This annual event focuses on the perspectives and concerns of queer, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, gender non-conforming, non-binary, intersex, and asexual students in preparation for co-op, internships, and professional life beyond campus. Students have the opportunity to hear from alumni and professionals in various industries about topics such as navigating microaggressions, corporate culture, gender presentation, etc. Additionally, students engage with their peers on these topics and meet with professionals to further discuss questions related to preparing for professional working environments.
Information about Reach(OUT) 2020 is coming soon! Stay tuned.
Friday, October 25, 2019
6:00pm Registration and Dinner
6:30pm Welcome and Alumni Introductions
7:00pm Skill-Building Session and Networking
Saturday, October 26, 2019
9:00am Registration and Breakfast
9:45am Opening Remarks
10:15am Professional Development Workshops
11:00am Breakout Session 1
- It’s Not You, It’s Them: Assessing Fit and Culture
- Practical Adulting 101: So you’re graduating…Now what?
- Finding and Optimizing Your Local Career Resources
12:00am Lunch and Networking
1:00pm Breakout Session 2
- Rights, Benefits, and Negotiation
- Building Your Support Network at Work
- Because You’re Worth It: Self-Care and Work-Life Boundaries
2:00pm Coffee and Cupcake Break
2:35pm Breakout Session 3
- Practical Adulting 101: So you’re graduating…Now what?
- WorkingOUT: Navigating Work as TGNC People
- Building Your Support Network at Work
3:40pm Closing Remarks
Professional Development Workshops
Self-Assessment and Career Exploration
This workshop is designed for people exploring majors and/or career paths. You will take part in a self-assessment activity to help identify your values and apply them to career decision-making.
Career Planning and Job Search Strategies
This workshop is designed for people approaching the internship or full-time job search. Topics will include: job search strategies, tailoring resumes, interviewing, dressing authentically in the workplace, and more.
Rights, Benefits, and Negotiation
Learn how you can research and identify employment rights and non-discrimination laws and policies across companies and regions. This panel will engage participants with strategies around how to understand, review, and negotiate your legal rights with your identity in mind.
WorkingOUT: Navigating Work as TGNC People
A place to discuss the realities of the workplace and the job search for TGNC Folks only. In this panel, you will hear from a group of TGNC folks about how they have made choices around identity disclosure, background checks, dress code, pronouns, and the politics of customer or client-facing positions.
Building Your Support Network at Work
We all deserve to be supported at work, but typically, we have to build that support ourselves. How can we think about making connections and building relationships so that we have coworkers and mentors who can listen, affirm, and advocate for us? And how can we show up for our fellow coworkers with marginalized identities as we may experience some similar and some different things around microaggressions, exclusionary behavior or practices, and/or being the “only one”?
Because You’re Worth It: Self-Care and Work-Life Boundaries
Want to learn more about what to talk about to your co-workers when it comes to your personal life? How do you check-in with yourself and make sure you don’t fall into fatigue and burnout and why does that matter? This panel will discuss what self-care looks like when you cannot be your whole self at work, and how to protect your personal life.
It’s Not You, It’s Them: Assessing Fit and Culture
Can’t relate to the workspace or the company’s “culture”? Have the Sunday scaries? When is the right time to go? How do you handle those stinky microaggressions without ruining workplace relationships? This panel will discuss how to figure out those unwritten rules for fitting in, figure out if a workspace is meant for you, and, if it comes to it, cut ties professionally.
Practical Adulting 101: So you’re graduating…Now what?
This panel will focus on that difficult time in one’s life when they have to leave university life and campus resources and commit to joining the “real world.” Learn from those who successfully made the jump, and hear their best advice for how you can make it through as well.
Finding and Optimizing Your Local Career Resources
Where can you find safe and reliable resources for the workplace as a student? How can you identify queer-friendly companies? What resources can help you explore your different options so you can find opportunities that energize you! This panel will help debunk your questions about researching, applying to and interviewing for co-ops, internships, and full-time jobs.
John Basile, Diversity and Inclusion Strategist, Consultant and Coach
John Basile brings over thirty years of human resources management expertise including his most recent role as Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion at Fidelity Investments. John’s strength is in building partnerships and influencing business leaders in driving culture change and building inclusive teams. Throughout his career, John has led teams focused on talent acquisition, business unit HR support, talent management, organizational effectiveness, and employee engagement. He is adept at consulting to all levels within an organization from C‐Suite executives to front line associates.
