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Queer Women in Business Video: Speaker Patricia McGarry
This year Reaching Out created “Queer Women in Business,” which is designed as programming throughout the year for lesbian, bisexual and transgender women at all career stages in business to foster a stronger network of visibility and support in the workplace.
The initial activity was our NYC Queer Women in Business Summit on March 7th. 192 lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer women from young professionals to senior management at over 75 organizations joined us for a day of speakers, panels and other content. The NYC Summit will return Spring 2016 – look out for other QWIB events this year!
Here’s the first of several videos from the Queer Women in Business NYC Summit, featuring opening speaker Patricia McGarry.
About the Speaker: Patricia McGarry
Patricia McGarry is a Coach for Liberty Management Systems in Liberty Mutual’s Strategic Services department. In this role, she works closely with senior executive leadership to analyze and streamline the company’s work processes. Prior to this position, she was Director of Business Systems Projects for Liberty Mutual’s Enterprise Talent Management Technology group.
Prior to joining Liberty Mutual, Patricia spent 15 years in Canada’s manufacturing industry in various quality and operations management roles where she was an effective change agent, initiating and driving the corporate strategy for quality improvement in automotive parts and steel tubing plants. She also has worked for an Oracle Implementation consulting company focused on implementing and supporting HR and Talent Management systems as well as being an operations director for a start-up that built an online trade and exchange for the oil trading industry.
Patricia holds an M.B.A. in Operations and Organizational Behavior as well as an M.A. in Human Kinetics, which includes sports psychology, consultation and intervention.
Outside of the office, Patricia has been the team manager for the Canadian Women’s ice hockey team, the master course conductor for the Canadian Hockey Association’s Initiation Program, and a color commentator for Canada’s women’s national hockey. She co-created a role model workshop for female elite athletes in Canada and directed a “Learn to Play” ice hockey program for girls ages five to nine years old – the first program of its kind in Canada.
Queer Women in Business Panelist: Leanne Pittsford (Plus a Special Lesbians Who Tech Discount)
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.
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