2013 Summit Workshops
Thank you to all of the companies and individuals who submitted program proposals for the inaugural Northwest Regional Summit! Our workshops have been designed to provide Regional Summit attendees with knowledge to promote workplace inclusion and advance their own careers.
Supreme Court Review: Marriage Equality, DOMA, and What They Mean for the Workplace
Tara Borelli, Staff Attorney, Lambda Legal
With the Supreme Court poised to rule on marriage equality and Section 3 of the federal “Defense of Marriage Act,” we have reached a watershed in the movement for equal treatment of same-sex couples. The Court’s decisions will have a profound effect on the lives of same-sex couples, and define the next chapter of work to secure equal treatment everywhere, including the workplace. This workshop will review what we might expect from the Court this month, and the impact its decisions may have on workplace issues such as equal employment benefits for same-sex couples.
ERGs Becoming BRGs: How LGBTQ Affinity Groups Impact the Bottom Line
Starbucks Coffee Company
Christopher McCormick, Leading Business Partner, Global Learning & Development, Starbucks Coffee Company
What is the link between coffee tasting, LGBT workplace equality, and business results? This interactive session will explore how ERGs can measure ROI in qualitative and quantitative terms. Participants will discuss how to identify metrics for tracking ERG success, communicating successes to leadership, and engaging business groups.
Driving High Performance with Inclusion and Diversity
Stéphane Mead, Accenture
Tim Garippa, Accenture
Inclusion & Diversity (I&D) in the workplace may be the right thing to do, but does it have a business case? Accenture is at the global forefront of I&D practices, supported by the LGBT Employee Resource Group (ERG). The ERG has driven adoption of leading policies, benefits, and practices affecting LGBT employee ensuring high engagement and reducing LGBT attrition. Join them as they discuss their journey utilizing a metrics driven approach to measure the value created by a more equal and diverse workplace. In this workshop, Accenture’s LGBT ERG will discuss several aspects of their journey including policies, benefits, and practices that helps attract and retain high performing talent while creating high performance operations and organic growth for the enterprise.
LEAN Manufacturing, ERGs, and Streamlining the Allies Value Creation Process
The Boeing Company
Rich Cross, Industrial Engineer, The Boeing Company
Chris Mulready, Account Manager, The Boeing Company
In many companies, LGBTQ employees are successfully leveraging their natural abilities to integrate diverse ideas and spark truly innovative solutions. These solutions drive improvements and impact the bottom line. Can this philosophy be used to improve ERG's and an entire company's diversity initiatives? Participants will become empowered to utilize Value Stream Mapping (VSM) to develop successful Ally Programs that are Lean while also sustainable through Continuous Process Improvement methodology.
Shareholders Vote and Companies Lead: Protecting LGBT Employees
Kris Hermanns, Executive Director, Pride Foundation
Seth Kirby, Director, Oasis Youth Center
LGBT workplace equality has significantly improved in recent years, yet LGBT people still face discrimination in the workplace. Fortunately, many companies have learned that implementation of non-discrimination policies and cultures impacts recruiting, retention and bottom-line profit. Learn how Pride Foundation’s successful shareholder advocacy efforts have resulted in numerous multi-national companies expanding their non-discrimination policies, including McDonald’s, General Electric, and Wal-Mart. Come learn more about the history of this strategy, its ongoing evolution, and how to engage your workplace in ensuring every employee has the chance to succeed.
What Gets Measured Drives Change - A Look at LGBT Self-Identification
Group Health Cooperative
Justin Genziano, Group Health Cooperative
Pat Baillie, Director of Training, Out & Equal
Using best practices from the LGBT Voluntary Self ID Community of Practice and experiences from corporations that use surveys and HR records to track LGBT employees, we will explain and explore how LGBT Self ID impacts the workplace climate and the next steps to workplace inclusion. Whether you are just starting out on Self ID in your company or have been doing it for years, this workshop will provide you insights to discuss these metrics on a national and global perspective. Come be a part of the dialogue and get your questions answered on this future-focused inclusion issue.
Giving (& Getting) Back: Nonprofit Boards for Beginners!
Ernst & Young
Sara Johnston, Senior Associate, Ernst & Young
Joining a nonprofit board or committee can be a wonderful way for professionals to develop their skills while making a difference for the organization. Many of us are uncertain about how to do this or what it entails. In particular, younger professionals who are new to the workforce may be unsure if they have what it takes to support their community in this way. Join a panel of nonprofit professionals and corporate volunteers who will discuss the challenges, opportunities and rewards of joining a nonprofit board.
Building Bridges to LGBT Cultural Competency
Out & Equal Workplace Advocates
Pat Baillie, Director of Training, Out & Equal
This workshop begins by looking at the basic yet complex concepts, terminology, and history of the LGBT community. Next is an exposition on building the business case and understanding the emerging issues facing LGBT employees in the workplace today. Finally this workshop explores the critical role of allies and ERGs and engages participants in creating next steps to begin or expand LGBT equality in their workplace.
Bottom Up and Top Down - How to build an LGBT ERG to Make All Parties Happy
Krystianne Avedian, Principal, CapGemini
Please join us for a workshop to understand how to create a successful LGBT ERG for your organization. From the bottom: How to grow your ERG organically. From the top: How to develop the right model to drive top line business benefits. From the middle: How to drive the right initiatives to enlist, engage and sustain your members.
How LGBTQ-Specific Leadership Training Can – and Does – Alter the Future of the LGBTQ Movement
Out in Front
Lonnie Lusardo, Founder & Past Chair, Out in Front
This highly interactive workshop covers key knowledge, skills, and tools current and future LGBTQ leaders need to manage the changing political landscape: Are you familiar with the LGBTQ community’s broad history and how community organizing strategies are used today? Are Transgender and gender nonconforming members of the community understood and embraced by their LGB peers? Are your board skills up to speed? Are you prepared to lobby on behalf of your community at the State Legislature? What happens after marriage equality? Is our community sustainable? Are its leaders sustainable?
Diversity and Inclusion within the LGBT Community
Local panel of diverse voices moderated by Kevin Jones, Out & Equal Workplace Advocates
The lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community is one that is rich and diverse. LGBT employee groups often struggle to ensure that their works include the voices and interests of all LGBT employees - transgender, bi, people of color, differently abled and more. This panel will highlight the stories of employees whose identities include aspects that are often underrepresented in LGBT workplace conversations. Join us to understand their unique experiences, the ways in which we can be more inclusive - and the responsibilities that each of us has to support the entire LGBT community in bringing our full selves to work.
2013 State of LGBT Workplace Policies and Practices
LGBT Movement Advancement Project
On June 4th, the LGBT Movement Advancement Project - with co-authors CAP and HRC and partners that include Out & Equal - released a landmark new report outlining how lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) workers might have the same job as a coworker, yet be legally fired, denied equal benefits and be required to pay thousands of dollars more in taxes simply because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. A Broken Bargain: Discrimination, Fewer Benefits and More Taxes for LGBT Workers illustrates how America’s basic bargain—that those who work hard can get ahead—is broken for LGBT workers. Come learn about this report as an invaluable source of information on LGBT workplace issues - and how you can use this report as a tool for conversations in your workplace.