matters, and provides pre-litigation counseling. She is a
founding member of PRIDE: MassMutual's LGBTA Employee Resource Group; is on the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts LGBTQ Bar Association; and the Board of Directors of the
National LGBT Bar Association Foundation. She is also the 2013 recipient of the National LGBT Bar Association "Corporate Out Proud" Award.
Kirsten MacPherson's role at Boeing is providing oversight on very complex large scale programs. Her career has shown her over and over the practical business - and relationship benefits of diversity of ideas and approaches and inclusiveness of all team members' practices, beliefs, and models. She represents the Boeing Company on the Out Equal People of Color
Advisory Committee. She is married and has been Out (and equal) at her Company since 1994.
Brian Tiemann is a member of the Employee Benefits practice group in the Chicago office of McDermott Will Emery LLP. Brian is a frequent author and speaker on employee benefit
issues resulting from and same-sex marriages and partnerships. He is also the co-author of Guide to Benefits for Domestic Partners and Same-Gender Couples. He is a member of his
firm's diversity and recruiting committees.
Jenny Pizer is Senior Counsel and directs Lambda Legal's Law Policy Project. She litigates cases seeking fair conditions for LGBT people in employment, health care and education,
protecting family relationships, and challenging the mususe of religion to discriminate. She also drafts legislation, advises policymakers, and works with community advocates to advance
law and policy reform. She has received many professional and community service awards, including being named among California's top women litigators seven times.
Featured Session
Transgender Military Service: Why it’s Doable, and What it
Means for Everyone Else
The repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” left a gaping hole: transgender people continue to be
disqualified for military service. And yet, despite current policy, roughly 150,000 trans people
have served, and an estimated 15,000 currently serve in the US Armed Forces twice the rate of
non-trans people. Trans veterans Allyson Robinson (former Executive Director of OutServeSLDN) and Landon Wilson (featured in the Washington Post) will explain how and why trans
service is not only possible, but good for the military; and Sue Fulton, SPARTA Chair and the first
openly gay member of West Point’s Board of Visitors, will explain what the larger organization
learned about being trans allies.
Panelists: Allyson Robinson (Warrior Poet Strategies Consulting), Landon Wilson (SPARTA),
Kristin Beck, Gautam Raghavan, Susan Fulton
Panelist Biographies
Transgender Military Service: Why it’s Doable, and What it
Means for Everyone Else
Sue Fulton is a 1980 West Point graduate, part of the first class to admit women. Honorably discharged as an Army Captain, she co-founded OutServe and worked to repeal t
Ask, Don't Tell." In 2011, the President appointed her the first openly gay member of the West Point Board of Visitors. Fulton and her partner Penny Gnesin were the first samesex couple to marry in the West Point Cadet Chapel. She currently heads SPARTA in addition to being a product director of consumer healthcare at Pfizer.
Allyson D. Robinson is a 1994 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, she was commissioned as an officer in the Army and commanded PATRIOT missile
units in Europe and the Middle East. Most recently, as the first Deputy Director for Employee Programs of the HRC Foundation’s Workplace Project, Robinson drove the design
and delivery of HRC’s broad portfolio of training and curricula for corporate leadership and employee audiences to improve LGBT cultural competence and inclusion in the
workplace. Most recently she served as the executive director of OutServe-SLDN. She lives with her wife of 19 years and their four children in Gaithersburg, Md.
A Georgia native, Landon Wilson enlisted in the United States Navy in 2011. While enlisted, he held the position of Cryptologic Technician, Third Class Petty Officer, Information
Dominance Warfare Specialist. In 2013, Landon deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. He has been featured in print media such as The New York
Times, The Washington Post, and visual media as produced by TransMilitary. He currently resides in Washington, DC.
Kristin Beck is an author, activist and veteran who served for 20 years as a US Navy SEAL. She received the Bronze star with Valor, Purple Heart, Defense Meritorious Service
Medal and many other awards. She retired in 2011 and continues security work for the US government. She works daily with Government Officials toward true liberty and
equality within the Armed Forces.
