Town Call Archives (2007-2010)

December 2010

HIV/AIDS in the workplace

Thursday, December 16, 2010 - 12 pm Pacific Time
1 pm Mountain | 2 pm Central | 3 pm Eastern
One hour in length | No cost

As 2010 comes to end, we will use our December Town Call to focus on HIV/AIDS in the workplace in honor of World AIDS Day.  This town call will look at the newly published "Recommendations concerning HIV and AIDS and the World of Work" published by the International Labour Office.  This document calls for respect for the fundamental human rights of all workers and addresses the global perspective of HIV/AIDS.  The call will also contain perspectives from corporations who are involved in creating a workplace that is free from stigma and discrimination and supporting the larger community impacted by HIV/AIDS.  Join us as we identify some of the guidelines and best practices from a global perspective! 

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November 2010

Health benefits for transgender and transsexual employees, the WPATH Standards of Care, and the CEI
Thursday, November 18, 2010 - 12 pm Pacific Time
1 pm Mountain | 2 pm Central | 3 pm Eastern
One hour in length | No cost

This highly rated session from the 2010 Summit brings together the practical needs and changes that are needed to make health care equality a reality.  What better way to engage your workplace and honor the goals of the Transgender Day of Remembrance than to discover how to have this conversation and be an advocate for all employees.  This workshop is intended to help employers achieve fully-inclusive health insurance with respect to the Corporate Equality Index 3.0 criteria and the World Professional Association for Transgender Health’s Standards of Care. Based on our presenters’ experience with CEI-rated employers’ plans, they’ll walk through and take questions about tips and best practices, pitfalls to avoid, and educational resources to address misconceptions.

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October 2010

2010 Out & Equal Annual Summit: That's a wrap!

Thursday, October 28, 2010 - 12 pm Pacific Time
1 pm Mountain | 2 pm Central | 3 pm Eastern
One hour in length | No cost

We are talking more and more about metrics and using them to advance our LGBT workplace equality. If you attended the Summit, wanted to or are already making plans to attend in 2011, this town call provides the metrics and highlights of 2010. It is hard to explain the Summit experience but if you go, you know it is more than the sum of workshops, plenary speakers, sponsors and exhibitors. See what it was all about, add data into your trip report and see what's next during this month's town call.

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September 2010

Federal Careers: Realizing a Growing LGBT Presence

Thursday, September 30, 2010 - Noon Pacific Time
1 pm Mountain | 2 pm Central | 3 pm Eastern
One hour in length | No cost

Ever thought about working for the federal government.  For years, the LGBT community has avoided working in the government sector or been “in the closet” about being LGBT.  Times have changed since the days when you worried about a security clearance or losing your job because of being LGBT.  Under the current administration there are changes that open the doors for LGBT employees.  While there are still some barriers to benefits, many new policies provide support and protections for LGBT employees and their families.  Considering federal employment in tough economic times can be an important step.   Find out about federal careers and about the presidential appointment program that the Victory Fund is coordinating.  This town call is also hosted by Out & Equal’s LGBT CareerLink!

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August 2010


Where is the Workplace Connection:

Spirituality, Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity

Thursday, August 26, 2010 - Noon Pacific Time
1 pm Mountain | 2 pm Central | 3 pm Eastern
One hour in length | No cost

We walk into work with a wide variety of experiences and beliefs.  Our uniqueness is the strength we bring to our job, but not realizing our differences can keep us from being fully engaged on the job.  With Out & Equal, we not only focus on who we are as LGBT individuals but also our different genders, races, ages and beliefs.  How do we talk about all our diversity and find a way to truly bring ALL of ourselves to work?  Join us as we explore the links for LGBT employees and spirituality!

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August 2010 International Town Call

International Town Call

Wednesday, August 4, 2010 - 8:30am Pacific Time
9:30am Mountain | 10:30am Central | 11:30am Eastern
One hour in length | No cost


On Wednesday, August 4, 2010, Out & Equal will host the first of its International Town Call series at 8:30 AM Pacific. The International Town Call series will take place 2-4 times annually, with each call dedicated to the LGBT workplace experience in a specific country. The subject of our first International Town Call will be India, and include insights from corporate, legal, employee and local activist perspectives on the environment for employees who identify as part of the local and expatriate LGBT communities. This International Town Call is being organized in partnership with The Council for Global Equality. Employees with experience working in India or who represent companies with a presence in the country are especially invited to attend.

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July 2010 Town Call

How do you spell LGBT? 

A view of the workplace across the generations!

Thursday, July 29, 2010 - Noon Pacific Time
1 pm Mountain | 2 pm Central | 3 pm Eastern
One hour in length | No cost

How do you spell LGBT? A view of the workplace across the generations!  There are four generations in the workplace today and each one has had a different experience of “coming out” as LGBT in the workplace. Traditionalists experienced McCarthyism, Boomers had Stonewall, Gen X experienced HIV/AIDS and Gen Y saw the birth of the Logo channel and grew up watching Will & Grace.  How have these experiences shaped how to navigate being LGBT on the job?  This call will discuss the historical and contemporary differences through the generations and how they connect in the workplace on such topics as recruiting, retention and being “out”.

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June 2010 Town Call

 Federal Perspectives:
What we are celebrating this Pride!

Thursday, June 24, 2010 - Noon Pacific Time
1 pm Mountain | 2 pm Central | 3 pm Eastern
One hour in length | No cost

LGBT issues seem to be in the news all over the country!  We watch the Pride parades roll by and hear LGBT marriage and workplace issues being discussed everywhere.   Wonder what is happening on the Federal front?  This call will provide an update on some of the key LGBT federal legislations, discuss some of the new state department guidelines on passports if you are transgender, and LGBT immigration issues.  The call will also provide some insights into the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell and what it could mean to the workplace.  June brings the LGBT community into the national focus and this call will help us all be informed on what is happening to us around the country! Please add this month’s call to your Pride calendar!

