1st Annual LGBTQ Equality at Work Symposium

1st Annual LGBTQ Equality at Work Symposium

An Event to Promote Corporate Diversity and Inclusion

Sponsored by the First Energy Foundation & Jersey Central Power & Light

Due to limited space remaining at this event, please call (973) 509-5428 to purchase tickets. Accommodations are not guaranteed.

Garden State Equality is holding our first annual LGBTQ Equality at Work Symposium on March 28. The Symposium will be an incredible vehicle for change-makers 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.

Finally, 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.

The event’s agenda will include a continental breakfast, a panel of professional speakers, Q&A’s, a networking luncheon, as well as a happy hour at the end of the day's events.

Symposium Agenda

9:00 AM - 9:30 AM: Continental Breakfast

9:30 AM - 9:45 AM: Event Sponsor and Garden State Equality Executive Director, Christian Fuscarino, Welcome

9:45 AM - 10:20 AM: Mr. Aaron Potenza, PhD(C), Policy Director, Garden State Equality: “Developing Community Partnerships to Help Promote Workplace Diversity”

10:20 AM - 10:55 AM: Tracey Fama, Ethics & Compliance Manager, US & Puerto Rico, GSK Consumer Healthcare, GlaxoSmithKline, “The Role of the Ally in Developing a Strong Employee Resource Group: Some Notes from the Field”

10:55 AM - 11:05 AM: Break

11:05 AM - 11:40 AM: Tyree Oredein, DrPh, Safe Schools Coordinator, Garden State Equality, “LGBTQQIAA and a Conversation About Intersectionality”

11:40 AM - 12:15 PM: Barbara Frankel, Executive Editor, Working Mother Research Institute, “Creating an Inclusive Workplace Where Employees Self-Disclose”

12:15 PM - 1:15 PM: Networking Lunch

1:15 PM - 2:15 PM: Keynote Speaker, Robyn Gigl, Partner, Gluck Walrath, LLP, “Observations from Both Sides of the Glass Ceiling – A Trans Woman’s Perspective”

2:30 PM - 3:30 PM: Networking Happy Hour presented by Pashman Stein Walder Hayden, P.C.