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  • Transgender – the Next Steps (Nov 2014)
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Additional Town Call Archives (2007-2010)


 

The New CEI: Getting Ready for the 2016 Changes

Thursday, Jan 30, 2014 - 12 pm Pacific Time
1 pm Mountain | 2 pm Central | 3 pm Eastern

This year, the HRC Foundation announced changes to the scoring system of the annual Corporate Equality Index survey, to go into effect in calendar year 2015 for the 2016 survey and report. All of the changes stem from one guiding principle: that discrimination has no place in a top-rated CEI business. Under the new scorecard, a business must ensure that the principles of non-discrimination and LGBT equality include: a global non-discrimination policy and/ or global code of conduct that specifically prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity; a requirement that suppliers and vendors must abide by the business's own fully inclusive non-discrimination policy; and, a requirement that a top-rated business does not contribute funding to organizations with a written policy or mission of discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. Join us as we talk about how to maintain a high score on the CEI and highlight best practices in each new criterion.

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Out & Equal Annual Workplace Summit Kick-off

Thursday, Feb 13, 2014 - 12 pm Pacific Time
1 pm Mountain | 2 pm Central | 3 pm Eastern

The 2014 Out & Equal Annual Workplace Summit will be November 3-6 in San Francisco, CA. This call will provide you with an overview of Summit so you can begin your planning to attend this year. We will cover scheduling, registration and hotel information and provide tips on how to maximize your Summit experience as a Corporate Sponsor or Partner. We will also talk about the workshop submittal process and the schedule for submitting  Requests for Proposals. The call will also feature information on nominations for the Out & Equal Workplace Awards (Outies) as we provide insights into the screening committee's perspective and the criteria for honoring innovative approaches and proven successes. Bring your questions and ideas for making 2014 an incredible year for LGBT workplace equality!

 

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Discovering Strength in our Diversity: Voices of Latino/Latina/Hispanic LGBT/Allies

Thursday, Feb 27, 2014 - 12 pm Pacific Time
1 pm Mountain | 2 pm Central | 3 pm Eastern

Companies talk about the business case for expanding diversity initiatives and providing space for employees of like minds to come together through Employee/Business Resource Groups. But “bringing our whole selves to work” is not a one dimensional concept. How do Latino/a and Hispanic employees who are LGBT or allies navigate the challenges of culture and community they may face at work and at home? Hear from our panel how they have maneuvered that path and become a bridge between communities.  Taking the next step in our diversity initiatives means finding models to increase the exchange of our experiences, improve our cultural competency, and work jointly between our ERG/BRGs. Discover the best practices to change our workplaces for the better.

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The Post-DOMA Era: The Great News for Companies and Employees!

Thursday, March 27, 2014 - 12 pm Pacific Time
1 pm Mountain | 2 pm Central | 3 pm Eastern

Since 1996, progressive companies have tried to mitigate the impact of Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in search of benefits equality for LGBT families.  The Supreme Court took the first steps to end DOMA but new challenges now face LGBT employees and companies.  Our panel will look at the impact DOMA has had, what companies have been doing and what changes are on the horizon.  Building on that foundation, we will look at the next steps and questions on how businesses are being impacted with the patchwork of decisions that exist today and what are the next steps.  Panelists will share their expertise and their insights but also bring your questions so we can expand the discussion on next steps!

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Implementing and Leveraging Self-identification as a Method for Driving Change

Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 12 pm Pacific Time
1 pm Mountain | 2 pm Central | 3 pm Eastern

Join us to explore the power that LGBT self ID, aka self declaration (depending on your country), can have as a method for driving change. With leading practice examples from both sides of the Atlantic, we will provide insights into the impact and benefits that LGBT self declaration can have, while also the practical approaches to and challenges of introducing LGBT self declaration in the current US and UK climates. Bring your challenges for an interactive discussion about breaking down barriers while growing your understanding about the legal and human resources tips for implementing and leveraging the information you've collected.

 

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Global Perspectives: An LGBT Business Imperative

Thursday, May 29, 2014 - 9 am Pacific Time
10 am Mountain | 11 am Central | 12 pm Eastern

Changes in the discussion of global LGBT equality are happening almost daily. Progressive countries are adding benefits while others are adding laws that impact negatively impact the day to day lives of LGBT employees. What can businesses do to provide a level playing field for their global workforce. Join us for this call to review the current global work and resources available. Community Business will provide insights into their work and updates on India and Asia. Selisse Berry, founder and CEO of Out & Equal, will share updates on recent meetings with businesses in India and the work on developing global resources. This town call will be from 9:00am-10:00am Pacific this month to provide a greater opportunity for global audience attendance.

 

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Executives Coming Out: The Next Generation

Thursday, June 26, 2014 - 12 pm Pacific Time
1 pm Mountain | 2 pm Central | 3 pm Eastern

We have seen many national and global changes on LGBT workplace equality over the last few years since the release of the Out & Equal at Work: From Closet to Corner Office.  What are today’s executives and those emerging leaders who hope to become executives facing on the job?  How does working on LGBT ERGs or being out in the workplace impact your changes to reach the corner office?  Are we seeing climate changes across the sectors and around the world?  Join us for this honest look at balancing your career path and bringing your whole self to the office as we hear from those living it today!

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Moving from corporate to retirement – LGBT considerations

Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 12 pm Pacific Time
1 pm Mountain | 2 pm Central | 3 pm Eastern

The Boomer Generation (born between 1946-1964 in the US) has influenced politics, economics, and culture around the world.  LGBT employees as part of this largest generational segment are beginning to think about retirement and influencing culture change again. What does retirement look like for us and those upcoming generations as well. The rules are all new for those thinking about retirement who are LGBT, no matter what generation they represent. Join our panelists this month to talk about what to think about, plan for, and expect with state and national changes to laws regarding our lives beyond the workplace. We will talk about the impact of getting those 1,138 federal rights that marriage provides and include strategies to use no matter what our relationships are.

