OutLaw: Critical Dialogues on LGBTQ Representation & Corporate Leadership


Event Details

Nov 07, 2016

8:00 AM - 7:00 PM

New York, NY


This November, the Thomson Reuters Legal Executive Institute proudly presents a one-day program on LGBTQ corporate leadership and representation in New York City. Conceived in an era of both historic victories and troubling setbacks for the LGBTQ community, this executive summit will offer earnest dialogue around galvanizing business leaders toward more inclusive enterprise cultures and leadership opportunities for current and future generations of employees. Join the conversation and attend the OutLaws and Rebels cocktail soiree as we celebrate a rising tide of pride.


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Law school students and non-profit professionals are encouraged to apply!

Why You Should Attend

  • As the proud recipient of a 100 percent score on the Human Rights Campaign's Corporate Equality Index, Thomson Reuters considers it an honor and privilege to host this groundbreaking forum on LGBTQ leadership and representation in New York City.
  • As a global organization, Thomson Reuters believes in joining key corporate executives with their law firm peers in the fight for equal representation and opportunity for LGBTQ professionals in the workplace.
  • Attendees can expect to gain frank and constructive advice on helping make corporate culture more inclusive and appealing to LGBTQ employees, friends and allies.
  • Register today and stay informed of the latest regulatory and compliance guidelines around LGBTQ policies in public and private business settings.
  • Build your professional network through interactive conversations
  • Gain access to our OutLaws and Rebels cocktail soirée that acts as both a career fair and celebration of some of the nation’s most inclusive companies.

Who Should Attend

  • Corporate & law firm professionals interested in LGBTQ diversity and inclusion
  • Chief Human Resources Officers
  • Chief Executive Officers
  • Chief Operating Officers
  • Vice Presidents
  • Executive Directors

Event Co-Chairs

Givonna St. Clair Long

Partner, Kelley, Drye & Warren LLP

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Justin Xenitelis

General Counsel, Thor Equities, LLC

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Event Details

Monday, Nov 07

8:00 AM
Registration and Breakfast
9:00 AM
Opening Remarks
9:15 AM
Open & Out: LGBTQ Representation in the C-Suite and Board of Directors

“Gay careers,” wrote James D Woods in his landmark academic study The Corporate Closet (1994), “are…shaped and diverted by the subtle, persistent tug of heterosexism [across all corridors of the workplace].” A powerful and largely timeless observation about the underlying politics within corporations large and small, Woods’ assertion offers a starting point for this opening conversation about building an LGBTQ executive pipeline. Concerned with the dearth of opportunities available to qualified individuals, and of the lasting impact openly gay executives can have on their company’s workforce, this highlight discussion will feature candid insights around management, leadership, challenges and culture from LGBTQ executives at some of the world’s most prominent and progressive organizations.

Patsy Doerr, Global Head, Corporate Responsibility & Inclusion, Thomson Reuters

Sara Birmingham, Global Head of Human Resources, Reuters News
Scott Meoni-Ridenour, Managing Director – Head of Global Asset Servicing Compliance, BNY Mellon
Gillian Power, Chief Information Officer, Lathrop & Gage LLP
Keith C. Wetmore, Chair Emeritus, Morrison & Foerster LLP

10:30 AM
10:45 AM
Engendered Bias: Understanding New Workplace Policies Toward LGBTQ Employees

The unprecedented progress around lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) rights has had a significant impact on workplace policies involving LGBTQ employees and their families. New compliance concerns involving same-sex relationships, gender identity, employee records and more are forcing many employers to carefully examine their workplace policies in an effort to stave off any unfortunate legal incidents. This critical conversation offers a practical guide to the latest regulatory developments and policy considerations employers must adopt in order to provide a truly inclusive environment for their workforce.

Damon Suden, Partner & Co-Chair, LGBT Network, Kelley Drye & Warren LLP

Patsy Doerr, Global Head, Corporate Responsibility & Inclusion, Thomson Reuters
Omar Gonzalez-Pagan, Staff Attorney, Lambda Legal
Kenneth Weissenberg, Tax Partner; Partner-in-Charge, Real Estate Services Group; National Leader, LGBT & Alternative Family Services Group, EisnerAmper LLP

12:00 PM
1:15 PM
The Company (Wo)men: Recruiting & Retaining LGBTQ Talent in the Workforce

Promoting and maintaining an inclusive culture is one of several key components for recruiting and retaining LGBTQ talent. How a given business leverages its reputation amongst job candidates, along with its ability to fully integrate and support diverse constituencies across the enterprise remains a critical challenge for strategic leaders. This earnest dialogue offers practical guidance on comprehensive strategies for winning the battle for talent and implementing concrete metrics to assess and ensure a strong and vibrant culture of support.

