Next week Out & Equal Workplace Equality Summit returns to Texas for its annual LGBT workplace equality conference and with it an estimated 3,000 diversity leaders and champions will meet to highlight global LGBT achievements in the workplace, discuss opportunities and to share best practices.  The four day conference will feature over 100 sessions, each focusing on different aspects of creating and fostering an inclusive workplace where everyone can choose to bring their whole self to work.

Having attended the summit in 2010, 2011, in London in 2012 and then presented in 2013, this year I’ve been fortunate enough to receive support and sponsorship from Deutsche Bank again to attend the 2015 summit. I will be joined by a number of colleagues from our US LGBT employee networks, and look forward to meeting up with friends and acquaintances from London and across the world.

Past conferences have provided me the opportunity to learn about and discuss a number of topics, including but not limited to developing allies, unconscious bias, personal brand, generational differences, social media, cultural differences with regards LGBT equality on a global scale and of course presenting in 2013 in Minneapolis on “Accelerating Cultural Change by Connecting Employee Networks Globally“.  As I sit in the lounge in London Heathrow I look forward to filling my flight by reviewing this years agenda.  Any recommendations?… leave a comment.

Are you going?

If you’ll be at the summit, then say hey if you see me about. If you’ve forgotten what I look like or are expecting to still see my longer hair, then see my latest mug shot on my homepage.

Sharing highlights

I’ll be sharing my own key takeaways, lessons learnt and actions from the conference, via Twitter and this blog.  Keep watching and join the conversation by following Out & Equal on twitter, or interact with my thoughts by commenting on these blogs and on twitter.


Looking for inspiration?  Then check out the 2014 summit highlights below, and leave a comment for any specific topics you want to hear more on.

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Out & Equal Workplace Advocates is the world’s premiere non-profit organization dedicated to achieving lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) workplace equality. Out & Equal collaborates with Fortune 1000 companies and government agencies to provide a safe, welcoming and supportive environment for LGBT employees.  See more at

What is the Workplace Summit?

The Out and Equal Workplace Summit is the world’s leading and largest international conference on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) workplace equality. 14 educational tracks include topics on allies, role models, business resource groups and authentic leadership. 2014 summit insights include:




total attendees

of which worked in banking

learning opportunities across 6 sessions

This presents a great opportunity to network, develop interpersonal skills, share experiences and further the global diversity and inclusivity agenda.  This year’s summit takes place in Dallas, from 5th – 8th October.


Darren is an experienced product manager currently working in the Real Estate industry. He is passionate about using data, listening to people and focusing on user experience to identify and solve real problems and in doing so to make a lasting impact for our communities.


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