Summit Bulletin - 9/22/2009


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Out & Equal Celebrates 10 years of "the Outies" at the 2009 Summit

Out & Equal Workplace Advocates is proud to celebrate the 10th anniversary of its prestigious annual Workplace Awards at the 2009 Workplace Summit in Orlando, Florida.

The awards–known as “the Outies”–were created to honor and recognize significant achievements in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender workplace equality.

The highly-coveted awards will be presented to the winners on Oct. 8 during the annual Out & Equal Workplace Awards Dinner, which will feature famed comedienne Kate Clinton as both the host and entertainment of the evening's program.

Each year, the awards finalists are carefully chosen from a large pool of nominations in five different categories, with two recognizing individual leaders and three recognizing organizations at the forefront of equality.

We are proud to celebrate those–past and present–who are stewards of equality, making a difference in workplaces across the nation and beyond, one cubicle at a time.

Register now for the Summit and lock in regular registration rates, which are in effect through Sept. 30 and includes a ticket to the Awards Dinner.

If you're unable to attend the full Summit, you can still buy tickets to attend the Awards Dinner, which will feature a live auction. Learn more about the amazing items that will be auctioned.


The Outies

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

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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