Featured Session
From Good to Great with ERGS: Out & Equal Outie
Award Winners on Leveraging the Power of ERGs to
Meet the Bottom Line
As companies manage challenges of budget reductions and organizational realignments,
maintaining well supported ERG’s can be significantly impacted. Explore ERG best practice
resourcing models implemented by Bank of America, Littler Mendelson, Lockheed Martin,
Target and Thomson Reuters that effectively utilize dedicated D&I resources and ERG
leadership as a driver for the bottom line.
Panelists: Caroline A. Wanga (Target Corporation), Mike Bloch (Bank of America), Rodney
Cornelius (Hewlett Packard), Lance Joseph Freedman (Lockheed Martin)
Panelist Biographies
From Good to Great with ERGS: Out & Equal Outie Award Winners
on Leveraging the Power of ERGs to Meet the Bottom Line
Panelist Biographies
Caroline Wanga is responsible for supporting Target's internal diversity and inclusion priorities. Caroline began her career at Target in the Distribution group, subsequently serving
in a variety of roles in their distribution centers. In February 2014, Caroline was promoted to Director of Diversity Inclusion. Caroline is the mother of a daughter, who loves to play
volleyball and who is off to college soon. Caroline resides in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Mike Bloch is the Business Support Executive within Legacy Asset Servicing's Client Coverage Model Line of Business at Bank of America. Prior roles include leading
communications for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) 2014 Mortgage Servicing Standards implementation. Bloch joined the Bank in 1996. He serves as one of the
bank's executive advisors of the LGBT Pride Employee Network and also serves as President of the LGBT Alumni Network at California State University, Northridge.
Rodney Cornelius is a dual citizen of the US and Sweden with 17 years of industry experience in a variety of operational, leadership, and managerial roles in diverse areas
including Governance, Risk, Compliance, and IT Security. Passionate about LGBT equality, anti-bullying, anti-poverty, and the role technology plays in our daily life, Rodney serves
as the Global Chair for HP's Pride ERG, and sits the boards of the Sweden LGBT Professional Alliance and the (ISC2) Sweden Chapter.
2012 OE Trailblazer Outie Award recipient Lance Freedman manages an engineering program for Lockheed Martin's Space Systems Company and leads strategy for its Finance
Business Operations function. Lance's innovations have been published by Harvard Business School and Juniper networks. As an ERG lead, Lance led Lockheed Martin's "It Gets
Better" video and helped on the HRC CEI, sponsor Out EqualOUT For Work, and establish an annual LGBT Leadership Forum.
Featured Session
The Cost of Homophobia: Using data to drive the business case!
We have over the years discussed the impact on LGBT employees of policies and benefits that
are not inclusive. As we expand into a discussion around global workplace inclusion, new
sources of research are providing valuable data to use in advancing change. Looking at
workplaces, corporate values, and state and country perspectives provide us insights on just
what is the cost of discrimination. Join our panel to look at the latest research and findings on
these topics and how to incorporate the data into your workplace and next steps.
Panelists: Thomas Roth (Community Marketing & Insights), Bob Witeck (Witeck
Communications, Inc.), M.V. Lee Badgett (University of Massachusetts, Amherst), Ian Johnson,
LL.B., B.Com. (Out Now), David Paisley (Community Marketing & Insights)
Panelist Biographies
The Cost of Homophobia: Using data to drive the business case!
Panelist Biographies
Bob Witeck is the President of Witeck Communications, Inc., since 1993 a leading communications expert on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) households and
consumers. American Demographics magazine selected Bob Witeck as one of 25 national leaders 'who have made significant contributions to the worlds of demographics, market
research, media and trend spotting' for his pioneering work on America's LGBT population. Witeck is also co-author of "Business Inside Out", recognized as the first book on LGBT
M. V. Lee Badgett is a professor of economics and director of the Center for Public Policy and Administration at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She is also a Williams
Distinguished Scholar at UCLA's Williams Institute. Her research focuses on discrimination against LGBT people in employment and family policy. She has been a consultant to the
World Bank, the OECD, USAID, and other international agencies on issues related to the economic cost of exclusion of LGBT people.