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Families & Worklife – Finding the Connections

Thursday, Aug 28, 2014 - 12 pm Pacific Time
1 pm Mountain | 2 pm Central | 3 pm Eastern

When we talk about "bringing our whole selves to the workplace" that has to include our families and lives outside of work. When you have a family, children, and outside responsibilities, there is always an impact to our worklife. When we are out in the workplace, we can navigate those priorities on the job. What happens if we can't be out or don't have full protection to be able to care for our families? Join our panel today to explore the triumphs and challenges faced by LGBT employees as they navigate being out and being part of a family.

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Have Faith! Navigating LGBTA and Religion Issues at Work

Thursday, January 31, 2013 - 12 pm Pacific Time
1 pm Mountain | 2 pm Central | 3 pm Eastern

There are few topics that cause as much stress as putting LGBT equality and religion in the same discussion. At work, this conversation often seems magnified as both LGBT ERGs and faith-based ERGs gain popularity. And even in organizations without faith-based ERGs, the conflict, both real and perceived, between diversity and inclusion efforts aimed at LGBT equality and people’s religious beliefs remains a hotbed of debate. Find out how to move this debate back to a conversation, identify ways to find common ground between LGBTA s and people of faith at work, get resources to help in the effort and even find ways to use common ground as a starting point for workplace programs that promote inclusion for LGBTA s and people of faith together.

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2013 Out & Equal Annual Workplace Summit Kick-Off

Wednesday, February 20, 2013 - 12 pm Pacific Time
1 pm Mountain | 2 pm Central | 3 pm Eastern

The 2013 Out & Equal Annual Workplace Summit will be October 28-31 in Minneapolis, MN. This call will provide you with an overview of Summit so you can begin your planning to attend this year. We will cover scheduling, registration, and hotel information as well as how to maximize your Summit experience as a Corporate Sponsor or Partner.  We will also talk about the workshop submittal process and the schedule for submitting the Requests for Proposals. The call will also feature information on the Outie Workplace Award nominations as we provide insights into the screening committee's perspective and the criteria for honoring innovative approaches and proven successes. Best practices for RFPs and Outies will be to see what set them apart from other submissions. Bring your questions and ideas for making 2013 an incredible year for LGBT workplace equality!

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Creating a True Rainbow in LGBT ERGs

Thursday, February 28, 2013 - 12 pm Pacific Time
1 pm Mountain | 2 pm Central | 3 pm Eastern

A dynamic and interactive exploration of the inclusiveness of our ERGs for People of Color.  We will discuss ways to better understand LGBT employees whose experiences are often underrepresented in many workplaces.  We will explore how bias is built into decision-making, and sometimes creates blind spots in output and program planning.  In conversation with leaders of color, we will explore how our ERGs can become more inclusive, how to better collaborate with other ERGs within our organizations, and look at the role that ERGs can play in the creation of inclusive workplaces.

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Moving Forward on the Federal Non-discrimination Act

Thursday, March 28, 2013 - 12 pm Pacific Time
1 pm Mountain | 2 pm Central | 3 pm Eastern

Over the past several years, the lesbian, gay bisexual and transgender community has witnessed some meaningful progress in Federal laws and policies. The last Congress passed hate crimes legislation covering both sexual orientation and gender identity, and repealed Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. The current Administration has provided guidance for the inclusion of LGBT citizens on a number of important fronts.

A fully inclusive ENDA, however, has remained out of reach. This panel of experts from the legislative, activist, and corporate arenas discuss the work being done to advance ENDA and why it needs to remain a top priority for the LGBT community as well as the broader business community.

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LGBT Parenting: Our Children Speak

Thursday, April 25, 2013 - 12 pm Pacific Time
1 pm Mountain | 2 pm Central | 3 pm Eastern

LGBT employees regularly make the decision to “come out” at work to managers, co-workers and clients. We also know that allies regularly face the same choice in voicing their support for LGBT colleagues. That includes allies with very specific ties to the LGBT community – our children.

Following last year’s successful conversation of the issues specific to employees who are LGBT parents, this year’s program shares the experiences of employees whose parents are LGBT .

 

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ERG Development: Executives and Allies, oh my!

Thursday, May 30, 2013 - 12 pm Pacific Time
1 pm Mountain | 2 pm Central | 3 pm Eastern

Join Nancy Mace, Out & Equal Director of Community Empowerment and a panel of ERG/BRG leaders and executive sponsors who will detail the important role of developing allies and executive sponsors. The discussion will center around how to develop these relationships and then how to leverage their support in not only the day to day work of the ERG/BRG but how to strategically use the expertise of allies and executive sponsors to make changes in the workplace. This webinar will also provide you with the opportunity to discuss your current issues in your ERG/BRG and hear from a network of peers on best practices they have developed to address issues of creating a fully engaged ERG/BRG.

 

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LGBT Executives Speak Out!

Thursday, June 27, 2013 - 12 pm Pacific Time
1 pm Mountain | 2 pm Central | 3 pm Eastern

There are times, when we walk into a new job and look around to see who might be LGBT or an ally before deciding whether or not to come out at work. How would you feel or react to finding out that one of the top executives in your company is LGBT?  Does it make a difference? Join us during this Pride month as we ask those top executives about their experiences, what it took to come out and how they navigated their careers to the top being LGBT. We will discuss how allies and mentors make a difference in how we do on the job and get some tips from the top on what are the best ways to integrate all of who you are into the job!

