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2020 Southern States Forum

Hosted by Milliken & Company

December 4, 2020

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The American South presents rich opportunities for deepening LGBTQ and Ally engagement in workplaces and offering tailored programming to address the everyday realities of working and living in these communities. That’s why Out & Equal launched its Southern States Initiative in 2019 with a network of workplace advocates committed to making their workplaces true centers for belonging, inclusion, and innovation.  

This year, Out & Equal is proud to hold our second annual Southern States Forum on December 4th from 9:00am-2:00pm ET. We are honored to partner with our virtual host, Milliken & Company, to provide this event as a part of our continued initiative to harness the collective power of business and tackle LGBTQ workplace equality issues in the South. Because the event will be held virtually, it will be easier to attend than ever before.

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Attendees also have the opportunity to meet and connect prior to the event through our Southern Forum Networking Meet-Up on December 3rd from 7:30pm-8:30pm ET. Join as Out & Equal facilitates a high-energy networking session via common questions across smaller virtual breakout groups. Register for Southern Forum Networking Meet-Up here.

Through a powerful half-day virtual event packed with interactive workshops and keynotes, the Southern States Forum will equip businesses and their leaders with vital tools and support in their efforts to advance LGBTQ equality across the region. Attendees will have the opportunity to engage in dynamic workshops, connect and network virtually, and learn from inspiring speakers and experts in the field of LGBTQ workplace equality. 


The Virtual Forum highlights local voices and experts in LGBTQ workplace equality, and addresses key topics such as: 

  • the evolving legal and social landscape for the LGBTQ community,  
  • the intersection of race, racial justice, and LGBTQ inclusion in the South, 
  • religion and conflict management,  
  • cultivating empathy as workplace strategy for inclusion, and 
  • employee resource group development.
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Don’t miss out on this extraordinary event! Registration is free—but spots are limited. Secure yours now by registering today!  

Interested in presenting workshop or speaker opportunities? Reach out to mgelpi@outandequal.org. 

To learn about sponsorship inquiries, please contact partnerships@outandequal.org.

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Out & Equal is the global convener, thought leader and catalyst actively working to achieve workplaces of equality and belonging - supporting LGBTQ+ employees and leaders who thrive in their careers and lives and achieve greater impact on the world.