bookcoverdraftAnyone who has wondered what it would be like to work at a place where diversity is respected and being out at work is just an everyday way of life may be interested in Out & Equal’s Firsthand Accounts of Workplace Leaders.

Out & Equal DFW’s chair Jeffrey Gorczynski will moderate a panel of executives at Sue Ellen’s on Thursday at 6 p.m.

Selisse Berry is founder and CEO of San Francisco-based Out & Equal Workplace Advocates, the national organization of LGBT employee resource groups. She’s also the editor of the new book Out & Equal at Work: From Closet to Corner Office. In a video on the Out & Equal website, she said she wanted people to know they are valuable and not alone.

Kayla Shell, executive legal director at Dell, and Bobby Wilkinson, assistant vice president for USAA Financial Services, will appear on the panel.

Also among the speakers will be Louise Young, one of the founders of the employee resource group movement. Young helped organize an ERG at Texas Instruments and when her division was sold to Raytheon, changed that company’s policies and began the ERG there.

When speaking about how Raytheon embraced diversity at other  events, she said the company wouldn’t benefit by increasing sales of bombs or missiles by implementing a nondiscrimination policy or offering domestic partner benefits to employees. The only reason they implemented the changes was to retain and attract the best employees.

Sue Ellen’s Vixin Lounge, Oct. 3 at 6 p.m.

Watch a preview of the new book Out & Equal at Work: From Closet to Corner Office below.