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From Selisse Berry, founder and CEO:

The workplace is changing. More companies realize that in order to be competitive, they need to attract and retain the best employees, create a safe and supportive environment for all their employees, and undertake specific efforts to prohibit discrimination and harassment. These efforts are particularly important for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees, who have historically not been able to be fully themselves where they work—and therefore not fully valued as contributing members of the workforce.

That’s where Out & Equal comes in. We are the only organization devoted to bringing about equality in the workplace by working closely with Fortune 1000 companies and government agencies around the world to provide a safe, welcoming and supportive environment for their LGBT employees.

Since 1996, we have collaborated with corporations and government agencies to provide professional development opportunities; establish and support Employee Resource Groups for their lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees; develop hiring policies and training programs; provide networking opportunities; and develop career advancement programs.

At our annual Workplace Summit, we bring together LGBT employees, HR professionals, and executives from around the world to learn from each other and from experts.

We work at all levels within companies: executives, Employee Resource Groups, HR teams and allies. Out & Equal takes the view that supportive, collaborative, professional partnerships lead to workplaces that are free from discrimination, allowing all people to thrive. Our personal relationships—and the trust we’ve built—are the reasons we have been so successful.

About Selisse Berry

Selisse Berry is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Out & Equal Workplace Advocates, the world’s largest nonprofit organization specifically dedicated to creating safe and equitable workplaces for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people. Under her leadership, the organization has grown significantly with dramatic increases in attendance for the annual Workplace Summit since 1999, the expansion of volunteer regional affiliates across the United States and many global initiatives.

Selisse’s vision has been instrumental in creating an international organization whose philosophy reflects the importance of treating all colleagues in the workplace with respect and dignity. Since her first job as a guidance counselor, Selisse has continued her commitment to justice as a teacher and as a leader of several social service organizations prior to founding Out & Equal Workplace Advocates.

Selisse was awarded the Outstanding Hero Congressional Recognition from Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi; the Parks Award in Rome, Italy; and the KQED Local Heroes Award in San Francisco, California. Most recently, Selisse was awarded the Legacy Leadership Award from the San Francisco Business Times.

Selisse is the editor of Out & Equal at Work: From Closet to Corner Office, an anthology of personal stories of executive trailblazers who have transformed the workplace for LGBT people.

She has master’s degrees in education and theology from the University of Texas and San Francisco Theological Seminary. Selisse and her wife, Cynthia Martin, were legally married in California in 2008.

Selisse is a frequent speaker on workplace equality. Topics include:

  • LGBT Workplace Equality both in the U.S. and Abroad
  • My History as an LGBT Person and the Story About How and Why Out & Equal Workplace Advocates Was Created
  • LGBT Civil Rights
  • The Importance of Community Engagement with LGBT People and Allies
  • How Out & Equal Foresees the Future of LGBT People
  • Global Leadership in LGBT Diversity & Inclusion
  • Leadership in Employee Resource Groups (ERGs)
  • Unpacking Unconscious Bias for Leaders in the Workplace
  • LGBT Recruitment and Executive Promotion
  • LGBT Diversity & Inclusion Leadership in the Government Sector

For more information about booking Selisse Berry as a speaker, please contact Rachel Rubin at rrubin@outandequal.org or 415-694-6536.