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The Outie Awards

The “Outies” are awarded at the annual Out & Equal Workplace Summit. Outie Awards recognize individuals and organizations who are leaders in advancing equality for LGBTQ people in workplaces globally.

The 2022 Outie Award Winners were announced at our Workplace Summit in Las Vegas on October 20th. Congratulations to all the winners!


The Workplace Excellence Outie was awarded to Dell Technologies in recognition of their policies that advance LGBTQ+ inclusion both within the company and in communities where their team members live and work. Dell Technologies prioritizes cultivating a work environment where everyone can be their true selves. By working with the company’s Pride Employee Resource Group (ERG), Dell continues to foster a sense of belonging both in and out of the workplace.


Employee Resource Group of the Year Outie was awarded to GLAD, Dow’s LGBTQ+ and allies employee resource group (ERG). GLAD continues to transform Dow through initiatives that create meaningful change in the workplace and globally. GLAD led Dow’s efforts to create transgender internship programs in Brazil and Argentina to help connect trans and nonbinary talent to the company. The ERG has an ongoing partnership with Dow’s Government and Public Affairs team in several countries, including Brazil, Thailand, and Taiwan, to give employees tools to lobby and speak out against anti-LGBTQ+ public policy.


New Employee Resource Group of the Year Outie was awarded to Medtronic’s PRIDE Global Network. Despite the setbacks of launching an ERG in the beginning of the pandemic, Medtronic’s PRIDE Global Network established 21 ERG chapter locations reaching over 8,000 active members in over 50 countries. In Chile, PRIDE Global Network co-founded a large companies that joined together to advocate for marriage equality in the country. In 2022, thanks to massive corporate advocacy, marriage equality became law in Chile.


The LGBTQ+ Corporate Advocate of the Year Outie was awarded to Commander Emily Shilling, the Naval Mission Planning System Military Deputy Program Manager who is the senior-most out, trans identifying line officer in the United States Navy. Commander Shilling actively works with transgender personnel, Congress, high level military leaders, and the Defense Health Agency, to provide mentorship, advocate for inclusive military service, improve access to medical care, and create a safe environment in which transgender individuals not only serve, but thrive.


The Ally Changemaker Outie was awarded to Mukesh Batra, a Senior Vice President at Bank of America. In 2018, Mukesh launched the Global Business Services (GBS) LGBTQ+ chapter in India. Under Batra’s leadership, the network has grown to over 4,000 members. He has created a more inclusive workplace for LGBTQ+ employees by leading the implementation of gender neutral restrooms, same-sex partner benefits, gender transition guidelines, and LGBTQ+ training sessions for employees. Mukesh works to dismantle discrimination based on religion, caste, gender identity, sexual orientation, and more by using his position as a leader and LGBTQ+ ally to create a culture of belonging from the top down.


The Belonging & Equity Visionary Outie was awarded to Indeed.The company centers inclusion as a core business value and strategy throughout the company. Over half of Indeed’s global employees are active members of at least one of the company’s Inclusion Resource Groups (IRGs). In 2022, the groups have already hosted more than 250 events to broaden awareness and implement change for diverse communities. In response to the tragic murder of George Floyd, Indeed intentionally shifted their stance from “quiet advocacy” to being more vocal about the need for systemic change across marginalized communities.


Global LBGTQ+ Corporate Advocate Outie was awarded to Javier Constante, President of Dow Latin America. Constante is an active board member of Forum de Empresas e Direitos LGBTQ+, one of the leading LGBTQ+ public policy and advocacy organizations in Brazil. Javier is one of the most senior, openly LGBTQ+ executives in Latin America and takes his responsibility as a role model and advocate very seriously. He uses his position to advocate at higher levels of the company, which helps open doors, challenges the status quo, and fights prejudice to create a more inclusive environment for all people.


In 2020, Out & Equal recognized Arne Sorenson, CEO of Marriott International, with an Outie Award for his tireless advocacy for marginalized groups as well as for his commitment to LGBTQ+ workplace rights. While Arne Sorenson passed away in 2021, his legacy is deeply grafted into our movement for workplace equality. In 2022, we announced the inaugural Arne Sorenson Vanguard Award to recognize other extraordinary leaders. Its first recipient, Sandra Evers-Manly, has contributed much thought leadership to Our & Equal, particularly to our Southern States Initiative and racial justice work. We are grateful for her decades of leadership, role modeling, and support.


