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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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Mar 2015

Queer Women in Business Video: Speaker Tammy Smith

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Last weekend Reaching Out premiered  “Queer Women in Business,” which is designed as specific programming throughout the year for lesbian, bisexual and transgender women at all career stages(professionals/alumni and students) 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 second of several videos from the Queer Women in Business NYC Summit, featuring keynote speaker Brigadier General Tammy Smith.

More about Tammy Smith:

Tammy Smith is a career Army Officer. Her current assignment is Deputy Chief of Staff, United States Army Reserve, responsible for synchronizing strategic planning and resourcing for a world-wide, 205K military force. Tammy made history in August 2012 when Tracey Hepner promoted her to Army brigadier general. With the simple act of having her wife place a General’s star on her shoulder, Brigadier General Smith became the first gay or lesbian general/flag officer to serve openly in the United States military. This promotion occurred less than 1-year after repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, the ban on gays and lesbians serving in the U.S. military. Her education includes a Masters in Strategic Studies from the US Army War College and a Doctorate in Management and Organizational Leadership from the University of Phoenix. Tammy serves on the Deloitte External Inclusion Advisory Council in addition to the Out and Equal Workplace Advocates Board of Directors. She has been featured in the Oregon Quarterly and Out magazine, and More magazine’s 2013 Fierce List, which included 50 women who made brave stands. She is currently profiled in Diversity Journal- Women Worth Watching in 2015.

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Mar 2015

Queer Women in Business Video: Speaker Patricia McGarry

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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.

 

 

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