workplacePost submitted Jenna Raspanti, HRC Workplace Project Intern

The 252 Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality received special recognition at Tuesday night’s Ninth Annual Corporate Equality Index Awards Seminar and Reception in New York City, generously hosted by Time Warner. HRC honored a record breaking 252 top rated businesses that received a 100 percent on the 2013 Corporate Equality Index, the national benchmarking tool for policies, practices, and benefits relating to LGBT workers.

The 2013 CEI marks the second year that the new, more stringent criteria have been in place, and over 60 additional companies were honored for their 100% ranking at Tuesday’s event.

Karen Magee, Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer at Time Warner kicked off the celebratory program that partnered innovation with information. HRC President Chad Griffin set the stage for how businesses and law firms have proven their commitment to LGBT equality in the workplace, and have successfully translated their internal best practices into broader efforts at achieving full equality for the LGBT community.

The keynote portion of the event featured an up-to-the minute briefing on the two marriage cases before the Supreme Court, facilitated by author and CNN Contributor Margaret Hoover. Chad joined the panel along with Andrew Silverman, attorney with Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP who filed the Business Amicus brief in the Prop 8 case, and Ken Mehlman, who penned the Republican amicus brief filed in the Prop 8 case that was ultimately endorsed by 135 prominent Republicans (including Margaret Hoover and Clint Eastwood).

HRC’s new Chief Foundation Office Jeff Krehely joined the program to help honor the 252 companies that earned a 100% on the 2013 CEI, and introduced Deena Fidas, Deputy Director of the Workplace Project, who announced the criteria changes for the 2016 CEI.

Finally, Nationwide Insurance Vice President of Affinity and Strategic Partnerships Kathryn Reeves gave an enlightening keynote address about the boundless possibilities of progress in all corners of the U.S. and inspired businesses to continue strengthening their workplaces.

 HRC is proud to recognize and celebrate the invaluable commitment that these companies have demonstrated to LGBT diversity and inclusion in the workplace. For more information, the 2013 Corporate Equality Index report is available at

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