Past Outie Award Winners

For more information about the Out & Equal Workplace Awards (commonly referred to as "The Outies"), please see our overview of the award categories and the nomination process.


Winners, 2000 – 2012

Trailblazer Award

2012 - Lance Freedman, Lockheed Martin

Lance Freedman rallied Lockheed Martin’s LGBT employee resource group, LGBTs and Allies, to transform a traditional “don’t ask, don’t tell” workplace culture for 120,000 people into a fully LGBT-inclusive workplace years before the federal government dismantled the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy. Lance gathered and groomed an army of advocates across the corporation, coordinated their help to fund and deliver an impressive LGBT Leadership Forum and the defense industry’s first ever “It Gets Better” video, which Lance himself led. He played central roles assisting Lockheed Martin to establish LGBT non-profit sponsorships, recruitment at LGBT career fairs, support to LGBT Veterans, five LGBT ERGs, and policy changes ranging from non-discrimination to gender transition.

2011 - Claudia Woody, IBM Corporation

Claudia is an incredible motivational speaker, she has reached an audience of thousands and thousands members of the GLBT community, in- and outside of IBM, to which she serves as a role-model and a mentor. As a co-chair of the Global GLBT Council since 1996, she has been personally involved in almost each and every initiative that serves the GLBT population at IBM.


2010 - Bill Hendrix, The Dow Chemical Company 

2009 - Richard Clark, Accenture


2008 - Chris Crespo, Ernst & Young

Crespo is the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Allies (LGBTA) Inclusive Strategy Leader at Ernst & Young (EY) and co-founded and leads bEYond, a support network within EY for LGBT employees, which continues to expand globally. Largely as a result of her leadership and commitment, Ernst & Young offers domestic partner benefits, includes sexual orientation, gender identity and expression in its EEO policies, and LGBT workplace diversity training.


2007 - Dr. Judy Lively, Kaiser Permanente

Dr. Lively is the Physician-in-Chief for the Diablo Service Area, Kaiser Permanente, Northern California where she made a gender transition on the job and has been a champion for diversity in the workplace since.


2006 – Emily Jones, Kodak

Jones is co-founder of the Lambda Network At Kodak, helped to start the UCLA Executive Leadership Program for LGBT, Co-Chairs the HRC Business Council, and has transitioned the Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley through times of great change as President and Board Chair. She has a gift of mentoring, and growing new leaders that "connects the dots" between allies, LGBT individuals and corporations.


2005 - Leslie (Les) Hohman, GM PLUS

In less than five years, Hohman took GM PLUS from a loosely-organized, mostly male social and support group, and energized it into a dynamic and leading agent for the advancement of LGBT workplace issues at the world's largest automaker. She was instrumental in having GM PLUS recognized as an official employee affinity group, she directed the push to obtain domestic partnership benefits for GM (which also resulted in the attainment of DP benefits at all of the "Big Three" domestic automakers), and helped to convince GM's Vehicle Sales, Service and Marketing Group to actively pursue the LGBT market by educating them as to the size, affluence, and influence of that market.


2004 - Robert Burrell, Ford

2003 - Wesley Combs, Witeck-Combs Communications


2002 - Dr. Louise Young, Raytheon


2001 - Mary Ann Horton, Avaya


2000 - Tom Ammiano, Leslie Katz and Susan Leal, San Francisco Supervisors



Champion Award

2013 - Cathy Bessant, Bank of America


2012 - Harry van Dorenmalen, IBM

Harry van Dorenmalen, Chair of IBM Europe, created a structure within IBM to drive progress on LGBT issues and started initiatives leading to significant improvements both within IBM and in broader business and LGBT communities outside IBM. 
He enabled, supported, and ensured that IBM executive management teams in all European countries have included LGBT equality and inclusion on their agendas. 
Harry regularly speaks about IBM’s priorities supporting diversity and LGBT inclusion at external LGBT events and gives interviews on LGBT topics. 
Harry encourages and empowers others to show leadership and to make change happen. He is a terrific advocate, an inspirational leader, and a true straight ally.


