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2022 Workplace Summit Workplace Excellence Outie Award

Outie Awards (the “Outies”) recognize individuals and organizations who are leaders in advancing equality for LGBTQ+ people in workplaces globally. Outies are awarded at the annual Out & Equal Workplace Summit.

This is the most prestigious Outie. It recognizes an employer that demonstrates a historic and ongoing commitment to pursuing and implementing workplace equality for LGBTQ+ employees. This employer not only raises the bar and serves as an example for others, but also supports other organizations’ DEI efforts through active knowledge sharing and peer organization mentoring.

The 2022 Workplace Excellence Outie Award finalists are below The winner will be announced at the 2022 Workplace Summit happening October 17-20th in Las Vegas!


Dell Technologies

Dell Technologies has a strong track record of advocating for policies that advance LGBTQ+ inclusion both within the company and in local communities. Headquartered in Texas, Dell has continued to stand up against the onslaught of anti-LGBTQ+ bills that are targeting the most vulnerable in the LGBTQ+ community – transgender youth and parents of LGBTQ+ children. Internally, Dell continues to grow their inclusion efforts, including the creation of the Diversity Talent Acquisition Team and the “Be the Change” on-demand learning tool available for all employees. Dell fosters community engagement with numerous external partnerships and ensures employees have tools and training to advocate in their personal lives. Dell has 13 ERGs that focus on a wide range of personal and professional identities and gives structured access to professional development goals within the company.  


“Love Drives Our Pride” is more than a campaign for Toyota – it embodies their unwavering commitment to LGBTQ+ inclusion within the company and beyond. This year the LGBTQ+ ERG, Spectrum, worked closely with the Diversity Advisory Board, Social Justice Advocacy Committee, and Government Affairs teams to lobby in Washington, DC on behalf of the LGBTQ+ community. Toyota’s “Love Drives Our Pride” campaign showcases the company’s commitment to equality for LGBTQ+ people around the world. Toyota’s Team Member Spotlights encourage employees to share their own stories with their colleagues, which inspires others to feel more comfortable to bring their authentic selves to work. These stories have been collected in Toyota’s “Coming Out Stories” book that is shared within the company.  

Dow Chemical

During Dow’s 125 years, the company has advanced to create a culture where all employees can thrive, but Dow isn’t stopping there. The company continues to transform workplace culture by spreading awareness and education, advocating for LGBTQ+ inclusive public policy, and adapting to the ever-changing needs of the LGBTQ+ community. Founded in 2000, the LGBTQ+ and allies ERG has now grown to be one of the largest ERGs in the company. LGBTQ+ representation is visible at every level of the company with an out CEO, Jim Fitterling, which sends the message to all employees that it’s safe to bring their full selves to work. Dow recently created the Office of Inclusion, focused on building global inclusion strategies and to provide leadership opportunities within the company for underrepresented groups.  


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