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Getting beyond your company walls: Engaging your community partners!

Thursday, July 25, 2013 - 12 pm Pacific Time
1 pm Mountain | 2 pm Central | 3 pm Eastern

Pride is just about finished and community groups are beginning to think about contacting corporations to support them next year.  Employees within the company are interested in getting involved in projects that are important to them and are asking how the company is going to get involved with community groups.  The growing interest in using corporate community engagement and creating a business of change in communities are key indicators of a company's willingness to support LGBT efforts beyond the workplace.  Join our panel of experts as we discuss best practices to engage community partners and the impacts on your brand and employee engagement.  Find out how to measure the gain, hear examples of successful partnership and think not just locally but nationally and globally!

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Our New World: The Practical Impact of the Supreme Court's Decisions on Same-Sex Marriage

What Every Employer Needs to Know
Presented by Out & Equal Workplace Advocates & Littler Mendelson

Thursday, August 8, 2013 - 12 pm Pacific Time
1 pm Mountain | 2 pm Central | 3 pm Eastern


When the Supreme Court handed down their decisions on same-sex marriage in the United States in June 2013, the recognition of relationships between same sex couples opened up a new discussion around the world.  Couples who moved away from the United States for marriage equality are considering returning.  Immigration officials are now taking sponsor applications for bi-national couples.  Here in the States and in companies and organizations, however, the discussion is just beginning.  Join Out & Equal on this call for insights on where we are where we are going. Hear from Joe Schwachter and Jean Schmidt, Shareholders at Littler Mendelson, as they discuss the:

  • Court case of Hollingsworth vs. Perry (Proposition 8 case in California) and how those registered as domestic partners can convert those relationships to marriage
  • Status in other states on the right to marry and who can avail themselves to those 1,138 federal benefits that married couples receive
  • Windsor case and the ramifications of that decision
  • Effect of the DOMA decision on benefit plans

Get up to date on the current understanding for employees and corporations with this timely webinar.

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Where's the Data? A Broken Bargain: Discrimination, Fewer Benefits and More Taxes for LGBT Workers MAP Report

Thursday, Aug 29, 2013 - 1 pm Pacific Time
1 pm Mountain | 2 pm Central | 3 pm Eastern

Join Out & Equal as we delve into the Movement Advancement Project (MAP) into the latest report, A BROKEN BARGAIN. Discrimination, Fewer Benefits and More Taxes for LGBT Workers. This ground breaking report is a consolidation of data we have been using over the years to build the business case for LGBT workplace equality.  Using an innovative approach which present what LGBT employees face and stories to make the data come alive, this report is the most current and consolidated body of work.  We will review the report and then discuss hear how this and other data is shaping the workplace discussions on LGBT workplace equality!

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Finding the "B" in the Workplace

Thursday, Sep 26, 2013 - 1 pm Pacific Time
1 pm Mountain | 2 pm Central | 3 pm Eastern

We spell it L-G-B-T but many times it feels like the B is silent. The work around the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and Transgender Health Benefits and protections under Title VII for gender discrimination are making almost daily headlines. But what do we hear about our bisexual co-workers? Join this town call and hear from the experts on the issues, best practices and newest insights into the inclusion of bisexuality in the workplace. We learn when we hear other's stories so this is a chance to expand your cultural competency, find out what’s planned for the Summit and the work our Bisexual Advisory Council is doing. A great way to build your outreach within your Employee/Business Resource Group and become a more committed ally.

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2013 Out & Equal Annual Workplace Summit Overview

Thursday, October 17, 2013 - 1 pm Pacific Time
1 pm Mountain | 2 pm Central | 3 pm Eastern

Each year, Out & Equal bring together 2500+ LGBT and ally employees representing Employee/Business Resource Groups (ERG/BRGs), HR Professionals and Executives from all around the world and representing many different business sectors. This year we will be in Minneapolis and bring together the experts on policy, benefits and where LGBT workplace equality is going. This Town Call will highlight the Summit but also look at opportunities to be there virtually. As we use technology to extend the reach of the Summit, you can find out what's going to be discussed and weigh in on the current issues. Whether you have been to the Summit many times or coming for the first time, this Town Call will help you review the schedule and start planning your Summit experience!

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Moving Past Transgender Awareness to Action

Thursday, November 21, 2013 - 1 pm Pacific Time
1 pm Mountain | 2 pm Central | 3 pm Eastern

The Employment Non-Discrimination Act is in the news again and the need to understand the discussion around gender identity is vital to the passage of this bill for federal protections.  During the recent Out & Equal Workplace Summit, our presenters talked about the current state for transgender employees and what are the next steps to ensure workplace equality .  Join our presenters and participants at the 2013 Summit who brought their expertise on transgender issues into focus.  We will review the workshops, key themes, lessons learned and what are the next steps to support transgender employees.  This call also coincides with the Transgender Day of Remembrance and we will take some time to honor those we have lost and recommit to ending violence based on gender identity.  Take this opportunity to learn more about the importance and best practices to fully adding the “T” in LGBT!

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Breaking down barriers: Creating a thriving workplace for Employees with HIV

Thursday, December 12, 2013 - 1 pm Pacific Time
1 pm Mountain | 2 pm Central | 3 pm Eastern

What does your company do to create a safe, stigma-free environment for employees with HIV? With medical advancements, people with HIV are now living long, healthy lives and many will stay in the work force until retirement. However, many barriers such as fear of discrimination, lack of health insurance coverage and uncertain job stability may prevent people with HIV from approaching your company for employment. This workshop will help you identify the hidden barriers in your company and give you tools to make your workplace more accommodating. You will also hear first-hand stories that illustrate the challenges and successes of people living with HIV in the workplace. Join us to discover ways your company can create inclusivity and break down barriers: no hard hats required!

