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Apr 2016

Out Women in Business 2016 Recap

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Thank you for joining us for #OWiB2016 - Friday was a blast! 320 registrants spent the day learning from and connecting with one another at the Out Women in Business Conference in New York. We couldn’t have pulled off this great conference without our presenting sponsors: AccentureEYLiberty Mutual, our reception sponsor: Citi, and our airline sponsor: United Airlines.
As a recap, beginning around 9:00am, we heard from some incredible speakers and thinkers who broadened our minds and challenged what it means to be an out woman at work.
Arwa Mahdawi gave us a view into the complexities of diversity at work today. She spoke about how to avoid tokenism and combat institutional inequality. Taking on the adage of “you catch more flies with honey than vinegar,” Arwa uses humor to combat inequality. In fact, she created the satirical website Rent-A-Minority to shine a spotlight on systemic inequality!
global panel
After Arwa’s talk, we learned from five incredible people about being out women across the world. Representing Europe, Asia, and South America, Milena Otasevic (one of our steering committee members from the Atkinson Graduate School of Management at Willamette University) spoke withMaria Sjödin (OutRight Action International), Karen Potter (Citi), Maital Dar (EY), and Bachul Koul (A.T. Kearney) at length. They each talked about their experiences, particularly speaking to how difficult it can be to be out in regions of the world where homosexuality is either still a crime or not widely accepted in society.
design workshop
After a brief break, we dug into design thinking with Lotus Child from Arson Agency. Lotus led us in a workshop to push our boundaries and keep our creativity flowing when we approach problems and design solutions. Jacob Tobia, a genderqueer activist, taught us about how problematic the gender binary is for gender justice. They encouraged us to open our minds when we think about what an “out woman” is.
other industries panel
Jennifer Brown facilitated a discussion across industries between  Annise Parker,  Roberta Kaplan, and Nevin Caple. Each of them gave lessons from their own experiences — in politics, law and sports, respectively — about how being an LBT woman has affected their professional lives and where they think the moment for equality is headed. Finally, we learned from  Vivienne Ming‘s time in the tech industry and her research on the unexpected tax on LGBT people due to recruiting in the job market. She gave us great insights into how to combat the stigma from the work she’s doing. We closed off Friday with a networking reception at the end of the day, sponsored by Citi.
SCAN NYC photo
Then on Saturday a small group of OWiB attendees came together to meet with a dozen inner-city at-risk LBT youth for a mentor program with SCAN NY (facilitated by United).  Those who were able to attend walked away inspired by their experience.
Thanks to everyone who came to learn, speak, and support Out Women in Business! We hope to see all of you again at the conference next Spring.

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Feb 2015

Wells Fargo Joins as Sponsor of the Queer Women in Business Summit

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We are thrilled to announce that Wells Fargo, one of Reaching OUT’s long-time corporate partners, will a sponsor of  the 2015 Queer Women in Business Summit.  You’ll be able to connect with all official sponsors, like Wells Fargo, to learn about career opportunities for lesbian, bisexual and transgender women.

Content at the Queer Women in Business Summit will be applicable to lesbian, bisexual, and transgender women in all phases of their careers. A full schedule of events is below!

Want to attend? Thanks to the generous support of sponsor like Wells Fargo & Liberty Mutual, you can get a 50% discount off the $99 registration by using this link!

Tentative Agenda for the Queer Women in Business Summit
March 7th, 2015

9:00-9:45AM         Opening Keynote Speakers (including Christie Smith, Managing Principal at Deloitte)

9:45-10:45AM       Networking Interactive Session: Circle, Share and Inspire

What are you passionate about? What do you need help with? This session breaks up attendees into small groups and gives the participants the floor for 3-5  minutes to talk about anything they want and take questions. Participants could use this time to pitch an idea and get feedback, get advice on entering a career, or just share a topic they find really important. Practice your public speaking skills and get to know ROMBA participants in a more meaningful way.

11:00-11:45AM       Facilitated Panel: Career Arc

This session will dive into the career paths and opportunities for LBT women at early, mid and late career stages across multiple industries including finance, consulting and social impact.

