2013 Workplace Summit Leadership Seminars

Monday, October 28, 2013 there is an opportunity for an in-depth look at the major topics relating to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Workplace Inclusion. The Leadership Seminars provide a full day intensive into the topics listed below. Classes are held at the Minneapolis Convention Center from 9:00am to 5:00pm, and breakfast and lunch are included. There is a separate registration fee for these seminars (see rate sheet for details). Join us for this opportunity to network and expand your knowledge!

UPDATE: The 2013 Out & Equal Workplace Summit now qualifies as Office of Personnel Management (OPM) training in compliance with 5 U.S.C. chapter 41 and is open to all federal employees.

The Summit has also been submitted to the Human Resources Certification Institute (HRCI) for 16.0 (General, Strategic and International) recertification credit hours toward HR Professionals in PHR, SPHR and GPHR recertification. We will have complete information at the Summit. If you need more information now about certification or recertification, please visit the HR Certification Institute website at www.hrci.org.

Confirmed Leadership Seminars include:

LGBT Diversity Leadership: Train the Trainer (Pat Baillie, Q Wilson)

You have policies. You created an Employee Resource Group. What’s next? Most companies want to expand the discussion around sexual orientation and gender identity in the workplace, and this course provides the tools! Taking the business case materials used in our national training, this course prepares employees to teach in their workplace as trainers for Out & Equal. Certification is good for two years and includes links to the Trainer’s Network and monthly Trainer’s Forum as well as the most recent updates on LGBT workplace issues.

Out & Equal uses the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Diversity Leadership training program to break down barriers and foster communication between LGBT and employees and their co-workers. Employees, diversity and affinity group leaders, and human resources professionals can be certified to present the 60-90 minute LGBT Diversity Leadership discussions in the workplace through the Train the Trainer (TTT) course. The course is designed to help trainers increase participation and performance among LGBT employees and their coworkers by creating a more comfortable atmosphere within which to work. This training fosters alliances between LGBT and straight employees by opening communication and developing a healthier workplace. A customizable slide deck provided by Out & Equal and membership with the Out & Equal Trainer's network provide continued support after the course. Graduates will receive course materials and are approved to do presentations during 60-90 minute discussion groups or diversity groups in their workplace. Many of our trainers become more involved and assist Out & Equal certified staff to present trainings including Building Bridges and Train the Trainer at other locations. Certification to teach the LGBT Diversity class is good for two years from course completion.

The Train the Trainer course will cover an introduction to being an Out & Equal trainer, the history, mission, scope of Out & Equal and review the LGBT Diversity Leadership slide deck.


  • Understand the mission and programs provided by Out & Equal
  • Understand the administration of the LGBT Diversity Leadership course
  • Be able to present the business case for LGBT diversity in the workplace
  • Identify the role of training and facilitating in presentations
  • Review key adult learning and training tips to use in your presentations
  • Create and tell your story to support LGBT Diversity Leadership objectives
  • Develop the ability to discuss the basic concepts of LGBT terminology and culture
  • Review steps to becoming an Out & Equal certified trainer

Dialogues on Gender Identity (Ann Dunkin, Jamison Green, Andre Wilson)

Equality in the workplace based on Gender Identity has emerged as a major focus for companies in all sectors and around the world. If you get transgender-inclusive benefits points on the Corporate Equality Index, is that all your company needs to do? If you identify as transgender, does that mean you will need to use the company transition plan or are you just changing your name and pronoun preference? If your ERG is working to be trans-inclusive, what are the best practices and what are some step by step ways to reach your inclusion goals? Finally, how might you handle basic gender-identity-related workplace situations that face HR professionals, managers, allies and LGBT employees? This course offers conversation with gender identity experts to assist you in developing a strong knowledge base for successful workplace gender identity advocacy. Regardless of your current level of knowledge or where your organization is on the path to inclusion, you will benefit from this course.

What are the issues? What are the metrics?

The basis for Transgender Advocacy work—Hear from advocates who are working in the field around gender identity issues. Understand the metrics with an overview of the research in “Injustice at Every Turn: A Report of the National Transgender Discrimination Survey” and understand the current trends from legal and community perspectives.

How Gender Identity Intersects with LGB Workplace Advocacy—Discovering the history and development of the theory around gender identity and bringing in the global perspective of World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) Standards of Care  and the situation around the world for transgender individuals.

Workplace Gender Identity Advocacy—Address the best practices and how to get there from here! Look at the major workplace issues facing transgender employees and the companies for which they work. These are the nuts & bolts of employment practice (policies & procedures and how to build and expand them). Discuss transition planning, transgender health benefits, self-identification work and more on how to manage the workplace.

