Out & Equal Workplace Summit Celebrates 15th Anniversary

Oct 23, 2013, 19:47 ET from Out & Equal Workplace Advocates

- Momentum for LGBT workplace equality & inclusion as 2,000 LGBTA business leaders from 25 countries gather

- Keynotes: Kathy Najimy, Tabatha Coffey, Robert Hanson, Elaine Kaplan, Janet Mock, Selisse Berry & Robbie Kaplan

- Featured Panels on Russia, ENDA, Faith, Corporate Social Responsibility and Diversity Issues

- Leaders of the Movement to be honored at Annual Outie Awards

MINNEAPOLIS, Oct. 23, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The fifteenth anniversary Out & Equal Workplace Summit will be in Minneapolis October 28 – 31. It is expected to draw over 2,000 attendees from 27 countries to share best practices to create LGBT workplace equality. The Workplace Summit comes with the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) heading for a vote in the US House of Representatives.

(Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20131023/DC03467)

"It's still legal for LGBT workers to be fired simply for who they are in 29 US states. In 76 countries, it is illegal simply to be LGBT. The Workplace Summit is the global gathering of the movement dedicated to a world free of discrimination where we can all bring our full authentic selves to work," said Selisse Berry, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Out & Equal Workplace Advocates. Berry founded the organization in 1996 and since 1999, the Out & Equal Workplace Summit has grown from 200 pioneers to a global network of over 2,000 attendees.

The event is sponsored by approximately 100 corporations, including presenting sponsors IBM, Thomson Reuters, and The Walt Disney Company.

The Out & Equal Workplace Summit attracts business leaders from around the world and high-profile speakers including: Kathy Najimy - Actress, Performer, Activist; Tabatha Coffey - Television personality; Janet Mock - Writer, Activist, Founder of #GirlsLikeUs Project; Robert Hanson - CEO of American Eagle Outfitters; Steve Grand - Songwriter, Recording Artist, YouTube hit: All American Boy; Thelma Houston - R&B Artist; Caleb Flood-GoldstickSongwriter, Recording Artist; Robbie Kaplan – Attorney for DOMA Plaintiff, Edie Windsor; Elaine Kaplan – Director, US Office of Personnel Management and recently confirmed Judge of the US Court of Federal Claims; Selisse Berry – Founder and CEO, Out & Equal Workplace Advocates.

Out & Equal Workplace Advocates is the leading nonprofit organization devoted to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) workplace equality and inclusion. Learn more outandequal.org

Twitter Handle: @OutandEqual | Hashtags: #oesummit2013, #OutieAwards



Press Contact: Teddy Basham-Witherington

SOURCE Out & Equal Workplace Advocates