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Out & Equal Workplace Advocates names finalists for 2010 Workplace Awards

News release from Out & Equal Workplace Advocates:


On Thursday, October 7th, Out & Equal Workplace Advocates will host the 11th annual Out & Equal Workplace Awards Dinner at the Los Angeles Convention Center as part of this year’s Out & Equal Workplace Summit. The “Outie” Awards recognize individuals and organizations for exceptional achievements on behalf of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees.

“Every year, I am overwhelmed by the number and quality of the nominations received in each of the Workplace Awards categories,” noted Out & Equal Founding Executive Director Selisse Berry. “This year is no exception. Each of the finalists is among the top leaders in the LGBT workplace equality movement.”

Marilyn Nagel, Global Chief Diversity Officer at finalist Cisco Systems, Inc., stated, “We are honored to be recognized as a finalist for our efforts in the Workplace Excellence category of the Outie Awards.  At Cisco we recognize that inclusion of all people and perspectives is a business imperative. “

Clorox—a nominee for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Employee Resource Group of the Year—issued a statement from Donald R. Knauss, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Office stating, “It is an honor for the entire company that the Clorox Pride ERG has been named a finalist for this year’s Out & Equal Workplace LGBT ERG of the Year award. For companies like Clorox, the fact that diversity has become a business imperative with workplace equality extending to LGBT people, is due in no small part to the achievements of the entire LGBT community.”

Out & Equal Workplace Advocates is proud to announce the 2010 finalists in the following categories:

The 2010 Trailblazer Award finalists are:

Bill Hendrix, Biology Team Leader, The Dow Chemical Company

Shane Snowdown, Director of LGBT Resource Center, UCSF

Gordon Stewart, Senior Director, Global Commercial Medicine Team Leader, Lipitor, Pfizer

Bob Witeck, CEO and Co-founder, Witeck-Combs Communications

The Trailblazer Award recognizes an LGBT person who has made a significant contribution to advancing workplace equality by helping improve their own workplace or contributing to equality nationally.

The 2010 Champion Award finalists are:

Mark Bertolini, President, Aetna

Anthony P. Carter, Vice President, Global Diversity & Inclusion, Chief Diversity Officer, Johnson & Johnson

Frank Kern, Senior Vice President, IBM

Denise Lynn, Vice President, Diversity and Leadership Strategies, American Airlines

The Champion Award recognizes a non-LGBT person who has played a pivotal role in championing equal treatment of LGBT employees on the job. This individual will have demonstrated a significant commitment to LGBT workplace rights

The 2010 Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Employee Resource Group of the Year Award finalists are:

The Clorox Company

Texas Instruments

Turner Broadcasting Systems, Inc.


The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Employee Resource Group of the Year Award recognizes a particular ERG, sometimes referred to as a business group or network with a proved track record of success in advocating for LGBT equal rights in its own workplace.

The 2010 Significant Achievement Award finalists are:

Alcoa Inc.


The Dow Chemical Company

ITT Corporation

The Significant Achievement Award recognized an employer that has made significant strides in advancing a fair and equitable workplace for its LGBT employees.

The 2010 Workplace Excellence Award finalists are:


Cisco Systems

Ernst & Young


The Workplace Excellence Award recognized an employer that has a historic and ongoing commitment to pursuing and executing workplace equality for LGBT employees, continually raising the bar of workplace equality for others to follow.

Register NOW for the 2010 Workplace Summit and Workplace Awards Dinner at http://outandequal.org/2010-registration.

Media contact: Stanley Ellicott – 415-694-6509 or sellicott@outandequal.org


Out & Equal Workplace Advocates™ is a national nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. Out & Equal champions safe and equitable workplaces for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people. The organization advocates building and strengthening successful organizations that value all employees, customers, and communities. Visit www.OutandEqual.org for more information.


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