Culturally Trans Competent Allies—Discuss what it takes to build allies in the workplace, and how to create awareness and engage members of the LGB community. Build coalitions with other Employee Resource Groups and community organizations

Developing Allies (David M. Hall Associates)

This session for ally engagement and empowerment will include a specific focus for developing a stronger, more vibrant ally engagement program in your workplace. Participants will leave not only with cultural competency but also with concrete steps that can be integrated in your workplace. We will examine the basic language of LGBT inclusion that allies need, the challenges of being out in the workplace, marriage equality and corporate allies, transgender inclusion, ally engagement across the ERGs, roadblocks to ally engagement, and action planning for changing workplace culture.

Targeted & Privileged (Laurie Lippin)

How can an understanding about White social identity assist in addressing LGBT issues in workplace settings? In this course we will examine the intersection of race and ethnicity with sexual orientation and gender identity. Some LGBT employees may be unconscious of the privilege they carry even as members of a targeted group. Unintentional and unacknowledged privilege can result in behavior that marginalizes others and persistent attention to majority group concerns in the workplace may alienate minority groups and fragment the community. By working on diversity issues within the LGBT community we strengthen our teams and organizations. Attention to this topic can lead to increased participation in Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) and aid in recruitment and retention helping to create a more inclusive and effective workplace.
Of benefit to managers, ERG leaders, and Human Resources personnel, this course will interest anyone seeking to improve the diversity and inclusion of their organization. This webinar uses content from the popular Out & Equal Summit workshop of the same title to reach a larger audience. We will present useful information, engage with you in discussion, conduct a number of instant polls on key questions, and even conduct some experiential activity. 


  • Examine our own socialization and the messages we receive
  • Recognize the multiplicity and intersectionality of the social identities we carry
  • Understand where we hold privilege, even as a group targeted for oppression
  • Examine the downside of holding privilege and what it costs us as a community
  • Learn about microcaggressions that manifest in commonplace everyday interactions, resulting in wounds that keep us divided as a community 
  • Gain tools to help create more inclusive organizations to aid in the recruitment and retention of a more diverse workforce

Faith & LGBT in the Workplace (Terry Hildebrandt, Jean-Marie Navetta)

Religion and LGBT issues are often challenging and complex, especially in the workplace. However, many organizations are beginning the process of integrating religion and LGBT issues in respectful and inclusive ways. In this interactive workshop you’ll have a chance to explore your personal journey with faith and sexual orientation and gender identity, and prepare yourself to be an effective advocate. You will learn about changing attitudes and beliefs among people of faith regarding LGBT issues. We will present recent research on the journey people of faith may take from anti-gay to pro-gay, focusing on Christianity, along with Muslim and Jewish perspectives, examining the motivations and barriers to becoming allies. You’ll also have an opportunity to discuss best practices and tools in managing diversity and inclusion at the intersection of faith/religion and LGBT issues in the workplace.


  • Compare and contrast personal experiences with people of faith in the workplace with research pointing to significant changes among this population when it comes to LGBT inclusion
  • Learn about the factors that often motivate non-ally-identified people of faith to become allies to the LGBT community
  • Understand the steps that people of faith experience in this inclusion journey
  • Examine participants’ own experiences with this topic and recognize how to effectively use these experiences as tools to make connections and sidestep conflict
  • Get strategies to have effective conversations with people of faith in the workplace
  • Hear from Jewish and Muslim leaders who will provide understanding of motivations and effective messages for Jewish and Muslim communities
  • Brainstorm how the session information can be operationalized to make ERGs stronger and more effective in welcoming and engaging people of faith in the workplace
  • Develop personal action plans for additional learning and get resources

Beyond Affinity: Unleashing the Power of Employee Resource Groups (Tim Vigue, Andrea Shorter, Jenn Grace)

The potential of employee resource groups to advance workplace equality for all is a powerful resource for employees, business, and community. While the progression of ERG’s from simple, self-contained affinity groups to influential, partner resources can be a journey of some challenges, the rewards can be great, unlocking unlimited possibilities for real and sustainable impact that reaches a  wider variety of constituencies. In this interactive and engaging seminar, we will explore what it takes to empower and propel your employee resource group towards continuously improving and increasing the impact of your initiatives, with measurable, demonstrated results and success.

For questions regarding 2013 Workplace Summit Leadership Seminars, please contact Director of Training & Professional Development, Pat Baillie, at 415.694.6521 or pbaillie@outandequal.org.