Out & Equal Workplace Summit
|Out & Equal Workplace Summit|
The Out & Equal Workplace Summit is an annual gathering of over 3,000 business leaders, LGBT employers, LGBT employees and other participants to discuss best practices, network and take part in training sessions. 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.
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.
|Year||Location||Notable Keynote Speakers and Entertainers|
|2002||Orlando, FL||Patricia Ireland|
|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||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|
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.
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