Ian Johnson, CEO of Out Now, is a global thought leader in the ongoing integration of LGBT issues in society. He is one of the most experienced LGBT development leaders in the
world. Out Now specializes in diversity research and business development - including the release of new from their 'LGBT Diversity: Show Me The Business Case' report, drawn from
the global research initiative that now samples LGBT people living in over 20 countries.
David Paisley has been Senior Research Director with CMI for 20 years, coordinating the company's client research projects and professional educational programs. He has worked
with a wide variety of corporate, nonprofit and government entities including Wells Fargo, Target Brands, Aetna, Prudential Financial, WNBA, Kaiser Family Foundation, American
Cancer Society and the United States Census Bureau to name just a few. David also speaks at LGBT conferences, and conducts training webinars for corporations around the world.
Panelists: Thomas Roth (Community Marketing & Insights),
Bob Witeck (Witeck Communications, Inc.), M.V. Lee
Badgett (University of Massachusetts, Amherst), Ineke Mushovic (MAP), Ian Johnson, LL.B., B.Com. (Out Now), David
Featured Session
All Together Now: Advancing LGBT People of Color Workplace Inclusion
The racial and ethnic diversities within the broader LGBT community is one of our greatest
assets that has and continues to allow for advancing civil and human rights, inclusion and
equality. Nationally, it is estimated that approximately 1/3 of people identifying as LGBT are
people of color. Recent reports, including the recently released “A Broken Bargain for LGBT
Workers of Color”, indicate that LGBT workers of color remain at disparaging disadvantages
securing and maintaining steady gainful employment, making advancing towards senior and
executive managerial roles a far reach to many talented workers. Join a panel discussion
including members of Out and Equal’s People of Color Advisory Committee to discuss best
practices for improving outcomes, better ensuring that LGBT people of color are also positively
advancing towards greater inclusion in the workplace, opportunities for professional
development and promotion, and active engagement in LGBT employee resource groups.
Panelists: Paul Henderson (City and County of San Francisco), Gino Fillon Ramos
(, John Burton, Kirsten E. MacPherson (Boeing), Ximena A. Delgado (Bank of
America), Alfredo Pedroza
Panelist Biographies
All Together Now: Advancing LGBT People of Color Workplace Inclusion
Panelist Biographies
Paul Henderson was appointed Deputy Chief of Staff for Public Safety by the Mayor of the City of San Francisco, Edwin M. Lee, in March, 2011. As Deputy Chief of Staff, Mr.
Henderson serves as a principal advisor to the Mayor and is responsible for the development and implementation of strategic policy and administration among various
cabinet and supervisory officials of the local government. The City of San Francisco has over 27,000 employees, and Mr. Henderson is responsible for managing the various
city departments that provide direct support to the Mayor on major issues affecting the city with an emphasis on the criminal justice system and local, state and federal
Gino Fillon Ramos became active in Bank of America's Pride Resource Group by planning and executing the bank's involvement in the San Francisco Pride Parade. In a career
move to, he and 3 other employees co-founded OutForce,'s Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Allies Employee Resource Group. OutForce has
grown from 4 to over 500 employees globally, achieved a 100 on the HRC CEI, and driven policy change within the company in regards to LGBT needs.
Ximena A. Delgado is Senior Vice President and Corporate Social Responsibility Philanthropy Manager in the Bank of America Charitable Foundation. She graduated with a
BA in Political Science from UC Berkeley and earned a Master's degree in Science from the Graduate School of Management and Urban Policy at the New School for Social
Research in New York. Ms. Delgado and her partner, Frederique Clermont, reside in San Francisco and have two children.
