2013 Workplace Summit Outie Awards

Outie Award Winners Announced!

The Out & Equal Workplace Awards (popularly referred to as “The Outies”) honor individuals and organizations that are leaders in advancing equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) employees in America’s workplaces. Through these awards, Out & Equal provides the business and LGBT communities with examples of innovative approaches and proven successes to help create safe and equitable workplaces. Awards distributed at the Out & Equal Workplace Summit.

Read the full Press Release here.

Individual Awards

Champion Award
This award recognizes a non-LGBT person who has played a pivotal role in championing equal treatment of LGBT employees on the job. This individual will have shown a unique commitment to LGBT workplace rights and will have used his or her talents to further that cause, even at some risk.

Winner: Cathy Bessant (Bank of America)

2013 Finalists:

  • Jenny Garretson VA (Jesse Brown VA Medical Center)
  • Howard Ungerleider (Dow Chemical)
  • Eileen Taylor (Deutsche Bank)

The Selisse Berry Leadership Award
This award is given only twice since it was first awarded to its namesake in 2008, recognizes an exceptional individual whose visionary leadership, tireless efforts, and remarkable accomplishments have been a critical contribution toward achieving LGBT workplace equality. In addition to leading change in the world of employment, this leader inspires countless individuals to champion workplace equality for all inclusive of sexual orientation, gender identity, expression, or characteristics.

Winner: Kevin Jones

Organizational Awards

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Employee Resource Group of the Year
This award recognizes a particular employee resource group (ERG), sometimes referred to as a business group or network that has a proven track record of success in advocating for LGBT equal rights in its own workplace.

Winners: PRIDE (Lockheed Martin) & LGBTA Business Council (Target)

2013 Finalists:

  • GLBOAL (Johnson & Johnson)
  • Working With Pride (Boehringer Ingelheim)

Workplace Excellence
This award recognizes any employer that has an historic and ongoing commitment to pursuing and executing workplace equality for LGBT employees in their own workplace. This employer has a history of continually raising the bar of workplace equality for others to follow.

Winner: Dow Chemical

2013 Finalists:

  • Whirlpool
  • Bank of America
  • Eli Lilly & Company

The Regional Affiliate of the Year Award
This award recognizes an Out & Equal regional affiliate that has demonstrated commitment to the Out & Equal mission through exceptional programming and sound organizational practices.

Winner: Out & Equal Seattle

Selection Process

All Outie nominations are read by an awards commitee, which narrows the nominations down to four or five finalists in each award category. A panel of distinguished judges ultimately decides which individuals and organization will receive Outies. Awards Committee members and judges