Director, Workplace Project
Department: Public Education and Outreach
Deena Fidas consults directly with employers on the implementation of inclusive policies and benefits for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees. She works closely with company representatives to help them identify areas of potential improvement and works with their key stakeholders to effect change within their organizations, from domestic partner benefits to innovative trainings. Fidas manages the Corporate Equality Index survey administration to more than 1,200 major U.S. employers and authors the Corporate Equality Index report. She led the Degrees of Equality published research on how to evaluate and improve the workplace climate for LGBT employees in large businesses.
Fidas has become a sought-after presenter of the Degrees of Equality work with numerous corporate site visits and professional conference presentations across the country. Fidas also develops teaching toolkits on LGBT work force diversity for employers. Prior to joining the Workplace Project staff in 2007, she worked in fundraising for the American Civil Liberties Union and Hillary Clinton for President, among other clients. Fidas holds a master’s degree in sociology from American University in Washington, D.C., where she also worked as a researcher for the university’s Women & Politics Institute.