Workplace Equality, Diversity to Draw Thousands to Austin for Out & Equal Workplace Summit

Speakers and Workshops Focus on Benefits, Opportunities and Challenges Faced by Today’s Gay and Lesbian Workers


SAN FRANCISCO, CA — September 5, 2008 — The Out & Equal Workplace the premier lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) workplace conference, helps shape dialogue – both inside and outside of companies – designed to create equal work environments for all. With an educational program of nearly 150 workshops, participants will learn ways to bridge the gap between inclusive policies and a lackluster climate toward LGBT employees; ways for allies to help advance workplace equality; and the challenges and opportunities faced by an increasingly mobile and global workforce.

With 2,400 participants the Out & Equal Workplace Summit, slated for September 10-13, promises to be the largest LGBT workplace equality conference to ever convene at the Austin Convention Center. Out &ampo; Equal Workplace Advocates is the nation’s only nonprofit organization exclusively dedicated to advancing workplace equality for LGBT people.

"We’re thrilled to be hosting this year’s Summit in Austin, a city that attracts fair-minded companies who value diversity and equality to meet its business goals. Metrics show that there is a positive link between EEO policies, a welcoming workplace, and employee productivity and performance," said Selisse Berry, founding executive director of Out & Equal Workplace Advocates.

The Summit keynote speakers will include: TV personality, national syndicated columnist, author and co-founder/editor of, Arianna Huffington; TV personality, author and fashion designer Carson Kressley; former U.S. Ambassador to Romania, Michael Guest; author, TV host, political commentator and activist Keith Boykin; Chairman and CEO of The Clorox Company, Donald Knauss; President of AT&T California Ken McNeely; General Manager at Microsoft Megan Wallent; and Vice President at Hewlett-Packard Tara Bunch.

The Out & Equal Workplace Summit attracts human resource and diversity professionals, LGBT employees and straight allies to share best practices on workplace equality, and vital information and resources to address workplace issues that impact LGBT people. This year’s theme "Creating Connections: Building Progress Together," embraces the philosophy that safe and equitable workplaces for all will result when individuals build, cultivate and educate their professional and personal networks on the societal cost of discrimination.

National co-chairs for the 2008 Workplace Summit include Kayla Shell, legal director at Dell; Victor Martinez, senior engineer at Freescale Semiconductor; and Donna Rose, IT consultant and transgender advocate. The Summit’s Presenting Sponsors are Dell and Deloitte. On-site registration is available.

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Out & Equal Workplace Advocates™ is a national nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. Out & Equal champions safe and equitable workplaces for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people. The organization advocates building and strengthening successful organizations that value all employees, customers, and communities. See our website,, for more details.

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