2019 Tools & Tactics Webinar: Creating a LGBTQ Inclusive Workplace – Going Beyond Policies

DMECTools & Tactics, Webinars

Thursday, Oct. 31

9:00 am PT | 12:00 pm ET

While most companies have a nondiscrimination policy that includes sexual orientation and gender identity, 46% of LGBTQ workers remain closeted at work. A culture of inclusiveness means being visible from the language used in communications, to accountability in reporting systems, and providing education for workers.

Through personal storytelling and experiences, our panel will share practical steps on creating an inclusive environment for LGBTQ employees. This session will explore how employers can increase visibility and make inclusiveness a part of their culture. We will also explore:

  • How to support and engage employees who are transitioning and coming out
  • Why the language in benefit programs is essential, and what it should include
  • What actions can be taken to ensure that biases and issues are raised and addressed
  • How to increase engagement and effectiveness of our employee advocates

DMEC members receive free registration for webinars. Log in to your DMEC account prior to registering to receive member pricing.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify ways to educate and engage employees on what it means to be “allies.”
  • Determine opportunities to increase support for employees who may be transitioning or coming out, including education for managers and co-workers.
  • Develop strategies for more visible language in communications, including how to integrate the evolving vocabulary of LGBTQ inclusion in the workplace.
  • Evaluate the current environment for possible biases and determine if current reporting practices are effective and consistent.



Kristina Kishbaugh
Pride Network Employee Resource Group Leader

At Guardian, Kristina leads the project delivery team for new business and benefit services. In addition, she is the pride network employee resource group leader, and a founding member of Guardian’s diversity and inclusion council. She has over 15 years of operational insurance experience in employee benefits. She has led strategic teams across the globe in IT functions and project development for a plethora of operational units. Within her first year at Guardian, Kristina initiated the diversity and inclusion conversation with senior leadership. She brought awareness to Guardian’s ratings with the human rights campaign and within a short time she helped bring Guardian to a 100% rating.

Gene Lanzoni
Assistant Vice President, Thought Leadership

Gene leads thought leadership marketing and research programs in support of Guardian’s group & worksite business. He has more than 30 years of experience in marketing and market research, as well as broad experience in the financial services industry. He previously served as vice president of global market research at Prudential Financial and vice president of market research for U.S. business at MetLife. Gene holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing and communications from The College of New Jersey, and a masters degree from Georgian Court University.


Ryan Sallans
LGBTQ Speaker
Consultant & Author

Ryan Sallans is a renowned transgender speaker and author specializing in health care, campus inclusion, and workplace issues impacting the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) community. Ryan works with corporations, health care institutions, universities, non-profit organizations, and federal agencies. He became internationally known after the release of the LOGO channel documentary Gender Rebel, which followed him in the beginning steps of his transition from female to male in 2005. He has also appeared on various TV and radio shows, and is hosted as a keynote speaker across the country for conferences and diversity and inclusion events.


This session qualifies for the following CEUs: 1 CPDM, 1 PHR, and 1 SHRM. To qualify for CEU credit:

  • You must attend the full duration of the webinar. Following the webinar and once attendance has been confirmed, you will receive an email with CEU reporting information.
  • You must register for and watch the webinar individually. Group participation does not qualify CEU credit.

 Registration Fees

Registration Fees
DMEC members Free
Nonmembers $29.99

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