In 2022, Out & Equal was proud to honor George A. Kalogridis, President of Segment Development and Enrichment for Disney Parks, Experiences and Products, with a Lifetime Achievement Award, recognizing the countless professionals and workplace cultures positively impacted by George’s steadfast commitment to LGBTQI+ inclusion. In two terms on Out & Equal’s Board of Directors, George contributed significantly to our bold transformation and strategy in the new era and we are eternally grateful.

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Past Outie Awards Winners

Workplace Excellence

This is the most prestigious Outie. It recognizes an employer that has a historic and ongoing commitment to pursuing and executing workplace equality for LGBTQ employees in their workplace. This employer has a history of not only continually raising the bar of workplace equality for others to follow but also supports other organizations’ diversity and inclusion efforts as well through active knowledge sharing and peer organization mentoring.

Past Winners

2021 – JPMorgan Chase
2020 – Dow
2019 – Microsoft
2018 – Sodexo
2017 – Bank of America
2016 – Dell Inc.
2015 – The Walt Disney Company
2014 – Chevron
2013 – The Dow Chemical Company
2012 – Google
2011 – Accenture
2010 – IBM Corporation
2009 – Sun Microsystems
2008 – PepsiCo
2007 – Wells Fargo
2006 – JPMorgan Chase
2005 – Citigroup
2004 – Kaiser Permanente and Pacific Gas & Electric Company (Tied)
2003 – NCR Corporation
2002 – American Airlines
2001 – IBM
2000 – Eastman Kodak Company

Employee Resource Group of the Year

This award recognizes a particular Employee Resource Group (ERG) that has a proven track record of success. A top contender will be an ERG that is continuously elevating diversity, implementing intersectional and collaborative programming with other ERGs, and advocating for LGBTQ equal rights in its workplace.

Past Winners

2021 – Out Front Capital One & OPEN Oracle
2020 – HP
2019 – Out – NBC Universal
2018 – Cracker Barrel LGBT Alliance
2017 – IC Pride – US Intelligence Community
2016 – PRIDE Team Network – Wells Fargo
2015 – Open & Out, Johnson & Johnson
2014 – Citi PRIDE Network
2013 – PRIDE (Lockheed Martin) & LGBTA Business Council (Target)
2012 – OutServe (U.S. Department of Defense)
2011 – LGBT Pride Resource Group, Bank of America
2010 – The Clorox Company
2009 – (Tie) General Motor’s People Like Us & US Department of State and USAID’s Gays and Lesbians in Foreign Affairs Agencies
2008 – Hewlett-Packard’s HP PRIDE
2007 – Nike’s GLBT & Friends Network
2006 – GLEAM, Mircrosoft
2005 – Chevron Lesbian & Gay Employee Association (CLGEA)
2004 – Lambda Network at Eastman Kodak Company
2003 – GLBC at SC Johnson
2002 – SEA Shell at Shell Oil, Co.
2001 – Pride at Walt Disney
2000 – LEAGUE at AT&T

LGBTQ Corporate Advocate of the Year

This award recognizes an LGBTQ individual who is actively advocating to improve their organization’s inclusion efforts, pushing significant adoption of best/innovative practice, benefiting LGBTQ employees and advancing their organizations standing as a true leader in this work. Advocates are bold and are making a difference outside their workplace to drive change and equality in their community, their country, and the world.

