Southern California

About Out & Equal Southern California

Out & Equal Southern California was organized in June 2007 by a dedicated group of individuals to serve the needs of the LGBT workforce in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, Santa Barbara & Ventura Counties.

Our Vision
To be the ‘Go To' resource in Southern California for Employment & Workplace Equality Best Practice serving ERG members, ERG Leaders, Diversity & HR Professionals, Government and Corporate leaders to ensure equal policies, opportunities, practices, and benefits in the workplace regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, expression, or characteristics.

2013 Goals:

• Best Practice Sharing among Southern California ERG's

Strengthen/expand number of companies participating in the Southern California ERG Leader Forum.  Provide specific programs to share best practice in the areas of ERG member engagement, ERG contribution to company objectives, Ally and Executive Sponsor Engagement, Self-Identification, Corporate Leadership & Community Outreach.

• Improved Fundraising

Leverage individual contributions, employer matching programs and targeted fund raising events to generate specific Southern California resources to meet funding needs for the  programs and activities of the Regional affiliate.

• College/Career Mentorship

Establish specific relationships and programs with the LA Unified School District, the LA Gay & Lesbian Center and local University, Student and Alumni groups to foster career awareness and strengthen career skills for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender career seekers.


2011 SoCal Leadership Council

Out & Equal Southern California Leadership Council

Michael Spinella, Walt Disney Parks & Resorts
Michael Ferrara, Union Bank

Council Members
Ian Klein, Column Five Media
Monalisa Lopez, CBRE
Bob Conti, Littler Mendelson
Karen Ziehm, Union Bank
Victor Samson, Disneyland Resort
Angelina Tyamah-Wilson, Honda
Tony Laanan, GapGemini

Advisory Committee
Mike Bloch, Bank of America
Maurie Davidson, Clinical Social Worker

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