Kirsten MacPherson's role at Boeing is providing oversight on very complex large scale programs. Her career has shown her over and over the practical business - and
relationship - benefits of diversity of ideas and approaches and inclusiveness of all team members' practices, beliefs, and models. She represents the Boeing Company on the
Out Equal People of Color Advisory Committee. She is married and has been Out (and equal) at her Company since 1994.
Alfredo Pedroza joined Wells Fargo in 2010. He coordinates Wells Fargo government relations activities across the Golden State. Alfredo helps to build strong local
relationships between internal leaders and elected officials, monitor legislation, manage enterprise political risk, work with a diverse stakeholder network to support our
team members in helping our customers succeed financially.
Featured Session
Allies: Moving from Awareness to Advocacy
Allies are recognized as a key component of achieving workplace equality and much has been
discussed about opening up ERG/BRG to Allies but what next? Join our panel as they discuss
creating networks of allies along with LGBT employees who advocate at all levels of an
organization and make a difference in workplace climate and full equality. Learn how these
organizations created Ally programs and the differences they are making.
Panelists: Aimee Broadhurst (Bank of America), Alicia Schwartz (Target), Brigid Warmerdam
(Wells Fargo), Julie Yasko (The Clorox Company), Karyn Likerman (Citi)
Panelist Biographies
Allies: Moving from Awareness to Advocacy
Panelist Biographies
Karyn Likerman - As a member of Citi's Global Workforce Diversity team, Karyn leads three programs supporting Citi's Employer of Choice goal - Flexible Work, Employee Networks
and Dependent Care. With growing participation that spans nearly 150 countries, the flexible work program is a key driver of employee retention and engagement. Under Karyn's
leadership, Citi's Employee Network program supports over 100 networks across 18 countries and ten affinities. Karyn holds bachelors' degrees in Psychology and Elementary
Education from SUNY at Stony Brook.
Alicia Schwarz is responsible for developing and leading her team at to support branded payment offering and acceptance solutions for Target stores and guests. Alicia also serves
as the Co-Chair for Target's LGBTA Business Council. She is a founding member and recently served as the chair of the Arise Project for the Greater Twin Cities United Way. Alicia
lives with her partner in Minneapolis, Minnesota where she is a perpetually disappointed Minnesota Vikings fan.
Aimee Broadhurst is a communications manager in Global Marketing Corporate Affairs (GMCA) supporting Global Technology and Operations (GTO). Aimee has been involved
with LGBT Pride for several years and has held various leadership roles/ She is currently serving as both an enterprise co-leader for Pride and as the co-lead for the Americas of the
LGBT Pride Ally program which launched in June of 2013.
Julie Yasko is currently an Area Sales Manager for Clorox. She is responsible for the growth of the total Clorox portfolio in the Natural Retail Channel across the West Coast,
Southwest and Hawaii. In her 4+ years at the company, she has worked in Brand, Analytics, Sales, and Product Supply-facing Roles. She is the Chief of Staff of Clorox Pride, and Cochair of the SF Out Equal SF Affiliate. When she is not working or supporting the LGBT community, she loves to read fiction, travel, and spend time with her family, friends and
Brigid Warmerdam serves as the Enterprise Communications Director of Wells Fargo’s LGBT Employee Resource Group, PRIDE, consisting of 6,000 members world-wide. She
designed and launched Wells Fargo’s LGBT Ally Engagement Program to promote workplace inclusiveness throughout the entire company. Brigid is currently pursuing her MBA at
the Haas School of Business at U.C. Berkeley. Prior to Wells Fargo, Brigid attended the University of San Francisco where she received her bachelor’s degree in psychology.
