Out & EqualThe Out & Equal Workplace Summit opened on Monday with Leadership Day with all-day intensive conferences that a number of executives attended.

Out & Equal is a national organization that works with employee resource groups at corporations and in government to achieve equality in the workplace. It’s annual national convention takes place at the Hilton Anatole Oct. 6-8. Some attendees arrived early for Leadership Day, a one-day intensive workshop.

At one Monday workshop, corporate executives from around the world discussed finding biases within yourself and unconscious biases among colleagues in the workplace. Most of the companies represented already ban workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. So the exercises were about identifying hidden biases and how to address them.

What’s unique about Out & Equal is it brings together executives from many competing companies that rarely share ideas. However, more than 3,000 people will be attending this week’s conference to share ideas on achieving diversity and making a diverse workplace successful.