2011 - Dr. Sophie Vandebroek, Xerox

Sophie continues to challenge Xerox to look beyond the numbers by listening to the LGBT employees of Xerox and companies who participate with Out & Equal. By learning first hand the issues of LGBT employees, educating herself on the laws and policies, learning from other companies, and spending quality time with the leadership of the ERG GALAXe, she has enabled significant change at Xerox.  She demonstrates true leadership by leading authentically and accepting all for who they are.

2010 - Mark Bertolini, Aetna Healthcare

2009 - Randy Kammer, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida


2008 - William C. Thompson, Jr., City of New York

As New York City’s Comptroller, Thompson has leveraged the power of the New York City Pension Fund-the fifth largest public pension system in the nation-to convince America's largest companies to bar discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. To date, he has successfully prompted 40 Fortune 1000 companies (most in the Fortune 500) to adopt fully-inclusive policies, and leads the charge year-after-year in urging ExxonMobil to bar such discrimination.


2007 - Ana Duarte McCarthy, Citi

McCarthy has been Citi's Chief Diversity Officer since 2002 and the chief ally to Citi's LGBT community for over 10 years. She led the efforts that resulted in domestic partners benefits, the creation of employee resource groups, adding gender identity and expression to Citi's nondiscrimination policy, securing Citi's endorsement of the Domestic Partner Benefit Tax Equity Act and ENDA, and more.


2006 – Deborah Dagit, Merck

Dagit has been a strong, tireless and visible LGBT advocate throughout her 15 years as a diversity leader. She has implemented DP Benefits in 3 companies, serves on the Board of the Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network (GLSEN), has facilitated the development of LGBT training in partnership with Brian McNaught, has been actively involved with three different LGBT Employee Resource Groups, and has taken on tough issues such as same-sex marriage.


2005 - June R. Cohen, DuPont

During her 31 year long career at DuPont, Cohen's passion, commitment and leadership in the areas of diversity, work life and people treatment have had significant impact in DuPont. Cohen was also the first management sponsor of the DuPont LGBT network.


2004 - Laura Brooks, Eastman Kodak


2003 - Judy Boyette, University of California


2002 - William Perez, CEO of SC Johnson & Son


2001 - Cathy Brill & Lisa Vitale, Kodak

2000 - Ethel Batten, Lucent Technologies


Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Employee Resource Group of the Year

2013 - PRIDE (Lockheed Martin) & LGBTA Business Council (Target)


2012 - OutServe (U.S. Department of Defense)

OutServe-SLDN—the association of actively serving LGBT military personnel—was instrumental in overturning the discriminatory “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, which forced LGBT service members to make the difficult decision of being fired for disclosing their identity, or remaining in the closet. OS-SLDN provides free and direct legal assistance to service members and veterans affected by the repealed "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" law and the prior regulatory ban on open service, as well as those currently serving who may experience harassment or discrimination. OutServe-SLDN represents more than six thousand LGBT service members, making it the largest LGBT employee resource group in the United States.


2011 - LGBT Pride Resource Group, Bank of America

LGBT Pride has increased its international membership 112% (to nearly 3,400 members), which included significant growth in straight ally membership. LGBT Pride leaders have engaged with the bank's philanthropic leaders, market leaders and line of business leaders. LGBT Pride has also focused its efforts externally, conducting over 100 LGBT events internationally in 2010, which included over 20 events supporting HIV/AIDS causes and 20 local pride celebrations across the globe from Tokyo to San Francisco to London.

2010 - The Clorox Company

2009 - (Tie) General Motor's People Like Us & US Department of State and USAID's Gays and Lesbians in Foreign Affairs Agencies

2008 - Hewlett-Packard's HP PRIDE

HP PRIDE is the oldest identified LGBT ERG in the U.S. and has a long tradition of contributing within HP and the broader community. Over the past 30 years, HP PRIDE has partnered with management to enact significant internal change, including domestic partner benefits, early adoption of EEO policies prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, and later on gender identity and expression. In 2001 after meeting with then CEO Carly Fiorina, HP PRIDE's leadership team formed a global council, uniting nearly two dozen local groups under one leadership team; later an advisory board of executives was added and has become the model for all HP ERGs.