May 2010 Town Call

Where are the metrics?
Finding the research to support LGBT workplace equality!

Thursday, May 27, 2010 - Noon Pacific Time
1 pm Mountain | 2 pm Central | 3 pm Eastern
One hour in length | No cost
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As the discussion increases around the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) and workplace equality, we hear more and more numbers!  There are twenty-nine (29) states that do not protect against discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.  Twenty-eight percent (28%) of respondents in a recent study decided not to be open at work because they feel it may be an obstacle to career advancement.  Some companies are just beginning to count how many LGBT employees they have in their workforce.  Where do these numbers come from and what are the best sources to use when discussing the business case for LGBT inclusion?  Join this Town Call and find out what research is being done and how to add metrics to your business case.


  • Lee Badgett, Research Director, Williams Institute, UCLA Law School
  • Deena Fidas, Manager, Workplace Project, Human Rights Campaign
  • Terry Hildebrandt, LGBT Voluntary Self Identification Community of Practice
  • Mara Keisling, Executive Director, National Center for Transgender Equality
  • Justin Tanis, Community Education and Outreach Manager, National Center for Transgender Equality


April 2010 Town Call

Stories from the Street: ERGs in Times of Corporate Change

Thursday, April 29, 2010 - Noon Pacific Time
1 pm Mountain | 2 pm Central | 3 pm Eastern
One hour in length | No cost
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Over the last few years, we have seen mergers, acquisitions and reorganizations in sectors of business.  Change is happening all around us and Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) are working to maintain their momentum and focus.  Has your ERG been impacted by layoffs? Has the availability of resources been reduced?  Have you joined a new company that has a different perspective on LGBT equality in the workplace?  These are just some of the questions we will look at in the Out & Equal April Town Call webinar.  Join our presenters as they share their perspectives, best practices and encouragement to continue building even in times of change.

March 2010 Town Call

Developing an ENDA Toolkit: Out & Equal 20 Steps to an Inclusive Workplace

Thursday, March 25, 2010 - Noon Pacific Time
1 pm Mountain | 2 pm Central | 3 pm Eastern
One hour in length | No cost
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The passage of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act is once again in the national spotlight.  The actual law only adds sexual orientation and gender identity to the current protected employment classes.  This is a huge step but as each emerging group in the workplace has found out, there is more that needs to be done than just being added to the EEO policy to ensure an inclusive workplace.  Join this month’s town call to get the latest information on the 20 steps to an Out & Equal Workplace.  Best practices and current research will be presented on policies, benefits, professional development, workplace climate, community commitment and advocacy.  Whether your company has just started considering the inclusion of LGBT employees in their policies and benefits or if you are a sector leader in Corporate Social Responsibility that includes LGBT advocacy, this town call will provide you with the latest updates to use and help continue the discussion of what it means to be Out & Equal.

February 2010 Town Call

2010 Out & Equal Workplace Award Nominations &
Summit Workshop Proposals


Thursday, February 25, 2010 - Noon Pacific Time
1 pm Mountain | 2 pm Central | 3 pm Eastern
One hour in length | No cost

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Workplace Award Nominations
The Out & Equal Workplace Awards (commonly referred to as "The Outies") honor individuals and organizations that are leaders in advancing equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) employees in workplaces. Through these awards, Out & Equal provides the business and LGBT communities with examples of innovative approaches and proven successes to help create safe and equitable workplaces. The awards are presented annually at the Out & Equal Workplace Summit, the nation's preeminent conference addressing LGBT issues in the workplace.
This webinar will provide insights into the screening committee's perspective and criteria for honoring innovative approaches and proven successes, as well as hear from what past winners accomplished in their quest for equality that set them apart from other nominees.
Call for 2010 Workplace Awards will be posted to our web site,, at least one week prior to the Town Call. 
The deadline for 2010 Workplace Award Nominations is April 30, 2010. 
Workplace Summit Workshop Proposals
Out & Equal's annual Summit offers the chance to unite and share the information needed to advance LGBT workplace equality. Now more than ever, Out & Equal workshops are invaluable tools to keep pace with the multitude of changes happening around us and in the workplace.
This webinar will explore the 2010 Workplace Summit workshop submittal process, as well as introduce the core concepts that will be addressed during this year's Summit in Los Angeles.
Why Present a Workshop?

  • Teach and interact with hundreds of workplace leaders from around the nation and the world, representing dozens of top companies and organizations
  • Showcase your organization's best practices
  • Be recognized as a leader in advancing workplace equality
  • Receive a discounted three-day Summit registration

Request for proposals for the 2010 Workplace Summit workshops will be posted to our web site,, at lease one week prior to the Town Call. 
The deadline for 2010 Workplace Summit Workshop Proposals is April 30, 2010. 
This webinar will provide you with some great and timely guidance, and is open to all. It is recommended for people and organizations with a record of support for LGBT workplace equality.



January 2010 Town Call

Dare to Plan: ERG Impact in 2010

Thursday, January 28, 2010 - Noon Pacific Time
1 pm Mountain | 2 pm Central | 3 pm Eastern
One hour in length | No cost
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We made it through 2009! So what should we be thinking about for our LGBT and ally organizations during this coming year? There is the potential for incredible change for LGBT employees in the workplace in 2010, and employee resource groups can be a major resource in guiding and informing those changes. For LGBT federal employees, benefits may become part of their compensation package as votes go to the full house and senate on the Domestic Partnership Benefits and Obligations Act of 2009.