John has proven success in creating and sustaining effective D&I strategies, building and engaging employee resource groups, creating education and awareness programs in support of creating a more diverse and inclusive workplace, and coaching business leaders on how to be more impactful, inclusive leaders. John is also a skilled facilitator, moderator and emcee and has been a frequent keynote speaker and panelist as a subject matter expert on Diversity and Inclusion topics.
In early 2014, John was recognized by the NGLCC as “Corporate Leader of the Year” for his efforts to promote diversity and inclusion in the financial services sector. In 2015 Boston Spirit Magazine named John to their list of “Top 25 LGBT Power Players” in New England. Also, in 2017 the Elevate ERG Academy named John its’ “Corporate Executive of the Year.”
John is also a founding partner of Pride in Our Workplace. PIOW is a forum for executives and professionals to share diversity and inclusion best practices, promote stronger networks, develop professional skills, and promote and build employee/business resource group capabilities.
John is a graduate of Boston College, Carroll School of Management.
Kylie Bemis is a faculty in the Khoury College of Computer Sciences at Northeastern University. She holds a B.S. degree in Statistics and Mathematics, a M.S. degree in Applied Statistics, and a Ph.D. in Statistics from Purdue University. In 2013, she interned at the Canary Center at Stanford for Cancer Early Detection, where she developed the Cardinal software package for statistical analysis of mass spectrometry imaging experiments. In 2015, she was awarded the John M. Chambers Statistical Software Award by the American Statistical Association for her work on Cardinal. In 2016, she joined the Olga Vitek lab for Statistical Methods for Studies of Biomolecular Systems at Northeastern University as a postdoctoral fellow. In 2019, she joined Northeastern as faculty, where she now teaches data science and develops curriculum for the MS in Data Science program. Her research interests include machine learning and large-scale statistical computing for bioinformatics.
While at Purdue University, Kylie Bemis served as president of the Purdue chapter of the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) and secretary of the Native American Student Association (NASA). She is active in outreach to the Native American and LGBTQ communities. She is an enrolled member of the Zuni tribe, and she is a writer of fiction and poetry. Her short fiction has appeared in the anthologies Nameless Woman: An Anthology of Fiction by Trans Women of Color (2018), Maiden Mother Crone: Fantastical Trans Femmes (2019), and Transcendent 4: The Year’s Best Transgender Themed Speculative Fiction (2019).
A native of California, Sam received his undergraduate degree in Political Science from Kent State University in Ohio. Once he graduated, he interned for several politicians until he started as a Communications Assistant with then Representative Marty Walsh’s campaign for Mayor. Since then, Sam has held several roles with the Mayor’s Office including his current roles as the LGBTQ liaison to Mayor Walsh as well as Public Information Officer for the Mayor’s Civic Engagement Cabinet. When not at City Hall, Sam can be found debating which new Netflix show to start and finding the best brunch spot in town and repeatedly asking his friends to stream the new Ariana song. He currently lives in South Boston.
Bren is Content Creation and Social Media Manager at Fenway Health, where she oversees social media communications as well as email, website, and blog content for both Fenway and AIDS Action. She has served as an Ambassador for the Boston branch of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network, a Co-Chair of the Fenway Health Dinner Party, and is a member of the Young Leaders Council at Fenway Health. Bren has worked extensively with Out2Brunch, a monthly social for LGBT senior women, and believes strongly in the importance of intergenerational connections. As a community organizer and proud butch lesbian, she is dedicated to creating safe spaces for gender non-conforming queer women in Boston. Prior to joining Fenway Health, Bren was a technology journalist at media company TechTarget. She graduated from Northeastern University in 2008 with a BA in Journalism.
Graduating from the D’Amore McKim School of Business in 2014, Gabriel is excited to return to his alma mater to speak about his professional experience so far! Exploring the co-op program to its full extent, Gabriel fell in love with his last co-op and has since been with Boston Beer Company since 2013, where he started as the Tour Center Marketing co-op. Throughout his tenure, he has held 6 different roles and most recently has moved to the PR team as a Cause Marketing and Communications Specialist. Gabriel identifies as a gay Latin individual who is also the leader, co-founder, and dancer on QWAM; Queens With a Mission. Founded in 2016, QWAM is a Boston hip hop dance troupe that is focused on supporting self-confidence and pride in one’s own identity.
