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2010 West Coast Regional

OUT for Work LGBTQA College Student Career Conference

April 10-11, 2010 at UCLA

2010 West Coast Regional Conference

April 10-11, 2010 at UCLA

The Second Regional Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Ally Student Career Conference & PRIDE Career Fair commenced on April 10-11th in Los Angeles, CA at the University of California, Los Angeles. There were 140 participants registered and 20 workshops for participants to attend. There were participants from 23 different Colleges and Universities in attendance. Keynote and guest speakers included Ross Mathews, Sloan Dement, and Gary Gates.


riley & laura

OFW's Executive Director Riley Folds presents the iPad to winner of the "Essay Testimonial Contest", Lara  Bache.

Essay Contest Winner Laura Bache

As a queer college student, on the verge of entering the work force at a time when the economy is still in crisis and the LGBT community is still fighting for equality, I cannot pretend that I have not experienced fear when considering the future.

I approached OUT for Work looking for guidance and support, and having discovered a network of caring individuals who are passionate about giving me exactly that. These individuals have reassured me that being who I am in the workplace is beneficial for my entire community and that I can and should expect to be treated fairly. If honesty is a virtue in the workplace, why should I hide my pride in its broom closet?

At OUT for Work, I laughed, I danced (believe it!), I learned how to tailor my resume, I received support specific to my business interests and for two days, I have found myself surrounded by individuals who are passionate about being themselves and helping one another be proud and fearless about our unique differences – including but not limited to our sexual orientations. It is my hope that OUT for Work continues on from here and grows, so that young people like me can find the confidence and resources we need to enter the workforce, stand tall in the workforce and change the world. 

- Lara Bache
Occidental College

"I learned that being out at work is an advantage instead of an obstacle."
- Michael Aguilera
Loyola Marymount University

"Thank you OUT for Work for this experience."            
- Luis R. Garcia
Cal Poly, Pomono

"I feel that this conference has readily prepared me for my transition from academia to the workplace. Within a few hours not only did I learn to love all of me and embrace me, I learned how to be OUT in the workplace, how to seek different ERGs, what to include and what not to include in a resume, look into companies that are more progressive, learned that its important to define myself before someone does it for me, and how to create a brand for myself."
- Elgin Olu Stafford
University of California, Berkeley

"I can honestly say that I learned a lot at this year's OUT for Work Conference. I have three and a half pages, front and back, of notes from the day's events as proof of that."
- Andy Nguyen
University of California, Irvine

"The OUT for Work conference has solidified a consciousness of my own queer identity and how it can actually be seen as a strength as opposed to a disadvantage in the workplace."
- Cameron Koichi Joe
University: University of California, Irvine

"As I prepare to enter the workforce, my mind is spinning. What is my right path? Should I just follow my heart and do what I want? I wasn't expecting to get there answers at the OUT for Work Conference, but within the Q & A sessions, it's very possible I did."
- Daniel Meyer

"Walking up to the registration desk for the conference I asked myself, what could I possibly learn at this event that I have not already learned from the countless career conferences/workshops that I had attended during my four years at UCLA? My answer came very quickly as I found a seat among the participants. I began to realize that I am not alone. At times my queerness can make me feel alone in a hetero-normative society. What I learned at the conference that I will carry with me for the rest of my life is the idea of being myself and finding a platform that will I truly allow me to flourish as a queer individual in the workforce."
- Verton R. Banks

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