2013 Workplace Summit Workshops

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Out & Equal’s annual Summit offers the chance to unite and share the information needed to advance LGBT workplace equality. Now more than ever, Out & Equal workshops are invaluable tools to keep pace with the multitude of changes happening around us and in the workplace.

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.

Featured Panels

Tuesday, October 29th

The Post-DOMA Era: The 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. Our panel will look at the impact DOMA has had, what companies have been doing, what changes are on the horizon and what the next steps are.   
Moderator: Elizabeth Birch, Elizabeth Birch Company
Panelists: Kirsten E MacPherson, Boeing; Jeffrey Gorczynski, Citi; Steve Wasik, Aon Hewitt. 

 
LGBT Equality Intersects with Corporate Public Policy Aims: When Interests Converge 
A decade ago, corporations remained mostly silent on LGBT public policy. Community leaders and LGBT policy experts brought litigation and legislation on issues in the economic sphere, the marketplace and the workplace. Today, business executives and lobbyists recognize their interests match or parallel those of LGBT advocates on key issues. This timely discussion shares the views, experience, best practices and pitfalls/challenges of public affairs experts.
Moderator: Bob Witeck, Witeck Communications
Panelists: Diego Sanchez, PFLAG; Michael Wascom, American Airlines; TJ Maloney, Marriott.

 
The A to Z on Bisexuality: Bi Experts Speak Out 
This workshop showcases luminaries of the bisexual community and bisexual scholarship. Facilitated by Robyn Ochs, editor of Getting Bi and acclaimed international expert on bi topics, this will be a conversation about the state of the bisexual movement and the influences on it from the workplace and popular culture.    
Moderator: Robyn Ochs 
Panelists: Heidi Bruins Green, Ellyn Ruthstrom, Denise Penn, Faith Cheltenham, Lauren B Beach.  

 
Coming Out in Prime Time: Seeing Through the Transgender Lens  
For many, the personal journey of identifying as transgender is series of "coming out" moments. It starts with yourself, then your families/friends and finally, on the job. Join Zoey Tur as she shares her story, as she revealed in June 2013 her decision to live openly as a transgender female with gender identity disorder (GID). Formerly Bob Tur, one of LA's most famous helicopter reporters, Zoey will talk about her journey and decision to share her life in the public eye. 
Panelists: Zoey Tur, Jamison Green.

Wednesday, October 30th

The Importance of Allies to LGBT Inclusive Workplaces - Sponsored by HP
The progress on LGBT-inclusive policies and practices in the workplace over the past decade has been remarkable. The successes that we have seen have only been possible thanks to the support of allies to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community. This panel - of allies and LGBT leaders - explores how enlisting the support of allies remains a vital strategy to LGBT workplace equality.  
Moderator Joanne Sprague, Friend Factor, Re-Founder and CEO
Panelists: Amy Hanneman, HP; Tammy Mangum, Bank of America; Mike Fanning, MassMutual.  


Uncovering Talent    
Many decades after the formal inclusion of women and minorities in the workplace, second-generation barriers to full inclusion endure. NYU School of Law Professor, Kenji Yoshino, and Deloitte University Leadership Center for Inclusion Managing Principal, Christie Smith, Deloitte LLP, have co-authored a white paper, "Uncovering Talent," that offers a new approach to achieving inclusion. The authors focus on the issue of "covering" - the process through which individuals downplay their differences, often at great cost to their sense of self, to be included the workplace.  
Panelist: Christie Smith, Managing Director for the Deloitte University Leadership Center for Inclusion.

Discovering Strength in our Diversity: Voices of Latino/Latina/Hispanic LGBT/Allies 
Diversity initiatives have provided the space for employees and Employee/Business Resource Groups to come together and develop innovation and creativity for the workplace. Hear from our panel about the experience of Latino/a and Hispanic employees who identify as LGBT or allies. What are the other issues, concern, cultural barriers and strengths that these employees bring to the workplace.      
Moderator: Ana Duarte McCarthy, Citi. 
Panelists: Manny Espinoza, CEO of ALPFA; Monica Marquez, Bank of America; Michael Lopez, Alcoa.