Ryley Copans (They/Them/Theirs) is a queer and nonbinary recent J.D. graduate hoping to pursue a career in public interest law. Specifically, Ryley is interested in human rights law and seeks to focus on Queer and Transgender Human Rights Law. They pride themself on always bringing to their intersectional work a great deal of personal experience in addition to a diverse variety of professional experiences in government, nonprofit, intersectional activism and advocacy, education, and inclusion training. Ryley is excited to speak on these panels through the unique perspectives of a former intern and a person currently applying for jobs after taking the July 2019 Bar Exam (scores come out in September, so keep the number 270 in your mind for them!).
Carly Davis graduated from Northeastern University in 2017 with a BA in Media and Screen Studies and a minor in Environmental Science. Carly started her career working in Audiovisual and Video Production at Harvard Law School and BNNTV. She continued to create content as a Videographer and Production Assistant in California at AwesomenessTV and RapidScale, returning to Boston to produce for the D’Amore-Mckim School of Business and Boston Children’s Hospital. She continues to follow this passion through freelance and pro-bono video endeavors, but now focuses her time supporting the LGBTQ community through her position at the Massachusetts LGBT Chamber of Commerce.
Will Dempsey received a BS in Counseling and Human Services from the University of Scranton in 2014. He worked for the Episcopal Service Corps the following year before pursuing a Master of Social Work degree from Fordham University. He has worked as an ABA Therapist, as well as an Outpatient Therapist for people of all ages. He is passionate about his work, but also ensures he allows time for proper self care, such as performing under the stage name Ramona Mirage in his free time.
Chelsea Dunham is the Assistant Director of Employer Engagement at Emmanuel College. Chelsea manages employer relationships and on-campus recruitment events. Through her role in Career Services she facilitates a section of Emmanuel’s Career Planning & Engagement Course and a workshop on Diversity & Inclusion in the workplace. As a member of Emmanuel’s LGBTQIA+ community, Chelsea partners with the OUTSpoken Club and the ReachingOUT retreat as well as other campus events. Chelsea also serves as an Assistant Coach for the DIII Varsity Women’s Basketball Team at Emmanuel College. She has raked up a 64-21 record as an Assistant and helped lead the Saints to the second round of the NCAA DIII Tournament last year. Chelsea received a B.A. in History and a minor in Art History from Southern New Hampshire University in 2015.
Ejay Eisen first started working with dogs at the age of 15 and has dedicated his life to them ever since. He has nearly 2 decades of work with animals, through boarding, walking, training and even owned and operated a sustainable livestock operation and in-home dog boarding/training facility. Ejay lives with his wife, his service dog Rio, their working therapy dog, Swanson, their part-time garbage disposal dog, Badger and two senior kitties.
Ejay has developed the premier training program at the award winning Boston for the Dogs teaching puppy basics all the way through service dogs, with a particular focus in PTSD medical service dog training. He is proficient in e-collars, off-leash training, severe behavior modification and foundation training for agility and nose work. Prior to focusing on his dog training career, he worked in agriculture and for a statewide LGBT rights organization as the Transgender Rights Program Organizer. His lifelong advocacy has transitioned to volunteer basis when he began building his training career, but he remains active and vocal on state and federal issues for transgender rights.
In his free time, Ejay and his wife enjoy roller derby—he as a traveling skating official and she as a competitive skater.
Marco Fabian Sanchez
Marco Fabian Sanchez
Marco Fabian Sanchez – Youth Engagement and Advocacy Coordinator | UNA-USA
Connecting American youth with the work of the UN is the core of Marco Fabian Sanchez’s work as the Youth Engagement & Advocacy Coordinator for the United Nations Association of the USA. In his current role, Marco helps to build grassroots support for the United Nations in the U.S. by empowering UNA-USA’s national network of advocates to take action. Marco also helps to manage UNA-USA’s advocacy priorities by connecting UN advocates with their Members of Congress and working with Better World Campaign to help UNA-USA members build strategic relationships on Capitol Hill.
Throughout his academic career at California State University, Fullerton, Marco was a former UNA-USA campus chapter leader, where he helped to lead grassroots advocacy efforts in the Southern California community. In addition to advocacy, Marco has a personal interest in human rights and international economic development given his previous role as a policy consultant for the World Bank Group. Through his experiences in advocacy, organizational development and public leadership, Marco has been able to successfully engage everyday Americans and lawmakers by educating communities about the work of the United Nations, and the importance of a strong U.S.-UN partnership.
Pam Garramone, M.Ed. is a former elementary school teacher and Executive Director of Greater Boston PFLAG. She currently teaches Positive Psychology, the Science of Happiness, to middle and high school students, teachers, corporate and community employees and is a Positive Psychology Life Coach and Founder of Thrive Now Boston – a happiness incubator.
