Posted by: outandequal | April 13, 2011

Northeast Regional Summit tomorrow

Tomorrow, national leaders in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) workplace equality will gather in Rochester, NY to address the most pressing issues facing the LGBT community.   This year’s Northeast Regional Workplace Summit is highlighted by a personal address from Out & Equal’s own Founding Executive Director, Selisse Berry who will address constituents on the current state of the LGBT workplace equality movement. The event begins with an opening reception this evening.

In addition, the Northeast Regional Workplace Summit will feature a luncheon keynote emphasizing what businesses can do for marriage equality–and why employees should care. Hear Levi Strauss’ Enrique Atienza share how his company took a stand for marriage equality in his presentation, “The Levi Strauss & Co. Brand’s White Knot Campaign in Support of Marriage Equality.”

National leaders will deliver 16 workshops including: coming out to clients, bullying from playground to workplace, LGBT healthcare equality and religion in the workplace   Rochester and the Finger Lakes region was chosen for this summit since 32 regional employers have achieved the highest rating for Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality by the Human Rights Campaign.

The Northeast Regional Workplace Summit is a unique opportunity for LGBT professionals, HR managers and executives alike to make meaningful connections within the region.

Interested in attending? The event will be tomorrow, Thursday, April 14, from 8:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center, at 123 East Main Street, Rochester, NY Driving Directions

Register now to take part in 2011 Northeast Regional Workplace Summit.

Northeast Regional Summit Workshop Schedule

Session I

Unique Financial Challenges Facing the LGBT Community, Kevin West, EFP Rotenberg; and Kyle D. Young, Wells Fargo
Bullying: From the Playground to the Workplace, Jeff Markarian,GLSEN Rochester; Jesse Cohen, GAGV; and Paul D. Birkby, Penfield Central School
Healthcare Equality Index (HEI) – A framework for inclusive policies, benefits and patient care practices, Stanley Byrd, University of Rochester; and John Cullen, Ph.D., University of Rochester Medical Center
The care and feeding of straight allies at work: What LGBTs must know for successful inclusion,
Jody Huckaby, PFLAG

Session II

Assessing & Improving Your Organization’s LGBT Climate, Deena Fidas, Human Rights Campaign Foundation
Being Transgender in the Workplace in a Binary World, Thomas Fox, Amy Galiana, Kodak; and Jennifer Chapin, Xerox
Connecting our networks for greater success-locally and beyond,
Chris Crespo and Bridgett Arieno, Ernst & Young
Creating an LGBT ERG Mentoring Program, Elycia Lerman and Isabel Gonzalez Mychajlowycz, Johnson & Johnson

Session III

From Marketing to Outreach: How to Make an ERG Relevant, Stephanie Strzalka and Ken Bester, Kimberly-Clark
Building a Roadmap for Business Effectiveness, Jennifer Brown, JBC Consulting; and Michael Lopez, Alcoa
Health Benefits for Transgender Employees and the CEI, Deena Fidas, HRC Foundation; and Andre Wilson, Jamision Green & Associates Consulting
Tracking LGBT Demographics in the Workplace, Susan Mayrand, Xerox Canada; Susan L. Schiefelbein, Corning; and Elizabeth J. Reynolds, KPMG Canada

Session IV

Identifying, building and developing an LGBT pipeline of rising stars. Chris Crespo and Michael A. Martell, Ernst & Young
Understanding and Managing Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Workplace Issues, Janet Donner, ITTGeospatial
Gender Identity and Expression Inclusive Policies: It’s Good for Business,
Alden M. Bashaw, M.S. Ed and Sheilah R. Sable, M.S., Empire State Pride Agenda
Spirituality, Values and the Workplace, Rev Dr Sharon Jacobson and Paul D Regoord, Inspiritual



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