Summit Bulletin - July 15, 2009

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Out & Equal announces finalists for its prestigious workplace awards

Outie Award Out & Equal Workplace Advocates is proud to announce the finalists for its prestigious annual workplace awards—known as “The Outies”— to be presented at the 2009 Out & Equal Workplace Summit in October.

These awards recognize the most significant achievements in LGBT workplace equality and are given in five different categories, with two recognizing individuals and three recognizing organizations.

The Trailblazer Award recognizes an LGBT person who has made a significant contribution to advancing workplace equality by helping improve their own workplace or contributing to equality nationally.

Finalists for the Trailblazer Award are:
• Richard Clark, managing director-investor relations at Accenture
• Mike Craig, information management champion at Chevron
• Rick Moran, vice president at Cisco Systems
• Tina Seitz, die/fixture planning, scheduling and allocations at
General Motors
• Howard Solomon, regional software alliances manager at
Sun Microsystems

The Champion Award recognizes a non-LGBT person who has played a pivotal role in championing equal treatment of LGBT employees on the job. This individual will have demonstrated a significant commitment to LGBT workplace rights.

Finalists for the Champion Award are:
• Randy Kammer, vice president regulatory affairs and public policy at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida
• Janet Miller-Eveland, national client executive, corporate services division at Sodexo
• James Pitts, corporate vice president and president at
Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems
• Helga Ying, director of government affairs and global public policy at
Levi Strauss & Co.

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 a proven track record of success in advocating for LGBT equal rights in its own workplace.

Finalists for the LGBT ERG of the Year Award are:
• GM PLUS (General Motors’ People Like Us)
• GLIFAA (U.S. Department of State and USAID)
• New York Times Company GLBT & Allies Affinity Group
• PRIDE (Sodexo, Inc.)

The Significant Achievement Award recognizes an employer that has made significant strides in advancing a fair and equitable workplace for its LGBT employees.

Finalists for the Significant Achievement Award are:
• Deutsche Bank
• Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker
• Salt Lake City Corporation
• Wells Fargo Advisors

The Workplace Excellence Award recognizes an employer that has a historic and ongoing commitment to pursuing and executing workplace equality for LGBT employees, continually raising the bar of workplace equality for others to follow.

Finalists for the Workplace Excellence Award are:
• Google
• Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams
• PricewaterhouseCoopers
• Sun Microsystems
• The Dow Chemical Company

An independent committee of business and community leaders selected the finalists from dozens of well-qualified nominations.

A second panel of judges will review the qualifications of the finalists to determine the award winners. The Outies will be presented at the Workplace Awards Dinner on Oct. 8 during the Summit.

Plan to be a part of the Summit and the Awards Dinner by locking in your low registration rates now.

Summit schedule

Tuesday, October 6, 2009
9:00AM–12:00PMLeadership Seminars
1:30PM–5:00PMLeadership Seminars
6:00PM–8:00PMWelcome Reception
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
8:00AM–10:00AMBreakfast & Plenary I
10:30AM–12:00PMSession 1
12:30PM– 2:00PMTicketed Luncheons
2:30PM– 4:00PMSession 2
4:30PM– 7:00PMNetworking Receptions
8:00PM–10:30PMOut & Equal Night Out
Thursday, October 8, 2009
8:00AM– 9:30AMBreakfast & Plenary II
10:00AM–12:30PMSession 3 (Intensive)
1:00PM–2:00PMTicketed Luncheons
2:30PM–4:00PMSession 4
6:30PM–7:30PMAwards Reception
7:30PM–10:00PMAwards Dinner
Friday, October 9, 2009
9:00AM–10:30AMSession 5
11:00AM–12:30PMSession 6
1:00PM– 3:00PMLunch & Plenary III
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