This event was hosted Thursday, June 15, 2023 | Mobile, Alabama
Location: Battle House Renaissance Mobile Hotel & Spa
The American South is rich with both challenges and opportunities for those passionate about LGBTQ+ workplace inclusion. While headlines blare the very real stories of damage done by lawmakers intent on undermining LGBTQ+ equality, there are other stories not making the front page—stories of courage, of compassion, and of leadership across the South. The LGBTQ+ community across the South is the most racially diverse, the most religious, and in many respects faces the most complex landscape of seeming contradictions.
This year, the premier LGBTQ+ workplace inclusion conference focused on the US Southern States brought its Pride-themed forum to Mobile, Alabama, June 15th, 2023.
Hosted by Airbus, Out & Equal’s “Pride in Who We Are” Southern States Forum brought together executives, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB) and Human Resource (HR) practitioners, Employee Resource Group (ERG) leaders, and other workplace inclusion change-makers.
This day-long event centered innovative best practices, professional networking opportunities with leaders from across the region, and a special invite-only tour of one of Airbus’s major manufacturing locations.
Centered on storytelling as a cornerstone of workplace change, this year’s programming boasted inspirational keynotes, interactive workshopping of practical tools, and peer-to-peer educational sessions on innovative best practices, including on intersectionality and LGBTQ+ workplace inclusion.
The Southern States Forum inspired, energized, and empowered participants with new tools for education and inclusion, including:
- Concrete skills in the necessary work of internal persuasion and storytelling for change;
- Practical toolkits for their LGBTQ+ workplace inclusion implementation; and,
- Ample professional networking opportunities.
Together, through event like Southern States Forum and other intentional efforts, we will create workplaces where LGBTQ+ employees and allies belong, thrive, and contribute to greater impact throughout the Southern States and, by extension, across the country.
Southern States Forum was held exclusively for Out & Equal Partner organizations.
Senior Associate–CRE, Texas Capital Bank
Managing Director, Chief Programs and Partnerships Officer, Out & Equal
Anthony Gutierrez, MA
Community Liaison, DC & Virginia, Gilead Sciences
Head of Employee Relations & Transformation, Airbus NA
Head of Finance, Airbus Services, President Pride@Airbus
Sr Director, Leadership, Learning & Development, Out & Equal
CxO, Consumer Technology Group, Wells Fargo & Vice Chair, Out & Equal Board of Directors
Consultant, Commercial Client Product Marketing, Dell