12:00-1:15PM         Networking Lunch: Industry Match

Whether you are  exploring your options, looking to foster mentor/mentee relationships within your current industry, or just looking to expand your own professional networking, industry match will give you the opportunity to interact with women in your field.

1:30-2:15PM           Workshop: Building Stronger Communication & Negotiation Skills

We’ve all heard it before. Women struggle to demand what they want or deserve. Join this session to learn how to improve your negotiation skills and be more assertive during meetings.

2:30-3:30PM           Panel Session: Intersectionality in the LBT Community

This session will take a look at how diverse queer women can be and the various issues that affect those within our community who have intersectionalities with the trans community, international communities, and other diversity segment.

3:30-4:30PM           TED-style 10 Min Speakers

Hear from six speakers who will present on topics such as “Community Building” “Finding Your Authentic Voice” and “Being an LBT Woman in the Global Setting” that you can bring back to your workplace or campus.

4:30-5:30PM           Company Networking Opportunity

This is an opportunity to network with attendees from companies participating in the Queer Women in Business Summit as well as speak with representatives from our sponsor companies at their designated tables.

5:30-7:00PM           Optional Networking Reception Off-Site

 

Liberty Mutual is the title sponsor for the inaugural QUIB Summit!

 

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Feb 2015

Queer Women in Business Speaker: Christie Smith

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We are thrilled to announce that Christie SmithManaging Principal, Deloitte University Leadership Center for Inclusion, as the first speaker for the 2015 Queer Women in Business Summit. As a senior out LBT leader frequently listed as a “Women in Watch” by the Diversity Journal and an Inclusion speaker at TEDx BeaconStreet, Christie will be part of an inspired start to a day of great content.  Learn more about Christie below!

Content at the Queer Women in Business Summit will be applicable to lesbian, bisexual, and transgender women in all phases of their careers. Attendees can look forward to speeches from LBT business leaders like Christie Smith, panels exploring issues at specific career stages and issues around intersectionality within the LBT community, a series of inspirational TED-style talks, a workshop around building stronger communication skills, and structured interactive breakouts that designed to build personal networks and foster organic mentor/mentee relationships in their industries.

Register for QUIB ($99 for professionals and $49.50 for students using the code LBTstudent)

Liberty Mutual is the title sponsor for the inaugural QUIB Summit!

 

Christie Smith, PhD
Regional Managing Principal, Consulting
Managing Principal Deloitte University Leadership Center for Inclusion

Christie is the Managing Principal for Consulting in the west region of the United States. Her responsibilities include markets, clients, talent and community for more than 2,400 consulting practitioners and more than 250 Principals and Directors. She is also a Lead Consulting Partner and Advisory Partner on several of Deloitte’s largest clients.

With more than 25 years of experience, Christie has a passion for serving clients and bringing innovative and effective solutions to their most important business, market and talent issues. Christie focuses her work with clients on aligning business strategy with the requirements of organizational structure, talent, leadership development and global workforce planning.

In addition to her management and client responsibilities Christie leads the Deloitte University Leadership Centers for Inclusion and Community Impact. Both roles provide a platform for developing solutions with our people, clients, academics and non-profits about how the business world can fundamentally redefine how it approaches issues including inclusion, transitioning veterans, and education.

Because of Christie’s varied accomplishments and commitment to Inclusion she has been identified by Diversity Journal as a 2013 “Woman to Watch”. In addition, she has been recognized in 2012, 2013 & 2014 as one of San Francisco’s Most Influential Women by the Business Times.

She is a frequent lecturer and author on topics including corporate values, leadership, culture, inclusion, and talent. Her work has been featured in Fortune, Harvard Business Review, The New York Times, Forbes, Fast Company and on CNN.

Christie is a Board member at Seattle Children’s Hospital and Advisory Council for New America’s Caregivers & Breadwinners.

Christie has a MSW from Rutgers University, and a Ph.D. in Social Work/IO Psychology from New York University.

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