Summit Bulletin - 9/2/2009


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Celebrate the Out & Equal Workplace Awards — “The Outies” — that recognize those who are leaders in advancing equality for LGBT employees.

Participate in one of several daylong seminars that are designed to give you the tools you need to become a workplace equality leader.

Build valuable connections during our luncheons, while learning from leading professionals about a wide range of workplace diversity issues.

Network with other participants from top national and international businesses during our networking receptions.

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Emmy Award-winning journalist joins Summit speaker lineup

Award-winning broadcast journalist John Quiñones, co-anchor of ABC newsmagazine “Primetime,” will be among the impressive list of speakers highlighting the 2009 Out & Equal Workplace Summit, the world's premier conference on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender workplace equality.

The Emmy Award winner will deliver his speech during the Summit's Closing Plenary on October 9, which will also feature a speech and a question and answer discussion with John Berry, the highest-ranking LGBT person in President Barack Obama's administration.

Secure your opportunity to take part in this Summit Plenary, as well as more than 120 educational workshops and numerous other chances to network with your peers and allies by registering for the conference today. Regular registration rates for the Summit, held October 6-9 at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort, ends on September 30.

Quiñones has reported extensively for ABC News over the last 25 years with the network, predominantly serving as a correspondent for “Primetime” and “20/20.” He has won seven national Emmy Awards for his “Primetime Live,” “Burning Questions” and “20/20” work.

He is one of the highly-accomplished leaders—including Sharon L. Allen, chair of Deloitte, and Kevin Brockman, executive vice president of global communications for Disney-ABC Television Group—helping shape this year's Summit into the best yet.

Well-known author Kenji Yoshino also has joined the list of speakers. The author of the award-winning book, “Covering: The Hidden Assault of Our Civil Rights,” will speak during the Opening Plenary on October 7.

He is the inaugural Chief Justice Earl Warren Professor of Constitutional Law at New York University School of Law. He attended Harvard College, Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar and Yale Law School. From 1998 to 2008, he taught at Yale Law School, serving both as a vice dean and as the inaugural Guido Calabresi Professor of Law. His main fields of research are constitutional law, antidiscrimination law, and law and literature.

His academic research is now focused on the topic of corporate diversity—including LGBT—and he has spoken on this issue at a wide range of organizations, including AOL, Dupont and Sodexo.

At the Summit you will be able to share best practices from your workplace and collaborate with colleagues from other organizations. In addition to plenary sessions and workshops, the Summit offers a rich series of networking luncheons and receptions, including:




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



LUNCHEONS: 12:30 to 2 p.m.

Human resources luncheon sponsored by IBM

With Michael Guest

Build valuable connections at this annual program targeted specifically to human resources professionals. This networking opportunity will feature guests discussing the influences of corporations beyond our borders. Lunch is included with $40 ticket.

Women's leadership luncheon sponsored by Ernst & Young

With Rayona Sharpnack, Laura Liswood

Join us for the fourth-annual lunchtime program focused on women in the workplace, including inspirational and informative special guests. Open to everyone, but focused on the needs and concerns of women, this luncheon offers great opportunity to make valuable connections. Lunch is included with $40 ticket.

CU4LNCH: Generations X, Y and Millennium networking luncheon

With Megan Wallent

Megan Wallent, a general manager at Microsoft, will share her experiences and insights on leadership, for an audience of attendees from Generations X, Y, and Millennium, those ages 18 to 35. The program will include time for questions and answers. Lunch is included with $40 ticket.

RECEPTIONS: 4:30 to 6 p.m.

People of color reception

Out & Equal's People of Color Advisory Committee will host a casual networking reception that celebrates cultural differences. Open to all registered Summit participants. Light appetizers will be served.

Transgender reception

Join Out & Equal's Transgender Advisory Committee and other special guests at this casual reception. Open to all registered Summit participants. Light appetizers will be served.

Regional affiliate reception

Don't miss the networking reception organized by leaders of Out & Equal's 17 regional affiliates and hosted by Out & Equal Tampa Bay. Regional affiliates produce educational and networking programs throughout the year. This reception is designed to engage you in the work affiliate members are doing in your area. Open to all registered Summit participants.



LUNCHEONS: 1 to 2 p.m.

Regional affiliate luncheon

Recommended for current and prospective regional affiliate participants and those interested in starting a new affiliate, this event is an opportunity to mingle and share ideas for bringing Out & Equal programs and LGBT workplace equality to life beyond the Summit. Lunch is included with $20 ticket.

United ENDA brown bag

Movement leaders from organizations on the United ENDA Steering Committee will discuss the status of the fully inclusive federal Employment Non-Discrimination Act and other key LGBT legislative initiatives. Bring your own brown bag lunch.

RECEPTION: 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Awards Dinner reception

Start your night of celebrating workplace equality by taking part in our reception and networking event before the annual Out & Equal Workplace Awards Dinner, commonly known as "The Outies."

AWARDS DINNER: 7:30 to 10 p.m.

Out & Equal Workplace Awards Dinner sponsored by Disney, HP and Visa

Don't miss the Out & Equal Workplace Awards Dinner, which honors the dedication of individuals and organizations working toward equality, while providing the business and LGBT communities with examples of innovative approaches and unwavering commitments to being out and equal.

The Out & Equal Workplace Awards, known as “The Outies,” are the most recognizable honors for LGBT workplace equality and are given in five different categories, with two recognizing individuals and three recognizing organizations.

Summit schedule

Tuesday, October 6, 2009




Leadership Seminars




Leadership Seminars


Welcome Reception

Wednesday, October 7, 2009


Breakfast & Plenary I


Session 1

12:30PM– 2:00PM

Ticketed Luncheons

2:30PM– 4:00PM

Session 2

4:30PM– 6:00PM

Networking Receptions


Out & Equal Night Out

Thursday, October 8, 2009

8:00AM– 9:30AM

Breakfast & Plenary II


Session 3 (Intensive)


Ticketed Luncheons


Session 4


Awards Reception


Awards Dinner

Friday, October 9, 2009


Session 5


Session 6

1:00PM– 3:00PM

Lunch & Plenary III

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