OutLaws 2019 Advancing LGBTQ Professional Leadership

Event Details

Jun 12, 2019

8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

New York, NY

$99 USD

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Thomson Reuters is proud to present OutLaws 2019 this June in New York City.  At a moment when LGBTQ civil rights and public interest face considerable challenges at home and abroad, this timely and provocative program invites LGBTQ professionals, allies, influencers and leaders to come together and help divine solutions toward improving the lives of the LGBTQ community worldwide.

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Interested parties may inquire at lei@thomsonreuters.com or 1-800-308-1700 for sponsorship and speaking opportunities.

Why You Should Attend

  • As one of the world’s most ethical companies, Thomson Reuters considers this event an honor and ethical obligation to connect passionate advocates for LGBTQ rights and representation with key power brokers and influencers from across professional services
  • Our program pivots upon actionable opportunities for engaged individuals to help effect meaningful change at a moment of great unrest for the LGBTQ community
  • Attendees will have ample networking opportunities to engage peers and form enduring alliances as part of a commitment to improving the lives of those in need around the world

    Who Should Attend

  • LGBTQ professionals, allies, influencers and power brokers from across industries
  • Diversity & Inclusion professionals
  • Chief Executive Officers
  • Human Resources Professionals
  • Event Co-Chair

    Gina (Scialabba) Jurva

    Manager, Risk & Compliance, Legal Executive Institute, Thomson Reuters

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    Event Details

    Wednesday, Jun 12

    8:30 AM
    Registration and Breakfast
    9:15 AM
    Opening Remarks
    9:30 AM
    Pride and Prejudice: The State of the LGBTQ Nation

    It’s been 21 years since the brutal death of Matthew Shepard, four years since Obergefell vs. Hodges, three years since the tragic shootings at Pulse Orlando, and nearly two years since President Trump’s controversial decision to ban transgender US military service members first made headlines. What is one to make of the current state of the LGBTQ nation? Do gathering storm clouds augur hardship or opportunity for LGBTQ leaders within professional services to mobilize and unite?

    Nishan BhaumikStaff AttorneyImmigration Equality
    Hugo Greenhalgh, LGBT Editor, Thomson Reuters Foundation
    Fauzia Zaman-Malik, Managing Director – Legal, Accenture

    10:30 AM
    10:45 AM
    Another Country: Assessing Economic Opportunities Amongst LGBTQ Consumers

    By some estimates, the LGBTQ population’s share of global wealth is a multi-trillion dollar economic opportunity largely overlooked by modern business. Indeed, despite significant strides by prominent corporations towards highlighting same-sex couples or LGBTQ-identifying actors in major marketing initiatives, many organizations still seem reluctant to openly court LGBTQ consumers or disrupt a pervasive heteronormative ontology. This discussion examines how regional and global businesses can best engage and win support of LGBTQ clientele in an era of rampant consumer empowerment and engagement.

    Brian J. Carrozza, Manager, Strategic Growth – Real Estate, Goulston & Storrs PC
    Gareth Clark, Partner, Dechert LLP
    Susan Cooney, Global Head of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Symantec

    12:00 PM
    Networking Luncheon
    1:00 PM
    Breakout Discussion #1: In Cold Blood: Combating the LGBTQ Homeless Epidemic (Breakout)

    According to numerous studies, LGBTQ minors and elders comprise a disproportionate percentage of homeless individuals across the United States. Frequently the target of domestic abuse, harassment or violence, this particular demographic faces significant challenges when it comes to access to justice, educational and economic opportunity, sexual well-being, or mental and physical health. This frank discussion examines various ways LGBTQ and allied professionals can help rectify an escalating communal crisis with profound economic and emotional ramifications.

    Monica Boll, Managing Director & Executive Sponsor, New York LGBT+ Employee Resource Group, Accenture
    John QuinnPartnerKaplan, Hecker & Finn LLP 
    Anton Castellanos UsigliBoard of DirectorsPFLAG
    David Vincent, Chief Program Officer, Sage Advocacy & Services for LGBT Elders
    Gary Vizioli, Vice President in Community Lending & Investment, Wells Fargo

    Breakout Discussion #2: Bad Education: Toward the Abolition of LGBTQ Conversion Therapy (Breakout)

    “Once you enter the group, you’ll be well on your way to recovery.” So, in a disturbingly sanctimonious tone, declares John Smid, the main antagonist of Garrard Conley’s Boy Erased: A Memoir, a riveting account of the author’s ill-fated journey through sexual orientation conversion therapy. Like Conley, nearly 700,000 Americans between the ages of 18-59 have been subjected to conversion therapy in their lifetime. Even more alarming, an estimated 20,000 LGBTQ youth (ages 13-17) have had to endure this controversial practice at the behest of a spiritual or religious advisor. Despite explicit disavowal from the American Psychiatric Association, and an equally forceful stance from President Barack Obama, “reparative therapy” is still not universally recognized as a profoundly destructive and fraudulent practice. This session raises awareness around “ex-gay therapy” in America. Attendees are invited to take an active role in curtailing the harmful impact of this controversial treatment on the LGBTQ community.

    Sam Brinton, Head of Advocacy and Government Affairs, The Trevor Project

    2:15 PM
    2:30 PM
    #MeQueer: The Forgotten Spotlight on LGBTQ Sexual Harassment & Workplace Identity

    It is of little doubt that the #MeToo movement has blown wide open the doors on the sexual harassment of women in the workplace, but less is said about similar aggressions still wrought upon the LGBTQ community.  This session shines a welcome light on LGBTQ experience in an era where awareness of and support for the historically oppressed has never been greater. From an organizational standpoint, how can professional services firms continue to enforce a healthy corporate culture inclusive of LGBTQ employees? What practices or policies can other organizations adopt to recruit, develop and retain their LGBTQ talent?

    Gillian PowerChief Information OfficerLathrop Gage LLP 

    3:30 PM
    Memento Mori: History, Memory & Mourning in the LGBTQ Community

    In his landmark study of history and memory, French historian Pierre Nora descibed a lieu de mémoire (site of memory) as “any significant entity [….] which by dint of human will or the work of time has become a symbolic element of the memorial heritage of a [given] community.” Speaking specifically about the ability of objects or places (monuments, museums) to homogenize memory and transform it into a national narrative, Nora’s observations hold particular resonance for the global LGBTQ nation. For every triumph or victory afforded LGBTQ constituents, painful setbacks – if not tragic developments – continue to underscore the importance of memory, resistance, unity and pride in helping push for the ultimate equality. This closing conversation ponders individual and corporate responsibility in contributing to collective memory around the American LGBTQ experience.

    Wesley D. Bizzell, Esq., Senior Assistant General Counsel & Managing Director of Political Law & Ethics Programs, Altria Client Services LLC; President-Elect, National LGBT Bar Association
    Dennis H. Hranitzky, Partner & Co-Head, International & Insolvency Litigation, Dechert LLP
    Eric Marcus, 
    Founder & Chair, Stonewall 50 Consortium

    4:30 PM
    Closing Remarks
    4:45 PM
    The OutLaws and Rebels Soirée

    Please join us for cocktails and canapés as we wrap up the day’s proceedings and engage with a number of leading LGBTQ public interest organizations from throughout the region.


    The W New York - Union Square

    201 Park Avenue South
    New York, NY 10003

    Thomson Reuters does not have a room block for this program. Interested parties are welcome to inquire with the W Hotel Union Square for available rates.

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