Virtually experience the most popular workshops from the 2015 Out & Equal Workplace Summit.


2016 Virtual Summit Series

(Based on workshops presented at the October 2015 Workplace Summit in Dallas, TX)
1. Presentation Skills for the LGBTQ Advocate
2. Beyond the Blame Game 101: The Intersection of Religion, Sexual Orientation, and Gender Identity at Work
3. The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Transitioning and the Critical Importance of the Ally
4. Straight Talk from Teens about Having Not-so-straight Parents
5. Wells Fargo and Marriott: Recent Case Studies in LGBT-inclusive Marketing
6. The Walt Disney Co. Case Study

Presentation Skills for the LGBTQ Advocate
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In order for someone to be a successful advocate for LGBTQ equality, they must be able to communicate their message in an effective, concise, and memorable way. Speakers need one set of skills to create a great message, and then need a completely different skill set (and a healthy dose of confidence!) to effectively deliver that message to an audience. Developing presentation and speaking skills can help increase message acceptance, audience engagement, memorability, and much, much more. The better we, as LGBTQ advocates, can be as presenters the more effective our message of change will be accepted within our respective organizations?

Beyond the Blame Game 101: The Intersection of Religion, Sexual Orientation, and Gender Identity at Work
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We hear stories from around the globe about the conflicts that typically arise between religion and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender identities in society. In the workplace, these conflicts manifest in lots of ways: from uncomfortable conversations to overt discrimination. The resulting assumption is that these conflicts are inevitable. Mark E. Fowler of the Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding and Jean-Marie Navetta of PFLAG National will unpack this assumption by identifying the misconceptions and oversimplifications that too often derail constructive conversations about this topic and result in blame shifting. The session will strive to provide participants with the parameters and possibilities for what can be done to mitigate conflicts and create cultures of inclusion for everyone at work, regardless of how employees identify.

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Transitioning and the Critical Importance of the Ally
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Transitioning is a life changing and emotional experience especially within the workplace. Company Human Resource policies and procedures have come a long way in providing differing levels of guidance to transitioning and other company employees. Coworkers and others provide encouragement but it is the ally whom provides firm and unwavering backing to the transitioning employee.

Straight Talk from Teens about Having Not-so-straight Parents
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What’s it like for today’s teens to grow up with LGBT parents? Would you like to have kids but have concerns? Do you have kids and wonder what they might be going through? Come laugh, cry, and bring your questions that you wish you could ask. Join us for a panel moderated by EY where you can feel free to ask these teens about anything. No question is off limits. An offshoot from the 2012 featured panel, and then a very successful 2013 town call & 2013 summit workshop, our panel consists of teenagers from different types of families. Walk away with parenting strategies and an understanding of what it’s like from a kid’s perspective.

Wells Fargo and Marriott: Recent Case Studies in LGBT-inclusive Marketing
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Big companies have recently taken big steps in LGBT-inclusive advertising campaigns. Learn how Wells Fargo and Marriott both navigated internal and external hurdles to create meaningful advertising that authentically represented the LGBT community. Considerations such as how ideas were sold to executive leaders, amplification of positive reaction, and mitigation of negative response will all be explored. Case studies will include Marriott’s ongoing LGBT-focused #LoveTravels campaign and Wells Fargo’s recent national television commercial featuring a lesbian couple working to learn sign language prior to adopting a deaf child.

The Walt Disney Co. Case Study
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Join The Walt Disney Company and Out & Equal for an inside look at the partnership that produced The Equality Institute: a one-day forum to leverage best practices and leadership development in Diversity & Inclusion. This case study will feature the layered partnership Disney has built with Out & Equal as well as how the Equality Institute was developed, gained executive support, and was executed. Workshop attendees will leave with tools on developing increasingly sophisticated partnership models, an understanding of how to create a strategic business case for expanded LGBT Diversity & Inclusion at their company, and how this framework creates stronger leaders and better collaboration among key stakeholders.