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*This schedule is current as of October 16, 2014. All sessions and times are subject to change.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Session
Pre-Conference Workshop
1:00pm - 5:00pm
Executive Appointments: How to Get Appointed to City, State or Federal Office
An unprecedented number of openly lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people are serving as appointed officials at all levels of government. Learn how to best position yourself for an appointment and get one-on-one resume advice from current and former appointees.
Welcome Reception
6:30pm - 8:30pm

Friday, December 5, 2014

Session
Concurrent Workshops(breakfast)
8:30am - 10:00am
Dealing with Disasters: Preparing, Responding, and Recovering

Presented by
State Farm
The Business of Equality Empowered to Win: Transgender and People of Color Running for Office

Natural disasters like hurricanes, flooding, wildfires, tornadoes, and earthquakes happen in communities throughout the world. These events pose a serious threat to the safety and security of citizens and infrastructure, even when municipalities are proactive in their approach to them. This panel discussion with elected officials and experts will equip participants with new strategies and knowledge about emergency preparedness and response.

As elected officials work to support small businesses, what opportunities and resources exist for LGBT small business owners? In attempts to improve supplier diversity, how can we include, support and promote LGBT-owned businesses? Come hear from a panel of policy leaders and experts in small business ownership, entrepreneurship and policy.

While opportunities have expanded for out elected and appointed officials around the globe, openly transgender people and LGBT people of color still face significant barriers to public service. This discussion will address some of the common challenges of running, venues for appointed office, and the challenges of serving openly as an out transgender person or LGBT person of color.

Plenary
10:15am - 11:45am
TBD

Networking Lunch
12:00pm - 1:45pm
Presented by Union Pacific
Concurrent Workshops
2:00pm - 3:30pm
Religion, Politics, and LGBT Equality Green 2.0: What's Next for Environmental Policy?

Presented by Toyota
TBD

Opponents of LGBT equality are increasingly claiming our movement threatens their religious liberty. Have they effectively flipped the script, or is religion-based bigotry still a powerful force in denying basic civil rights protections to all LGBT people? This discussion with out elected officials and religious leaders will examine the ways LGBT equality and religious practice coexist in public life.

Environmental concerns remain a top priority for public officials around the world. From renewable energy sources to energy-efficient transportation, policy-makers have a lot to learn about how to meet the challenges ahead. Join a panel of experts as we discuss political and policy efforts to conserve energy, protect the environment and ensure a sustainable future.

Plenary
3:45pm - 5:15pm
Making America Whole for LGBT People and Families

The United States is currently a patchwork of LGBT legal rights and protections, with laws varying widely from state to state and few LGBT non-discrimination protections enshrined in overarching national laws. How are national, state and local LGBT organizations responding, and what does the future hold for states where equality is late in arriving? Join this discussion focusing on strategies to eliminate the boundaries and borders that still exist for LGBT Americans.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Session
Networking Breakfast
8:30am - 10:00am

Concurrent Workshops
10:15am - 11:45am
Understanding Rapidly Changing Smokeless Tobacco Policies Addressing the LGBT Youth Homelessness Crisis

Presented by Frank Selvaggi
Proud Veterans: Meeting the Needs of a Growing LGBT Ex-Military Population

The e-cigarette industry is experiencing rapid growth, leading to questions among elected officials about how and how much to regulate these and other smokeless tobacco products. This panel discussion with government officials and health professionals will debate the policy landscape and the science behind it.

Between 20 and 40 percent of homeless youth in the U.S. identify as LGBT. What can LGBT leaders and lawmakers do to address and reduce these alarming rates? This panel discussion with policy experts and out officials will explore strategies and solutions attendees can employ in their own communities.

Following the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell, the public and private sectors are adapting to serve the unique needs of LGBT veterans and their families. From employment to health care to family benefits, out retired service members can face a complex set of issues as they transition to civilian life. Join elected officials, military officials, and LGBT veterans for a panel discussion on the opportunities and challenges faced by this growing population.

Plenary (lunch)
12:00pm - 1:45pm
Globalizing Freedom for LGBT People

Presented by Google

The U.S. and other countries are adding LGBT concerns to their human rights, development and diplomatic priorities, but the response from some countries has been to push back hard. Hear from top activists and government officials about the potential for change and the future of LGBT activism in some of the toughest places on Earth to be openly LGBT.

Concurrent Workshops
2:00pm - 3:30pm
The Science of the Ask: Fundraising for Local Races Unions and the LGBT Workforce TBD

Political campaigns are both art and science, but most people only pay attention to the art. Understanding how to develop a winning strategy that uses campaign tools effectively is what leads a campaign to victory. Learn proven fundraising strategies for local races from experts who have worked with hundreds of openly LGBT candidates and campaign staff, and add to your fundraising toolbox.

What can unions do to protect LGBT members of the workforce? How can LGBT employee organizations operate effectively in small and large scale industries? This session will be an opportunity to talk to legislators and labor experts, some of them union members themselves, about the potential within unionizing and workplace organizing.

Concurrent Workshops
3:45pm - 5:15pm
HIV Prevention in a Pill?: Prophylaxis and Policy TBD Women Out to Win: Building Power in Parliaments

With the emergence of new drug therapies, what is the prognosis for curbing HIV/AIDS in the LGBT community? Some say newly available preventative medication should be taken to protect ourselves and each other. This session will be a chance to explore the political, policy and public health implications of using antiretroviral drugs to prevent infections.

As the political gender gap begins to shrink worldwide, visibility for LBT women in public service is increasing. Join a discussion with international female parliamentarians about the impact out women leaders have on policy, their paths to office, and emerging opportunities for LBT women in legislatures across the globe.

Closing Reception
7:30pm - 9:30pm
Presented by R.J. Reynolds

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Session
Planning Breakfast
8:30am - 10:00am
2015 Conference Planning Breakfast