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Submitting RFPs for 2012 Out & Equal Workshops

Thursday, January 12, 2012 - 12 pm Pacific Time
1 pm Mountain | 2 pm Central | 3 pm Eastern

In 2012, Out & Equal will be hosting our annual Workplace Summit in Baltimore, MD from Oct 29- Nov 1.  We will also be working with other global organizations to host the first Global Workplace Summit in London, England on July 5-6. The core of both of these events is the workshops and featured panels. The educational component of Out & Equal programming is one of the key value added reasons come to the Summit.  This year we will be starting the process of selecting those workshops earlier and this call will provide you the tools you need to submit a Request for Proposal (RFP) for workshops.  We will have more specific tracks for workshops and will be looking for more advanced topics for those who are returning to the Summit.  There will also be a summary of presenter evaluations and lessons learned from 2011 as well as a complete timeline for workshop submittals.  Please join this call to get all the details as we build toward our 2012 Summits!

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2010 Census and LGBT Workplace Equality:  What is the Connection?

Thursday, January 26, 2012 - 12 pm Pacific Time
1 pm Mountain | 2 pm Central | 3 pm Eastern

What if you could prove to marketing that there were LGBT customers in all your markets? How about demonstrating the need for expanded benefits for LGBT partners who might be raising children or dealing with aging or disabled partners? The 2010 Census is history and was the first that counts both same-sex partners and same-sex spouses. Although, still not counting the "T" or single LGB citizens, the data can help you build your business case by adding LGBT metrics and trends to your strategic programming and community outreach programs. It also adds to the discussion on global relocations within a company when you realize that there are an estimated 28,500 binational same-sex couples and nearly 11,500 same-sex couples in which neither partner is a U.S. citizen. What does your company do to protect these employees? 

The Williams Institute has compiled the 2010 census data and has been reporting the results over the last months. Our first  Town Call of 2012 will provide you with an in-depth look at the differences since the 2000 census, what we have discovered about LGBT couples in the 2010 census and what's next as we plan for the 2020 census. We will also discuss the use of the census data to impact your work toward LGBT equality. Join us to build the connections and kick off 2012!

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2012 Out & Equal Workplace Summit Kickoff

Thursday, Feb 9, 2012 - Noon Pacific Time
1 pm Mountain | 2 pm Central | 3 pm Eastern
One hour in length | No cost

This year Out & Equal will be doing two Summits.  Our Annual Workplace Summit will be October 29-November 1 in Baltimore, MD and our inaugural Global Workplace Summit will be July 5-6 in London, England as we partner with LGBT workplace organizations around the world.  This call will provide you with an overview of both events so you can begin your planning to attend.  Last month we talked about the workshop RFP process but now you can gather the information you need to take back to your management so you can attend the 2012 Summits. In addition to all the event details, this call will also feature:

Workplace Award Nominations

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. We will go through the submittal and review process that will make submitting nominations easier and faster for you.
Be sure to bring your questions and ideas for making 2012 an incredible year for LGBT workplace equality!

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Coaching: What it is, what it is not, & why every LGBT leader can benefit from working with a Coach!

Thursday, February 23, 2012 - 12 pm Pacific Time
1 pm Mountain | 2 pm Central | 3 pm Eastern

More often than ever before, you’re probably hearing about coaching. But maybe you assumed it is only available or useful for just the leaders at the highest levels of the organization? Think again!

Coaching is increasingly popular at all levels of the corporate world as a proven tool that can help you transform your own leadership capabilities and propel your career to new heights, wherever you are on your career path. Many employers now pay for coaching to help employees at many levels as part of leader development plans. Coaching is convenient, often done by phone, online video conferencing, or face to face.  Coaching can be individual, one-on-one, or in small groups. (Coaching rocks!)
So what exactly is coaching?  Also, how can coaching be materially different or especially useful for a professional who identifies as LGBT?  And, if the idea of working with a coach intrigues you, what are next steps? This Town Call will focus on these questions and more. Three professional executive coaches who identify as lesbian or gay will reprise some of the high points of their well-attended workshops at the 2011 Summit in Dallas.

On the Town Call, you will learn about:

  • What coaching is (and is not!)
  • How coaching differs from mentoring, counseling, therapy, or training
  • What to expect during a typical coaching session
  • What coaching focus is best for you? (e.g. executive, leadership, life, or highly specialized)
  • How coaching may especially benefit LGBT folks with career enhancement
  • How to find your perfect coach (hint: you may want a coach who is also LGBT!)


Want more? This spring, a three-session Out & Equal University webinar about coaching is scheduled, expanding on all the above and more, plus optional coaching packages at special O&EU rates! 

 

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Leveraging LGBT Marketing Data to Build Your Business Case!

Thursday, March 29 2012 - 12 pm Pacific Time
1 pm Mountain | 2 pm Central | 3 pm Eastern

Why is it so important to understand the LGBT community?  It’s a simple case of economics!  Research data is showing that the LGBT consumers are the latest emerging market and that companies are looking at their growing disposable income, brand loyalty and product needs as they grow their marketing efforts. What does your web site look like in terms of LGBT visibility and how can you leverage image and content to attract LGBT consumers and employees. This call will bring together the best practices and current data regarding marketing. Finding out how to reach out in marketing means the company needs to understand the workplace and climate for their LGBT employees if they are going to credible advertisers in the LGBT community. Using these lessons learned, you can start a new program or grow an existing program and make a difference for LGBT workplace equality. Join us with your experiences and ideas!

