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Equality in the Queen City

Post submitted by Mckinley Sherrod on behalf of Deena Fidas & Liz Cooper, Workplace Project

Coming to Charlotte, North Carolina you can feel the rapid growth of business, schools and community in the air. What may surprise a newcomer to the city is just how many leaders of LGBT equality are headquartered right here in Charlotte: Bank of America, Duke Energy and Delhaize to name a few.

We are here to present at the very first LGBT & Allies Diversity Summit at the NDC Carolinas Diversity Council. Founded in 2012, NDC Carolinas aims to educate organizations about how to best grow their appreciation of diversity in the workplace. The inaugural LGBT & Allies Diversity Summit focuses specifically on diversity within the LGBT community, creating an LGBT inclusive environment and a variety of other topics through discussion, breakout learning sessions and keynotes from local leaders.

We had the pleasure of sharing the stage with Robert Frank Dogens, Senior Vice President of International Banking at Wells Fargo, one of our Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality. Dogens is a member of the HRC Board of Governors of the Human Rights Campaign, the Regional AIDS Interfaith Network (Rain) and the FTS Foundation.  He is also a Diversity Practitioner and staunch advocate for equal rights for all Americans. We were so proud to present alongside such a tremendous business and community leader.

When speaking from Wells Fargo’s experiences on the leading edge of equality, Dogens pointed out, "What is good for your team members is good for your customers."

While we are here we are also meeting with members of HRC’s Business Coalition for Workplace Fairness and urge other companies to support the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA).

Photo: Tameka Green, Compass Group; Robert Dogens, Wells Fargo; Deena Fidas, HRC; Liz Cooper, HRC; Stan Kimmer, Total Engagement Consulting

 

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