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Thursday, June 15, 2023 | Mobile, Alabama 
Battle House Renaissance Mobile Hotel & Spa

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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 is bringing its Pride-themed forum to Mobile, Alabama on June 15th, 2023.  

Hosted by Airbus, Out & Equal’s “Pride in Who We Are” Southern States Forum brings 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 centers 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 boasts 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 will inspire, energize, and empower 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, 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. 

Register Today AGENDA

Southern States Forum is being held exclusively for Out & Equal Partner organizations and is not open to the public.

For questions about the event, please contact global@outandequal.org.


Monique Evans


Senior Associate–CRE, Texas Capital Bank

Deena Fidas


Managing Director, Chief Programs and Partnerships Officer, Out & Equal 

Jennifer Ogle


Head of Employee Relations & Transformation, Airbus NA

Franklin Ortiz


Head of Finance, Airbus Services, President [email protected] 

Isabel Porras


Sr Director, Leadership, Learning & Development, Out & Equal 

Allyn Shaw


EVP Office of the CTO, Wells Fargo 

Sam Slate


Consultant, Commercial Client Product Marketing, Dell

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