In 2010, there is great potential for positive change for the LGBT workforce, and ERGs must be there.  In March and April, Census 2010 will arrive, and although still not counting individual LGBT community members, it does provide another opportunity to create more visibility through same sex couples. Then there's the Employment Non-Discrimination Act that will provide federal protections for sexual orientation and gender identity. And then there are the annual events: Pride month, National Coming Out Day, Transgender Day of Remembrance and World AIDS Day!


Join this Town Call to engage on ERG resources in development at Out & Equal, and the latest news and the resources that are available to help shape LGBT awareness in 2010 in your organization, in your state and around the world - including what the U.S. census means for the LGBT community.   The events we plan for 2010 may be some of the most pivotal points this year as we educate and outreach to create allies and equitability.



December 2009 Town Call

Current Perspectives: Update on HIV/AIDS

Thursday, December 17, 2009 - Noon Pacific Time
1 pm Mountain | 2 pm Central | 3 pm Eastern
One hour in length | No cost
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Due to an error, this Town Call was not recorded.  We apologize.

December 1st was the 22nd annual World AIDS Day remembering those who have died and raising awareness about AIDS/HIV in our lives, including the workplace. This month's Town Call will provide the most current updates on the reality of AIDS/HIV in the United States and globally. From 1981 to 2007, over 25 million people have died.  However, with improved medical care and better access to that care, there are over 33 million living with HIV/AIDS. These facts and who is impacted by HIV/AIDS extends into all parts of our lives including the workplace. In addition to looking at HIV/AIDS today, the Town Call will explore the intersection of HIV/AIDS and the workplace. What are LGBT Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) doing around HIV/AIDS awareness? What is the workplace response to coming out as positive? And finally, what is the ERG role in philanthropic support as a corporate value? Join our speakers as we both remember and revitalize our perspectives on HIV/AIDS and identify the intersections that create a diverse and inclusive workplace. 

November 2009 Town Call

Mentoring Transgender Employees to Improve Organization and Team Productivity

Thursday, November 19, 2009 - Noon Pacific Time
1 pm Mountain | 2 pm Central | 3 pm Eastern
1 hour in length
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Transgender workers are sometimes isolated and may need special mentoring to perform at their best.  And sometimes transgender workers are doing fine, but their managers or co-workers may need special mentoring to help them overcome their own obstacles with respect to transgender issues.   Consultants and O&E Transgender Advisory Committee members Lori Fox and Jamison Green will co-facilitate, provide practical information, and answer your questions.



October 2009 Town Call

What the 411? 
Highlights of the 2009 Out & Equal Workplace Summit!

Thursday, October 29, 2009 - 12 pm Pacific Time
1 pm Mountain | 2 pm Central | 3 pm Eastern
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Didn’t get a chance to check out all the workshops you were interested in at the Summit?  The economy kept you from attending this year?  Join us as we highlight the successes of the 2009 Out & Equal Workplace Summit.  Our discussion will include a tour of the Summit resources now available online including the trip report, the Summit business case, the program book, workshop presentations and handouts, as well as how to join the Summit subgroup of the Out & Equal Professional Network.  Hear perspectives from the Out & Equal program leaders and directors as they report on the powerful work that was done at this Summit.  This will also be a chance to reprise one of the most historical moments of the 2009 Summit.  This year, the Summit was pleased to host the highest number of US federal employees that have ever attended.  With John Berry, Director of the Office of Personnel Management and the highest ranking LGBT appointee by President Obama, as one of our keynote speakers, the federal government recognized the Summit as training.  In addition, Out & Equal recognized the government with an Outie Award for LGBT Employee Resource Group (ERG) of the Year, which was presented to GLIFAA, the ERG group from the US Department of State and USAID.  With the federal government as our newest sector working toward LGBT workplace equality, we will get a special report from the featured session “The Feds: A Different Kind of Workplace” by panelists Shar Jones and Ajit Joshi.   Their insights could impact the best practices of state and local governments, government contractors and the way business is done in the US.  The October Town Call will be packed with information that you won’t want to miss and that you can take back to your workplace!



September 2009 Town Call  

The ERG Value Proposition

Thursday, September 24, 2009 - 12 pm Pacific Time
1 pm Mountain | 2 pm Central | 3 pm Eastern
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Employee Resource Groups continue to face their main challenge: member engagement. Rather than a challenge in itself, often member apathy is a symptom of an ERG lacking a defined value proposition. In this call, we will outline the way ERGs can balance 3 areas to deliver value: to their membership, their company and their community. We will examine some insights from our 2008 State of LGBT ERGs report, and discuss how finding this “value balance” can get all of your membership excited and engaged. Participants will take away a new perspective and some samples of how they can deliver value.

Presented by Stephen Gould, Associate Director of NETWORKS! with guest ERG leaders including

Tina Seitz
Senior Project Scheduling Engineer at GM and Events Chair, GM PLUS

Steven Kowalski
Executive Development Consultant at Genentech and Chair of Professional Development, Genentech Out & Equal

August 2009 Town Call

Cultural Competancy: What Do We Mean?

Thursday, August 27, 2009 - 12 pm Pacific Time
1 pm Mountain | 2 pm Central | 3 pm Eastern
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Additional Town Call materials:

·        Together, Apart” by Human Rights Watch

·        Top Tips for GLBT International Assignees (Handout)

The new buzz phrase on the street is cultural competency.  It is about understanding culture at a deeper level, understanding the different ways we approach the workplace, and ultimately helping employees become fully engaged and able to bring their best to the workplace.  Out & Equal has been teaching for years about the culture of Lesbians, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) employees, but we have often approached the discussion from a U.S.-born, white perspective.  Now we need to look inside and outside our own culture and at other cultures to gain different perspectives that will enable us to work with each other.  Do we understand how people of color may perceive the world from their perspective?  What can we do to build bridges, create coalitions, and encourage mutual learning so that all of us can contribute to our overall goal of equality in the workplace?  And what about the global perspective?  What does it mean to be LGBT in another country?  As companies now span the globe, we see need to understand more perspectives than we experience in the United States.  Join this town call to learn the basics of cultural competency as we look at our multi-cultural LGBT experience - both here in the United States and around the world!  Finding ways to connect with other groups will strengthen our own internal diversity and create allies through cultural competency. 



