Summit Bulletin - October 6, 2009

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2009 Workplace Summit News




October 6, 2009 Table of Contents

Welcome Reception

Summit Programming

Out & Equal Night Out

2009 Summit Schedule

Summit Toolkit

2009 Summit Sponsors


Breaking News

We are accepting questions that you would like to ask John Berry - the highest ranking LGBT official in President Barack Obama's administration - during the Closing Plenary on Friday. Please email us your questions.



Let us know your thoughts!


We would like to know more about your experiences - including whether you enjoyed your workshops, our new extended workshops and more - at the 2009 Out & Equal Workplace Summit. Please take our survey and let us know.



Registration Hours

Registration for Summit and specific events will be open from:

Tuesday, October 6
7:00 AM - 8:00 PM

Wednesday, October 7
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Thursday, October 8

7:00 AM - 8:00 PM

Friday, October 9
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM



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Out & Equal
Board of Directors


Kayla Shell, Dell

Vice President
Steve Sears, WGBH

Tom Johnson, Clorox

Marcelo Roman, IBM


Tara Bunch, HP

Rita Lane, Apple

Eleanor Mercado,
Paul, Hastings,
Janofsky & Walker

Amanda Simpson,

Christine Smith,

Kyle Spainhour,






Founding Executive Director
Selisse Berry

Deputy Director
Kevin Jones

Director of Development &
Sherrie Holmes

Director of Finance & Operations

Beatriz Rincón


Associate Director of Training & Professional Development
Pat Baillie


Associate Director of Summit & Events
Anthony Bannon


Associate Director of Career Development Resources
Julie Beach

Operations Manager
Pamela Berkowitz

Senior Manager, Development & Communications
Dave Bueché

Executive Assistant
George Cabral

Associate Director of NETWORKS!
Stephen Gould

Senior Program Associate
Morgan Falkenrath Green

Associate Director of Communications & Marketing
J. Erik Olvera

Senior Events
Dani Siragusa

Senior Corporate Accounts Associate
Luis Vera



If you have any questions during the Summit, please look for either an Out & Equal staff member, a volunteer or email us. We will respond to all emails within 24 hours.



Welcome to the Workplace Summit!

Day One Registration

       A participant of the 2009 Out & Equal Workplace Summit registers on October 6.

Hopefully you were able to meet some of the nearly 2,000 people taking part in the 2009 Out & Equal Workplace Summit during registration or one of the Leadership Seminars.
If not, please take the opportunity to introduce yourself to someone new.  After all, the Summit experience is made special through the relationships created by the people we meet.
Now that you've had a chance to settle into your hotel rooms and become acquainted with the surrounding area, we'd love to see you at tonight's welcome reception, where we'll officially be kicking off the 2009 Out & Equal Workplace Summit. See you there!

And don't forget to follow us on
Twitter and join the 2009 Out & Equal Workplace Summit Facebook fan page, where you can
stay up-to-date, explore daily photos posted by staff and participants, and interact with others.




Welcome Reception:

Don't miss the Summit's opening welcome celebration tonight

Tuesday, October 6
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM | Room: Fiesta Ballroom

Join us at the 2009 Out & Equal Workplace Summit
welcome reception on Tuesday, where you'll be able to reconnect with old friends and make new ones as we start the conference. Open to all registered Summit participants.





Summit Programming:
Wednesday launches regular Summit programming, with innovative discussions

Wednesday is our first full-day of 2009 Out & Equal Workplace Summit programming, starting with our inspirational Opening Plenary, followed by featured panels, workshops, luncheons and receptions.
Opening Plenary
Please join us for the Summit's Opening Plenary, set for 8:00 to 10:00 a.m. in Coronado Ballroom.

Plenary speakers

Kevin Brockman
Kevin Brockman is the executive vice president of global communications for Disney-ABC Television Group.
Leslie Jordan
Leslie Jordan is widely recognized for his role in "Sordid Lives" and his Emmy Award appearances on "Will & Grace."
Kayla Shell
Kayla Shell, president of Out & Equal's board of directors, is the legal director of Dell's large enterprise sales division.

Kenji Yoshino
Kenji Yoshino is the inaugural Chief Justice Earl Warren Professor of Constitutional Law at the New York University School of Law.
12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Human resources luncheon with Michael Guest
Sponsored by IBM
Room: Monterey 1-3

Build valuable connections at this annual program targeted specifically to human resources professionals. Lunch is included with your ticket, available at registration.
Women's leadership luncheon with Laura Liswood and Rayona Sharpnack
Sponsored by Ernst & Young
Room: Coronado H
Join the fourth-annual lunchtime program focused on women in the workplace, including inspirational and informative special guests. Lunch is included with your ticket, available at registration.
Cu4lnch: Generations X, Y and Millennium networking luncheon with Megan Wallent
Room: Yucatan 1-3
Megan Wallent, a general manager at Microsoft, will share her experiences and insights on leadership. Lunch is included with your ticket, available at registration.


Book signings

Several well-known authors are joining at the 2009 Workplace Summit. Please visit them in the exhibit hall.

Leslie Jordan
Noon - 1:00 p.m.
Leslie Jordan is widely recognized for his role in "Sordid Lives" and his Emmy Award appearances on "Will & Grace."

Brian McNaught
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Since 1974, Brian McNaught has drawn on his personal experiences and his skills as a sexuality educator to help audiences understand what it's like to grow up gay and to deal with the common, daily challenges faced by LGBT people at work, at home, in their churches and in their neighborhoods around the world.

