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

2018 Virtual Summit Series

(Based on workshops presented at the October 2017 Workplace Summit in Philadelphia, PA)

1. Stakeholder Engagement in Today’s Polarized Environment: Knowing How to Respond

2. PRIDE! Create a Symphony Between Your ERG & Marketing Team

3. Get SASSy: Tapping the power of Visible Allies at Work

Stakeholder Engagement in Today’s Polarized Environment: Knowing How to Respond
In today’s shifting political environment, an organization’s commitment to diversity and inclusion is being judged against how/when they respond to external events impacting underrepresented communities. The LGBTQ community is concerned that reversal of legal protections for transgender people may indicate other rights are at risk – including those enacted by employers. Lately, leadership teams are being asked from multiple stakeholders to publicly state their commitment to workplace equity/inclusion. Being prepared to respond in a timely way is key to protecting your reputation as a best place to work. This session will use real case studies that demonstrate what’s at stake and provide tips on how to respond effectively while balancing the needs of multiple stakeholders.
Apoorva Gandhi | VP of Multicultural Affairs,  Marriott International
Wesley Combs | Founder, Combs Advisory Services
Bob Witeck | Founder and President, Witeck Communications 



PRIDE! Create a Symphony Between Your ERG & Marketing Team
Pride month is one the best times for a company to activate locally, reaching large numbers of LGBT consumers. But what is the value for a company to showcase products and services to LGBT consumers if they don’t believe the company really cares about the community? Conversely, how can you showcase yourself as an employer of choice and engage your employees when consumer messaging is absent or unprofessionally executed? How can a brand extend the Pride message beyond a weekend parade or festival? In this session, learn how corporations Comcast and NBCUniversal as well as agency imre are bringing marketers and ERGs together to execute holistic Pride initiatives that lift brands and corporate profiles. Hear from both marketers and ERG leaders with successful case studies of major Pride activations.
Kristin Wygal | Production Director,Comcast NBCUniversal,
Joe Keenan | Exectuive Director of LGBTQ & Entertainment, IMRE
Derek Tarcza | Director of Software Development, Comcast NBCUniversal 
Mike Pirone | Manager of Marketing Development, Comcast NBCUniversal

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Get SASSy: Tapping the power of Visible Allies at Work
Allies are an important contingent in the struggle for LGBTQ+ rights and workplace inclusion.  In this webinar, we’ll explore: why visible allies are critical to fostering an inclusive workplace; why calling yourself an ally is different than “acting in visible ally-ship”; how to make a plan that you can take back to your teams; and how to prepare for the consequences (both good and bad) of visibility. We’ll share tactical steps allies can take to Support, Advocate, Speak Out, and Stand Up (SASS) in visible “ally-ship” for their LGBTQ+ colleagues, as told from a bisexual, gay, and straight perspective.  Allies… it’s time to get SASSy!
Lauren Martin, M.Ed. | Planning & Sales, Northewestern Mutual,
Ryan Everson | Project Manager, Northewestern Mutual