Out & Equal Honors Johnson & Johnson, The Dow Chemical Company and The Walt Disney Company at 2015 Out & Equal Workplace Summit

Organizations and Individuals Acknowledged as Leaders in Advancing
LGBT Workplace Equality in the 2015 Outie Awards

DALLAS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–At its 2015 Out & Equal Workplace Summit, Out
& Equal Workplace Advocates
, a non-profit dedicated to achieving
lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender workplace equality, recognized
Johnson & Johnson, The Dow Chemical Company and The Walt Disney Company
for their innovative approaches and proven successes in creating safe
and equitable workplaces for their LGBT employees. Out & Equal bestowed
these awards in a ceremony at the organization’s 2015 Workplace Summit,
held last week in Dallas.

“Our pride for these award recipients is palpable,” said Out & Equal
Founder and CEO Selisse Berry. “They have gone above and beyond to
further our mission of achieving global LGBT workplace equality and
continue to inspire other organizations and individuals to do the same.”

Open and Out, a Johnson & Johnson employee resource group, received the
LGBT Employee Resource Group of the Year Award for its proven track
record of successes in supporting LGBT employees and advocating for LGBT
rights in the workplace. Employee resource groups recognized as
finalists include: Chubb Group’s Chubb Pride, Thomson Reuters’ Pride at
Work, IBM’s UK Eagle and Walmart’s Walmart Pride.

Howard Ungerleider, Chief Financial Officer, The Dow Chemical Company,
earned the Champion Award, for his significant contributions to
advancing LGBT workplace equality and desire to use his talents and
resources to further the cause, regardless of the often-present risk
associated with such support. Individuals recognized as finalists
include: Cynthia Armine-Klien, First Data Corporation, Michael
DeAngelis, Intel Corporation and Beth Brooke-Marciniak, EY.

Finally, The Walt Disney Company, with its historic and continued
commitment to facilitating LGBT workplace equality, received the
Workplace Excellence award, which recognizes employers that have raised
and continue to raise the bar of LGBT workplace equality across the
globe. Employers recognized as finalists include: AT&T, Bank of America,
Wells Fargo and Xerox.

About Out & Equal

Out & Equal is a San-Francisco-based nonprofit organization that
collaborates with Fortune 500 corporations around the world to help them
create safe and supportive work environments for their lesbian, gay,
bisexual, and transgender employees. Out & Equal provides professional
development opportunities; establishes and supports employee resource
groups; develops hiring policies and training programs; provides
networking opportunities; and develops career advancement programs. Out
& Equal, which was founded in 1996, brings together employees and
experts from around the world each year at its Workplace Summit, where
attendees learn about current and emerging best practices to ensure
greater opportunities and equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and
transgender employees.


for Out & Equal
Emily Altimari, 415-397-7600