Out & Equal Workplace Summit

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Out & Equal Workplace Summit
Location(s)United States

The Out & Equal Workplace Summit is an annual gathering of over 3,000 business leaders,[1] LGBT employers, LGBT employees and other participants to discuss best practices, network and take part in training sessions.[2] The Out & Equal Workplace Summit is hosted by Out & Equal Workplace Advocates and is held in rotating locations around the United States. The Workplace Summit is considered to be "qualified training in compliance with 5 U.S.C. Chapter 41" of the United States Office of Personnel Management.[3]


Out & Equal Workplace Advocates founder Selisse Berry started the Workplace Summits as part of the United Way Bay Area. In 1999, an organization called The Pride Collaborative merged with another organization called COLLEAGUES—a national organization that sponsored the annual "Out & Equal Conference" aimed at human resource professionals and LGBT employees—thus forming Out & Equal Workplace Advocates. That same year, Progress’s Leadership Summit and COLLEAGUES’ Out & Equal Conference combined resources to produce the annual Out & Equal Workplace Summit, which is now one of the keystone programs of the organization.

After officially becoming a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, Out & Equal Workplace Advocates now independently manages the Workplace Summit.[4]

Year Location Notable Keynote Speakers and Entertainers
1999 Atlanta, GA
2000 Seattle, WA
2001 Northern KY
2002 Orlando, FL Patricia Ireland
2003 Minneapolis, MN
2004 Tempe, AZ Rebecca Walker, Billie Jean King,
2005 Denver, CO Judy Shepard, BD Wong, Senator Tammy Baldwin,
2006 Chicago, IL George Takei, Yolanda King, Nina Jacobson
2007 Washington, DC John Amaechi, Brian Graden, Barney Frank
2008 Austin, TX Carson Kressley, Keith Boykin, Arianna Huffington
2009 Orlando, FL John Berry, John Quiñones, Leslie Jordan
2010 Los Angeles, CA[5] Sheryl Lee Ralph, Chely Wright, The Kinsey Sicks
2011 Dallas Fort Worth, TX Wilson Cruz, Andy Cohen, Margaret Cho, Candis Cayne
2012 Baltimore, MD Kate Clinton, Brigadier General Tammy Smith
2013 Minneapolis, MN Janet Mock, Tabatha Coffey, Kathy Najimy, Thelma Houston, Steve Grand
2014 San Francisco, CA Olympia Dukakis, Lee Daniels, Martha Wash
2015 Dallas, TX Jason Collins, Lisa Kron, Sydney Lucas, Annise Parker, Cris Williamson
2016 Orlando, FL
2017 Philadelphia, PA
2018 Seattle, WA


Annually, the Out & Equal Workplace Summit includes workshops, plenary speakers and performances. The Summit's plenaries includes keynotes from LGBT leaders, executives and celebrities and features performances by LGBT and allied musicians.

The Workplace Summit includes an annual award ceremony aimed at recognizing leaders in LGBT workplace equality called The Outies.[6]


  1. ^ "StreetInsider.com". StreetInsider.com. Retrieved 2013-12-02.
  2. ^ "About the Workplace Summit | Out & Equal Workplace Advocates". Outandequal.org. Retrieved 2013-12-02.
  3. ^ "CHCOC". Chcoc.gov. 2009-07-17. Retrieved 2013-12-02.
  4. ^ "Overview | Out & Equal Workplace Advocates". Outandequal.org. Retrieved 2013-12-02.
  5. ^ "Business News :: Over 2000 Professionals To Attend Out And Equal Workplace Summit In Los Angeles :: Gay Magazine -Echelon Magazine, a Gay Magazine For LGBT Business Profession". Echelonmagazine.com. Retrieved 2013-12-02.
  6. ^ "Out & Equal Announces Outie Award Finalists". Archived from the original on October 28, 2010.

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