Posted by: outandequal | September 13, 2012

I am Out & Equal, Hear Me Roar—Focus on Women at the 2012 Workplace Summit

Vernice “FlyGirl” Armour

by Brianna Nelson | This year marks the 7th Annual Women’s Leadership Program at the 2012 Out & Equal Workplace Summit.

Ernst & Young will sponsor this event on Wednesday, October 31 from 9:00-10:30am. The breakfast is open to everyone and focuses on the achievements of LGBT women leaders in the workplace. It offers a perfect opportunity to make valuable connections, learn about, and share inspiring examples of women’s leadership.

The featured speaker for the Women’s Leadership Breakfast is Vernice “FlyGirl” Armour.  As the United States’ first African-American female combat pilot and an out lesbian, Vernice was an active advocate for the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” To hear Vernice and connect with LGBT women leaders in our community, sign up for this ticketed breakfast when you register for the 2012 Out & Equal Summit.

Also of note, Vladi Luxuria, Former MP, Italy, and the world’s second openly transgender MP after New Zealander Georgina Beyer, will be joining us at the opening plenary. Click here to see Vladi’s speech at the 2012 Out & Equal Global LGBT Workplace Summit in July. And, just announced, Beth Brooke, Vice Chair of Ernst & Young, will be joining us at the Wednesday plenary.

As you plan your workshop track for the week, keep these titles—catering to interests of LGBTQA women—in mind:

Helping ERGs Embrace the B and T

This workshop, facilitated by a bisexual and a transgender woman, will include a forum to share ways to make your ERG more inclusive of sexual and gender diversity while helping to build equality.

Internalized Oppression, Domination, and Social Change

In this interactive workshop, explore manifestations of internalized oppression/domination and how they limit our effectiveness as leaders and champions for social change.

Creating Connections:  Finding the “Like Me” Across Multicultural ERGs

In this workshop, DuPont discloses insights from their 2007 “multicultural forum” and replicates their “Like Me” panel, where representatives of different ERGs (e.g. ERGs based on ethnicity or gender) share what it is like to be a member of their affinity group and help to identify common ground.

Of course, we welcome you to explore all of our current workshop opportunities, including the new workshops this year,  here and here, to customize your Out & Equal Summit experience.

As you plan your itinerary for the 2012 Out & Equal Summit in Baltimore, we’d like to remind you what “charm city” itself has to offer. You may want to visit the Maryland Women’s Heritage Center. It’s the first comprehensive center for regional women’s history of its kind in the nation, and houses the Maryland Women’s Hall of Fame, which features stories of women’s leadership and activism, including those of Harriet Tubman, Billie Holiday, M. Carey Thomas and a number of other dedicated Maryland women, past and present.

Check for Out & Equal’s Night Out and special entertainment plans as more information becomes available! Register online now for direct updates regarding the 2012 Out & Equal Workplace Summit in Baltimore, October 29 through November 1. We look forward to meeting you at The Women’s Leadership Breakfast.



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