 

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Tax Equity from Theory to Reality! 

Thursday, April 26 2012 - 12 pm Pacific Time
1 pm Mountain | 2 pm Central | 3 pm Eastern

The buzz in LGBT workplace equality these days is tax equity. Companies are taking the next steps to provide for full benefit packages for their LGBT employees in the absence of federal protections. Tax equity address disparities in how an employee pays for the family health insurance. For opposite sex married couples and families, the insurance payments come out of their paycheck before before taxes. For LGBT employees, because of federal laws, that insurance payment comes out of their check after taxes which increase the taxes the employee and companies pay. Find how companies can create a way to mitigate this cost for the employee. Todd Solomon will begin the call by looking at the theory, legal aspects and best practices on how to implement tax equity programs in the workplace. Then we will see how Google made it work and was able to implement tax equity and join the growing ranks of companies striving to stay competitive and retain their LGBT employees.

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Harassed in the workplace? Lessons from Schoolyard Bullying!

Thursday, May 31, 2012 - 12 pm Pacific Time
1 pm Mountain | 2 pm Central | 3 pm Eastern

Workplace Bullying is repeated, health-harming mistreatment of one or more persons by one or more perpetrators. We've heard lots of public discussion about bullying in the schoolyard but what about the harassment that employees face on the job. Bullying includes verbal abuse, offensive conduct/behaviors and work interference. This can happen anywhere and impacts everyone in the workplace. Come join Dr David Hall, author and professor, and Melissa Regan, award-winning filmmaker and founder of NoDumbQuestions.org as they provide highlights of their recent Out & Equal University course, 'What Would You do if....going from spectator to ally when bullying occurs'. This town call will  provide tools and insights on what bullying looks like and what you can do, as an individual or company, to create programs and awareness in the workplace and in your communities.

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LGBT Executives Coming Out & Speaking Up!

Thursday, June 28, 2012 - 12 pm Pacific Time
1 pm Mountain | 2 pm Central | 3 pm Eastern

There are times, when we walk into a new job and look around to see who might be LGBT or an ally before deciding whether or not to come out at work.  How would you feel or react to  finding out that one of the top executives in your company is LGBT?  Does it make a difference?  Join us during this Pride month as we ask those top executives about their experiences, what it took to come out and how they navigated their careers to the top being LGBT.  We will discuss how allies and mentors make a difference in how we do on the job and get some tips from the top on what are the best ways to integrate all of who you are into the job!

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What Do You Need to Know? Current LGBT Research efforts!

Thursday, July 26, 2012 - 12 pm Pacific Time
1 pm Mountain | 2 pm Central | 3 pm Eastern

Metrics are the key to business success. Whether it is market shares or research, the numbers give us an indicator of where we are now and what impact the work we do with LGBT Workplace equality has on such things as engagement, best practices and developing trends. Join our Out & Equal Town Call in July to discuss two key resources that can be used to build your business case. Join us as we discuss the impact and scope of the LGBT research being done by the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP). These researchers are examining many different topics related to the LGBT community including the recent study that was featured in the Out & Equal Training Monthly Newsletter on the effects of myths and stereotypes on the relationships and perceptions of other employees.

In the second half of the call, we will be looking at an update from the LGBT Voluntary Self Identification Community of Practice (CoP) and what advances have been made since the original report was issued in 2009. An update survey on what companies are doing is currently underway and the CoP will report on the early data that has come in.  You can participate in this survey here. We will also discuss the need for Employee Resource Groups (ERG) and Human Resources professionals (HR) to present evidence based materials to management to make a change in the climate and workplace for LGBT employees!

 

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Taking the Theory of Community Partnerships to Reality: Using the Business of Change to expand Corporate Social Responsibility

Thursday, August 30, 2012 - 12 pm Pacific Time
1 pm Mountain | 2 pm Central | 3 pm Eastern

Mutually beneficial, sustainable and rewarding partnerships between nonprofits and corporations are those that are aligned in mission, vision and objectives. In 2009, the Gill Foundation and Weber Shandwick formed a unique social innovation partnership to develop a best-in-class resource guide for effective corporate-nonprofit collaborations aimed at promoting LGBT equality. The Business of Change guide was published on December of 2009 and distributed at no cost to thousands of nonprofits and corporate leaders across the country.

Out & Equal Workplace Advocates, in collaboration with the Gill Foundation, has launched the Business of Change website. The website is a digital platform offering practical and actionable recommendations for nonprofits and corporations, citing concrete examples of successful partnerships—large and small.  Associated Business of Change social media sites—Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn—have also been created as venues in which participants can contribute, discuss, comment, and connect in real time.

Join us for this Town Call as we talk to nonprofit and corporate representatives about successful partnerships and collaborations, the steps they took to get there, and the advice they have for others. We’ll also take a look at the Business of Change website and social media sites, and discuss how you can best use them.

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Breaking News: What's Next for Employee Resource Groups  

Thursday, September 27, 2012 - 12 pm Pacific Time
1 pm Mountain | 2 pm Central | 3 pm Eastern

Employee resource groups, affinity groups, and business groups have strategic importance for their organizations. These groups help employees connect and network, create more productive workplaces, and help companies recruit and retain top talent. Out & Equal works closely with ERG leaders to make companies better places for LGBT employees. 