2007 - Nike's GLBT & Friends Network

Nike's GLBT & Friends Network has driven positive change for LGBT employees at Nike through several key strategies and initiatives. They have partnered with Nike's Government Affairs in active public support of two Oregon LGBT-supportive bills resulting in the passage and signature of both. They delivered an awareness building program for National Coming Out Day including WNBA player Sheryl Swoopes, out executives, and out executive allies telling their stories. They also co-developed the Youth Career Forum with GLSEN.


2006 – GLEAM, Mircrosoft

Microsoft’s Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender group (GLEAM) was able to effectively work with the company to include gender identity or expression in the company's EEO statement, obtain approval to add health coverage for transgender surgery to the company's healthcare policy and most importantly influenced the company's decision on turning a neutral support of Washington's anti-discrimination bill and other anti-discrimination legislation to full public support of anti-discrimination legislation in the U.S.


2005 - Chevron Lesbian & Gay Employee Association (CLGEA)

CLGEA has played an integral role in helping Chevron create an LGBT-inclusive workplace. Since it's founding in 1991, CLGEA has worked with Chevron management to develop training, include sexual orientation in non-discrimination policies, extend partnership benefits to same-sex domestic partners and, most recently, endorse ENDA and add gender identity to the company's employment policies.


2004 - Lambda Network at Eastman Kodak Company


2003 – GLBC at SC Johnson


2002 - SEA Shell at Shell Oil, Co.


2001 - Pride at Walt Disney


2000 - League of AT&T


Significant Achievement

2011 – Google, Inc.

In 2011, Google grossed up health benefits coverage for same-sex domestic partners, offering an equivalent to the Family Medical Leave Act for same-sex domestic partners and changing the definition of infertility to expand fertility assistance. It also altered its systems to recognize marriage as independent of the sex of the partners. LGBT Benefits enhancements received recognition as one of the 15 Best HR Ideas for 2011 by Human Resource Executive.

2010 – The Dow Chemical Company 

2009 – Salt Lake City Corporation


2008 – Goldman, Sachs & Co.

In 2007, Goldman Sachs convened an LGBT Interbank Conference on Wall Street to serve as a catalyst to make Wall Street a more inclusive environment. Over the past year, in partnership with its LGBT Network, they have increased advocacy and visible support from senior executives, including endorsement for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA); offered employees the ability to self-identify sexual orientation as part of their personal HR data and bi-annual employee climate survey; developed an LGBT-specific training "Working Out: Shaping Your Career as an Out Professional"; and raised awareness internally and across Wall Street by revamping its diversity and inclusion curriculum.


2007 - Ernst & Young LLP

Ernst & Young's LGBT efforts during the past year have focused on "making it real" by engaging individuals at all levels in the organization, telling their stories, building relationships and creating opportunities for individual development and business growth.


2006 – PricewaterhouseCoopers

PricewaterhouseCoopers has committed great energy, effort, resources, and budget to advancing workplace equality for LGBT people in the firm, including launching and funding GLBT Circles (ERG) in 10 US offices, launching our executive-level National GLBT Partners Advisory Board, sponsoring office-wide Pride celebrations in 5 major market offices, launching LGBT Diversity training for all lines of service, and awarding our firm's highest honor, the Chairman's Award, to the GLBT Circle in our Tampa office.


2005 - IBM

Diversity policies lie as close to IBM's core as they have throughout their heritage. Today, they are building a workforce, in keeping with the diverse global marketplace, to better serve their customers and capture a greater share of the on demand opportunity.


2004 - Hewlett Packard Company


2003 - Chubb Group of Insurance Companies


2002 – JPMorgan Chase


2001 - Motorola


2000 - Ford Motor Company

Workplace Excellence

2013 - The Dow Chemical Company


2012 – Google

Google is a leader in establishing innovative policies that protect and affirm LGBT people in the workplace. From providing transgender sensitivity training to employees, to establishing some of the very best benefits for transgender people in the world, Google has rightly earned its 100% Corporate Equality Index rating. Recently, Google worked in conjunction with the It Gets Better Project to create a national advertising campaign, profiling how the It Gets Better project has helped thousands share their own stories on YouTube, forever impacting the lives of at-risk LGBT youth. Externally, the company has been a leader in empowering non-profit organizations to drive change in the broader community and has publically supported expanding LGBT rights at the federal level.


