Anyone Can Be An Ally: Speaking Up for an LGBT Inclusive Workplace

Brian McNaught, BA
Educator, Writer, Consultant

October 3, 2012 (3-5pm)
Wilkes University Ballroom
(2nd floor Henry Student Center)

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When gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people don’t feel safe and valued at work, productivity goes down, and organizations fail in their efforts to attract and retain the best and brightest talent. Many organizations realize this, and have created clear policies on the issues. But in order for the climate to change, gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people need allies to speak up.

In this comprehensive training program, Brian McNaught demonstrates how anyone can be an ally to create a respectful workplace that is inclusive of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender co-workers.


 A Note from Brian: “I’m an educator on the issues facing gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people. I do so through my books, video tapes, DVDs, and public presentations. Since 1974, I’ve been working primarily with predominantly heterosexual audiences in corporate and college settings helping people to better understand the unique challenges and opportunities faced by gay people to acknowledge, affirm, and integrate our sexual orientation into our family, faith, and work communities. My experience underscores that anyone can be an ally, and that building bridges of mutual respect requires putting a face on the issue.

Named “the godfather of gay sensitivity training” by The New York Times, Brian McNaught is considered the world’s leading corporate diversity consultant dealing with gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender issues in the workplace. He is also the best-selling author of four watershed books on gay issues, all of which are used as college texts.

McNaught earned his B.A in Journalism from Marquette University. He is certified by the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) as a sexuality educator.

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NEPDEC’s mission is to create a more inclusive, dynamic culture in our region and to prepare for increasingly complex and diverse communities and workplaces. To achieve these goals, we:
* provide educational programming/consultation,
* support member’s diversity initiatives,
* organize networking and social events for relaxed interaction and sharing, and
* build alliances among historically isolated groups.

Through cooperation, we address regional diversity issues with greater impact and economies of scale.