Out & Equal Honors LGBT Allies in the Workplace With Ally of the Year and Outstanding Ally Awards

SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Nearly 500 people from all over the world will gather at Out & Equal’s
Momentum Gala to honor recipients of the LGBT Ally of the Year Award and
Outstanding Ally Awards. Winners of the awards have demonstrated
long standing-support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT)
diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

“We are honored to present these exceptional allies with the Ally of the
Year and Outstanding Ally awards,” said Selisse Berry, Founder and CEO
of Out & Equal. “Strong allies are crucial to the success of the LGBT
rights movement, specifically LGBT workplace equality. With the support
of our allies, we strive to change the world one cubicle, one employee,
and one workplace at a time.”

Judy and Dennis Shepard, founders of the Matthew Shepard Foundation, are
this year’s recipients of the 2016 Ally of the Year Award. They have
committed their lives to combatting LGBT bullying and violence following
the murder of their son in 1998. The Foundation has been pivotal in
bringing families together and has inspired life-saving federal hate
crime legislation that has shaped our nation’s dialogue on LGBT violence
and acceptance.

“Workplace equality is about more than crafting inclusive policies for
our employee manuals distributed by HR,” said Judy and Dennis Shepard.
“Our work at the Foundation is aimed at helping companies ensure that
all workers, both at home and abroad, from the lowest-level employee to
the top earning executive, can feel safe to work without fear of
discrimination, or wrongful termination, or not having opportunities
because of who they love or how they identify.”

Out & Equal will also honor Michael Murray of Blue Shield of California;
Erby Foster of The Clorox Company; Matt Lively of Cracker Barrel Old
Country Stores; Carl Liebert of USAA Capital Corp and Jennifer Rosa of
MasterCard as this year’s Outstanding Allies.

On their selection as an Outstanding Ally:

Erby Foster, Director, Diversity & Inclusion for The Clorox Company
stated, “I’m honored to be recognized by Out & Equal as an ally of
diversity and inclusion. As the world shrinks, it’s even more important
to increase our understanding of each other. Creating a culture of
inclusion is not only the right thing to do, but it also helps drive a
competitive business advantage.”

Matt Lively, Project Manager of Product Development at Cracker Barrel
Old Country Stores
stated, “I was humbled and honored to be
nominated by my peers and receive this recognition from Out & Equal. I
feel there is always more I can do. After attending the Out & Equal
Summit in October, I was reenergized. This award motivates me to the
next level of action to make a difference.”

Jennifer Rosa, Senior Systems Analyst at MasterCard stated,
“Receiving this award is a true testament to the value of working to
create an environment where people can bring their whole selves to work.
Diversity of thought and experience, and being able to share these
openly, creates a more trusting, open and ultimately, a more successful
and inspiring environment.”

For additional information on how to attend next year’s Executive Forum,
see http://www.outandequal.org/events/executive-forum/.

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.


Out & Equal
Jonathan Carver Moore, 415-694-6531