HOLMDEL, NJ - Garden State Equality (GSE) will hold the first annual LGBTQ Equality at Work Symposium to connect employees committed to diversity from companies throughout the State, with a special emphasis on LGBT-affirming practices. The event—sponsored by the FirstEnergy Foundation and Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L)—will be held on March 28, 2019, from 9:00am to 2:30pm at the Bell Works Holmdel Complex, located at 101 Crawfords Corner Rd., Holmdel, NJ 07733.
“We’re especially excited for the Equality at Work Symposium considering it’s the first of its kind in New Jersey to have such a concentrated focus on the LGBTQ community,” said Christian Fuscarino, Executive Director of GSE. “The Equality at Work Symposium will be an incredible vehicle for changemakers in the corporate world to collaborate while hearing directly from industry leaders who’ve been driving innovative practices for diversity.”
The Equality at Work Symposium will focus on ways to improve the knowledge and effectiveness of Employee Resource Groups, affinity groups, and diversity councils with regards to LGBTQ inclusion in the workplace. The event’s agenda will include a continental breakfast, a panel of professional speakers, Q&As, and a networking luncheon.
The daylong event will close with keynote speaker Robyn Gigl, a partner at Gluck Walrath, LLP. Gigl is a member of the New Jersey Supreme Court’s Committee on Minority Concerns, a trustee of the NJ State Bar Foundation, and a transgender activist. She will lead a discussion on “Observations from Both Sides of the Glass Ceiling – A Trans Woman’s Perspective” at the symposium.
"JCP&L, along with the FirstEnergy Foundation, is pleased to support unique initiatives like the Equality at Work Symposium that create a discussion and promote diversity in the workplace," said Jim Fakult, President of JCP&L. "Our organizations are stronger and better positioned for success when we embrace employees with different backgrounds, lifestyles and perspectives on the world."