2011 Workplace Summit: Empowering Day of Unparalleled Programming on LGBT Diversity, Global Issues and More!

October 27, 2011: A Gala dinner tonight caps a week of programming entirely designed to promote equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in the workplace.  The event is sponsored by 126 corporations, including presenting sponsors Dell, Hewlett-Packard, IBM and Northrop Grumman.  Today’s highlights include:

Plenary speakers:  Donna Brazile, Renowned Political Strategist and Commentator; Mike Ullman, Chairman and CEO, JCPenney; and Selisse Berry Founding Executive Director, Out & Equal.

Powerful featured panels will look in depth at aspects of workplace equality on “Bigger, Bolder, Better: Leveraging Corporate Marketing for LGBT Social Good” and “LGBT ERG of the Year Finalists: Employees Making a Difference.” The Global Series, sponsored by IBM, will consider “How Globalization Can Support Diversity Development and the Power of Impact Investment in Developing Markets.

This year’s Gala Dinner on Thursday evening is sponsored by Hewlett-Packard and Northrop Grumman, and hosted by political humorist and entertainer, Kate Clinton. The dinner will open with Dallas ensemble, the Turtle Creek Chorale, as they serenade guests with its 120-person chorale.  We will welcome special guests—activist, comedian, and actress Margaret Cho and Broadway superstar, Wilson Cruz—who will share their experience about navigating the world of entertainment while remaining true to themselves. 

JCPenney will proudly showcase fall fashions from its extensive private and exclusive brands at the reception preceding the dinner. The evening will also capture remarks by Chairman, CEO and President of Northrop Grumman, Wes Bush, as well as local politician, Ft. Worth City Councilman, Joel Burns. 

More than 2,600 executives, human resources and diversity professionals, employee resource groups and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people and allies gathered in Dallas, Texas, from October 25-28 to consider ways to advance workplace equality.  The Out & Equal Workplace Summit, held annually since 1999, brought together people from 29 countries to share their best practices and ideas for creating workplaces where LGBT people are safe, accepted, and valued.

For more information, please visit the conference website at http://outandequal.org/summit-2011.

Out & Equal Workplace Advocates is committed to ending employment discrimination for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender employees. We believe that people should be judged by the work they do, not by their sexual orientation or gender identity. Every day, we work to protect and empower employees to be productive and successful—so they can support themselves, their families, and contribute to achieving a world free of discrimination for everyone.