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Session Descriptions


Friday, September 26

12:00 PM – 2:00 PM | Opening General Session

Kickoff the conference by networking with students, professionals, and representatives from across the country over lunch. Be inspired by keynote addresses and learn how to get the most from your OUT for Work experience. Featuring Chai Feldblum, Commissioner of the U.S. Equal Opportunity Commission and Joe Solmonese, former president of Human Rights Campaign.

2:00 PM – 3:30 PM | Spotlight Presentations

LGBT leaders and activists share their stories including:

  • Gary Gates, The Williams Institute
  • Donna Rose, educator, author, and advocate
  • Rashad Robinson, ColorOfChange
  • Terri Cook, author, advocate, and parent
  • Michael Guest, former U.S. Ambassador to Romania
  • Steve Walker, political influencer

3:45 PM – 5:30 PM | General Session

Hear stories from Pulitzer-winning journalist Jonathan Capehart, The Washington Post, as well as past OUT for Work Conference alumni.

Saturday, September 27

11:00 AM – 3:30 PM | Off Site Sessions, Organization Tours, Panel Discussions & Lunch

Industry-specific sessions designed to showcase real world workplaces and professional coming out stories, as well as discuss LGBTQ inclusive policies in the workplace and more.

Introduction to OUT for Work’s Career Center Certification Program (CCCP)

For career center professionals, this session provides an overview of OUT for Work’s Career Center Certification Program (CCCP) and how to take your service to the next level for LGBT students. Presented by Riley Folds of OUT for Work

Representatives from leading organizations in business gather and candidly share what being out in the field of business looks and feels like. Moderated by Brandon Twitchell of Walgreens. Featuring Bill Barker of Verizon, Susan Lawhead of Cummins, and Marriott.

OUT in Education hosted by George Washington University
Representatives from various levels of the education field will share their stories, experiences, advice and resources about being out and open. Moderated by Eric Arellano of George Washington University. Featuring of Timothy Kane of George Washington University.

OUT in Government hosted by DC’s Office of LGBT Affairs
Network with and learn from public servants as they discuss their experiences of being out and open in municipal and federal government. Featuring Amanda Simpson of the U.S. Department of Defense and Skyler Dobert of Peace Corps.

OUT in Non Profit hosted by NGLCC
Representatives from various non profit organizations convene to share their stories of authenticity, experiences, and advice. Featuring John Bender of The Nature Conservancy and NGLCC.

OUT in STEM hosted by The Boeing Company
This panel brings together representatives from leading Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) employers to discuss being out in the industry. Moderated by Thomas Wehr of The Boeing Company. Featuring Catherine Bell of Lockheed Martin, Guru Charan of Cummins, and Tony Gingiss of The Boeing Company.

Sunday, September 28

9:00 AM – 11:00 AM | Resumania

One-on-one resume consultation and practice interviewing techniques with HR professionals. A computer lab is available to edit and print your resume before heading off to the PRIDE Career Fair.

11:15 AM – 12:15 PM | Skill Building Sessions

Building Your Brand – Expanding Your LGBTQ Identity in the Workplace
Networking is a key component of marketing yourself to prospective employers and building your career. This workshop focuses on the what, when, and how, of networking, and how to incorporate your LGBTQ identity into your networking and identity in the workplace. Presented by Lockheed Martin.

Career Center Certification Program (CCCP) Best Practices
Career center professionals gather to share pain points and best practices regarding providing top-quality services and resources for LGBT students. The key to this session is trust, open communication, and peer-to-peer sharing. Moderated by Riley Folds of OUT for Work.

Evaluating a Job Offer
Once you have a job offer, how do you evaluate if this is the right opportunity for you. This session addresses this question along with the many factors you consider when determining ‘the best fit.’ Presented by Towers Watson

On-the-Job Writing: How to Write Professional Emails People Will Want to
Read
You may have plenty of experience writing emails to friends, family, and teachers, but writing emails on the job is different. Especially at the start of your career, you'll need to build your writing skills so you write properly and your emails at work are taken seriously. In this hands-on workshop, you will learn to write business emails that get your ideas across and make you look good. Presented by Leslie O’Flahavan of E-WRITE.

Trans* Challenges, Trans* Opportunities
The silencing of trans* voices causes most students to seek out safe spaces where common challenges such as restroom security, pronoun compliance, and binary stereotypes are understood and empathized with. This inclusive program for trans students and allies offers guided conversations and group interaction to better understand the challenges and opportunities facing trans students. Presented by Elena "Ells" Long of The Trans Working Group and Eric Patridge of oSTEM.

11:15 AM – 12:15 PM | Employer of Choice Sessions

Do you want to work for an organization that is leading the way in equality for LGBTQ employees in the workplace? These sessions provide you with an intimate, interactive setting for you to learn more about these organizations, available internships and employment opportunities. Employers include Cummins, Exelon, Lockheed Martin, and Northrop Grumman.

1:30 PM – 4:00 PM | PRIDE Career Fair

Meet, network, and connect with over 30 organizations looking for career and internship candidates. Prepare for the fair by researching all of the organizations participating, planning, and mapping out your career fair experience. Open to the General Public at 2:30 PM.

   
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