Out & Equal provides on-site training with nationally certified trainers. Building Bridges and Train the Trainer are core courses we teach around the world. Contact Pat Baillie at pbaillie@outandequal.org or 415-694-6521  or Daniel Lawrence Smith at dsmith@outandequal.org or 415-694-6508 for more information. You can also take these programs online.

Building Bridges Toward LGBT Cultural Competency: Targets senior executives, managers, human resources and diversity professionals, customer service representatives and the general employee population. The course is designed to help employers get the most from all employees. This training fosters increased awareness to develop a healthier and safer workplace where all employees are engaged in the mission of the organization, increasing the level of comfort for all and improving communication between LGBT and straight employees and the customers they serve.  The high level goals of this class are:

  • Create understanding about LGBT community and cultural competency in the workplace
  • Acquiring terminology and concepts when discussing birth/assigned sex, gender identity, sexual orientation and gender expression and how they impact each of us
  • Breaking down myths and stereotypes of the LGBT community
  • Discussing the best practices for company policies/benefits and global policies for LGBT employees
  • Evaluating your company on LGBT workplace equality initiatives
  • Building an Ally Continuum of moving from awareness to ally to advocate
  • Practicing ally skills in common workplace scenarios
  • Discuss research, case studies and next steps for your workplace

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Train the Trainer: Breaks down barriers and fosters communication between LGBT and employees and their co-workers. Employees, diversity and affinity group leaders and human resources professionals can be certified for a period of two years to present Out & Equal materials in the workplace or their local community. This training fosters alliances between LGBT and straight employees by opening up communication and developing a healthier workplace. See the How to Get Involved Guide for more information about the Trainer’s Program. The high level goals of this class are:

  • Understanding of the mission and programs provided by Out & Equal
  • Understand the administration of the LGBT Diversity Leadership course
  • Be able to present the business case for LGBT diversity in the workplace
  • Identifying the role of training and facilitating in presentations
  • Review key adult learning and training tips to use in your presentations
  • Creating and telling your story to support LGBT Diversity Leadership objectives
  • Developing the ability to discuss the basic concepts of LGBT terminology and culture
  • Review steps to becoming an Out & Equal certified trainer

The following courses are also taught by our cadre of trainers. Click here for more information.

Three-part Ally Development: Based on Dr. David Hall’s book “Allies at Work: Creating a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Inclusive Work Environment, ” this course provides the steps needed for people who do not identify as LGBT to move from awareness to being an ally and advocate for LGBT workplace equality.

Building Employee Resource Group / Business Resource Group Value: This series looks at how to evaluate your ERG/BRG by looking at best practices around talent, strategy, metrics and executive leadership involvement. Discover and share the step by step process to reach your inclusion goals and create the tools you need to move to the next level of your organizational development.

Dialogues on Gender Identity: Equality in the workplace based on gender identity has emerged as a major focus for companies in all sectors around the world. If you earn points on the Corporate Equality Index for transgender-inclusive benefits, is that all your company needs to do? If you identify as transgender, does that mean you will need to use the company transition plan or are you just changing your name and pronoun preference? If your Employee Resource Group is working to be trans-inclusive, what are the best practices and what are some step by step ways to reach your inclusion goals? Finally, how might you handle basic gender-identity-related workplace situations that face HR professionals, managers, allies and LGBT employees?

Targeted AND Privileged: The Importance of Examining Whiteness within the LGBT Community: We work hard for LGBT workplace equality every day, but do we hear the diverse voices within the community? This course looks at privilege, micro-inequities and what we can do to change our worlds.