Join us for this Town Call as Out & Equal’s Director of Community Empowerment, Nancy Mace, shares the results of the 2012 Out & Equal Employee Resource Group Survey. This biennial survey of employee resource, business resource, and affinity group leaders will gather information about issues, concerns, and best practices to incorporate into this year's Workplace Summit and 2012 – 2013 Out & Equal organizational programming. 

This Town Call will also explore next steps for employee resource groups. We'll examine ERG operating methods and explore the contributions of ERGs in the workplace. 

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Legislative Updates: ENDA and Beyond

Thursday, October 18, 2012 - 12 pm Pacific Time
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The election in the United States is just a few weeks away and for LGBT voters, there are issues that impact our very lives. We celebrate the one year anniversary of the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell and are glad that sexual orientation and gender identity are protected under the Hate Crimes law. But we still wait for the passage of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) to provide protections in the workplace for LGBT employees across the United States. The Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) forces companies to create a two tier system of benefits for their LGBT employees and there are updates almost daily on court and state battles around Marriage Equality. Being informed and understanding the issues in 2012 is a key to making educated decisions on the federal, state and local levels when we go to the ballot box. Join us as we talk with The Task Force to find out what are the current trends and latest development on all of these issues and then hear the corporate perspective of how they have stepped into the national discussion on LGBT workplace equality. We will also include a global update on LGBT human rights around the world!

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2012 Out & Equal Annual Summit Wrap Up Town Call

Wednesday, November 14, 2012 - 12 pm Pacific Time
1 pm Mountain | 2 pm Central | 3 pm Eastern

The 2012 Out & Equal Annual Summit was held in Baltimore, MD from October 29 - November 1. The week had all the elements of a real thriller!  We were in the path of Hurricane Sandy and Halloween was right in the middle of the Summit. We were able to weather the storm and continue with the Summit and now you can find out how the story ended. Join us as we review the highlights of the Summit, provide information for you to include in your trip reports along with a prepared template you can use to make that report easy and to talk about our 2013 plans. Whether you made it to Baltimore or not, this call can provide you with a basis for planning in 2013 or finding out how you can access the knowledge shared at the Summit.

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Transgender Day of Remembrance

Thursday, November 15, 2012 - 12 pm Pacific Time
1 pm Mountain | 2 pm Central | 3 pm Eastern

This November is the 14th Annual Transgender Day of Remembrance (DoR) as a day to memorialize those who have been killed as a result of transphobia for transgender and gender non-conforming people, and brings attention to the violence on the transgender community. Currently there are 38 names on the DoR for 2012 from all over the world.  Each life taken has an impact on all of us. As we remember, we also will use this Town Call to understand the impact of the recent Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) decision in the Macy Case. This case ruled that gender identity bias was protected in the job application process as gender under Title VII. The federal government is already operating under these guidelines and these may extend to the private sector. This decision has far reaching implications for every LGBT employee in the United States. Join us as the Transgender Law Center gives us the background on the case, the current guidance, and what changes may come as a result of this case.

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The Business of Fighting HIV/AIDS: From Walking to Running

Thursday, December 13, 2012 - 12 pm Pacific Time
1 pm Mountain | 2 pm Central | 3 pm Eastern

World AIDS Day is 1 December each year and provides an opportunity to unite worldwide to fight against HIV, show support for those living with HIV and to remember those who have died. This is a global day and was first held in 1988. Over the years, the number of people becoming infected with HIV continues to fall, the number of AIDS-related deaths is dropping and the number of people receiving treatment has continued to grow. Many companies participate in their local community’s AIDS Walk but we hear about workplace discrimination still occurring. Join the Town Call to hear from our panel of experts on how they approach the challenges, solutions and best practices to ensure that awareness and support happens all year long.  The panel will highlight what you can do to support your employees, overcome stigma and prejudice and see the human potential in challenge of HIV in workplace. This call is part of our 2012 Virtual Summit series featuring some of the best session from the Baltimore Out & Equal Annual Summit.

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What's the buzz about the CEI?


 Thursday, January 27, 2011 - 12 pm Pacific Time
1 pm Mountain | 2 pm Central | 3 pm Eastern
One hour in length | No cost

Work for a Fortune 500 corporation?  Do you know what your Corporate Equality Index (CEI) score regarding Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) policies and benefits in your workplace?  Interested in starting a Diversity program for LGBT employees in your business but not sure what the criteria should be?  Join Deena Fidas from the Human Rights Campaign as she gives you all the information about the CEI during this month's town call.  More importantly, she can help you sort out the requirements for the new CEI 3.0 that will add new criteria to existing ratings.  Be sure you know what you need to do to keep or achieve that 100% score by being a part of our first 2011 Town Call.

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International Town Call - China

Thursday, January 20, 2011 - 6:00pm Pacific Time (Friday, January 21, 2011 - 10:00am Taiwan)
7:00pm Mountain | 8:00pm Central | 9:00pm Eastern
One hour in length | No cost

On Thursday, January 20, 2011, Out & Equal will continue its International Town Call series at 6:00pm Pacific with a focus on the workplace in China. This call will focus on greater China - mainlaind China, Hong Kong and Taiwan-- and will provide a perspective on corporations based in China. 

The webinar will look at what it means to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) from a cultural and legal perspective and what the climate is for LGBT employees. It will also provide perspectives on what corporations are doing to change the workplace. 

The International Town Call series takes place 2-4 times annually, with each call dedicated to the LGBT workplace experience in a specific country or region. Employees with experience working in China or who represent companies with a presence in the country are especially invited to attend.

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2011 Out & Equal Workplace Award Nominations &
Summit Workshop Proposals

Thursday, February 24, 2011 - Noon Pacific Time
1 pm Mountain | 2 pm Central | 3 pm Eastern
One hour in length | No cost

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. We will also be describing a new platform for the workshop proposal submission and approval process that will make the experience of submitting and finalizing workshops much easier.

