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Cincinnati Hosts its Annual Workplace Equality Conference

The Greater Cincinnati HRC Workplace Equality Team held their annual Working Out Conference Thursday, November 8, 2012. Each quarter, the Working Out Team hosts 90 minute workshops followed by a half day session in November.  The purpose is to educate local businesses of the importance of LGBT Equality in the Workplace and provide resources for these companies to improve their Corporate Equality Index (CEI) score.  

This years conference titled:  Improving the Workplace Climate for LGBT Talent: Best Practices in Recruitment and Retention focused on Attracting, Retaining, and Implementing Strategies for LGBT employees.  The Macy's boardroom was packed with more than 70 executives, doctors, ERG leaders, Human Resource and other employees from 21 regional companies, universities and hospitals. 

Organizations represented included Brown-Forman, Cincinnati Bell, Cincinnati Children's Hospital, Fifth Third Bank, Macy's, Cincinnati Human Relations Commission, Nielson, Luxotica Retail, Xavier University, LPK, Inc., U.S. Bank, Thompson Hine, LLP, Tri Health, Duke Energy, GE Aviation, Nationwide, Kroger, Frost Brown Todd, Proctor & Gamble, CVG Airport, and Great American Insurance.

Lunch was catered by Fred and Gari's and launched the day with introductions and networking.  Guests were honored to hear Justin Giaquinto, National HRC Senior Corporate Development Manager share a business case for hiring LGBT employees, 2013 changes to the CEI and a sneak peak of the soon to be released Workplace Climate study.  Lauren Bair of GE Aviation and Michael Moore of Nielson shared insight on how their companies attract LGBT diversity.  Nationwide's Agency Development Sales Manager Karen Kremer shared her personal story and ways her company seeks LGBT talent.  

Attorney and HRC volunteer George Schein educated the audience on why employee benefits are so important to employee retention.  Jim Reynolds of US Bank and HRC Co-Chair led a panel discussion on the importance and ways to garner executive support.   The audience asked questions and appeared captivated with the knowledge the panel shared.  HRC Cincinnati was honored to host panelists:

  • Mary McFarland - VP Culture and Inclusion, Fifth Third Bank
  • James Page - AVP of HR/Diversity, children's Hospital & Medical Center
  • Ann Mulder - VP Associate Relation, Macy's
  • Angel de Leon Zamora - Director and Associate General Council, Proctor & Gamble
  • Kathi Stearman - EEO Compliance Officer, Brown-Forman

HRC Co-Chair Dr. David Leonard and HRC Volunteer Ben Combs of Morgan Stanley drove audience participation and networking events.  Feedback was overwhelming positive and the Working Out Team is excited to begin planning these events for 2013.  

Thank you to Workplace Equality Co-Chair Karen Morgan for her leadership and coordination of this very successful event!