Kenji Yoshino
2:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Kenji Yoshino is the inaugural Chief Justice Earl Warren Professor of Constitutional Law at the New York University School of Law.

Rayona Sharpnack
4:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Rayona Sharpnack is the founder of the Institute for Women's Leadership, an organization renowned for its groundbreaking work throughout the United States, Australia and Canada.


4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
People of color reception
Room: Cancun and Ventanas West
Out & Equal's People of Color Advisory Committee will host a casual networking reception that celebrates cultural differences.
Transgender reception
Room: Acapulco and Ventanas West
Join Out & Equal's Transgender Advisory Committee and other special guests at this casual reception.
Regional affiliate reception
Room: Monterey 2-3
Don't miss the networking reception organized by leaders of Out & Equal's 17 regional affiliates. Hosted by Out & Equal Tampa Bay.




Out & Equal Night Out
Join us for Out & Equal's Night Out, featuring movies and karaoke. We'll have a series of short films and movies:


Room: Coronado A-B
8:00 to Midnight
Room: Durango 1-2
8:00 to 10:00 PM
(cash bar)

Night Out Movie schedule

8:00 PM
A classic tale of boy meets boy neatly packed into a lighthearted musical that includes all the usual characters and landscapes of the urban gay life.
Private Life
8:30 PM
A story about what it takes to have a private life in 1800's England.
In My shoes
9:00 PM
In a time when LGBT families are debated and attacked in the media, courts and Congress, from school houses to state houses across the country, five young people give you a chance to walk in their shoes, to hear their own views on marriage, making change, and what it means to be a family. This documentary was directed by Jen Gilomen and produced by the COLAGE Youth Leadership and Action Program over a 10-month activism training program in San Francisco, CA .
With Academy Award-winning director Debra Chasnoff
9:45 PM
"Straightlaced" is a series of candid interviews with more than 50 teens from diverse backgrounds. With a fearless look at a highly charged subject, "Straightlaced" unearths how popular pressures around gender and sexuality are confining American teens. Their stories reflect a diversity of experiences, demonstrating how gender role expectations and homophobia are interwoven, and illustrating the different ways these expectations connect with culture, race and class. From girls confronting media messages about culture and body image to boys who are sexually active just to prove they aren't gay, this fascinating array of students opens up with brave, intimate honesty about the toll that deeply held stereotypes and rigid gender policing have on all our lives. "Straightlaced" includes the perspectives of teens who self-identify as straight, lesbian, gay, bisexual or questioning and represent all points of the gender spectrum.
It's My life-a South Asian Queer Story in America
With director Sarav Chithambaram
11:00 PM
This is the first documentary to create a dialogue between the gay and straight South Asian community, including Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi, Srilankan and others, in the United States . The documentary is an attempt to create a positive visibility of the South Asian LGBT community, and expose many of the issues faced by them culturally.




  Tomorrow's Schedule

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Breakfast & Opening Plenary
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Session 1
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Ticketed Luncheons
12:30 PM -  2:00 PM

Session 2
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Networking Receptions
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

Out & Equal Night Out
8:00 PM - Midnight




Summit toolkit:

Everything you will need to know as you begin your 2009 Summit experience

We want to assure your 2009 Out & Equal Workplace Summit experience is the best, and we've organized a toolkit to help you maximize your experience.

Learn about the Summit by reading past e-communications or downloading the program book, where, in addition to in-depth programming details, you can find maps for Disney's Coronado Springs Resort and the surrounding area.

What you need to know

If you need help navigating your way around on your first day, please take a look at our maps.


Upon registering, you will be given your 2009 Workplace Summit  name badge and participant bag, which will include your program book.

Your name badge serves as your entrance into plenaries, workshops, panels and the exhibit hall. It must be worn at all times and must be visible. If your badge is not visible, conference staff or monitors may ask to see it before allowing you into conference events.

Dress code
Casual office wear is appropriate for much of the Out & Equal Workplace Summit. Many attendees wear shirts with their company logos and we invite you to show your team spirit. We also have Out & Equal merchandise available at our store in the exhibit hall.

Email and business services
Gold-level sponsor Dell will provide cyber stations with free Internet access on a first-come, first-served basis during Summit hours. Disney's Coronado Springs Resort will also offer fee-based wireless Internet throughout the convention center and hotel.

  • Wireless Internet access is available for an additional fee
  • High-speed Internet access is available for an additional fee

Business center
Disney's Coronado Springs Resort
is especially friendly to business travelers due to its extensive meeting facilities. The large business center provides computer, Internet, copy, fax, notary and other related services. Some services require an additional fee.

Cell phones and electronics
Out & Equal recognizes that Summit participants may need to take work-related or family calls while they are taking part in the week's events, but we ask that you silence your cell phones and other communications devices during workshops, plenaries and other educational forums. If you must take a call, please exit the room before answering it.

Exhibit hall information
This year's exhibit hall will feature numerous businesses dedicated to workplace equality. Visit their booths for more information. The exhibit hall is open noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday.

Out & Equal respects that some Summit participants value their privacy and do not wish to have their photographs taken. Partici- pants with a black dot on their credential have asked not to be photographed during the Summit. Please respect their requests. Please be aware that unless you clearly express your desire not to be photographed and avoid cameras when they appear, your image may appear in press coverage or be used for Out & Equal promotional material.

Contact Out & Equal staff
There are hundreds of Summit volunteers available throughout the event to answer your questions. If a volunteer is unable to answer your questions, please call 415-694-6500.




2009 Summit Sponsors

Thank you!

2009 Sponsors





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.