Virtually experience the most popular workshops from the 2016 Out & Equal Workplace Summit in Orlando, Florida. Use this virtual series to review what you learned at the 2016 Workplace Summit and share with your colleagues. These webinars will also give you key insight into the caliber of workshops presented at Summit.

2017 Virtual Summit Series Schedule

(Based on workshops presented at the October 2016 Workplace Summit in Orlando, FL)

January 17, 2017 – Strengthening the Work Place with Straight Out Allies (click to register)
12:00pm to 1:15pm Pacific Standard Time
Creating a thriving environment for the LGBT employee requires a safe environment where you can be your fully authentic self. This workshop will share how Kellogg, Dow and Whirlpool are creating a safe and inclusive environment by educating the non LGBT employee on how to become an Out Straight Ally and ultimately into an Advocate Out Straight Ally.We know how important it is to create a safe space for the LGBT employee but we will share why it is also important to create a safe space for potential straight allies to come out as well.This workshop will provide you with insights on why you should educate managers, especially senior management on learning about and respecting the LGBT employee. HR Policies are not enough.
Presenters: Norma Barnes-Euresti, Kellogg’s, Erin Brown, Whirlpool Corporation, Wendy Davidson, Kellogg’s, Cheryl Gilliam, Kellogg’s Company, Kathryn Greaves, Kellogg’s, Noel Hornsberry, Kellogg’s, Sue Machelski, Dow Chemical


January 31, 2017 – Engaging Middle Managers in Driving LGBT Equality (click to register)
12:00pm to 1:15pm Pacific Standard Time
The best employers have learned that to institutionalize the importance of diversity across all levels of an organization, they must develop strategic tools that help middle managers understand how diverse talent can enhance the performance of their teams. This interactive workshop will begin with a recap of JPMorgan Chase’s journey of building a toolkit on diversity for middle managers. We will focus on how we galvanize this frozen middle and the strategies we have found to be effective, and ones that were not so effective. After a brief panel discussion, this workshop will dive into an interactive discussion where the audience will work together to come up with a play book of strategies to successfully engage middle managers.
Presenters: Vignesh Ashok, Donald Wenzel, Violeta Dudova, Therese Blechet Blake


February 7, 2017Reverse Mentoring and Inclusive Business Results (click to register)
12:00pm to 1:15pm Pacific Standard Time
LGBT employees can play a critical role in educating middle and senior management on LGBT diversity and inclusion through mentoring programs. This workshop presents the structure and key findings from a two-year “Reverse Mentoring” program at Eli Lilly and Company. The emphasis of the program is a mentoring partnership where LGBT employees train and develop senior leadership and middle management across multiple work streams on LGBT issues in order to foster an inclusive workplace. The program also focuses on how the inclusive workforce can maximize business results. In this interactive workshop, attendees will learn how the program has grown and succeeded at Lilly and how to apply reverse mentoring within their own organizations
Presenters: Jeffrey Meyer, Eli Lilly and Company, Michaela Murtagh, Eli Lilly and Company, Wei-Li Shao, Eli Lilly and Company


February 14, 2017LGBTQ Marketing: What makes us different? What makes us the same? (click to register)
12:00pm to 1:15pm Pacific Standard Time
One of the most difficult issues facing companies today is when and how to market to the broad LGBT community vs. when and how to market to the many different segments within LGBTQ. Sometime our community speaks in one voice, and sometimes our generational, gender identification and ethnicity differences are too great for a single sweep LGBT message. Based on research key findings, we look at similarities in terms of purchase motivations, sensitivities and community recognition. Then we’ll explore the distinct opportunities found within these segments, to help participants make more authentic connections.
Presenters: David Paisley, Community Marketing & Insights, Thomas Roth, Community Marketing & Insights


February 28, 2017 – Who is your “Inclusive” ERG excluding? (click to register)
12:00pm to 1:15pm Pacific Standard Time
Republicans, single parents, HIV+ colleagues. Bisexuals, Christians, baby boomers, ice hockey fans, auditors and janitors. Diversity within the LGBT community means more than ethnicity and gender. While most acknowledge that diversity is important, ERGs often adopt a narrow profile and miss out on opportunities to fully engage their employees. What can your ERG do to send a clear message of inclusiveness to all members of your community? This workshop will highlight unconscious biases within our community while proposing solutions through interactive discussions. The program will use scenarios to challenge your assumptions of “inclusion”, provide practical advice to assist organizations in celebrating all differences without bias, and challenge you to adopt a welcoming, authentic tone that will attract colleagues who are unengaged in today’s ERGs.
Presenters: Heath Clayton, Deloitte Services, Hunter Hammond, Deloitte Consulting, Max Wang, Deloitte


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