Start: 6:00 pm
Selisse Berry and select readers celebrate the book launch for Out & Equal at Work: From Closet to Corner Office ($14.95). Thirty-six never-been-published stories from lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and allied business leaders make up this groundbreaking anthology.It features the stories of Maggie Stumpp, who found support as an executive at Prudential during her transition from male to female; George Kalogridis, who bravely came out and worked his way to President of Disneyland Resort; and contributors who've dealt with multiple diversity issues. Some of these contributors lost their jobs, family, friends and some even nearly their lives. But by being their authentic selves at work, many saw their careers – and companies – blossom.Selisse Berry is Founding Executive Director of Out & Equal Workplace Advocates. Under her leadership, the organization has grown significantly with dramatic increases in attendance at the annual Workplace Summit and the expansion of programs and global initiatives. Selisse is a frequent speaker on workplace equality and has spoken across the United States and abroad including recent presentations in the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Italy, Canada, Hungary, the West Indies, and Mexico. Her most recent awards include the Outstanding Hero Congressional Recognition from Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi; the Parks Award* in Rome, Italy; and the KQED Local Heroes Award** in San Francisco, California.