On Friday, April 13th, Reaching Out hosted the annual Out Women in Business NYC
Attendees came primarily from the lesbian, bisexual, trans, and queer women communities,
although allies were also in attendance. The day started off with an OWIB Perspective about
negotiating for success. Several statistics flashed on screen about salary negotiation and job
promotion, prompting the audience to revisit their ideas about how to negotiate. Other highlights from the morning portion of the conference included a workshop on personal branding that tied into how to build up your community, breakouts focusing on switching careers and queer fashion & presentation. Lunch was planned as a networking lunch, where corporate partners would sit with attendees to ask questions and start meaningful dialogue based on the conversations many of us have had during small talk.
The afternoon started off with a panel focusing on LBTQ Women in Media, with representatives from across the board including Conde Nast, Autostraddle, Grindr, and NBC News. A second OWIB Perspective was delivered by Tina, who lived an enthralling and exhilarating life with her father after learning that he was gay. Breakouts about navigating internal vs external disclosure broke the audience into two groups, one focusing on creating an internal support group, with one focused on creating external supports. The day ended with some words of wisdom from Jennifer Brown, leading into a conversation with Carmelyn P. Malalis, regarding politics, gender and sexual identity, and her work as the Chair and Commissioner on Human Rights.