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HRC workplace September 23, 2006 1:15 PM

HRC Workplace News topstory/cei2006_160 2006 Corporate Equality Index Released! On September 19, 2006, the Workplace Project released the fifth annual Corporate Equality Index. Highlights of the 2006 report include an increase in the number of organizations awarded a 100%, 101 in 2005 to 138, despite stricter guidelines for receiving a perfect score, and 98% of the companies surveyed ban discrimination based on sexual orientation. 3 companies received a score of 0: ExxonMobil, Meijer Inc. and Perot Systems. To download a copy of the 2006 report, please visit National Coming Out Day is October 11 Tuesday, October 11, is National Coming Out Day. Visit for our resources on coming out, particularly Coming Out At Work. We encourage employers to participate in National Coming Out Day 2006 to foster an open and inclusive workplace for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender employees. Employers may request Coming Out Kits en masse for their workplaces (one request per company, please), or may download and print our Coming Out - "Talk About It" poster (11" x 33") and palmcard (3" x 9"). Domestic Partner Benefits Workshop in Washington, DC HRC is hosting an Equal Benefits workshop for employees of Fortune-ranked companies that do not offer domestic partner benefits. Program participants will learn best practices and hear from others who have successfully advocated for benefits at their company, working to build a business case for presenting domestic partner benefits to senior leadership. To participate we ask that employees work for a Fortune 1000 company, and that 2 employees from your company participate in the program to work as a team. The workshop will take place November 10-12 at HRC headquarters in Washington, DC. If you and a co-worker are interested, please contact Out for Undergraduate Business Conference The Out for Undergraduate Business Conference will be held in New York City October 6-7. Intended for undergraduates entering the business world, this meeting is designed to prepare GLBT students for what to expect after school. In addition, this will serve as a forum for networking and recruitment into investment banking and management consulting firms. More information at: Reaching Out MBA Conference October 13-15 is the date for the 9th annual Reaching out MBA Conference in New York City. Comprised of an MBA Career Fair, professional and personal development workshops, and networking receptions, the conference promotes the education, visibility, and networking capabilities of GLBT business leaders. More information at: Level Playing Field Institute’s Corporate Leaver’s Project In early 2006, the HRC Workplace Project and other LGBT organizations helped Level Playing Field Institute to recruit one-on-one interview candidates for its Corporate Leavers Project: an initiative to uncover the hidden barriers to workplace equality and present best practices for retaining top minority talent. Currently, the Corporate Leavers Project is utilizing an online survey, known as a “virtual interview”, to discuss this topic with individuals who have voluntarily left a corporate/professional position. If you or someone you know is an “LGBT Corporate Leaver” and would like more information or to participate in the online survey process, please contact Caroline Barlerin at or 415-946-3055 or visit Out & Equal Conference On September 14-16, 2006, The HRC Workplace Project staff attended the 2006 Out & Equal Conference in Chicago, IL. At the event, attendees were able to obtain pre-release copies of the 2006 Corporate Equality Index. President Joe Solmonese participated in a panel on workplace equality as a national LGBT movement. Workplace Project staff held sessions on the Corporate Equality Index and developing the business case for domestic partner benefits. Next year's conference will be held in Washington, DC. Find out more about the summit at Second Corporate Equality Series Event in Indianapolis On September 18, 2006, the HRC Workplace Project held the second Corporate Equality Series event at Dow AgroSciences in Indianapolis, IN. Over 70 HR and Diversity professionals and GLBT employees attended the one-day session. Topics discussed included the impact of the Indianapolis Human Rights Ordinance, achieving full benefit parity, the impact of the Corporate Equality Index and a panel discussion on developing a successful GLBT employee resource group. The day also included a networking lunch, which was attended by representatives from various non-profits including PFLAG and Indiana Equality. Special thanks to all sponsors: Dow AgroSciences, Baker & Daniels LLP, Chase, Cummins Inc., IUPUI, Eli Lilly and Co., and WellPoint Inc. Visit the web address below to tell your friends about this. Tell-a-friend! If you received this message from a friend, you can sign up for Human Rights Campaign. If you would like to unsubscribe from a specific Human Rights Campaign list, or update your account settings, you can visit your Subscription Management Page. Click here to remove yourself from all Human Rights Campaign lists. 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