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Mar 2016

Why we need Out Women in Business

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Can you name a woman at the top of her field? We’ll give you a few seconds. While you think, here’s some Wonder Woman.

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Got one in your mind? Good. Here’s just a few guesses on where your brain wandered. Maybe you went political and thought of Hillary Clinton or Angela Merkel. Perhaps your mind went to the business world and thought of Mary Barra or Indra Nooyi – the CEOs of GM and PepsiCo, respectively. Maybe you even thought about music, and Katy Perry or Beyoncé came to mind. These women are admirable and accomplished, breaking glass ceilings whenever they face them. In addition to all being women, they have something else in common: they’re all straight (at least as far as we know).

Lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LBTQ) women are woefully underrepresented in business. Actually, that’s not entirely true. I have no doubt that LBTQ women are well-represented; they’re just not out at work. That’s understandable given the well-established evidence that women and LGBTQ people both face potential discrimination in the workplace. The data on LGBTQ people of color and employment is even more stark. But none of this will change unless we work together, as a community, to make sure that people can be out at work. Non-discrimination protection is key, but so is creating a strong network of LBTQ women to lean on for support, guidance, and development on how to be out at work. That’s where the Out Women in Business (OWIB) Conference comes in.

On April 1, we’ll meet in New York at OWIB to create a more united and visible community of out women in different industries. Together, we can form a strong, visible network of professionals that will inspire future generations of LBTQ women. Come and learn from some incredible speakers as they share their experiences of being out at work. Let’s change those statistics about LBTQ women and unemployment. Let’s work as a community to be more out, more present at work. Let’s turn the “double glass ceiling” narrative on its head. Register here for OWIB and build the world we want to live and work in.

 

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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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