Posted by: outandequal | April 20, 2011

Learning more about LGBT self-identification in the workplace

Pat Baillie

Pat Baillie, Associate Director of Training & Professional Development

by Pat Baillie | Congratulations to Terry Hildebrandt, Adam Massman, Patrick Vitale,  Andrew Biga, Gene Johnson, Lyne Desormeaux, Julie Gedro as they presented at the Society for Industrial & Organizational Psychology (SIOP) Annual Conference in Chicago last week.  The workshop they presented was a great mix of theory and practical case study information on the metrics and best practices for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) workplace equality.

The title of the presentation was “LGBT research in Self-Identification, LGBT Leadership, ERGs in the Workplace” and was well received as a way to begin to measure the impact of LGBT employees in the workplace.  You can get involved in this work in several ways.  The slides from the presentation have been posted on the LGBT Self ID Community of Practice (CoP) group hosted by Out & Equal.  Members can review the presentation at https://lgbtselfid.groupsite.com/uploads/files/x/000/05c/91e/LGBTSelfID-SIOP-Final-041211.pdf?1303148082 .

One of the presenters, Terry Hildebrandt, commented about the workshop:

Hi Pat:

The event was well attended. There was a good mix of scholars, students, and practitioners. I would estimate that half or more of the group was LGBT.

The workshop was very well received. I think having some SIOP “outsiders/guests” attend was a great idea, and the new LGBT Committee Chair is interested in doing more with Out & Equal and the HRC. They discussed the possibility of bringing in some additional speakers from O&E next year at SIOP.

The SIOP LGBT scholars are also working to put together a panel at Out & Equal on LGBT research for the O&E Dallas conference.

There was a very robust conversation around LGBT Workplace Issues in general at the end of the formal presentations. I was very happy to be able to be a part of that conversation and offer a practitioner perspective from my 17 years of LGBT workplace equality work in the field.

Thanks!

Terry H. Hildebrandt, MA, MA, PCC
Executive Coach and Organization Development Consultant

If you would like to join the continuing work on LGBT Self ID through the CoP, email LGBTselfid@outandequal.org.  You can also review the best practices report on developing at LGBT Self ID program at your workplace at http://outandequal.org/documents/LGBTSelfIdentificationReport.pdf .

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