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It’s this simple: Every LGBTQ person should feel safe in the choice to be out at work, and every organization’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion program should include considerations for LGBTQ people. The business leaders in Minnesota have a history of innovation and its time for us to lead the national effort for inclusive workspaces.

You don’t have to do it alone. Mossier can help you create spaces to accommodate your LGBTQ employee’s ambitions, and our community-first approach focuses on eight key areas of training that bring culturally specific topics to the forefront. For example, creating best-practices for an employee resource group for LGBTQ people, or supporting an employee who may be transitioning their gender.

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We gathered LGBTQ champions, each bringing a unique point of view to our programming. You’ll be able to watch live feeds of their discussions as well as reference them later in the resource library. Here are a few of the LGBTQ leaders that you’ll get to know during the conference.

Each day’s schedule focuses on a theme, such as how to champion LGBTQ-inclusivity as an HR leader and how to sustain your D&I work after the event is over. The online community will house all of these videos, learning materials, and recordings of the conversations. To download a full schedule, please click here.

Andrea Jenkins – Vice President of Minneapolis City Council

Andrea Jenkins is an American policy aide, politician, writer, performance artist, poet, and transgender activist. She is known for being the first African-American openly transgender woman elected to public office in the United States, serving since January 2018 on the Minneapolis City Council.

Cecilia Stanton Adams – Chief Diversity Officer, Allianz Life

Cecilia is most known for her track record as an accomplished educator and Diversity thought leader. She is committed to a holistic approach to transforming organizations, teams, and individuals with the principles of equity and inclusion. Her visionary approach inspires others to recognize the diversity their organizations may be overlooking in Recruitment, Retention, Training, Supplier Diversity, and Community Relations.

Anne Phibbs – Founder and President of Strategic Diversity Initiatives

A seasoned consultant, Anne is able to work with small and large organizations on a variety of diversity, equity & inclusion needs, including diversity assessments, diversity action plans, customized diversity training, and inclusive leadership development. Anne earned her Ph.D. in Philosophy and Feminist Studies from the University of Minnesota and lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Ellie Krug – Lawyer, Activist

With over 100 civil trials to her credit, Ellie was the first Iowa lawyer to ever transition genders and one of the few attorneys nationally to try jury cases in separate genders. She later relocated to the Twin Cities where she served as the founding executive director of a legal nonprofit that was conferred an American Bar Association award for innovatively increasing legal access.

Val Jensen – Director of Human Rights & Equal Economic Opportunity

Val is the president and founder of Azon Consulting, a firm focused on diversity and inclusion, leadership coaching, talent development, strategic planning, and business development. Born and raised in Minnesota, she has a B.A. in Political Science with a concentration in African/African-American studies from Carleton College, and a J.D. from Mitchell Hamline College of Law where she has taught for the past 12 years as an adjunct professor.

Zaylore Stout – Attorney, Author

Zaylore Stout was raised in Southern California and received his BA from Cal State Fullerton in international business management. He graduated from the University of St. Thomas School of Law in 2010 and founded his own law firm, Zaylore Stout & Associates (ZSA), which handles employment law matters that include sexual harassment, discrimination, wrongful termination, and wage and hour disputes. ZSA is the first LGBTQ-certified law firm in the state of Minnesota through the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC).


Member Perks

Your Proud to Work 2020 ticket is a three-month membership, granting you access to:

  • Presentations and panels will be recorded and stored in a digital library exclusively for attendees that can be viewed after the event.
  • Live discussions are scheduled all week for you to interact with our experts and get your questions answered.
  • This online community qualifies you for SHRM recertification credits for eligible workshops.
  • A library of recorded video of all of the events, as well as other exclusive content from previous workshops.
  • Your ticket includes a 3-month subscription to our online learning portal. We will continue to add content such as virtual learning labs and follow-up conversations from the event to this portal after the 4-day event.
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Scholarship Application

The Proud to Work Scholarship is a great way for students and those in the early stage of their career to become a part of the community, not to mention network with D&I leaders. Awardees will receive a free ticket to the online portal and a VIP package at the Career Fair.

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You’re in really good company.

It’s about doing the right thing. For your staff, for your organization, for you, and by participating in the Proud to Work Career Fair, your company is committing to the representation of LGBTQ talent in its workforce — and you’re making space for this sector of the workforce.

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