Raleigh professionals work to bring ‘Out & Equal’

Group wants annual LGBT workplace equality summit to be held in state capital

A group of LGBT Raleigh professionals are hoping their hard work to organize a Triangle chapter of a nationwide LGBT workplace network pays off in the form of a national conference.

Out and Equal Workplace Advocates is a national organization that works with corporate leaders to create safe and welcoming work environments for LGBT employees. Ronna Dornsife is leading the charge to bring the Out and Equal Workplace Summit to Raleigh. She says the state capital is currently being considered for the 2011, 2012 or 2013 summits.

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“It is estimated that at that time 2,500 to 3,000 employees, executives, diversity champions and HR professionals from across the U.S., as well as other countries, would be expected to attend,” she said.
Along with the 1991 Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays conference in Charlotte and 1993 National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Creating Change conference in Durham, an Out and Equal Summit in Raleigh would rank as one of the largest LGBT conferences held in North Carolina gay history.

Dornsife said the summit would be a great opportunity for creating positive movement in North Carolina’s business community. She said Out and Equal events include leaders from a variety of fields, including business, politics, sports and entertainment.

Triangle Out and Equal is currently looking for individual employees or leaders of informal or formal LGBT employee networks at companies in North Carolina.

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Dornsife can be contact via email at dornsife@mindspring.com (be sure to put “out and equal” in the subject line).

CORRECTION: Q-Notes mistakenly misspelled Ronna Dornsife’s name and provided an inaccurate email address. Dornsife’s correct email address is dornsife@mindspring.com.

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