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July 19 & July 26:

(a virtual event)

Out & Equal is excited to announce the launch of the Next Gen Initiative: Summer Series, made possible thanks to our generous partners at Bank of America. This series is part of a larger investment by Bank of America in Out & Equal’s work to advance LGBTQ+ leadership.

Although interest in queer leadership continues to grow, the gay glass ceiling proves that the struggle to enter the C-suite is still very real for many LGBTQ+ leaders. This journey is of course, even harder for LGBTQ+ people who exist across multiple underrecognized identity groups. Add to that, learning how to navigate corporate environments for the first time ever, and you get a glimpse of the hurdles that many LGBTQ+ individuals encounter on their road to success.

Enter The Corporate World with Knowledge and Confidence

The Next Gen Initiative works to remove barriers that keep LGBTQ+ people from entering the corporate workforce. It teaches attendees how to leverage existing supports, like employee and business resource groups for community and connection. Above all, the Summer Series gives candidates an unfiltered glimpse at what success can look like as an out, LGBTQ+ professional. The program kicks off with two insightful, pre-recorded conversations between out LGBTQ+ and ally leaders at varying stages of their careers. Be inspired. Get strategic. Then, join us for two early-career networking sessions, dedicated to building community in an open and informal environment.

You’re Invited! The Next Gen Initiative: Summer Series is open to anyone in the first ten years of their career.

Maximize Your Impact in Your First Corporate Role

July 19

3-4:30pm ET/ 12-1:30pm PT

Established and aspiring leaders from Bank of America will reflect on their first, full-time, corporate working experiences — sharing invaluable insights about the attributes that make them stand out leaders as well as an inside look at the hard-fought lessons learned along the way. Panelists, Peter Bueza (Bank of America, SVP, HR Executive) and Bryan Cuevas (Bank of America, Process Design Analyst), will focus on the ways their identities and lived experiences have shaped their professional trajectories.

LEARN FROM LGBTQ+ TRAILBLAZERS! The conversation will emphasize how early career and new-to-corporate professionals can leverage their own backgrounds for success at work. The panel, facilitated by Isabel Porras (Out & Equal, Sr. Director of Leadership, Learning & Development) will be followed by an engaging, 45min networking event for attendees.

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Navigate ERGs for Connection and Development

July 26

3-4:30pm ET/ 12-1:30pm PT

In this panel discussion, attendees will learn about the impact that E/BRGs have on individuals and organizations. The panel will be moderated by Rebecca York (Out & Equal) and will consist of E/BRG leaders from a cross section of industries and roles.

Gain Allyship, Acceptance, & Invaluable Career Insight!

The panel will include: Chris Budin, Mondelez; Christine Chilingerian, SunLife; Albert Ochoa, Bank of America, and the conversation will cover a range of topics including, the best ways for new-to-corporate and early career professionals to get engaged in their company’s E/BRGs, plus how E/BRGs can positively enact change both within and outside of organizations!

The discussion will be followed by a 45 min networking event for attendees to continue the conversation and build community amongst peers.

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