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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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13

Feb 2015

Queer Women in Business Panelist: Leanne Pittsford (Plus a Special Lesbians Who Tech Discount)

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Have you heard of Lesbians Who Tech?  If not, you should and you should also meet Leanne Pittsford, its founder! Luckily Leanne will be one of our TED-style speakers (10 minutes, no slides!) during the Queer Women in Business Summit, so you can meet her and hear how she created such a strong LBT community amongst queer women in technology!

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!

SPECIAL PARTNER OFFER

Speaking of Lesbians Who Tech, their annual Summit in San Francisco is next weekend.  Luckily for you we have a partner discount that we can extend! Reaching OUT members get 25% off with the code LWTREACHOUT. Register today! http://goo.gl/JFrNXq

 

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Feb 2015

Queer Women in Business Summit: Communications & Negotiations Workshop

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We are thrilled to announce that Judith White, Visiting Associate Professor of Business Administration at Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, will facilitate a workshop on building stronger communication and negotiation during the Queer Women in Business Summit.  The interactive session will focus on making sure your voice is heard as an lesbian, bisexual or transgender professional and give attendees great practice in terms of building strong communication and negotiation skillsLearn more about Judith 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)

Judith White is an expert in negotiation and organizational behavior. Her current research is focused on gender and diversity in groups, multi-disciplinary teams, narcissism and negotiation, and conflict management. At Tuck, she teaches a course on negotiations, a research-to-practice seminar on measuring the effects of a diverse workforce, and executive education sessions on negotiations and conflict management.

Professor White’s research articles have appeared in such journals as Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, Psychological Science, Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, and Journal of Social Issues.She serves on the editorial board of  Organization Science and contributes to the Harvard Business Review blog network.

She has been the recipient of the George W. Goethals Award for Teaching Excellence from Harvard University; Eliot Dissertation Fellowship at Harvard University; and Gordon Allport Intergroup Relations Prize from the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues.

Prior to joining the faculty at Tuck, Professor White was a postdoctoral fellow at the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, and a visiting scholar, Harvard Business School. She has also served as a public interest law advisor at Harvard Law School; a mediator with Cambridge Dispute Settlement Center; a staff attorney with Greater Boston Legal Services;  and an associate general counsel with the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission.

She received her BA from Indiana University, Bloomington, her JD from Yale University and her PhD from Harvard University. – See more at: http://exec.tuck.dartmouth.edu/about-us/faculty/judith-b-white#sthash.DuQc739n.dpuf

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

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