Past Winners

2021 – Dr. Shilpen Patel, Genentech
2020 – Nicole Gibson, Dell
2019 – Moe Abdul-Rahim, Mercer
2014 – Greer Puckett (Northrop Grumman)
2012 – Lance Freedman, Lockheed Martin
2011 – Claudia Woody, IBM Corporation
2010 – Bill Hendrix, The Dow Chemical Company
2009 – Richard Clark, Accenture
2008 – Chris Crespo, Ernst & Young
2007 – Dr. Judy Lively, Kaiser Permanente
2006 – Emily Jones, Kodak
2005 – Leslie (Les) Hohman, GM PLUS
2004 – Robert Burrell, Ford
2003 – Wesley Combs, Witeck-Combs Communications
2002 – Dr. Louise Young, Raytheon
2001 – Mary Ann Horton, Avaya
2000 – Tom Ammiano, Leslie Katz and Susan Leal, San Francisco Supervisors

Ally Change Maker

This award recognizes an Ally who has made a significant contribution to advancing LGBTQ workplace equality. This person is an action-oriented change maker. They uplift the voices of marginalized groups, have shown a unique commitment to LGBTQ workplace rights, and have used their talents to further that cause, even if at some risk.

Past Winners

2021 – Shobha Pandey, John Deere
2020 – Arne Sorenson, CEO and President, Marriott
2019 – Ana Helena Chacón, Former Vice President of Costa Rica
2017 – Ramkrishna Sinha, Intel Corporation
2016 – Thomas Vilsack, USDA Secretary
2015 – Howard Ungerleider, The Dow Chemical Company
2014 – Vijay Anand
2013 – Cathy Bessant, Bank of America
2012 – Harry van Dorenmalen, IBM
2011 – Dr. Sophie Vandebroek, Xerox
2010 – Mark Bertolini, Aetna Healthcare
2009 – Randy Kammer, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida
2008 – William C. Thompson, Jr., City of New York
2007 – Ana Duarte McCarthy, Citi
2006 – Deborah Dagit, Merck
2005 – June R. Cohen, DuPont
2004 – Laura Brooks, Eastman Kodak
2003 – Judy Boyette, University of California
2002 – William Perez, CEO of SC Johnson & Son
2001 – Cathy Brill & Lisa Vitale, Kodak
2000 – Ethel Batten, Lucent Technologies

New ERG Chapter of the Year

This award recognizes an Employee Resource Group (ERG) chapter that has been established within the last two years (the organization ERG can have existed longer than that but the chapter must be new). This award recognizes a new chapter that has made a bold impact at their company, federal agency, or non-profit in their first few years.

Past Winners

2021 – Boeing Employees with Transgender Family Members
2020 – JP Morgan Chase Poland Chapter
2019 – Bank of America LGBT+ Pride India Chapter

Belonging & Equity Visionary

innovating in its efforts to build a workplace culture that fosters connection, collaboration, and allyship among employees across boundaries of cultures and race. The winner will be piloting breakthrough intersectional programming, serving as an outspoken public policy advocate for the needs of multiple communities, encouraging joint projects among ERGs, and prioritizing the investment of resources into the LGBTQ community and other communities.

Past Winners

2021 – Bank of America

Global LGBTQ Corporate Advocate

This award recognizes an LGBTQ individual based in one of Out & Equal’s countries and/or regions of focus outside of the United States – Brazil, Latin America, China, or India – who is actively advocating to improve their organization’s inclusion efforts, pushing significant adoption of best/innovative practice, benefiting LGBTQ employees and advancing their organizations standing as a true leader in this work. Advocates are bold and are making a difference outside their workplace to drive change and equality in their community, their country, and the world.

Past Winners

2021 – Luiz Felipe Centeno Ferraz

Previous Awards

Global Workplace Excellence

This award recognizes an employer based in one of Out & Equal’s Global countries and/or regions of focus – Brazil, Latin America, China or India – that demonstrates a commitment to pursuing workplace equality for LGBTQ employees. This employer has a robust ERG, strong ally engagement, and visible executive champions.

Past Winners

2020 – Northern Trust India

LGBTQ Marketing of the Year

This award recognizes an innovative effort by a company or ERG in their external marketing to speak to or about the LGBTQ community. Top contenders will be bravely authentic, widely distributed, or intersectional in their messaging.

Past Winners

2020 – Procter & Gamble

Belonging During COVID

This award recognizes an organization – company, federal agency or non-profit – that stepped up to the challenges of operating in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic by innovating to maintain and increase a sense of belonging for all employees.

Past Winners

2020 – John Deere Rainbow ERG


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