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As part of Out & Equal’s multi-part global initiative to spread out our events across the entire year with each quarter focused on a new theme, the Q2 Southern States Forum will bring together hundreds of LGBTQ+ and ally professionals to share Southern perspectives on what it means for individuals and companies to be resilient this Pride season. We will hear inspirational stories from leaders in the South, discuss best practices in harnessing the power of our own narratives, and engage in peer-to-peer learning opportunities during interactive breakout sessions.

Pride and Resilience
Friday, June 4, 10:00am – 12:30pm EST

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10:00am – 10:05 ESTOut & Equal WelcomeDeena Fidas, Managing Director | Chief Program and Partnerships Officer (she/her)    
10:05am – 10:15 ESTPartner Opening RemarksRaquel Barlow, Diversity, Inclusion, & Outreach Manager, Cracker Barrel (she/her)  
10:15am -10:25 ESTKeynote Speaker; Kaleb and Carrie HallKaleb Hall, Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Mississippi (he/him)   Carrie Hall, Experience Center Lead, Mississippi, Toyota Motor North America (she/her)  
10:25am – 10:35 ESTKeynote Speaker; Monique EvansMonique Evans, EquipFin Transaction Coordinator, Wells Fargo (she/her)  
10:35am – 10:45 ESTKeynote Speaker; Toni BarringtonToni Barrington, Corporate Compliance Analyst, Chevron (she/her)
10:45am – 11:00 ESTThe Power of Storytelling  Deena Fidas, Managing Director | Chief Program and Partnerships Officer (she/her)
11:00am – 11:50 ESTBreakout Rooms 
11:50amFinal observationsAll speakers invited to give closing remarks and answer questions
2020 southern states forum recap



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