Two LGBT workplace conferences coming to Dallas this month

Posted on 12 Oct 2011 at 4:28pm

In two weeks, the Out & Equal Workplace Equality Summit will be held at the Anatole Hotel in Dallas. This is expected to be the largest LGBT convention the city ever hosted.

But this weekend another large LGBT conference will take place at the Fairmont Hotel in Downtown Dallas and until today, we knew nothing about it.

Reaching Out is a student-run conference for LGBT MBA candidates and professionals that runs Oct. 13-16.

Theresa Bates-McLemore, president of LEAGUE@AT&T, said her company will be at the conference recruiting new employees. So will more than 50 other major corporations.

About 500 students and 500 professionals are expected at the Fairmont for the convention this weekend. Among the speakers are HRC President Joe Solmonese, CA Technologies executive and LGBT activist Meghan Stabler and Fort Worth City Councilman Joel Burns.

Organizer Anthony Esposito called the conference, “A forum to empower LGBT MBAs to go out into the workforce and change the workplace.”

A committee of four made up the sponsorship team that put together 77 corporate sponsors including top-level underwriter Target. That company, which got into trouble with the LGBT community last summer for a political donation to an LGBT equality adversary, will sponsor a charity event for the Point Foundation, Esposito said. That organization provides scholarships to LGBT students.

For more about the Out & Equal Workplace Summit at the Anatole Oct. 25-28, watch the Oct. 21 issue of Dallas Voice.

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