  • Sarah Siegel, IBM Center for Learning & Development
  • Joel A. Brown, Chief Visionary Officer of Pneumos LLP
  • Mark Bromley, Council for Global Equality


July 2009 Town Call

ERGs: Beyond Social Networks 

Thursday, July 30, 2009 - 12 pm Pacific Time
1 pm Mountain | 2 pm Central | 3 pm Eastern
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Employee resource groups were created to bring people together in the workplace. They have always relied on their networks to keep membership together, increase visibility and identity. The norm has been to do this with face to face meetings but now with the increased globalization of the workplace and fast paced communication, it is getting harder and harder to fit in one more meeting. With the advent of social networking online sites, such as the Facebook revolution, more and more ERGs are becoming aware of the power of online networks to stay connected and promote themselves. This Town Call will examine the how and the why of online social networks that can enhance your ERG, what types of networks can be useful, and some of the challenges of these networks. Whether your ERG is online or not, this is a must-do Town Call for the 21st century of workplace.

  • Stephen Gould, Associate Director of NETWORKS! at Out & Equal
  • James Morera, Digital Marketing Expert
  • Chip Newton, Technology Consulting at Deloitte
  • Scott Tyson, Dell PRIDE 



Monthly Town Call Webinar – June 25, 2009
Sponsored by PG&E
Thursday, June 25, 2009 - 12:00 noon Pacific
(1:00 p.m. Mountain Daylight; 2:00 p.m. Central Daylight; 3:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight)
Where are our LGBT employees?
Using self-identification to track gender identity
and sexual orientation in the workplace!
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Corporations have created laws explicitly protecting workers based on gender identity or sexual orientation.  Anecdotal evidence suggests these policies, benefits, and practices help recruitment, development, and retention for LGBT employees; however, there is no metric to support this. How do we evaluate the success of these practices?  Voluntary self identification provides data to measure LGBT advances.    The LGBT Self-Identification Community of Practice will present their recent research findings including best practices by corporations, the next steps to use SelfID as a business metric and how you can get involved.  Join in the discussion on advancing workplace equality!
Howard Solomon, Regional Alliance Manager, US Software Practice at Sun Microsystems, Inc and  chair of the Self-ID Community of Practice
Terry Hildebrandt, Executive Coach at Terry Hildebrandt and Associates LLC
Ralph Carter,  Senior Analyst WHESC Customer Satisfaction & Quality of Xerox Corp.
Pat Baillie, Associate Director of Training at Out & Equal Workplace Advocates
Samir Luther, Senior Manager Workplace Project at Human Rights Campaign Foundation  


May 2009 Town Call

The Business Case for Supporting Federal Legislation

Thursday, May 28, 2009 - 12 pm Pacific Time
1 pm Mountain | 2 pm Central | 3 pm Eastern
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Register for this Town Call, which will be held on May 28 at noon Pacific time. We will hear about the current state of federal legislation that has the potential to impact LGBT workplace equality.  Specifically this Town Call will provide insights into the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, providing equal employment for LGBT employees on a national level, and the Domestic Partner Benefits Equality Act, providing domestic partners with health insurance federal income tax equality.  Beyond the legislative landscape, come hear how businesses are now stepping forward to support protections for LGBT employees and their families.  Taking the next step in the Advocacy Frontier, companies are now speaking up and out about public policies that protect LGBT employees and oppose attempts that would limit or restrict the rights of LGBT employees.   Find out who is setting the benchmark and how you can get involved in this best practice for advancing diversity in the workplace.  Discover tools you can apply to impact local, state, and federal actions that can translate to true LGBT equality in the workplace.

 This webinar will provide great guidance on an often challenging topic, and is open to all. It is recommended for people and organizations with a record of support for LGBT workplace equality.



Building a Spirit of “We” in Workplace: Different Beliefs and a Common Purpose

Thursday, April 30, 2009 - 12 pm Pacific Time
(1 pm Mountain; 2 pm Central; 3 pm Eastern)

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Taking a look at faith, sexuality and gender identity at work and how we can build camaraderie and team spirit in the office, boosting production and ERG participation.

Join in the discussion and to hear from those who look at faith and the workplace from a social justice perspective. Our discussion will include:

  • Joining forces: how issues of faith, sexuality and gender identity intersect
  • How to harness the power of these three, intersecting identities for the benefit of building a spirit of team work in the workplace
  • Ways in which this particular spirit of camaraderie allows us to build unexpected partnerships that hold the potential to boost production and revitalize ERG’s – even in, and especially in, difficult times

This webinar will provide you with some great and timely guidance and is open to all. It is recommended for people and organizations with a record of support for LGBT workplace equality.

March 2009 Town Call


Outie Award Nominations & Summit Workshop Proposals

Thursday, March 26, 2009 - 12 pm Pacific Standard Time
(1 pm Mountain; 2 pm Central; 3 pm Eastern)

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Our discussion will include:
  • Insights into the screening committee’s perspectives and criteria of the Out & Equal Workplace Awards, commonly known as the Outies, our most prestigious honor given to individuals and organizations that are leaders in advancing LGBT workplace equality
  • Discovering what last year's Outie winners did in their quest for equality that set them apart from other nominees
  • Exploring the workshop submittal process, as well as previous topics that have included human resources, Employee Resource Groups and LGBT employee concerns
  • Learning about core concepts that will be addressed during the Summit, and seeing how your workshop can compliment and enhance the event for attendees
Applications for both the awards and workshops will be available online beginning April 1. Deadline for the award nominations is May 1; deadline for workshop proposals is May 22.