Panelists: Aimee Broadhurst (Bank of America), Alicia Schwartz (Target), Brigid Warmerdam (Wells Fargo), Julie
Featured Session
Tech Savvy: How Technology Companies are working to Advance
LGBT Workplace Equality
New century information technology company’s workforces are described as “contemporary
and more LGBT-accepting than traditional workplaces”. This evolution in the workplace is
gaining national attention. Are existing and start-up technology companies exceptionally LGBT
inclusive? What are the drivers of the inclusive nature emerging tech companies and other
more traditional work environments? What is the role for LGBT ERGs in these work
environments? Hear from technology professionals about the challenges, lessons learned and
best practices for creating and maintaining LGBT inclusive workplaces within the high-tech
Panelists: Andrea Shorter (Out & Equal), Michael Mattmiller (City of Seattle), Ben Baker
(Walmart), Marques Johnson, Michael F. Rinzler (Visa)
Panelist Biographies
Tech Savvy: How Technology Companies are working to Advance
LGBT Workplace Equality
Panelist Biographies
Andrea Shorter brings 30 plus years of experience as an accomplished advocate, non-profit manager, public official, and principal consultant with Atlas Leadership
Strategies. She is the Vice-President of the Commission on the Status of Women leading policy and program initiatives on domestic violence, and gender equity in the
workplace. A graduate of Whittier College, she also completed the Harvard Kennedy School of Government's Executive Education program as a David Bohnett Fellow for
LGBT Leaders.
As an experienced consultant, Michael Mattmiller has helped government agencies and businesses solve complex systems and technology challenges. His work has spanned
technology domains, including software and service development, operations, security, and privacy. Throughout his career, Michael has maintained a focus on
collaboration, engaging stakeholders to identify leading practices, create a shared vision of the opportunities created by technology, and drive adoption.
Marcques Johnson is a Senior Enterprise Services Rep. at Linkedin, residing in San Jose, CA. In addition to his day to day role, he also serves as the Founder/Global Chair for
[email protected] (Linkedin's LGBT ERG) and is a Linkedin For Good board member, focusing on Engagement. When he isn't glued to a computer screen, he enjoys spending time with
his dog, traveling, watching documentaries, and exploring the world of Voice Acting.
Michael Rinzler is Vice President and Associate General Counsel at Visa Inc., where he is responsible for legal coverage of strategy, M&A and payment processing matters.
Prior to joining Visa, he covered securities matters at Goldman, Sachs & Co. Michael started his career at Cleary Gottlieb in New York, London and Moscow, after clerking
for the Hon. Robert W. Sweet of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. Michael received his J.D. magna cum laude from Harvard Law School. He also
holds a Master in Public Policy degree from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and a B.A. from Yale University. Michael, a native New Yorker, is Policy Chair of Visa’s
Pride group.
Ben Baker - Director, Social Media Marketing at Walmart
Featured Session
Where are the out LGBT Executives?
How do you navigate your career path to the top executive position and be fully yourself an
LGBT employee? For the last 7 years, out execs have come together at the Executive Forum
and created a support network and share their best practices. Join this panel as they discuss:
Unique challenges of being openly LGBT in high level positions, barriers to more equitable LGBT
representation at the senior executive level, yhe business case for equality including during
tough economy times and perspectives for future generations of LGBT leaders.
Panelists: Deborah J. Schmall (Paul Hastings), George A. Kalogridis (Walt Disney World Resort),
Julie A. Hogan (NCR), Tom Johnson (The Clorox Company)
Panelist Biographies
Where are the out LGBT Executives?
Panelist Biographies
George A. Kalogridis is president of Walt Disney World Resort, the same place where he began his Disney career, nearly 43 years ago. He oversees a workforce of nearly 70,000
Cast Members at the world's premier vacation destination. Prior to his current role, George served as president of the Disneyland Resort, as chief operating officer for Disneyland
Resort Paris, and as senior vice president of Resort Operations for the Disneyland Resort.
Tom Johnson leads a financial shared services team and serves as the Chief Accounting Officer for The Clorox Company. Tom has held a number of roles in Finance and Business
Development in his 25 years with the Company. Tom also serves as President of the Board of Directors for Out Equal Workplace Advocates. He and his partner, Bruce Genaro,
reside in San Francisco, California.
