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2014 Workplace Summit: Presented by OPEN Madison

  • 12 Nov 2014
  • 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
  • Best Western InnTowner & Highland Club


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Have questions about how to make the most out of networking events? Interested in starting your own business? How do you get 'back in the game' if you decide to take a different career path?

Join OPEN Madison for the 2014 Workplace Summit, where local LGBTQ business leaders will lead informal discussions that may help you answer these questions - and more!

Our Speakers:

J. Belmont
Sales & Banquet Coordinator, Best Western Plus InnTowner
J. Belmont plans and coordinates events and marketing at the BEST WESTERN PLUS InnTowner of Madison. During off hours, Belmont advises small business and nonprofit organizations on Social Media marketing, content creation, promotion, and branding. Belmont volunteers at Circle Sanctuary Nature Preserve in Barneveld, Wisconsin. (www.circlesanctuary.org). Follow Belmont on line at www.facebook.com/Belmont2424 or on Twitter at @Belmont2424. 

Roundtable Discussion
“Networking Tips & Leveraging Your Talent”

5:00 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.

Corey Gresen
Owner, Plan B

Corey Gresen has been the owner of Plan B, Madison since 2009. After graduating from DePaul University School of Music, Chicago, IL in 2005 with a Performing Arts Management degree. Corey moved to Los Angles for 2 years where he worked in publicity at Interscope Records. In 2007 he moved to Madison and immediately started creating Plan B.  

Roundtable Discussion
“Starting Your Own Small Business”

4:00-4:45 p.m.
5:00-5:45 p.m.

Deborah Hamill, MA
Human Resources, US Bank

Deborah Hamill, MA is a Human Resources consulting specialist with over 10 years of experience in employee & labor relations, change management, and strategic planning.  She currently serves as the HR market leader for US Bank, where she oversees the Madison, Milwaukee and Southeast, Wisconsin retail markets.  Deborah is a frequent guest speaker at Edgewood College's panel What Employers Want and also a mentor for the Urban Scholars program at Marquette University.  In her free time Deborah serves as the President of StageQ, Madison's only queer theater company.  Deborah is excited to share her insights regarding networking, interview tips, offer negotiations, and personal branding at OPEN's first Workplace Summit.  Deborah invites all attendees of the Summit to connect with her on LinkedIn should they have any future questions.  

Roundtable Discussion
“HR Secrets: Navigating Crucial Conversations”

4:00-4:45 p.m.
5:00-5:45 p.m.

In our roundtable HR Secrets, Deborah Hamill will reveal to you what employers want and how your personal brand affects your career trajectory.  She will share insights on offer negotiating, interview tips & pitfalls, networking and how to navigate crucial conversations with your managers.  At the end of the roundtable Deborah will open up the conversation to allow you to ask HR the questions you've always wanted answers to.  

Dina Martinez
Owner, Light of Love Consciousness

Dina Nina Martinez is a transgender Stand Up Comedian and owner of Light of Love Consciousness.  Dina spend much of her career in Restaurant & Hospitality Training and International Market Development for natural health companies. She now spends much of her time either on stage entertaining or working with clients to better their lives through energy healing and compassionate spirituality.

Roundtable Discussion
"Creating Safe Work Environments for Gender Non-Conforming People"

3:00-3:45 p.m.
4:00 - 4:45 p.m.
5:00 - 5:45 p.m.

Michelle Perault
Partner – Family Law & Civil Litigation, DeWitt Ross & Stevens, SC

Michele Perreault is a Shareholder and Department Chair for the Family Law Department of DeWitt, Ross & Stevens, SC, with offices in Madison, WI, Brookfield, WI, and Minneapolis, MN. Michele is a former Board Member of Fair Wisconsin, Inc., and is also an adjunct professor at the UW Law School, teaching family law courses and constitutional seminars with an emphasis on LGBT issues. She writes frequently for Our Lives Magazine regarding legal issues, and is used as a resource for journalists regarding LGBT legal issues.

Michele has been actively involved in establishing and extending legal protections for LGBT families, representing individuals and couples in a variety of areas, including adoption, co-parentage, domestic partnership law, dissolutions, and transgender issues related to marriage and birth certificates.     

General Session
"What's Next? Gay Marriage Update and Adoption & Surrogacy Issues"

6:00-7:00 pm

Robert Timm
Digital Media Producer, MAGNA Publications

Robert Timm has spent over 30 years telling people’s stories. For 20 years he worked in television news at both the local level in Green Bay, Minneapolis, and San Francisco.  For a decade he worked at NBC News covering events as diverse as presidential campaigns and plane crashes for the Today Show, NBC Nightly News and MSNBC. In 2009, he started an online medical education company with the encouragement of a client.  In 2013, he merged his company, AltusMedical, with a company in Madison, WI.  Today, Robert talks about discovering your life path and retooling yourself. He works at Magna Publications, a professional development organization for higher education educators and students.

Roundtable Discussion
“Charting your Future: Changing Your Career to Fit Who You Really Are”

4:00-4:45 p.m.
5:00-5:45 p.m.

Laura Webster
Sr. Manager – Procurement Innovation & External Manufacturing, Kraft Foods & Kraft Proud! ERG National Co-Lead

Laura Webster is a Sr. Manager of Procurement Innovation & External Manufacturing for the Oscar Mayer business unit at Kraft Foods.  She has responsibility for identifying and fostering both supplier and external manufacturing relationships to enable supplier driven innovation and new product development across the Oscar Mayer brands.  She joined Kraft Foods in 1993 as a Procurement Buyer and has worked on both the Indirect and Direct side of the business. 

Laura is the National Co-Lead for Kraft Proud!, Kraft Food’s LGBT&A Employee Resource Group.  Kraft Proud!’s Mission is to create a forum for support, development and networking among LGBT employees and allies; raise awareness of LGBT opportunities and promote involvement of Kraft Foods in the external LGBT community. 

Laura graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Madison with a B.S. in Biological Psychology and earned her Masters of Business Administration from Cardinal Stritch University.       After graduation, Laura worked for Famous Footwear, Big Toe Sports and Artesyn Technologies in Supply Chain Management

Roundtable Discussion
“ERG & BRG Tips & Best Practices”

3:00-3:45 p.m.
4:00-4:45 p.m.
5:00-5:45 p.m.

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