San Francisco, CA – March 13, 2007 - An estimated 2,000 participants are expected to convene at the Washington Hilton in Washington, D.C. September 27-29 for the seventeenth annual Out & Equal Workplace Summit - an all-time attendance record. Deloitte & Touche USA LLP ("Deloitte") is the exclusive 2007 Presenting Sponsor for the premier conference on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) workplace equality, providing a unique opportunity to build alliances that foster safe and equitable work environments for everyone.
The Workplace Summit brings LGBT employees, straight allies, and human resource and diversity professionals together to share best practices on workplace equality and essential education, information, and resources to address current workplace issues that affect the LGBT community. The three-day event offers internationally known keynote speakers, pre-Summit Seminars, and featured speakers and panels that collectively address the most relevant LGBT topics and issues in the workplace today.
In a statement made today announcing the collaboration with Deloitte, Out & Equal Executive Director Selisse Berry said, "We are thrilled and proud to have Deloitte & Touche USA LLP as the 2007 Presenting Sponsor. For the past eight years, they have been named to FORTUNE magazine's list of ‘100 Best Companies to Work For,' and Diversity Inc magazine recently named them to its Top 10 list of companies for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community."
Berry added that Deloitte supports a thriving LGBT employee resource group called GLOBE, and they live by their mission, "to help our clients and our people excel." Other top sponsors for 2007 include: Hewlett-Packard, IBM, JPMorganChase, Citigroup, and Booz Allen Hamilton.
This year's Workplace Summit theme is "A United Vision: Leveraging Our Diverse Human Capital," and many workshops and speeches will focus on how we can work together to achieve workplace equality. As the home to several corporate headquarters, over 200 social advocacy groups, multiple universities, and numerous government and political agencies, Washington, D.C., will allow for an unprecedented network of people to explore new and innovative ideas for workplace equality.
National co-chairs for the 2007 Workplace Summit include Dr. Yvette Burton, Business Development Executive for IBM Global Services, and Wesley Combs, President and Co-founder of Witeck-Combs Communications. The fall Summit will initially begin with a Kickoff Reception and celebration planned for Thursday, May 10 at the Washington Hilton, Washington, D.C.
Out & Equal™ Workplace Advocates (commonly known as "Out & Equal") is a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization headquartered in San Francisco, California. We provide a variety of services to companies, human resource professionals, employee resource groups (ERGs) and individuals. Out & Equal Workplace Advocates champions safe and equitable workplaces for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people. We advocate building and strengthening successful organizations that value all employees, customers and communities. For more information, please visit www.outandequal.org
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