A former U.S. Justice Department lawyer, Deborah is an environmental law partner at the SF office of Paul Hastings LLP. She represents companies in high profile federal and state
environmental regulatory, remediation, and enforcement defense matters. She was a founding member of the California State Bar's Environmental Law Section, a former chair of
the Board of Equal Rights Advocates, and is on the Board of Directors of Openhouse (a non-profit organization devoted to LGBT seniors).
Julie Hogan leads a $1B organization of approximately 4,600 service professionals with responsibility for offer deployment, technical, remote, managed services delivery and
lifecycle support for NCR customers throughout the US and Canada. Hogan joined NCR in October 2012 following a 25-year career with Xerox Corp. Hogan served in the U.S. Navy.
and received her formal education at the McColl School of Business at Queens University in Charlotte, NC, and at the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University.
Featured Session
Implementing and Leveraging Self-identification as a Method for Driving Change
Join us to explore the power that LGBT self ID aka self declaration (pick your country) can have
as a method for driving change. With leading practice examples from both sides of the Atlantic,
we will provide insights into the impact and benefits that LGBT self declaration can have, while
also the practical approaches to and challenges of introducing LGBT self declaration in the
current US and UK climates. Bring your challenges for an interactive discussion about breaking
down barriers while growing your understanding about the legal and human resources tips for
implementing and leveraging the information you’ve collected.
Panelists: Tim Jarman (EY), Chris Crespo (EY), Ryan H. Nelson (MetLife)
Panelist Biographies
Implementing and Leveraging Self-identification as a Method for Driving Change
Panelist Biographies
Tim Jarman is Assistant Director for Diversity and Inclusiveness for EY's UK and Ireland business where he developed and leads the overall LGBT strategy for the UK and Ireland firm. He
also leads the UK and Ireland firm's approach to self identification across all strands of diversity. Outside EY, Tim sits on the Steering Committe of the UK's National Student Pride and
is a Director and Trustee of the United Nations Association of the UK.
Chris Crespo is an Inclusiveness Director at EY, with 25 years of combined experience in tax and human resources. Chris is part of the Americas Inclusiveness Center of Excellence,
integrating inclusiveness into business processes in the Americas with a focus on Professional Networks. She also leads EY's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender inclusiveness
strategy with the US arm of EY's LGBTA Network. Chris and her family reside in western Pennsylvania.
Ryan H. Nelson is Corporate Counsel for Employment Law at MetLife, where he advises human resources professionals and management on complying with an array of employment
laws and managing all phases of employment-related dispute resolution, up to and including litigation, for one of the world's largest providers of insurance, annuities, and employee
benefit programs. Mr. Nelson also is an author and frequent presenter on issues at the intersection of employment law and LGBT rights.
Global Series
Strengthen Global, Empower Local: Taking ERGS
EY and Dow Chemical share the global journeys of their ERGs. Learn how they have strengthened the global
connectivity of their ERGs around the world, whilst also empowering them to operate in the way that works
best for their local needs. However, initiating, growing and expanding ERGs in new geographies is often
challenging due to real and perceived cultural differences, local laws and workplace policies. This workshop
is designed to be a practical discussion on how to grow and expand ERGs globally, will explore the obstacles
and challenges both internally and externally that may be encountered during global expansion. You'll hear
the different approaches that EY and Dow Chemical have taken on their global journeys, with an
opportunity to share and discuss your own approaches, challenges and successes.
Panelists: Tim Jarman (EY), Chris Crespo (EY), Rath Chienchi Wang (EY), Dr. Gary Rudgers (The Dow Chemical
Company), Tlaca Benavides (The Dow Chemical Company), Lennart Heip (The Dow Chemical Company)
Global Series
Let’s Get Social - LGBT Social Collaboration at IBM
In today's corporate environment, social collaboration tools have become a critical business driver for
establishing a culture of employee engagement. Empowering communities to engage and act enables
corporations to address the multiple dimensions of diversity, specifically diversity of thought,which is critical
for stimulating innovation across the global enterprise. IBM's social collaboration strategy enables IBMers
across multiple geographies, constituencies, and generations to effectively work together - resulting in
better decision making, a greater understanding of changing customer needs, and preservation of critical
knowledge. This presentation provides an introduction to IBM's social collaboration capabilities and
presents a panel of IBMers from different regions to discuss how IBM achieves effective collaboration across
our LGBT communities worldwide.
