Heidi Bruins Green (chair), consultant/researcher
As President of BiNet USA Faith Cheltenham helps coordinate bisexual advocacy, outreach and networking efforts for the bisexual, pansexual, fluid and other non-monosexual communities in America. BiNet USA helps connect bi individuals with over 75 grassroots organizations across the U.S. that provide support, social activities, and advocacy opportunities for a sorely under-served community.
Faith has been involved in LGBT activism since 1999 when she was named a HRC Campaign College intern and served as an LGBT liaison in campaigns running against Rick Santorum and George W. Bush. As a UCLA student she also co-founded UCLA's Queer Alliance, Fluid, BlaQue and QueerxGirl organizations. After studying history and film/TV at UCLA, Faith was featured as a cast member of FX Network's Emmy award-winning reality docu-series on race in America, "Black. White." She then went on to produce web content for the Sarah Ferguson Foundation as part of her employment as a web producer, and her interviews have included Aretha Franklin, Annie Lennox, Clive Davis, Brandy, and Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrice of York.
Faith has spoken at locations as varied as the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force's Creating Change Conference, UCLA, San Diego Comic Con, and Yale University. Faith has been in LGBT oriented PSA campaigns for the American Institute of Bisexuality and the US Census, has been featured in segments by CNN, Logo TV, and in 2012 was named one of Advocate magazine's "Forty under 40". In 2013, University of California President Mark G. Yudof named Faith to a 2 year appointment to the University of California LGBT Task Force. Faith has written on LGBT issues for Advocate.com, HuffingtonPost.com, the Human Rights Campaign, GLAAD, and in 2012 was featured on the White House website in celebration of LGBT Pride Month.
Faith is the proud mom to Michael "Storm" Cheltenham Kanninen and balances her advocacy and writing career with being a parent and partner to her husband Matt Kanninen, a Sr. Android Developer of social mobile games in Los Angeles.
Susan Gore is an educator and entrepreneur. By the age of 30, she had worked in television, earned her Ph.D. in psychology, taught in the United States and Europe and become executive director of a national non-profit association. She transferred the same energy into corporate marketing for two Fortune 500 firms in addition to opening the Washington, DC office of a socially responsible money fund.
In 1991, Susan created The Mentor Group, a virtual network of experts specializing in strategic leadership, diversity and inclusion, and mentoring program development. She also has produced a DVD, How to BE with Someone Who Is Dying, in 2008 and edited Coming Out in Faith, a collection of essays about life at the intersection of being LGBTQ and a person of faith in 2011. In 2012 Susan began a Masters of Theological Studies at Brite Divinity School to deepen the theological perspective she brings to her work. She can be reached on LinkedIn or at www.mentor-group.com.
Heidi Bruins Green is a highly creative eLearning designer and developer who believes the bad reputation of online learning has comes from narrated Powerpoint presentations put online that are inaccurately called eLearning. Heidi loves to talk about the effectiveness of true eLearning to impact our effectiveness.
Heidi's other passion is bisexuality research and education. She has been leading workshops on bisexuality in the workplace since 2001; and in 2010 she conducted a global survey of the experiences of bisexuals in the workplace. An article on her preliminary results is available in the Journal of Bisexuality (Volume 11, Issue 2-3); and this page has links to Powerpoint presentations delivered during recent Summits with results data as well.
Heidi has worked in and with Fortune 500 companies for many years, including 15 years with Procter & Gamble where she helped found and lead their ERG in the 90's, securing LGBT recognition and domestic partner benefits. Heidi has been involved with the Out & Equal Summit since before Out & Equal Workplace Advocates existed. She is grateful to O&E for growing the Summit so tremendously over the years.
Heidi is ecstatic to live in the sunny-year-round San Francisco Bay Area, and loves life with her husband Jamison Green and their cat Squeak.