This webinar will provide you with some great and timely guidance and is open to all. It is recommended for people and organizations with a record of support for LGBT workplace equality.

February 2009 Town Call
Sponsored by ReadyTalk

Coming Out Time: LGBT & Allies!

Thursday, February 26, 2009 - 12:00pm (noon) Pacific Standard Time
(1:00 p.m. Mountain; 2:00 p.m. Central; 3:00 p.m. Eastern)

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Join this informative Town Call on the ins and outs of workplace diversity! Results from the 2008 elections show once again that acceptance for LGBT equality goes up when others know who we are. Find ways to step up to the next level in your personal and corporate life. David M. Hall, Ed.D, author of "Allies at Work: Creating a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Work Environment", Elizabeth H. Brown from Parents & Friends of Lesbian & Gays (PFLAG) and Toni Battle from SFGSA will share their insights and best practices on the coming out process for all of us. The workshop will look at what allies can do to educate themselves about their LGBT colleagues,how to become active allies in the workplace and discusses ways in which the LGBT workplace community can engage our allies to reach the goal of equality in the workplace.
Join our presenters as they discuss the potential we all have to bring all of ourselves to the table!
Elizabeth Hampton Brown, Director of Policy & Programs of Parents & Friends of Lesbian & Gays (PFLAG)
David M. Hall, Ed.D, Author of Allies at Work: Creating a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Work Environment
Toni Battle, Assistant Manager of Equal Employment Opportunity Programs with the San Francisco General Services Agency


Pride! The Time is Now!

Sponsored by:
Out and Equal Workplace Advocates
Thursday, Janaury 29, 2009- 12:00 noon Pacific Daylight
(1:00 p.m. Mountain Daylight; 2:00 p.m. Central Daylight; 3:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight)

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In 2009, Pride events around the country celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Stonewall! The struggle for LGBT equality continues not only in the United States but around the world! For the last eight years, Pride events have come and gone and there is renewed hope that a new US President will signal a new day that includes all of us! What does the new administration mean to inclusion for all of us? How do we garner that additional 5% support that would have made the difference in the California Proposition 8 campaign? What is Pride for and how do we outreach to those who do not know about the LGBT community? What can your companies, Employee Resource Groups and LGBT employees do to continue educating and changing attitudes toward equality in the workplace?
This important Town Call will explore some examples of multi-programmatic and cross-company approaches to Pride, both locally and globally – and frame how you can start thinking about Pride, your workplace, your community and visibility. Join our presenters as they discuss the possibilities and start your Pride planning now!
Pat Baillie, Training & Professional Development Manager, Out & Equal Workplace Advocates
Tom Kulaga, Executive Creative Director, Marketing, New York Times
Philene Frazar, SAP DW Developer, Pepsico & Programming & member of the Chicagoland Regional Affiliate Council





April 2009 Town Call



Thursday, December 18, 2008
 December 2008 Town Call
Sponsored by:Out and Equal Workplace Advocates
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When the Workplace is the World: A Global LGBT Focus!
Thursday, December 18, 2008 - 12:00 noon Pacific Daylight
(1:00 p.m. Mountain Daylight; 2:00 p.m. Central Daylight; 3:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight)
We understand that the laws for LGBT employees are different in Amsterdam and Dubai. We live in a world where global economics and multinational companies are the norm. How do we navigate the issues facing the global workplace with the advancement of LGBT equality in the workplace? Does our US-centric view help or hinder us in the world market? In honor of the 60th birthday of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) on December 10, 2008 (Human Rights Day 2008), join our presenters as they discuss the implications of this year's theme, "dignity and honor for all of us" in the global workplace!
Mark Bromley
Mark Bromley, Council for Global Equality
Mark helped launch the Council for Global Equality to encourage a clearer and stronger American voice on international LGBT human rights concerns. Mark worked for more than eleven years at Global Rights. In 2005, he launched an organization-wide Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex Initiative. Mark has served on the Board of International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA).
Cynthia Martin
Cynthia Martin, Retired Marketing Executive
Cynthia was the first "out" executive at Eastman Kodak Company, during a career that culminated in her role as President of Global Customer Services. As Vice President of Brand, Marketing, and Consumer Experience for Blue Shield of California, she worked on an award-winning rebrand strategy. Cynthia was honored by the Gay Financial Network as one of the 25 most influential LGBT executives.
Marcelo Roman
Marcelo Roman, IBM, Global Delivery Outsourcing Services
Marcello leads IBM's global learning delivery outsourcing services. His international career started in 1995, when he was assigned as an Olympic Envoy to Spain for the 1996 Olympic Summer Games. In 1997, he joined IBM's Latin America organization. He and his partner, Douglas, live in Atlanta, Georgia.
If you are interested in sponsoring an Out & Equal Town Call webinar, please contact Pat Baillie at or call 415-694-6521.

Introducing LGBT CareerLink: Marketing YOU web 2.0 style!

Thursday, October 30, 2008

The workplace has always been the focus for Out & Equal Workplace Advocates. Looking first at policies and benefits, Out & Equal has presented the business case for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender inclusion in the workplace. The next step of providing best practices to create a diverse workplace was announced at the 2008 Annual Summit with the creation of LGBT CareerLInk. LGBT CareerLink is a new online LGBT-focused career center. Whether you are an employer or an LGBT professional looking to boost your career, LGBTCareerLink offers Web 2.0 tools tailored to your unique needs. Learn how to market both yourself and your company the virtual way. Learn the current trends and research on hiring and job searching and see a demonstration of the new LGBT CareerLink through this informative Town Call.

