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August 2009 Issue

San Francisco Bay Area offers roundtable series

LGBTCareerLink career development webinar series announced

Town Call: Cultural Competency - What do we mean?

Masked gunman attacks Tel Aviv LGBT youth center, killing 2, injuring 15


Regional Affiliates:

San Francisco Bay Area offers roundtable series

Bay Area employee resource group leaders will meet August 27 to share details about their ERGs, assess the LGBT ERG landscape in the region, strategize on cross-company efforts and network with one another as part of its roundtable series.

This ERG roundtable, sponsored by Sun Microsystems, is presented as a national-regional joint effort between Out & Equal Workplace Advocates and Out & Equal San Francisco Bay Area.
Register for the event.



Out & Equal Board
of Directors

Kayla Shell, Dell

Vice President
Steve Sears, WGBH

Tom Johnson, Clorox

Marcelo Roman, IBM

Tara Bunch, HP

Rita Lane, Apple

Eleanor Mercado, Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker

Amanda Simpson, Raytheon

Christine Smith, Deloitte

Kyle Spainhour, Motorola


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Pre-order new LGBT allies book presented by Out & Equal

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Become a Sponsor




Out & Equal Workplace Summit sponsorship still available


There's time if you move quickly for your company to become an official sponsor of the 2009 Out & Equal Workplace Summit, set for October 6-9 at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort in Florida.

Don't miss this
opportunity to join the impressive list of nearly 100 corporate sponsors who have signed on to support Out & Equal and the LGBT community in our efforts to create safe and equal workplaces for everyone.

Not able to sponsor this year? You may want to consider purchasing an ad in our official Summit program book or a booth in the Summit exhibition hall.  Contact Sherrie Holmes at 415-694-6508.






LGBTCareerLink career development webinar series announced

Register now for LGBTCareerLink's first CareerTalk webinar, Influencing Others With Your Personal Brand, set for August 19 at noon Pacific time.

Jennifer Brown and Tim Wikstrom of Jennifer Brown Consulting will teach participants how to distinguish their most compelling brand attributes and leverage their personal brand in meaningful ways.

Brown and Wikstrom will explain how taking control of your personal brand is one of the most effective communication strategies to overcome the unique challenges of a withering economy.

There has never been a better time to incorporate lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender identity into your professional brand. What LGBT people bring to the table is a growing differentiator for many leading employers. However, these messages are received and interpreted differently depending on the employer or work environment. Therefore, it is prudent and highly valuable to research the receptivity of these messages in different professional environments. To learn about the elements of successful brands, with an exploration of branding for LGBT professionals, please join us for this interactive session. 




Town Call:

Cultural Competency - What do we mean?

Don't miss this month's Town Call speaker series, presented by PG&E.
Register for Cultural Competency - What do we mean? The call is set for August 27.

For years, Out & Equal has been teaching about the culture of LGBT employees, but we have often approached the discussion from a U.S.-born, Caucasian perspective. We will now take a look inside and outside our own culture and at other cultures to gain different perspectives that will enable us to work more productively with one another.

The Town Call series features guest speakers presenting on current topics via one-hour telephone conference calls and a Q&A session, creating an interactive learning experience.

Check our website monthly for upcoming Town Calls.





Masked gunman attacks Tel Aviv LGBT youth center, killing 2, injuring 15

Members of Israel's LGBT community and their supporters throughout the world are still in shock after a masked gunman killed two people and injured a dozen more at a center for gay youth in Tel Aviv on August 1.

Aguda, the National LGBT Association of Israel, has vowed to do "whatever is necessary to heal the community, to support the families of those who are no longer with us and those who were injured."

"Out & Equal is deeply saddened and anguished by the recent brutal attack on the LGBT community center in Tel Aviv," said Out & Equal Executive Director Selisse Berry. "All of our hearts go out to those whose lives have been forever impacted by this senseless act of hatred."




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Out & Equal champions safe and equitable workplaces for lesbian, gay, bisexual,
and transgender (LGBT) people. The organization advocates building and
strengthening successful organizations that value all employees, customers, and
communities. Visit our website.