Out & Equal Workplace Advocates Bestow 2012 Outie Awards
Leaders in the LGBT workplace equality movement lauded
Five silver ‘Outie’ statuettes were given to Outie Award winners this week, while attendees from around the world gathered at the 14th annual Out & Equal Workplace Summit in Baltimore, Md.
LGBT employees and allies, along with human resources and diversity professionals, many representing Fortune 500 companies, attended the Out & Equal Workplace Summit—the leading LGBT professional development conference, equipping attendees with the tools, resources and connections to create equitable and inclusive workplaces. Individuals and companies are nominated for their demonstrated leadership and diversity programs, which help build cultures of inclusion and equity for LGBT workers.
Dorenmalen, Chair of IBM Europe, created a structure within IBM to drive progress on LGBT issues and started numerous initiatives leading to significant improvements within IBM and in the broader business and LGBT communities outside IBM. He ensured that IBM executive management teams in all European countries have included LGBT equality and inclusion on their agendas. He regularly speaks about IBM’s priorities supporting diversity and LGBT inclusion at external LGBT events and gives interviews to the media on LGBT topics. Dorenmalen encourages others to show leadership and to make change happen—a terrific advocate, an inspirational leader and a true straight ally.
Google is a leader in establishing innovative policies that protect and affirm LGBT people in the workplace. From providing transgender sensitivity training to employees, to establishing some of the very best benefits for transgender people in the world, Google has rightly earned its 100% Corporate Equality Index rating. Recently, Google worked in conjunction with the It Gets Better Project to create a national advertising campaign, profiling how the It Gets Better project has helped thousands share their own stories on YouTube, forever impacting the lives of at-risk LGBT youth. Externally, the company has been a leader in empowering non-profit organizations to drive change in the broader community and has publically supported expanding LGBT rights at the federal level, including filing amicus briefs to overturn the federal Defense of Marriage Act.
The New York Fingerlakes Regional Affiliate has built impressive coalitions by engaging local companies who are champions of workplace diversity. These coalitions and partners provided the framework for the development of Out & Equal’s very first regional Workplace Summit in 2011. The Affiliate has also developed a series of “Work it Out” events for college students help prepare them for job interviews, while providing a showcase for local businesses to brand their companies as welcoming and affirming. The Affiliate is a true leader in localizing the mission of Out & Equal in the New York Fingerlakes region.