2018 CONFERENCE Agenda

Friday, April 13

  • 8:30am: Doors Open
  • 9:20am: Welcome & Day Overview
  • 9:30am: OWIB Perspective 1: Negotiating for Success
  • 9:40am: Workshop: Building Your Personal Brand, While Building Community
  • 11:15am: Breakout 1: Suit Up! Queer Presentation & Body Language
  • 11:15am: Breakout 2: A Switch in Your Career
  • 12:00pmLunch & Deep Small Talk

 

  • 1:30pm: Panel: LBTQ Women In Media
  • 2:15pm: OWIB Perspective: Hiding Out
  • 2:30pm: Networking Break
  • 3:00pm: Breakout 1: Navigating Internal Disclosure 
  • 3:00pm: Breakout 2: Navigating External Disclosure 
  • 4:00pm: Looking Back & Looking Forward: LBTQ Leadership Interview
  • 5:30pm: Offsite Reception at TBD

Session DescriptionS

BUILDING YOUR PERSONAL BRAND WHILE BUILDING YOUR NETWORK
Format: Interactive Speaker Workshop

Knowing your personal brand value and how it intersects with the mission and vision of your employer, business or employee resource group is vital for your future advancement. This session will show you how to uniquely position yourself as the go-to authority in your respective space by harnessing the power of your personal brand—whether you think you have one or not! We will cover how to position yourself as a personal brand, as it relates to your career or business, as well as tactical steps you can take to accelerate your personal growth, all while being a visible advocate for the LGBTQA community in which you live and work. You will leave this session with tips and resources, and a clearer understanding of your personal brand’s value.

OWIB PERSPECTIVE: NEGOTIATING FOR SUCCESS
Format: Short Form Speaker

Successful negotiation is a major key to professional success, and current research shows that there are strategies that can be particularly helpful for women in this arena. In this session, learn about the power of negotiation to develop the professional life and relationships that you want. Are you negotiating for the things that are important to you?

SUIT UP! QUEER PRESENTATION IN THE WORKPLACE
Format: Panel/Interactive

What to wear? Facilitated by queer fashion designers, this workshop will demonstrate ways to create your style and hopefully inspire you to find the perfect blend between professional fashion and identity.

MAKING A SWITCH IN YOUR CAREER
Format: Small Group Interactive

As your opportunities and interests change, so must your career trajectory. This workshop will break down some of the challenges associated with changing careers or industries and provide tips to help you through that process.

12:00 PM – LUNCH & DEEP SMALL TALK *lunch provided
Format: Small Group Interactive

Over lunch, facilitated small group discussions will allow attendees to connect with the OWIB Steering Committee and some of our corporate partners. Discussions will center around two questions that are often asked but too quickly answered: How are you, and what is currently challenging you in your career?

OWIB PERSPECTIVE: HIDING OUT
Format: Short Form Speaker

Actress and playwright Tina Alexis Allen’s audacious memoir, HIDING OUT: A Memoir of Drugs, Deception, and Double Lives unravels her privileged suburban upbringing as shaped by her formidable father—a man whose deep Catholic faith and dedication to his large family hid his true nature and a life defined by deep secrets and dangerous lies. Imagine it—the moment many closeted young adults dread—when your stern, devoutly Catholic father discovers you are gay.

LBTQ WOMEN IN MEDIA
Format: Panel

Times UP and #MeToo have put women in the various forms of media in the spotlight, and during OWIB we're going to take a closer look specifically at LBTQ women in the industry - and the work that they are doing for our community.  

This panel focuses on the navigation of journalism as activism. Discussion will center around emerging forms of journalism and how it can share balanced and accurate news that engages and informs.

Moderated by Brooke Sopelsa (Managing Editor of NBC Out), we'll also be joined by Yvonne Marquez (Editor of Autostraddle), Meredith Talusan (Executive Editor at Conde Naste), Trish Bendix (Managing Editor of Into)

NAVIGATING INTERNAL DISCLOSURE
Format: Panel

For members of the LBTQ community, navigating disclosure of sexual orientation and gender identity at work can pose challenges and questions. In this workshop, you will work on developing your toolkit for navigating: How do you come out to coworkers and staff? What are the best practices in arriving at a decision about whether or not to disclose, how, and to whom? This workshop will focus on navigating internal disclosure inside your workplace.

NAVIGATING EXTERNAL DISCLOSURE
Format: Panel

For members of the LBTQ community, navigating disclosure of sexual orientation and gender identity at work can pose challenges and questions. In this workshop, you will work on developing your toolkit for navigating: How do you come out to clients and others outside of your organization? What are the best practices in arriving at a decision about whether or not to disclose, how, and to whom? This workshop will focus on navigating external disclosure outside your workplace: in professional networks, with clients, and other constituents.

LOOKING BACK & LOOKING FORWARD: LBTQ LEADERSHIP
Format: Interview

Jennifer Brown, a diversity and Inclusion expert and consultant will share some best practices from her book, Inclusion: Diversity, The New Workplace & The Will to Change. Afterwards, she'll sit down to interview Carmelyn Malalis, Chair and Commissioner of the New York City Commission on Human Rights . We'll hear about Carmelyn's insights from her role and lessons that touch on topic addressed throughout the day including building community, navigating disclosure, speaking out, and facing career challenges.