Carmel Crimmins, Financial Services Editor, Reuters

Ru Bhatt, Managing Director, Associate Practice Group, Major, Lindsey & Africa
Nicki Gilmour, Chief Executive Officer, Evolved Employer; Publisher, The Glass Hammer
Johann Shudlick, Managing Director & Global Head of Diversity Recruiting, Goldman Sachs

2:30 PM
2:45 PM
Frenemy Mine: Collaborative LGBTQ Leadership Across Generations

The mid twentieth-century invention of the so-termed “closet” marked a seminal—and for some debilitating—turn in LGBTQ social history with profound implications for the workplace. As Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, the renowned gender studies scholar, famously adduced, the invention of such a problematic hetero/homosexual binary in popular culture significantly impacted cross-generational differences between Silent, Baby Boomer, Generation X and Millennial LGBTQ constituents who struggled with the prospect of being “out” at work. This closing conversation serves, on one hand, as a call to action for LGBTQ constituents and LGBTQ workplace affinity group leaders to help promote a sense of communal inclusion with friends, allies and colleagues; and, on the other, as an interactive exercise in overcoming numerous prejudices often overlooked between generations.

Kimberly Stein
, Manager, Knowledge Management, Thomson Reuters Legal

Elise Colomer, Assistant Director of Institutional Partnerships, Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE)
Andrew Jakubowski, Associate & Global Advisor of LGBT+ Employee Resource Group, Oliver Wyman
Edward H. Sadtler, Partner & Co-Chair, Firmwide LGBT Subcommittee, Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Seth Stuhl, Vice President, Business Affairs & Legal Counsel, Disney Theatrical Productions
Fauzia Zaman-Malik, Managing Director, Legal, Accenture PLC

4:00 PM
The Inaugural Thomson Reuters OutLaws & Rebels Soirée

Join us for our inaugural LGBTQ-focused legal career fair and cocktail party intended to connect some of the worlds’ most inclusive employers with experienced legal professionals from throughout the industry.

Ru Bhatt

Managing Director, Associate Practice Group, Major Lindsey & Africa

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Sara Birmingham

Global Head of Human Resources, Reuters News

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Elise Colomer

Assistant Director of Institutional Partnerships, Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE)

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Carmel Crimmins

Financial Services Editor, Reuters News

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Patsy Doerr

Head of Diversity, Inclusion & Corporate Responsibility
Thomson Reuters

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Nicki Gilmour

Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Evolved People Media LLC;
Chief Executive Officer & Editor-in-Chief, The Glass Hammer

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Omar Gonzalez-Pagan

Staff Attorney, Lambda Legal

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Andrew Jakubowski

Associate, Health & Life Sciences Practice, Oliver Wyman

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Scott Meoni-Ridenour

Managing Director - Head of Global Asset Serving Compliance, BNY Mellon

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Gillian Power

Chief Information Officer, Lathrop & Gage LLP

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Edward Sadtler

Partner, Kirkland & Ellis LLP

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Johann Shudlick

Global Head of Diversity Recruiting, Goldman Sachs

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Kimberly Stein

Manager, Knowledge Management Solutions, Thomson Reuters

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Seth Stuhl

Vice President, Business Affairs & Legal Counsel, Disney Theatrical Group

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Damon Suden

Partner, Kelley Drye & Warren LLP

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Kenneth Weissenberg

Partner, EisnerAmper LLP

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Keith C. Wetmore

Chairman Emeritus, Morrison & Foerster LLP

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Fauzia Zaman-Malik

Manager Director &Legal Lead for NA Health & Public Service Operations, Accenture

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541 Lexington Avenue (between 49th and 50th Streets)
New York, NY 10022

Dress Code:

Business casual.  We recommend dressing in layers as meeting room temperatures tend to fluctuate.

Guest Rooms:

We do not have a reserved block of guest rooms for this event. Please contact the hotel directly for rates and availability at 212-755-1200 or 877-822-0000. For any questions regarding guest rooms, please contact our Conference Planner, Meghan Landis, at Meghan.landis@tr.com or 201.912.3042.

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