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Session Descriptions

Friday, October 9th

9:00am – 2:00pm (Optional)
Organizational Tours
Lockheed Martin, Ft. Worth Headquarters
Texas Instruments, Dallas Headquarters

6:00pm – 7:30pm (Location TBD)
Opening Reception

Kick-off the conference by networking with students, professionals, and representatives from across the country.

Saturday, October 10th

8:30am – 10:00am
Alexander Clark Center, Foyer
Registration and Continental Breakfast

10:00am – 10:45am
Alexander Clark Center
Pod Meetings
Take the opportunity to meet and network with students, professionals, and representatives from across the country to discuss expectations for the conference and learn how to develop your relationships into mentorships. Learn how to find mentors and develop the ongoing relationships of learning, dialog, and challenge.

11:00am – 12:30pm
Alexander Clark Center, Auditorium
Welcome, 2015 Award Presentations, Keynote Address
Presentation of OUTstanding Individual Awards
Presentation of Transcendence Award
Keynote Address from Kristin Beck

12:45pm – 1:30pm
Activity Center, Atrium
Networking Lunch with Northrop Grumman
Chance to meet and network with professionals in STEM, Business, Government and Non-Profit Organizations.

1:40pm -2:40pm
Alexander Clark Center, Auditorium
My Queer Career Panel Discussion
Presented by: OUT for Work
Hear representatives from Northrop Grumman, Verizon and other organizations share and discuss their coming out stories, workplace experiences, and tips and resources for being out and open in the workplace.

Breakout Sessions
Alexander Clark Center
2:50 – 3:45pm

Hosted by Lockheed Martin
This panel brings together representatives from leading Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) employers to discuss being out in the industry. Featuring Catherine Bell of Lockheed Martin and Guru Charan of Cummins.

OUT in Business
Hosted by Walgreens
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 Mario Acosta-Velez of Verizon, Susan Lawhead of Cummins, SMU Cox School of Business, and Marriott.

OUT in Education
Hosted by Teach for America
Representatives from various levels of the education field will share their stories, experiences, advice and resources about being out and open.

OUT in Government
Hosted by Rep. Brian Sims (D-PA)
Network with and learn from public servants as they discuss their experiences of being out and open in municipal and federal government. Featuring Sheriff Lupe Valdez and Kristin Beck.

OUT in Non Profit
Hosted by Jessica Shortall (Managing Director of Texas Competes)
Representatives from various non-profit organizations convene to share their stories of authenticity, experiences, and advice.

Introduction to OUT for Work’s Career Center Certification Program (CCCP)
Hosted by Alfonso Coro of OUT for Work
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.


Skill Building Sessions
Alexander Clark Center
3:55pm – 5:00pm

Personal Branding
Expanding Your LGBTQ Identity in the Workplace
Hosted by Lockheed Martin
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
Moderated by Alfonso Coro of OUT for Work
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

Evaluating a Job Offer
Hosted by Towers Watson
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.’

TRANS-itioning into the Workplace
Hosted by Donna Rose
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.

Finding Fulfillment in Your Career
Hosted by Mikel LaPorte
Having a fulfilling life means that one is able to ensure their core values are lived out on a consistent basis. This includes having a fulfilling career. This interactive session will help you to discover your core values, consider your core values when choosing a career, and finding a work environment that most aligns with those values.

Sunday, October 11

9:00am – 9:45am
Alexander Clark Center, Foyer
Grab and Go Breakfast
Get back together with your Pod color group to discuss what you have been learning at the conference and what your next steps are moving forward with the networking, resources, and contacts you have.

10:00am – 12:00pm
Alexander Clark Center
Resume Review/Interview Preparation
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.

12:00pm – 12:45pm
Alexander Clark Center
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 Lockheed Martin, Cummins, Texas Instruments, and Northrop Grumman.

1:00pm – 4:00pm
Activity Center, Atrium
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 2:00 PM.


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