The 2012 Out on the Street Leadership Summit will be hosted by Brian Moynihan, CEO of Bank of America Merrill Lynch, and will be held at Bank of America world headquarters at One Bryant Park on May 2, 2012. In its second year, the summit will focus on the role that LGBT support plays in the conduct of business and the role Wall Street plays in the larger fight for LGBT equality.
Topic areas for the 2012 summit include:
Taking the Lead: C-Suite Panel on LGBT Equality
C-Suite executives from some of the major banks discuss why and how Wall Street has been a leading force in corporate America for LGBT equality (both within the US and globally). Executives will also speak about their personal commitment in this area.
Global Launch of Power of Out II: Update on Groundbreaking LGBT Workplace Research
Sylvia Ann Hewlett of the Center for Talent Innovation will unveil initial findings from the Power of Out II research, which features a deeper dive on gender and international challenges, as well as OOTS bank specific data.
The L’s in Wall Street: Understanding the Lesbian Experience in Financial Services
A high powered panel of lesbian senior bankers and straight allies compare and contrast the experience of senior heterosexual women with those of senior lesbians. What commonalities exist between the groups? What synergies exist as both groups push for more equality in the workplace?
What’s Next?: Emerging LGBT Opportunities and Challenges
Beginning with a reflection on the progress made since the inaugural Out on the Street Summit in 2011, LGBT leaders will explore topics and issues on the horizon including transgender rights, bisexual issues, marriage recognition and international challenges.
Balancing Acts: The Client Challenge
This workshop provides specific recommendations on striking the balance between being “out” and true to yourself with overall client imperatives. How does being LGBT impact client relationships? How can/do you leverage your connections through the LGBT and LGBT-friendly community for business development? What to do when faced with hostility from the client side, whether individual or institutional.
I Love NY: Lessons Learned from 2011 on New York Marriage Equality
A behind the scenes look at how marriage equality was won in New York and how the strategy is being adapted for other states. The panel will have a special focus on the critical role played by Wall Street and other industries in building the groundswell of political support that helped achieve this monumental success.
LGBT Equality – The Client Perspective
Senior executives from banking clients will discuss the importance of LGBT supportive activities from both a diversity standpoint and a business standpoint. Does alignment with LGBT supportive policies influence decision-making process in choosing a financial services provider? How can banks better leverage their LGBT support with clients?