 
Paving the Intersection of LGBT and Disability Issues 
Deb Dagit will open the session framing the issues around disability in the workplace. Our panel of experts will create more than a strategy for D&I. They will explore differences such as there being less traction in establishing/engaging disability ERGs compared to LGBT ERGs. They will explore common issues as “ambassadors” of corporate, public and entertainment sectors who self-identify as both LGBT and persons with disabilities. Issues include self-disclosure; passing; power & pride; naming, framing /claiming differences; bringing your whole self to work; leveraging privilege; hierarchy of identification and marginalization, creating distance between groups for the sake of social change, self and collective identity. With 70% of college students with disabilities that are “non-apparent” or “hidden disabilities,” to pass or not is a future trending issue. 
Moderators: Jennifer Brown, Jennifer Brown Consulting; Tari Hartman Squire, EINSOF Communications.
Panelists: Deb Dagit, Geri Jewell, Kathy Martinez, Betsy Dixon.

Thursday, October 31st 

Breaking Ground: LGBT Religosity and Bias in the Workplace
Workplaces around the globe are familiar with the conflicts that typically arise between religious and LGBT identities in the workplace. The assumption is that the religious employee and the LGBT employees are inherently different, and that conflict is inevitable. This panel of experts will unpack this assumption, and present findings from two separate ground-breaking studies to illustrate that issues of religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and experiences of religious bias and conflict in the workplace are far more nuanced.   
Moderator: Mark Fowler, Tanenbaum Center for Inter-religious Understanding.
Panelists: Deborah Dagit, Deb Dagit Diversity; Karyn Likerman, Citi; Melvin Rosado, Merck & Co.

A Dream Not Yet Realized: ENDA Passage
In June 2013, the benefit playing field for federal employees suddenly became level with corporate entities. The Supreme Court decisions on same sex marriage removed major obstacles preventing DP benefits for LGB federal employees. Major changes have also allowed transgender federal employees to begin to have their gender identities recognized and otherwise be supported during transition. However, there are still no clear federal protections for LGBT employees. Corporations and now the federal government have been finding creative ways to provide those protections until the passage of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) but what will it take to finally get equality in the workplace? Discover the current status and what you can do to move LGBT workplace equality from a dream to a reality!
Moderator: Mara Keisling, Executive Director, National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE).
Panelists: Pat Baillie, Director of Training & Professional Development, Out & Equal Workplace Advocates; Patsy Doerr, Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion, Thomson Reuters; Deena Fidas, Director Workplace Project, HRC; Ian Thompson, Legislative Representative, ACLU.

 
Deciphering the Rules for Taxation of Benefits for Same-Sex Spouses/Partners
LGBT individuals on average pay over $1,000 in annual federal income taxes on benefits for same-sex spouses/partners - taxes that same-sex spouses in certain states and unmarried same-sex partners may continue to pay even after the Supreme Court's ruling on DOMA. This workshop will provide a practical overview of complex federal/state tax laws that require this unequal treatment. Learn how the taxable amount of benefit coverage is calculated. Identify whether benefits are taxable in the state where you live/work.  
Moderator: Brian Silva, Marriage Equality USA.
Panelists: Todd Soloman, Brian Tiemann (McDermott Will & Emery).

It Starts at the Top: Successful Executive Sponsors
Employee/Business Resource Groups (ERG/BRG) work to improve the workplace and work in coordination with their Executive Sponsors. The role of an Executive Sponsor is critical to the success of an Employee/Business Resource Group. As the Executive Sponsor, they can leverage their personal brand, relationships, and resources to enhance the visibility and credibility of the ERG/BRG. In addition to corporate access, they act as a business mentor and champion that translates into both the opportunity – and the responsibility – to learn, support, and make a true difference. In their role, they encourage people to focus on how to engage others and improve communication, enhance the members’ leadership qualities and develop partnerships while helping to overcome barriers. This panel will include the perspective of executive and HR sponsors for corporate LGBT ERG/BRGs, sharing their experiences as to what makes the role of executive sponsor successful and rewarding. 
Moderator: Kevin Jones
Panelists: Howard Ungerleider, Executive Vice President – Advanced Materials, The Dow Chemical Company; Jim Wilkinson, Executive Vice President – Communications PepsiCo; Matt O’Grady, Executive Vice President – Local Media, Nielsen.

Global Series - Hosted by IBM

Tuesday, October 29th

The Power of LGBT in the Growth Markets 
Implementing culturally sensitive LGBT programs in the world's fastest growing economies can be challenging for multinational corporations. In many growth markets, barriers, such as a penal code criminalizing gay relationships and non-supportive legislation, are unfortunately still a reality today. Long recognized as the global leader for implementing LGBT programs and policies, IBM is committed to providing a safe, open and inclusive working environment for its over 440,000 employees worldwide. This workshop presents best practices and lessons learned on how IBM has addressed the LGBT community from a workplace and marketplace perspective in key growth markets, such as China, India, ASEAN, Eastern Europe and Latin America.
Panelists: Silvy Vluggen and Tony Tenicela (IBM).

