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Olivia Founders Nominated
Entrepreneur of the Year

May 30, 2006—Olivia today announced Judy Dlugacz and Amy Errett as finalists for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2006 Award in the Northern California Region.

According to Ernst & Young, the awards program was designed to recognize outstanding entrepreneurs on a regional, national and global level who are building and leading dynamic and growing businesses. Judy Dlugacz and Amy Errett were selected as finalists from more than 60 nominations by a panel of independent judges. Award winners will be announced at a special 20th anniversary gala event on June 16th at The Fairmont in San Francisco.

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CNNMoney.com Turns to O&E for Input on ExxonMobil's Gay Problem

While much of corporate America has embraced gay rights - by promising not to discriminate against gay workers and offering domestic partner benefits - the world's largest oil company has steadfastly resisted pressures to become more gay-friendly.

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Shareholders bow to Exxon's wishes

Protestors demonstrate against Exxon Mobil's environmental record outside yesterday's shareholder meeting in Dallas.

Exxon Mobil stockholders voted down resolutions yesterday calling on the world's largest oil company to change polices on gay rights, climate change and executive pay.

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5th Annual Workplace Survey Finds
LGBT Employees More Accepted

SAN FRANCISCO, May 22 (UPI) — A Harris survey finds that 61 percent of U.S. adults think that companies should be free to offer partnership benefits to gay and lesbian employees.

The fifth annual Out and Equal Survey also found that 72 percent of those questioned favor company non-discrimination policies that include sexual orientation, up from 63 percent in 2002.

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Corporate America backs gay rights

This spring, shareholders at such big companies as ExxonMobil (Research), Ford (Research) and American Express (Research) are voting on whether gay and lesbian people deserve protection against discrimination in the workplace.

But even as battles over gay rights flare up in the corporate world, there's no doubt about who's winning the war.

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GLAD wins Case in New Hampshire

Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) today applauded a decision by the New Hampshire Merrimack Superior Court that the New Hampshire Community Technical College System is committing sexual orientation discrimination when it denies benefits to the partners of gay or lesbian employees. The decision can be seen as a mandate for the state to provide benefits to the partners of all state employees.

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Wendy's International: New EEO Policy

The Equality Project, a consumer, employee and investor coalition, announced today that Wendy’s International, Dublin, OH, has agreed to amend its employment nondiscrimination policy by adding new written protections based on sexual orientation and gender identity for all employees.

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Ernst & Young LLP ranks 6th in DiversityInc’s Top Ten Companies for GLBT Employees

Leading professional services firm Ernst & Young LLP was recently honored as one of the "Top 50 Companies for Diversity" by DiversityInc magazine. In recognition of the firm's commitment to workplace equity, Ernst & Young ranked 24 overall and ranked six on the magazine's "Top Ten Companies for GLBT (gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender) Employee.s" list


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Workplace Summit Televised
December 2, 2005

Out in Denver televised the opening day of the 2005 Out & Equal Workplace Summit held at the Adam's Mark Hotel.