Featured Presenters

Julie Beach

Julie Beach, Out & Equal Career Development Manager

Julie Beach joined Out & Equal Workplace Advocates in the spring of 2008 as Career Development Manager, responsible for launching Out & Equal's web-based LGBT career development program. Julie was a manager at PG&E for 15 years working in residential marketing and public relations. She then worked in Human Resources at Autodesk for five years in the areas of training, HRIS, on-boarding and staffing. While at Autodesk she earned a master's degree in Industrial Psychology where she did her thesis on LGBT Career Development. Upon graduation, Julie has spent the past ten years bringing the efficient use of technology to nonprofit and government organizations in both consulting and employee roles.

Lori Fox, Chair of the Out & Equal Transgender Advisory Board

Lori Fox

Lori Fox is a Transgender woman, living and working in the Chicago area. Her professional background is in Human Resources, Employment Coaching and Diversity Consulting. She has lived and worked in unique cultures, with unique people, as a Director of Human Resources / Training for McDonald's Corporation. She frequently speaks on university campuses and at corporations on Transgender issues.

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Transgender Inclusion: What needs to be done now!
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Transgender employees who face prejudice based on their actual or perceived gender identity can impact productivity, cause you to lose a valuable resource if they leave the company and create lawsuits because of discrimination at your company. Creating a safe and diverse workplace includes ensuring employment protections and providing equal access to health care to transgender employees. How does your company or organization rate on transgender inclusion in the workplace? What can you do to ensure creating a workplace where all employees are fully engaged and highly productive? Learn some of best practices and initiatives from national and legal experts as they present insights on the process to full equality.
Mara Keisling
Mara Keisling Mara is the founding Executive Director of NCTE. A Pennsylvania native, Mara came to Washington after co-chairing the Pennsylvania Gender Rights Coalition. Mara is a transgender-identified woman who also identifies as a parent and a Pennsylvanian. She is a graduate of Penn State University and did her graduate work at Harvard University in American Government. She has served on the board of Directors of Common Roads, an LGBTQ Youth Group, and on the steering committee of the Statewide Pennsylvania Rights Coalition. Mara has almost twenty-five years of professional experience in social marketing and opinion research.
Kristina Wertz
Kristina Wertz As Legal Director Kristina provides legal counsel to transgender people and their families throughout California as well as providing technical assistance to lawyers assisting transgender clients. Kristina oversees many of TLC's public policy advocacy programs, including, leadership development, health care access, economic empowerment, student safety, and bathroom access. She conducts trainings for community members, employers, attorneys, social service providers, health care providers and other institutions. Previously she was a civil rights litigator at the Epstein Group in San Francisco. Kristina has a B.A. from New YorkUniversity and a J.D. from Brooklyn Law School.
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Spousal Equivalency: Alternatives in the Interim!

With E.J. Bernacki, director, Corporate Communications at Levi Strauss & Co.; Teresa S. Renaker, Lewis, Feinberg, Lee, Renaker & Jackson, P.C. and presenting on the Bar Association of San Francisco's LGBT Best Practices Report; and Todd A. Solomon, McDermott Will & Emery LLP & author of Domestic Partner Benefits - An Employer's Guide.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

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Until federal legislation is passed to provide equal taxation of benefits for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) employees in the workplace, corporations are working to find ways to provide equality for domestic partners. Spousal equivalency provides a way to recruit and retain employees and demonstrates finding creative solutions to solve the additional tax and income burden for LGBT employees. This timely webinar will look at the concept of spousal equivalency and how it can be used right now in your workplace. The webinar will provide an overview of the benefits that currently can be provided to domestic partners. It will also provide more specific ways of implementing strategies to equalize the impact on LGBT employees. Specific ideas on how to do "grossing up" will be discussed. This webinar will provide you with resources, legal perspectives and some insights on the success of implementing spousal equivalency programs. This event is open to all, but is especially recommended for human resources and management representatives who want to take the next step in LGBT workplace equality.

E.J. Bernacki

E.J. Bernacki is a Communications Director at Levi Strauss & Co. Among other responsibilities, he serves as the company’s primary spokesperson and communications strategist on issues associated with corporate citizenship (labor, environment, international trade, diversity/inclusion, philanthropy, community relations / involvement, consumer protection, etc.) and a key advisor in the development of company policies in this area.


Todd A. Solomon

Todd A. Solomon is a partner in the employee benefits department of the law firm of McDermott Will & Emery LLP in its Chicago office. Todd is the author of Domestic Partner Benefits - An Employer's Guide, which is published by Thompson Publishing, and he is a frequent speaker and writer on employee benefits issues resulting from domestic partnerships and same-sex marriages. Todd’s practice is concentrated primarily on designing and administering pension plans, 401(k) plans, welfare plans, 403(b) plans, and nonqualified deferred compensation arrangements. He also counsels entities regarding fiduciary issues under ERISA, employee benefits issues involved in corporate transactions, and the implementation of benefit programs for domestic partners of employees. Todd is a member of McDermott’s LGBT Diversity Committee. As a member of this committee, Todd has been involved with evaluating the Firm’s domestic partner benefits and working with businesses in Chicago to form strategic alliances in order to advocate for LGBT rights in the workplace.


Teresa Renaker

Teresa Renaker is a shareholder of Lewis, Feinberg, Lee, Renaker & Jackson, P.C., located in Oakland, California. She represents plaintiffs in individual, multi-plaintiff, and class actions under ERISA, including claims for benefits and breach of fiduciary duty. Ms. Renaker is the author of the Employee Benefits chapter of California Domestic Partnerships (CEB 2005). She serves on the American Bar Association s Joint Committee on Employee Benefits and the Bar Association of San Francisco Equality Subcommittee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues. Ms. Renaker is a graduate of Boalt Hall School of Law (University of California at Berkely) and Mount Holyoke College.

