Summit Bulletin - October 8, 2009

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2009 Workplace Summit News




October 8, 2009 Table of Contents

Let us know your thoughts!

Summit Programming

Reception & Awards

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:

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.



Thursday's Plenary II kicks off an amazing day of  nonstop events


   The Washington Post's Jonathan Capehart interviews Deloitte Board Chairman
   Sharon L. Allen during the 2009 Out & Equal Workplace Summit's Plenary II on

The 2009 Out & Equal Workplace Summit continues to offer you  innovative workshopsinspiring discussions and, starting this morning with Deloitte Board Chairman Sharon L. Allen and Out & Equal Founding Executive Director Selisse Berry.
After you complete your remaining workshops today, we encourage you to support our sponsors by visiting them in the exhibit hall, and learning more about how they're shaping workplace equality. The exhibit hall will be open until 5 p.m.
You'll also want to stop by the Out & Equal Workplace Advocates' kiosk, where you can access information about all of our diversity training programs, events that further workplace equality, our unique career development website and other programs at our electronic kiosk.
This evening, you're in for an exciting celebration as we honor the 10th year of Out & Equal Workplace Awards, known as "the Outies," by recognizing those individuals and corporations working toward workplace equality.
The celebration gets underway with the Awards Dinner Reception, followed by the Awards Dinner and presentation of the Outies. Well-known Comedian Kate Clinton will be hosting and performing during the Awards Dinner.
See you then!




Reception & Awards:

Awards Dinner Reception
Room: Coronado Foyer
6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. today
Celebrate workplace equality and join us for the Out & Equal Workplace Award Dinner reception.

Out & Equal Workplace Awards dinner
Room: Coronado ballroom
7:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. today
Don't miss the Out & Equal Workplace Awards Dinner, which honors the dedication of individuals and organizations working toward equality. The Out & Equal Workplace Awards, known as "the Outies," are among the most recognizable honors of LGBT workplace equality, are given in five different categories, with two recognizing individuals and three recognizing organizations.




Summit Programming:
Friday offers impressive half-day of innovative workshops, Closing Plenary

You won't want to miss our Closing Plenary, where John Berry - the highest-ranking LGBT official in President Barack Obama's administration - will speak.
Berry, the Director of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, will be followed by a panel that will be moderated by John Quiñones, co-anchor of ABC newsmagazine "Primetime."
Closing Plenary
Sponsored by PricewaterhouseCoopers 
Please join us for the Summit's Opening Plenary, set for 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. in the Coronado Ballroom.

Plenary speakers

John Berry
John Berry is the highest-ranking LGBT person in President Barack Obama's administration, serving as Director of the Office of Personnel Management.
John Quiñones
John Quiñones is the Emmy Award-winning co-anchor of ABC newsmagazine "Primetime" and has been with the network nearly 25 years.

Plenary panelists

Elena Baca
Elena Baca is chair of the Paul Hastings' Los Angeles office. She has repeatedly been selected as one of the top female attorneys in the country.
Michael W. Lammons
Michael W. Lammons is an assurance partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers. He is responsible for audit clients in the financial services and academic medical center industries.
Margaret S. Stumpp
Margaret S. Stumpp, Ph.D. is chief investment officer for Quantitative Management Associates, a $60 billion investment management affiliate of Prudential Financial.

Plenary entertainment
Orlando Gay Chorus
The Orlando Gay Chorus, inspiring individuals, the community, and the world through music since 1990, will perform during the Closing Plenary.




Friday Changes:

Workshop session change

A celebration of coming out
The workshop has moved to Session 5. It will be in Coronado G.

Workshop Cancellations

Success Factors of LGBT Leaders

The workshop has been canceled, but please review your program book or a Summit volunteer to find a replacement workshop. We apologize for any inconvenience.




  Tomorrow's Schedule

Friday, October 9, 2009

Session 5
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Session 6
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Lunch & Closing Plenary
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM




Summit toolkit:

Everything you will need to know as you continue 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, 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. 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.