2012 Workplace Summit Speakers

Out & Equal is excited to present a diverse group of celebrities, executives and journalists as keynote speakers, including:

Benjamin Todd Jealous - President of the NAACP; a Rhodes Scholar, he is a graduate of Columbia and Oxford University, the past president of the Rosenberg Foundation and served as the founding director of Amnesty International’s US Human Rights Program. As President of the NAACP, he has opened national programs on education, health, and environmental justice.

Joan Collins - Golden Globe winner and Emmy-nominee, Joan Collins, possesses a star quality that circles the globe. In five decades, she has come to define what it means to be a living legend. As an accomplished actor, author, producer, humanitarian and entrepreneur, Collins has built a career that places her in the unrivaled ranks of international superstar and icon.

Tammy Smith - Out & Equal is excited to announce that Tammy Smith, the highest ranking openly LGBT officer currently serving in the military, will deliver remarks during the Gala Dinner on November 1.

Judy Shepard - since her son's murder in a notorious anti-gay hate crime in Laramie, Wyoming, Judy had been a tireless advocate for equality and respect for human dignity and one of the most recognizable straight allies to the LGBT community.

Vladi Luxuria - Former MP, Italy, and the world's second openly transgender MP after New Zealander Georgina Beyer. Click here to see Vladi's speech at the 2012 Out & Equal Global LGBT Workplace Summit in July.

Zach Wahls - Addressed the Iowa House Judiciary Committee in support of gay marriage when he was only 19 years old. He shared his positive experience of being raised by two lesbian moms. Zach also just spoke at the Democratic National Convention.

Vernice "FlyGirl" Armour - America's first African-American female combat pilot.

Beth Brooke - Global Vice Chair - Public Policy at Ernst & Young and member of the firm's Global Executive Board. She has been named five times to the list of Forbes "World's 100 Most Powerful Women."
 
In conversation with Beth Brooke will be Tiffany Dufu, President of The White House Projec.