Sponsored by Hewlett-Packard

Thursday, April 24, 2008
Celebrate Your Achievements: What is takes to win a 2008 "Outie" award!
with Kevin Jones, Outie Awards Judge in 2007; Glynda McGinnis, Chair of the 2007 Awards committee; and Jeff Parker, representing 2007 ERG of the Year Award-winning Nike's GLBT & Friends Network.
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The Out & Equal Workplace Awards (commonly referred to as "The Outies") honor individuals and organizations that are leaders in advancing equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) employees in the workplace. Last year's winners included Dr. Judy Lively of Kaiser Permanente, Ana Duarte McCarthy of Citi, LGBT rights pioneer Frank Kameny, Nike's GLBT & Friends Network, Ernst & Young and Wells Fargo. Do you know a person who deserves recognition for advancing LGBT workplace equality? Do you think your workplace stands out as a shining example of LGBT equality? Here's the chance to draw attention to these accomplishments and be acknowledged by your peers. Learn about the 2008 Outie nominations submittal process, gain insights into the perspectives and criteria of the screening committee, and discover what last year's winners did to set themselves apart. The 2008 Outie nomination deadline is May 9, 2008, so this webinar will provide you with some great and timely guidance. This event is open to all, but is especially recommended for people and organizations with impressive recent gains in LGBT equality or a long record of support.
About our Presenters:
Kevin JonesKevin Jones
Kevin is a Managing Director in Citi’s Risk Management organization, focused on projects and processes that support risk measurement and regulatory compliance. During his entire 11 year tenure with Citi, Kevin has worked very closely with Diversity and HR professionals in shaping the company’s policies and relationships that impact the GLBT workforce and community. He was a founding co-chair of both the national and NYC Pride employee network groups. Kevin is currently a co-chair of the Gender Public Advocacy Coalition’s Board of Directors, and is a member of the HRC Business Council. He previously served as a member of the Out & Equal Workplace Advocates Board of Directors, where he also coordinated workshops for their annual summit. Kevin is an active member of Christ Episcopal Church in Ridgewood, NJ. He also volunteers in Northern NJ to provide safe venues and activities for LGBTQI high school youth and their allies. Kevin lives in Franklin Lakes, NJ with his partner of 12 years, Tony De Sousa.
Glynda McGinnisGlynda McGinnis
Glynda McGinnis celebrates her 30th year as a Straight Ally in 2008. In the past thirty years she has acquired a great husband and three children that occupy much of her time. For the last 10 years, Glynda has entertained throughout the LGBT community for various charities and helped raise thousands of dollars with her talents as a cabaret singer. Glynda currently has six videos on youtube displaying her comedic talents as well as singing expertise. Out and Equal was a great find for Glynda six years ago in Tempe Arizona. Since that time she has helped the awards committee in their preliminary selection process for the Outie Awards.
Jeff ParkerJeff Parker
Jeff Parker recently joined Nike's Diversity and Inclusion Team and he is a co-chair of Nike's Gay, Lebian, Bisexual, Transgender and Friend Network. Parker's passion is working with others to create and foster a workplace that is safe and inclusive for LGBT people and their allies. Parker's previous experience was in the area of event and meeting management where he managed a national conference combating racism, sexism, and homobphobia. He is currently active politically supporting a local gay rights organization.

Thursday, February 28, 2008
Involvement in Multiple ERGs – Managing the Expectations – Voices from LGBT People of Color
with Vernon Wall, Senior Consultant at the Social Justice Training Institute and Jaye Holly, Staff Development Coordinator at the Howard County Library in Maryland
Even if you don’t have formal Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) in the workplace, what do you do when you are expected to support the multiple parts of your life? When an ERG is doing incredible work or a fantastic opportunity arises, you want to be part of it to improve visibility and diversity in the workplace. How do you deal with the demands and expectations from the workplace with your own interests, time and energy? Our panelists will present some insights and steps to overcome the “guilt” of feeling like you have not done enough. Gather tools, ideas, and suggestions for dealing with the realities of the workplace and finding the balance.
About our Presenters:
Vernon A. WallVernon A. Wall
Vernon A. Wall has been a trainer, facilitator and consultant on issues of social justice and equity for over 15 years and is one of the founding faculty of the Social Justice Training Institute where he is currently a Senior Consultant. He has worked on college and university campuses and has co-edited two books and written numerous articles on diversity and multiculturalism in today's society. Vernon currently resides in Washington, DC. Additional information on Vernon can be found at
Jaye HollyJaye Holly
Jaye Holly is currently the Staff Development Coordinator at the Howard County Library in Maryland. She develops and delivers training on a wide array of topics, including performance management, adult learning, team building, and diversity. While such a mixture might seem daunting, Jaye’s 20+ years of training experience in a eclectic mix of settings has prepared her for the challenge. Her previous jobs include AIDS educator, welfare-to-work instructor, and at-risk youth program coordinator. She has a master’s in human resources development from McDaniel College. She resides in Frederick, MD with her partner, their dog, and two cats.
Sponsored by Genentech

