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The Center for Ethics, Diversity and Workplace Culture (CEDWC) is proud to be hosting our first biennial Equality at Work conference on April 1, 2022. Equality at Work 2022: Voices of Pride will be a day-long conference focused on LGBTQIA+ issues in the workplace. We welcome all undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, staff, alumni and community partners to join us. 

The conference was originally conceived by three Fox undergraduate students who expressed a need for both education and community building around LGBTQIA+ issues in the business world. The day will include keynote speaker Beth Brooke, former global vice chair at EY (Ernst and Young); three panels highlighting academic experts, business executives and Temple alumni with lived experiences; a concluding talk by Celena Morrison, executive director of the Office of LGBT Affairs of the City of Philadelphia and an opportunity for students to connect with local LGBTQIA+ friendly employers.

There is no required dress code for this conference. However, if you plan to network with potential employers at the event, we encourage business casual attire. Attendees are also free to come and go as their schedules permit.

Meet The Students

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Meet Our Speakers

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Beth Brooke serves on the Board of The New York Times Company, eHealth, Beta Bionics, Tricolor Holdings and SHEEX, as well as the USOPC, Aspen Institute, Conference Board, the Partnership for Global LGBTI Equality, APCO’s International Advisory Council and the IU O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs. 

Formerly, Brooke had a four decade career at EY. She was its Global Vice Chair-Public Policy, a member of EY’s Global Board and global sponsor of Diversity and Inclusion. In the Clinton Administration, she played roles in the Healthcare and Superfund reform efforts and had tax policy responsibility for insurance and managed care. 

Brooke is a recognized global advocate of diversity and inclusion and has been named to Forbes “World’s 100 Most Powerful Women” list eleven times. She earned a BS degree in industrial management and computer science from Purdue University, where she played intercollegiate basketball and is in the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame. She founded the Women Athletes Business Network, which helps elite female athletes pivot from success in sport to success in business after their competitive sporting career ends.

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Panel 1: Being Out in the Workplace: Strategies, Employee Rights and Employer Responsibilities

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Panel 2: Transgender Workers and Transitioning at Work

Conference Agenda

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9:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.   – Introductory Remarks

9:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. – Panel 1: Being Out in the Workplace: Strategies, Employee Rights, Employer Responsibilities

  • Moderator: Jeffrey Boles (he/him), professor of legal studies, Fox School of Business
  • Alex Reed (he/him), professor of legal studies, University of Georgia
  • Lee Carpenter (she/her), professor of law, Beasley School of Law
  • Kate Fitta (she/her), principal, Burren Green
  • Deb Franklin (she/her), MBA ’00, career marketing research professional

10:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. – BREAK

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  – Panel 2: Transgender Workers and Transitioning at Work

  • Moderator:  Debra Blair (she/her), professor and director of organizational diversity, equity and inclusion, STHM
  • Heath Davis (he/him), professor of political science, Temple University College of Liberal Arts
  • Marcus Iannozzi (he/him), Founder and principal, Message Agency
  • Katie Krasky (she/her), Associate, Goldman Sachs
  • Lily Zheng (they/them), Diversity, equity and inclusion consultant

Employer Connect

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Real-talk with Really Great Companies!

In addition to thought-leading presentations, Voices of Pride would like to connect students with LGBTQIA+ professionals and Temple Alumni for career conversations.  

Visit Alter Hall Room 745 between 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. and speak with professionals from LGBTQIA+ friendly companies about their career journey, their company’s culture and employer resource groups.  

Ask questions, learn about potential jobs & internships and build your network.

Conference Resources

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Gender-Neutral Restrooms

Access a map of gender-neutral restrooms throughout Temple University’s campus.

FLDP Points

Each panel is worth FLDP points. QR codes will be provided for each panel. 

Additional Services

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Land Acknowledgement

We acknowledge the land on which we sit and occupy today as the traditional and ancestral home of the Lenni Lenape and other Indigenous nations of the Schuylkill and Delaware River.

Without them, we would not have access to this gathering and to this dialogue. We take this opportunity to thank and honor the original caretakers of this land.

We additionally acknowledge the African ancestors that were enslaved and utilized to build upon the land taken from Indigenous nations.


To learn more about the Lenape Nation, please visit: Lenape Nation of Pennsylvania (lenape-nation.org)


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This event is sponsored by the Center for Ethics, Diversity and Workplace Culture (CEDWC)

CEDWC is a hub for research, dialogue and innovation within Temple University’s Fox School of Business and the School of Sport Tourism and Hospitality Management (STHM). Leora Eisenstadt, director of the center, brings together leaders in industry, government and academia to focus on building and harnessing diverse workforces and creating ethical and healthy workplace cultures.