Marie Hartung spent 11 years at Microsoft, six in the capacity of Sr. Diversity Manager. In her tenure she served on the GLEAM (Gay and Lesbian Employee Alliance at Microsoft) board in several positions, including the position of Bisexual Coordinator, a role she influenced the board to create. She’s served Out & Equal for many years in many capacities, including award judge, a member of the Bisexual Advisory and as a speaker at the Out & Equal Workplace Summit. She also held a board position for the Seattle Regional Affiliate of Out & Equal.
Marie now wears many hats, including finishing two MFA’s in Creative Writing at the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts in Freeland, WA, working a day-job as a Realtor for Keller Williams and serving as Poetry Editor for Soundings Review. Her poetry, essays, and book reviews have appeared in literary magazines such as Soundings Review, Third Wednesday, Cordite Review, Perceptions Literary Magazine, River Poets Journal and Raven Chronicles. She continues to advocate for equality in the workplace and the world at large for people who don’t have a voice and for those whose voice is a still whisper in a crowd.
Gary North is a longtime journalist, editor, writer, labor leader, and bi activist. He helped found BiNet USA (serving on its board several times, including stints as president, VP, secretary, and treasurer), founded and ran the first national bi newsletter, spearheaded and ran the first bi/pan/fluid institute at Creating Change, and served as president of the Los Angeles Newspaper Guild/AFL-CIO, steering the local into a successful merger with statewide CWA Local 9400.
Robyn Ochs, Educator / Consultant, is the editor of Bi Women, a quarterly publication. Robyn is also a national speaker on gender and sexuality and editor of the 42-country anthology, Getting Bi: Voices of Bisexuals Around the World.
Top Issues: Because there is such a strong overlap between bi and lesbian/gay issues, it can be difficult to identify issues that are specifically bi, especially it comes to programs and policy. I believe that a little bit of re-framing and mindful choice of words can go a long way, and for this reason I would be interested in discussing mindful framing and language usage when discussing “the community.”
Denise Penn is a clinical social worker, advocacy journalist and editor based in Orange County, California, she has covered issues for the LGBT and HIV affected community for nearly two decades. She also produced and hosted an award-winning LGBT community television program for twelve years, interviewing community activists, political figures, and ordinary people with stories to tell. She is also a Board member of the Lambda Literary Foundation.
Denise is currently Vice President of the American Institute of Bisexuality, an organization focused on research and education that has supported over 30 scientific studies in more than five countries. She earned BA degrees in English and Social Science Research and a Masters in Social Work from San Diego State University. She a member of the Executive Committee of the California Democratic Party and was recently elected Co-Chair of the LGBT Caucus of the state party.
Ellyn Ruthstrom is the president of the Bisexual Resource Center (BRC), the oldest national bi organization in the U.S. The BRC creates print and online resources for the bi/pan/fluid/queer community, raises awareness and dispels misinformation about bisexuality in the LGBT and straight communities, provides support for the coming out process and ongoing needs of bi community members, and supports and celebrates positive bi culture.
Ellyn speaks at colleges, national conferences, and public forums about bisexuality and the bi movement. This past year, Ellyn co-facilitated the first Bisexual Leadership Roundtable at Creating Change. Ellyn edited the Boston Bisexual Women's Network national newsletter, Bi Women, for nine years. Ellyn was a state commissioner on the Massachusetts LGBT Youth Commission for two years while she was also the Editor-in-Chief of Teen Voices, a national feminist magazine and website created by, for, and about teen girls.
Ellyn is also a writer and editor and has published in a variety of print and online publications including the Women's Review of Books, The Review Review, Huffington Post, and Bilerico.com.
Dani joined the staff of NCLR in May 2013 and supports the Development department as the Development Manager for Events. Prior to joining NCLR, Dani was the Associate Director of Events at Out & Equal Workplace Advocates, the only national nonprofit solely devoted to LGBT workplace equality. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from San Francisco State University in June 2008 (concentration: medical anthropology), which bred a fascination for ethnography and primatology. While at university, she conducted field research into the Sonoma County Public School District’s HIV/AIDS and STD education curriculum; San Francisco’s low-income medical marijuana community; and primate social behavior. A native northern Californian, she’s loved living in San Francisco for the past decade.