   
Call for 2011 Workplace Awards will be posted to our web site, www.OutandEqual.org, at least one week prior to the Town Call.  
   
The deadline for 2011 Workplace Award Nominations is April 30, 2011

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 2011 Workplace Summit workshop submittal process, as well as introduce the core concepts that will be addressed during this year's Summit in Dallas.
   
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, www.OutandEqual.org, at lease one week prior to the Town Call. 
   
The deadline for 2011 Workplace Summit Workshop Proposals is April 29, 2011
   
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.

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Our Communities, Our Careers and Our Families: Being an LGBT Parent in the Workplace

Thursday, March 31, 2011 - Noon Pacific Time
1 pm Mountain | 2 pm Central | 3 pm Eastern
One hour in length | No cost

We talk about our workplace lives and the changes we want to see in terms of benefits and policies.  When we have partners and children, our stories as working parents are not different than those of our straight colleagues.  Being a parent who is also lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, however, has aspects unique to our community.  Our panel of LGBT parents will discuss how they experience the workplace and what are some of the lessons they have learned along the way.  This workshop will also provide an update on the current state of the Defense of Marriage Act repeal and looking at all our families on a global perspective.  This panel was presented at the 2010 Out & Equal Summit and provides attendees with a chance to attend our virtual Summit presentations.

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Bisexuals at Work: Update on Global Survey Data

Thursday, April 28, 2011 - Noon Pacific Time
1 pm Mountain | 2 pm Central | 3 pm Eastern
One hour in length | No cost

What do you know about bisexual employees in your company?  Do they have the same issues as lesbian and gay  or heterosexuals, or are their issues different from both groups?  We know that only a small fraction of bisexuals in our companies are involved with LGBT Employee Resource Groups (ERGs).  What do bisexual people have to say to ERGs and to company management about creating a more bi-friendly environment?  A comprehensive international survey was launched in June 2010 and the emerging data yields an exciting look at the most elusive letter of our alphabet soup.  Join the survey's principal investigators to learn about everything you always wanted to know about bisexuals at work but were afraid to ask.  This panel was presented at the 2010 Out & Equal Summit and provides attendees with a chance to attend our virtual Summit presentations.

 

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Results of the National Transgender Discrimination Survey

 

Thursday, May 26, 2011 - Noon Pacific Time
1 pm Mountain | 2 pm Central | 3 pm Eastern
One hour in length | No cost

Every day, transgender and gender non-conforming people bear the brunt of social and economic marginalization due to their gender identity and expression. The struggle for fairness has too often been held up because of the lack of hard data on the scope of discrimination they face.  Two years ago, the National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (The Task Force) formed a ground-breaking research partnership to address this problem by launching the first comprehensive national transgender discrimination study!  From employment and education, to ID documents, to family life, this town call will review the compelling results with a focus on how to integrate this data into metrics you can use to advance transgender rights in the workplace.

 

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Making Self-ID a Reality


Thursday, June 30, 2011 - Noon Pacific Time
1 pm Mountain | 2 pm Central | 3 pm Eastern
One hour in length | No cost

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Voluntary Self Identification (Self ID) is becoming a standard for evaluating if a company is working toward LGBT equality in the workplace.  Since 2007, the Corporate Equality Index (CEI) has included data Self ID.  First as an emerging trend in in 2007, 17% of the companies reporting were using anonymous surveys to allow LGBT employees to self-identity.  By 2011, Self ID was a criterion in the CEI with 35% of the companies using surveys or HR Records to track LGBT employees.  The new CEI 3.0 will also include Self-ID under Organizational LGBT Competency.  Join this town call that will provide the latest updates from the LGBT Self ID Community of Practice but also provide insights into how companies have moved based the theory into reality.

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LGBT Refugees

Tuesday, July 19, 2011 at 12:00pm Pacific
1 pm Mountain | 2 pm Central | 3 pm Eastern
One hour in length | No cost | Online webinar

Imagine every day facing death threats and the possibility of torture because you are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT).  Tragically, violence still happens to LGBT people here in the United States, but it is far more frequent in countries where the state has made it a policy to target or eliminate LGBT people. Some of those people are lucky enough to escape and seek asylum in other countries.

What would happen to your life if you suddenly have to leave everything you knew, including your family and your job, and find yourself in a country you may have only read about in school?  Groups such as ORAM, the Organization for Refuge, Asylum & Migration, are beginning the work of building a global LGBT perspective that includes the needs and perspectives of LGBT refugees.  ORAM is the only international nongovernmental organization focusing exclusively on refugees and asylum seekers fleeing sexual and gender-based violence.

Join this international town call to understand the scope of the LGBT Refugee issues and what corporations can do to provide support to those who have had to run for their lives just for being who they are.

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The Business Case for Marriage Equality

Thursday, July 28, 2011 - Noon Pacific Time
1 pm Mountain | 2 pm Central | 3 pm Eastern
One hour in length | No cost

A patchwork set of laws and protections impact same sex couples—and their employers— in the United States. A company may be able to consider all married employees equally in one state, accept domestic partner registrations in another, and be prohibited from recognizing same sex partners at all in a third. These differences in the rights accorded to same-sex couples can impact a company’s ability to recruit, retain, and relocate employees. It is very challenging to offer comparable compensation across jurisdictions and companies face a maze of complicated record keeping requirements.