2011 – Accenture

Accenture has driven the development of LGBT networks in nations such as India, Mexico, and the Philippines, to expand Global LGBT network to include 18 countries and 19 local US offices. Accenture has extended their commitment to workplace equality by becoming one of nine companies in the US to implement World Professional Association for Transgender Health compliant transgender benefits, adding to the transgender transition guidelines implemented last year.


2010 – IBM Corporation 

2009 – Sun Microsystems


2008 – PepsiCo

The PepsiCo LGBT network (EQUAL) represents 160,000 employees worldwide and its four chapters span all company brand holdings. Over the past year, PepsiCo has contributed more than $1 million to help create safe and equitable work environments through two programs: "Straight for Equality," a program designed to provide businesses with tools and resource linkages at a grassroots level; and "LGBT Inclusion Toolkit for Corporate America," a program to design, test and deliver cutting-edge tools and resources aimed at advancing workplace equality and foster the next of LGBT inclusion. In addition, their AIDS Task Force is reaching out to employees and the broader community of people touched by HIV/AIDS.


2007 - Wells Fargo

Wells Fargo is proud of their long and rich history with the LGBT community dating back to the 1980s, when very few companies were paying attention. They have donated over $15 million to LGBT non-profits over the past 20 years; since 1998, all benefits extended to spouses of team members have been extended to the domestic partners of team members; Wells Fargo has scored 100% on HRC Corporate Equality Index in 2004, 2005, 2006; they have been recognized by DiversityInc as one of the 'Top 50 Companies for Diversity' for five years in a row; and received the Image in Advertising Award for 'Best Interactive/Online Campaign,' from the Commercial Closet in 2006.


2006 – JPMorgan Chase

JPMorgan Chase is a consistently forward-looking champion for workplace equality, safety and inclusiveness. Its global ranking as a top company for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual &Transgender diversity and it's consistent score of 100% on the HRC Corporate Equality Index, illustrate strong leadership for non-discriminatory policies, benefits parity, inclusion and community support.


2005 - Citigroup

With over 300,000 employees doing business in more than 100 countries on more than 200,000,000 accounts, Citigroup exemplifies the power of diversity and the impact a diverse workforce can have on their clients and communities. At Citigroup, they have embedded a culture of inclusion, innovation and merit, and work each day to embrace the individuality of their colleagues and the millions of people they serve, regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity or expression.


2004 - Kaiser Permanente and Pacific Gas & Electric Company (Tied)


2003 - NCR Corporation


2002 - American Airlines


2001 – IBM


2000 – Eastman Kodak Company

Regional Affiliate of the Year Award

2013 - Seattle

2012 – New York Finger Lakes

2011 – Houston

2010 – Dallas-Ft. Worth

Special Awards of Distinction

Special awards of distinction are bestowed upon an individual or organization that has made a significant difference or had a major influence in sustaining and growing LGBT workplace equality over an extended period of time. This honor is awarded only when Out & Equal’s Directors and Governing Board want to recognize the outstanding and sustainable contributions of an individual or organization. There is no formal nomination process or form.


Selisse Berry Leadership Award


2013 - Kevin Jones


2011 – Brian McNaught

2008 – Selisse Berry, Founding Executive Director of Out & Equal

In the future this namesake achievement award will be given to a business or community leader whose dedication significantly advanced safe and equitable work environments.


LGBT Workplace Equality Pioneer


2007 - Dr. Franklin E. Kameny

Frank Kameny is a longtime gay activist. After being fired and then barred from federal employment in the 50s, he fought to get his job back for several years. Kameny and a friend established the Washington, D.C. branch of the Mattachine Society in 1961 and in 1971, he ran as an out gay man to be D.C.'s non-voting delegate to Congress.