Thursday, November 29, 2007
Building Executive Support for LGBT Workplace Equality and Your Employee Network
with Ann Dunkin and Adam Wolf of HP and Jeff Parker of Nike
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Do you have an ERG but can’t seem to get anything to change within your company? This workshop will teach you how to build a supportive network of executives. We’ll provide you with tools and processes—such as benchmarking and Readers Theater—that you can use to raise executive awareness and create a business case for LGBT diversity. Learn how to use this new awareness to establish executive sponsors and an advisory board, creating the foundation for change.
About Our Presenters:
Ann DunkinAnn Dunkin
Ann Dunkin is an R&D program manager at Hewlett-Packard. She joined HP in 1989 and has held positions in Engineering, Manufacturing,Software Quality, R&D, Operations, and IT. Dunkin has been active in HP’s PRIDE networks since their inception in the mid-1990s and is currently a member of the leadership team for both the Vancouver PRIDE organization and the HP Global PRIDE Council. She was a founding member of both the LGBT student group at Georgia Tech and the LGBT Freedom Parade in Boise.
Jeff ParkerJeff Parker
Jeff Parker recently joined Nike’s Diversity and Inclusion Team and he is a co-chair of Nike’s Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Friends Network. Parker’s passion is working with others to create and foster a workplace that is safe and inclusive for LGBT people and their allies. Parker’s previous experience was in the area of event and meeting management where he managed a national conference combating racism, sexism, and homophobia. He currently is active politically supporting a local gay rights organization.
Adam WolfAdam Wolf
Adam Wolf is a commercial delivery manager at Hewlett-Packard Company. In his current role, Wolf manages HP’s national onsite service sub contractor within the North Plains Area. Wolf is on the leadership team for HP’s Colorado PRIDE ERG. He serves as the ERG advisory council representative and executive advisory board officer on HP’s Global PRIDE Council. Outside HP, Wolf is an avid snowboarder and loves the outdoors.

Thursday, July 26, 2007
Creating a Super-ERG: Strategies for Partnering with Non-LGBT Employee Resource Groups
Featuring Diana Castano of Boeing
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Partnering with non-LGBT ERGs not only increases ally base, but it also significantly improves the efficiency of each individual ERG. Benefits include increased participation, momentum through numbers, understanding of each other’s issues, and in advocacy. In effect, you create a “Super-ERG” which is more effective and more fully embraces and delivers on the company’s “diversity” message. This session will investigate some strategies for creating these partnerships, provide real world examples from Boeing experiences, and provide an interactive workshop to develop an actual plan framework.
Diana Castano
Diana CastranoDiana Castano joined Boeing in 1986 and has held a variety of human resources positions in Staffing, HR Generalist, Employee Relations, Labor Relations, Equal Employment Opportunity, and College Relations. She is currently a member of the Boeing Global Diversity and Employee Rights organization and manages the affirmative action and diversity programs for several Boeing sites in California. In her role she provides consultation and guidance to site leaders on diversity strategic initiatives and ensuring compliance with Boeing’s overall diversity policies as well as enhancing relationships with diversity stakeholders. Castano manages all of the employee resource groups or affinity groups at her sites including: Boeing Asian American Professional Association, Boeing Black Employees Association, Boeing Employees Association Gays, Lesbians and Friends, Boeing Hispanic Employees Network, Boeing Women in Leadership, and New College Group. Castano is also an ADR advocate and EEO investigator and serves on the board of directors for The Greater Los Angeles Industrial Liaison Group in partnership with Department of Labor, OFCCP. She received her Bachelor of Science in Organization Management from the University of San Francisco, California.
Sponsored by Deloitte.

Thursday, May 24, 2007
Finding and Engaging the
Straight Allies in Your Workplace
Featuring Deborah Dagit, Executive Director of the Diversity & Work Environment at Merck & Co.
Allies are important for all of us. They are a voice of advocacy. They can show up, stand up and speak up. They reassure you that you and your group are deserving of dignity and respect in a world where you wonder if that will ever be part of your reality. The May 24 Town Call will explore the role of allies at work for the LGBT community. How do you find your allies? What might you ask of them? What do they need in return? How can you reciprocate? Join us for a lively discussion!
About the Presenter:
Deborah DagitDeborah Dagit is the Executive Director of the Diversity & Work Environment at Merck & Co. Deborah initiated and leads the Diversity Worldwide Business Strategy Team composed of executive leaders from all divisions, who develop strategies for diversity throughout Merck globally. She founded and managed Bridge-to-Jobs, a job placement organization through which she personally placed 400 people with disabilities into permanent employment. She played a key lobbying role in the passage of the American with Disabilities Act. She is the author of "The Promise of Diversity: Reflections on the Not-So-Level Playing Field" and "An Employer's Guide to Hiring and Accommodating People with Disabilities." Deborah was recognized with the Champion Award at the 2006 Out & Equal Workplace Awards.
Town Call Sponsored by

Thursday, March 22, 2007
Creating a Network:
Structuring Decentralized ERGs to Connect
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Featuring Chris Crespo, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Allies (LGBTA) Inclusiveness Strategy Leader at Ernst & Young.
How do you structure an organization spread out over multiple locations that accommodates and leverages differences such as size, conservatism and interests to become a successful network? This discussion will show how combining a decentralized structure with centralized efforts can connect more people, provide better ideas and develop a stronger overall network. Ernst & Young started this journey just a few years ago and looks forward to sharing the tools and strategies they used to structure a network that currently includes over 650 people from 60 locations throughout the US and Canada.
About the Presenter:
Chris CrespoChris Crespo is the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Allies (LGBTA) Inclusiveness Strategy Leader at Ernst & Young. Her tenure at EY began 18 years ago in tax with a transition into human resources focused on career development. Chris serves on the Inclusiveness & Flexibility Steering Committee and leads the bEYond (LGBTA ERG) Network and Steering Committee which she co-founded. She teams with EY leadership and the LGBT community to promote LGBTA inclusiveness and attract, motivate and retain LGBT talent at EY. Chris, her partner, and their triplets reside in Western Pennsylvania. She can be contacted at or 412.644.5361.
Town Call Sponsored by
Ernst & Young

Thursday, January 25, 2007
Support Benefit Tax Equity: A Call to Action
Featuring Jennifer F. Martin, Employee Relations Manager at Best Buy Co., Inc.
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