Join us as we hear from a panel of legal and corporate experts discussing how corporations can address marriage equality—and live with the current inequalities. This presentation was one of the most informative workshops at the 2010 Out & Equal Workplace Summit and will provide valuable information your company on how to advance full equality for LGBT employees.

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A View from the Top:  LGBT Executives

Thursday, August 25, 2011 - Noon Pacific Time
1 pm Mountain | 2 pm Central | 3 pm Eastern
One hour in length | No cost

As LGBT employees, we look to senior management for leadership and guidance to create a safe and equal workplace. What a difference it would make if we saw ourselves at the top. LGBT senior executives are raising their voices and coming out. Their stories are like each of ours in every way and some of the things they have learned along the way can help each of us rise to our highest potential.

Join this call as we hear from senior LGBT executives on how they made it to the top and what they learned about bringing their whole selves to the workplace.

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Business of Change

Thursday, September 29, 2011 - 12 pm Pacific Time
1 pm Mountain | 2 pm Central | 3 pm Eastern

Mutually beneficial, sustainable and rewarding partnerships between nonprofits and corporations are those that are aligned in mission, vision and objectives. In 2009, the Gill Foundation and Weber Shandwick formed a unique social innovation partnership to develop a best-in-class resource guide for effective corporate-nonprofit collaborations aimed at promoting LGBT equality. The Business of Change guide was published on December of 2009 and distributed at no cost to thousands of nonprofits and corporate leaders across the country.

Out & Equal Workplace Advocates, in collaboration with the Gill Foundation, is now launching the Business of Change website, a digital platform offering practical and actionable recommendations for nonprofits and corporations, citing concrete examples of successful partnerships—large and small.  Associated Business of Change social media sites—Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn—have also been created as venues in which participants can contribute, discuss, comment, and connect in real time.

Join us at this Town Call as we talk to nonprofit and corporate representatives about successful partnerships and collaborations, the steps they took to get there, and the advice they have for others. We’ll also introduce the Business of Change website and social media sites, and discuss how you can best use them.

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Building an LGBT Supplier Diversity Program

Thursday, October 20, 2011 - 12 pm Pacific Time
1 pm Mountain | 2 pm Central | 3 pm Eastern

Working toward an LGBT inclusive workplace now expands beyond the parent company and employees. The contractors and companies that work with your company can also be influenced by your work toward LGBT equality. Reviewing contractors to ensure they include sexual orientation and gender identity protections and benefits can show a corporation’s resolve to bring about change. Providing opportunities through the supplier diversity program at your company can also make a difference.

The NGLCC Supplier Diversity Initiative (SDI) offers businesses a tool to make connections and open doors with America's top corporations and each other. The SDI certifies Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and/or Transgender owned Business Enterprises (LGBTBEs) and works to provide opportunities for LGBTBEs to gain exposure within corporate procurement processes. This certification is established, recognized and can be implemented with minimal staffing on your part. Come learn about the program, see how the process works with corporate case studies and the how you can use LGBT Supplier Diversity to increase your competitive edge and support LGBT owned businesses around the world!

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2011 Out & Equal Annual Summit Roundup!

 

Thursday, November 10, 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 2011 Out & Equal Workplace Summit. 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. This is a great way to report back the value added on your attendance.  A trip report template with all the highlights is available after the Summit and this Town Call provides the chance to discuss your highlights for the 2011 Summit but to start getting ready for 2012.

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Inside LBGT: Being a Transgender Community Ally

Thursday, November 17, 2011 - Noon Pacific Time
1 pm Mountain | 2 pm Central | 3 pm Eastern
One hour in length | No cost

November 20th, 2011 is the 13th annual Transgender Day of Remembrance (DoR) to commemorate those who have been killed as a result of being transgender or gender non-conforming over the last year. Since November 2010, 17 names have been added to the DoR site from all over the world. November is also Transgender Awareness Month.  Being aware of and working to support change for anyone who is transgender, including those issues facing transgender employees is an important step to advance LGBT workplace equality. What are you doing this year for Transgender Awareness Month?

Many people who identify as lesbian, gay or bisexual have little experience with members of the transgender community. That lack of experience often translates into misunderstanding and exclusive behaviors within the LGBT community. Listen to lesbian, gay and bisexual allies of the transgender community share their perspectives and learn some tools for creating trans-inclusive spaces. This Town Call is part of our “Virtual Summit” that brings the best sessions from the 2011 Summit to our online programs.

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HIV/AIDS: Business Impact/Global Changes

Thursday, December 15, 2011 - 12 pm Pacific Time
1 pm Mountain | 2 pm Central | 3 pm Eastern

Nearly 30 years ago, our lives changed as Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)/AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome) were identified.  Around the world, survival was the exception and in the United States, many LGBT friends and leaders were lost. In many countries, HIV/AIDS also impacts many more than those who are in the LGBT community. Since 1988, World AIDS day on Dec 1 is set aside to remember those who we have lost to HIV/AIDS and to re-focus on the next steps toward controlling and eliminating HIV/AIDS.  This year, we use our December Town Call to take a look at the global steps being taken and how we create the business case when talking about HIV/AIDS employees.  

Treatments have improved and many employees are living long, productive lives and staying in the workforce. For many, the treatments are expensive and not available on a global basis, so companies look for ways to encourage prevention, early treatment and support for those who test positive. More and more employees are remaining in the workplace and corporations are looking at the next steps to ensure protections and accommodations for their employees. Join us this month as we remember and look forward. New emphasis on the global crisis includes new US policies to prevent the growth of HIV/AIDS and work to provide support around the world. There are also standards on the global and national level that provide for HIV/AIDS employees. Hear from the top policy leaders and those who work day to day to ensure that workplace equality includes all of us!

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