Virtual ERGs-Connect Your Global Membership Using Social Media  
With ERG members spread across locations around the world, how do you keep everyone connected and engaged? Join global ERG leaders from Thomson Reuters Pride at Work for an informative discussion about creating a virtual network. You'll hear real-world examples from LGBT professionals in the United States, United Kingdom, India, Japan, The Philippines and Argentina about the importance of connecting and supporting colleagues through social media. The workshop will also include an analysis of Thomson Reuters best practices and practical steps you can take to grow a virtual ERG to improve employee engagement, grow membership, cultivate diverse perspectives and ideas and encourage culture change around the world.
Panelists: Cariad Eccleston, Gustavo Casals, Hussein Sadiq, Tiffany Cochran (All Thomson Reuters).   

Wednesday, October 30th

Global Firms, Global Needs: Trends and Opportunities for the LGBT Community
This presentation discusses the unique needs of global services companies, and associated trends, opportunities, and challenges that impact LGBT employees. Immigration, and immigration policies' impact on the LGBT community and the companies that hire LGBT community members, will be discussed. The evolution of policies that impact the LGBT community, and hiring practices of large organizations will also be discussed. This interactive presentation, which includes audience participation by way of polls and open-ended questions posed to the audience, will draw on the overseas workplace experiences of the presenters and enlighten the audience about policies that impact them and their ability to work abroad.
Panelists: Nathanial Pelczar and Keith Reams (Deloitte). 

Exploring LGBT Opportunities in India

Despite growing awareness in India of the link between diversity and enhanced business performance, sexual orientation and gender identity has largely been overlooked. Considered a subject not appropriate in the workplace and shrouded in taboo/stigma, companies - local and international, have steered away from including LGBT on their corporate diversity agenda. Change is happening (with legislation and a more visible LGBT community) - all across Asia, Leading companies are part of achieving greater acceptance, equality and creating a safe/open environment for their LGBT employees. Based on research and partnerships, Community Business will share key LGBT issues in India. Joining on this panel will be Pallav Patankar from the Humsafar Trust in India, and corporate representatives from Google, Goldman Sachs and IBM, pioneers in India's of LGBT inclusion.
Panelists: Amanda Yik, Senior Programme Manager, Community Business; Pallav Patankar, Humsafar Trust; Tony Tenicela, IBM. 

Thursday, October 31st

Starting Over: A World View as a Refugee
Imagine living in a country where by law, you could be killed or sent to jail just for being LGBT. How would you be able to find and keep a job and take care of your family? For many, they leave their homes and start over. NGO's as the Organization Refugee Asylum and Migration (ORAM) work within this paradox of persecution-where secrecy is crucial for safety, but protection requires revealing identity. ORAM influences institutional changes that help create a more responsive climate and humane policies for refugees on their complex path to safety. The panel will discuss the global issues for LGBT and discuss how corporately and individually we can work for change. Come hear the challenges and the success for global LGBT equality.   
Panelists: Neil Grungras, Tiela Chalmers (Both Organization for Refuge, Asylum & Migration).

From Russia, With or Without Love
Russia’s new law, which bans the promotion of any “nontraditional” sexual activity, has caused a global discussion on sexual orientation and gender identity. The 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics in a few months warns LGBT athletes, coaches and spectators that they will not be welcome if they are “out” at the Olympics. Russia reports that they don’t ban homosexuality and the law would not apply to visitors but it is unclear how the law will be applied. What is the situation in Russia and what should we know? What has been the response in the media to the new law and businesses around the issues and the Olympics? What should sponsors consider? Our panel will look at the options and issues and share their insights with you.
Moderator: Sean Livingston, Vice-President, Client Advisor JP Morgan Chase. 
Panelists: Michael Guest, Senior Advisor, Council for Global Equality | Former US Ambassador to Romania; Innokenty Grekov, Program Associate, Human Rights First; Mary Garrity, Director - Technology Alliances, IBM.

Special Sessions

An evening with Robbie Kaplan
Wednesday, October 30 | 5:15PM - 6:30PM
Join us for a special session in which LGBT pioneer and attorney Roberta “Robbie” Kaplan will share her insights on the DOMA ruling by the United States Supreme Court and how this will affect LGBT employees. Robbie, who represented Edith “Edie” Windsor in this landmark case, will address questions during the latter portion of the session.

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