Panelists: Silvy Vluggen (IBM), Tony Tenicela (IBM)
Global Series
Partnering with Government for Global LGBT Social
& Economic Empowerment
More inclusive societies are more likely to be democratic, participatory, and equitable. No society can
develop successfully without providing equitable opportunities, resources, and life prospects for every
member. Emerging evidences unveil how detrimental exclusion is: the Williams Institute has highlighted the
economic cost of homophobia -- estimated at 0.1-1.7% of GDP in India. (Preliminary finding as of March 12,
2014.) U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) understands the need for a holistic development
assistance and empowerment to the LGBT communities around the globe. USAID focuses on explicit
inclusion of LGBT persons in the workforce development and political leadership training, and launched a
new partnership with NGLCC, among others. Join us to discuss what the private sector and USAID could do
Panelists: Anthony Cotton (USIAD), Zaid A. Zaid (USIAD), Rosarie Tucci (USIAD), Alexis Bonnell
Global Series
Managing LGBT Mobility in a Global Organization
Given the mobility of today's workforce, employers must ensure that their employee reassignment and
relocation programs provide them the ability to place their best people in positions regardless of where
they may be. On the international front, employers must consider how to deal with reassignments to areas
of the world where there is open hostility toward the LGBT community. This multimedia presentation will
include videos that highlight some challenges that arise with employee reassignments. Members of the
panel will discuss how best to attract, retain and protect LGBT talent in a global organization and outline the
best practices around ensuring that employee mobility policies provide both opportunity and security to
their LGBT employees and families, taking into consideration concerns that include both culture and
Panelists: Denise Visconti, JD (Littler Mendelson), Fatime Doczi (Dolce Hotels & Resorts), Robert Conti
(Littler Mendelson), John Henry Watson (Citi), Ana Duarte-McCarthy (Citi), Karen Powell (Citi)
Global Series
Advancing LGBT Workplace Equality in India
In January, 2014 Intuit's Banglaore, India campus played host to a cross-company roundtable on LGBT
workplace equality. Senior leaders from Intuit, IBM, Google, Thompson Reuters, Citi and Dell joined
together to reaffirm their commitment to LGBT equality in the wake of the recent re-criminalization of
homosexual behavior by the Indian High court. Their shared goal: help create an inclusive workplace for
LGBT employees in India and to foster the best practices for LGBT inclusion in India and beyond. Please join
us to hear the transformative story of how this summit took shape, the lessons learned, and the
commitment that these leaders have made to continue efforts to support full equality in the workplace.
Panelists: Scott Beth (Intuit), Zafar Parekh (Thomson Reuters)
Global Series
Out Now LGBT2020: Diversity - Show Me The
Business Case
How can business measure their outcomes to know their investment in LGBT diversity is worth it? Out Now
Global is releasing specialized research data to do exactly that. Diversity matters, but devising and
implementing workplace diversity programs costs money. With outcomes measurable both as percentage
improvements where workers feel able to be out as LGBT and as actual bottom-line dollar impacts for
business - Out Now's ongoing LGBT2020 global research initiative delivers business the metrics needed to
understand the true bottom-line value of LGBT diversity policies at work. Following the release in 2014 of
their groundbreaking 'LGBT Diversity - Show Me The Business Case' report, Out Now's CEO Ian Johnson is
bringing the latest research in the field to the Out & Equal Workplace Summit. Includes a panel discussion
on this latest LGBT2020 research following the initial presentation.
Panelists: Mr. Ian Johnson, LL.B., B.Com. (Out Now), Jonathan D. Lovitz (StartOut)
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