Out & Equal Awards Excellence in Workplace Equality

Finalists for the Annual Outie! Awards Announced

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August 15, 2013 – Out & Equal Workplace Advocates’ annual awards - known as the "Outies" - recognize individuals and organizations who are leaders in advancing equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people in workplaces around the globe. Today, Out & Equal Workplace Advocates announced the finalists for these coveted awards.

Through the Outies, Out & Equal provides the business and LGBT communities with examples of innovative approaches and proven successes that create safe and equitable workplaces for the world's LGBT workforce. The award winners are selected from a pool of highly qualified finalists.

“The finalists for the Outie Awards are people and groups who have brought real change to the world. With the Employment Non-Discrimination Act being considered in the US Senate, we look to leaders like the Outie finalists to make workplace equality a reality,” said Out & Equal’s Founder and CEO Selisse Berry. “The Outie Awards are an important opportunity to honor these leaders’ commitment, celebrate their successes, and most of all, an occasion to inspire others to transform their workplaces."

The awards – given this year in three categories - will be presented at the 2013 Out & Equal Workplace Summit, the world's leading conference on LGBT workplace equality, taking place from October 28th -31st  in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The categories and finalists are:

The Champion Award recognizes a non-LGBT person who has played a pivotal role in advancing equal treatment of LGBT employees. This individual will have demonstrated a significant commitment to LGBT workplace rights. The finalists for the Champion Award are:

  • Jenny Garretson  VA (Jesse Brown VA Medical Center)
  • Howard Ungerleider (Dow Chemical)
  • Eileen Taylor (Deutsche Bank)
  • Cathy Bessant (Bank of America)

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Employee Resource Group of the Year Award recognizes a particular ERG, sometimes referred to as a business group or network, with an exemplary track record of leadership in advocating for LGBT equal rights over the past year. The finalists for the LGBT ERG of the Year Award are:

  • PRIDE (Lockheed Martin)
  • LGBTA Business Council (Target)
  • GLOBAL (Johnson & Johnson)
  • Working With Pride (Boehringer Ingelheim)

The Workplace Excellence Award recognizes an employer that has an ongoing commitment to workplace equality, demonstrated by unquestioned leadership, dedication and innovation on behalf of LGBT employees everywhere. The finalists for the Workplace Excellence Award are:

  • Whirlpool
  • Dow Chemical
  • Bank of America
  • Eli Lilly & Company

Individuals and companies were nominated for the Outies during the past several months. A selection committee determined the finalists for the each award. An independent panel of business and community leaders will determine the winners based on information and references provided for each finalist.

The Out & Equal Workplace Summit will bring together 3,000 business leaders, human resources and diversity professionals, employee resource group leaders, executive sponsors, LGBT employees and allies for a four-day conference to examine issues of sexual orientation and gender identity in the workplace. Long considered the leading conference on the topic, the event features more than 100 workshops, panels and speakers, along with cultural programming and entertainment. For more information about the Summit, and to register, visit http://outandequal.org/summit-2013.



Founded by Chief Executive Officer Selisse Berry, Out & Equal Workplace Advocates (commonly known as “Out & Equal”) is an international 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization headquartered in San Francisco, California. Out & Equal is committed to ending employment discrimination for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender employees. Out & Equal believes that people should be judged by the work they do, not by their sexual orientation or gender identity.

For more than 13 years, Out & Equal has been working with organizations to create places of employment whose cultures embrace the contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees and those who support them.

Out & Equal mobilizes tens of thousands of corporate employees, managers and executives in Out & Equal Regional Affiliate Networks and their Employee Resource Group Registry. Through LGBTCareerLink, an online job search and career development portal, Out & Equal serves diversity-friendly employers and LGBT job seekers. Out & Equal has earned the trust and respect of LGBT employees and employers for producing the best attended, most informative and inspiring summit on LBGT workplace issues held annually in a selected city in the USA. The 2013 Workplace Summit will be held in Minneapolis, MN from October 29-31. More information is available online at www.OutandEqual.org.