Workplace Summit a Success even with Hurricane Sandy

Workplace Summit a Success even with Hurricane Sandy

I just returned from the Out and Equal Workplace Summit in Baltimore, a tremendously engaging conference that persisted even in the face of hurricane Sandy. Many inspiring presenters and intrepid attendees braved the rain, wind, and travel back-ups to talk about workplace inclusion of LGBT folks. The conference schedule flexed in the face of the storm, but as soon as it was safe we all re-emerged from our shelters where we had “hunkered down” (a phrase local weather forecasters used repeatedly when encouraging everyone to stay off the streets) to attend workshops on employee resource groups, health insurance for transgendered employees, and the proposed Employee Non-Discrimination Act. It is invigorating to see so many large corporations recognizing the tremendous potential for creativity, productivity, and loyalty that an empowered LGBT workforce can provide. I look forward to continuing to work with the Atlanta affiliate group for Out and Equal.  

Dr. Elisabeth Sheff, PhD, CASA, CSE

One of a handful of global experts on polyamory and the foremost international expert on children in polyamorous families, Dr. Elisabeth Sheff has studied gender and
families of sexual minorities for the last 16 years. Sheff’s television appearances include CNN, and the National Geographic, and she has given more than 20 radio, podcast, print, and television interviews with sources from Radio Slovenia to National Public Radio, the Sunday London Times to the Boston Globe and Newsweek. By emphasizing research methodology and findings in her discussions, Dr. Sheff presents the kind of public intellectualism that encourages audience members to think critically regarding gender, sexualities, and families.

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