When Pam realized that she wasn’t all that happy, she decided to study how to be happier with Dr. Tal Ben-Shahar, a former Harvard University professor. Feeling happier is simple when you know and practice happiness habits. For more info, go to www.pamgarramone.com.
Dr. Robert Goldstein
Dr. Robert Goldstein
Dr. Robert Goldstein (he/him/his) serves as the Medical Director of the Transgender Health Program at Massachusetts General Hospital and co-leads the hospital-wide initiative to improve care for the transgender and non-binary communities. He is an Instructor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Assistant in Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Goldstein is an Infectious Disease physician and primary care provider at Massachusetts General Hospital, with a particular focus on caring for the LGBTQ community, those living with HIV and those at risk for HIV. Dr. Goldstein lives with his husband in Boston.
Bhanu was born in Visakhapatnam (Vizag), India and moved to the United States in the year 2013. He received his Graduate in Accounting and Management (Andhra University) and Post Graduate in Business Administration (Symbiosis University). Bhanu is currently working as a Quality Analyst at State Street in Quincy, Massachusetts. He has 15 years of work experience, ranging from project and client management to process improvement and analysis.
Bhanu Speaks 4 Indian Languages (Hindi, Telugu, Tamil & Marathi. He is a huge fan of Indian movies and a trained Indian classical dancer who loves music, cuisines, cultures, swimming etc. He is an active member and volunteer of pride and other employee resource groups at State Street (Black Professional Network, Asian Professional Alliance, Jewish Professional Network, Latin American Professional Group, Professional Women’s Network, Indian Employee Network etc.). Bhanu has been marching for State Street in the Boston pride parade since 2013 and paddling in the dragon boat race every year since 2018. He was married to George Rautenberg (fellow panelist) in 2018.
Alex is the Director of Planning and Operations for Global Leadership, Learning and Talent at Liberty Mutual Insurance. Alex oversees the financial, strategic and operational activities of a department focused on providing leadership, learning and talent products and services, globally. In his nearly seven years at Liberty Mutual, Alex has had various HR roles from learning, international HR, selection and assessment and managing the company’s global performance & talent review process. In Alex also serves as National Co-Chair of the Pride@Liberty Employee Resource Group and alumni advisor for the Western Carolina University HR graduate curriculum.
Alex received his B.S. in Business Administration from Appalachian State University and his M.S. in Human Resources from Western Carolina University.
Brigid Hart-Molloy is a queer woman, Midwest transplant, and licensed attorney. Brigid has dedicated her career thus far working to combat discrimination in various capacities. Brigid began her career with the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination investigating complaints of discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodation. Brigid currently works at Northeastern University investigating complaints of discrimination, training University stakeholders on non-discrimination policies and expectations, and explaining available rights and resources for to those affected by discrimination both on and off campus.
Richard Johnson is a Diversity Coordinator for the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP). The MassDEP is one of six environmental, natural resource and energy regulatory agencies that comprise the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EOEEA), whose mission is to protect public health, the environment and advance a clean energy future in Massachusetts. Prior to his role as Diversity Coordinator, Mr. Johnson was EOEEA’s Workforce Inclusion Coordinator. He also worked in the Public Affairs Office at MassDEP. He has worked for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for 26 years and is a graduate of Northeastern University. He lives on Mission Hill in Boston and is an active member of his community.
Among other things Cheryl Katon is a bi-gender / transwoman. She has successfully created an active intersection between her two presentations. Professionally, in her male presentation, she serves as an Executive Director of a large scale, non-profit and has experience in board development, fundraising, youth service, marketing and management. She leverages those experiences and professional skills to serve the transgender community as the leader for First Event and Trans Club of New England. The Trans Club of New England (TCNE) has been serving the transgender community through peer support and resources for over 40 years. Through a wide range of programs, TCNE connects people who are trans to therapists, social activities, volunteerism, presentation skills and medical resources. TCNE manages a drop in location in Waltham which provides a safe space for people who are transgender and their allies. Over 1,000 trans people from age 5 – 85 participate in their annual conference, called First Event. Cheryl is happily married and she and her wife are proud of their two adult children. She serves her local community through several leadership roles in her Unitarian Universalist church.
Mary King is an Analyst at Backcast Partners, an investment firm in New York City. She grew up in a large family in the South and Midwest before moving to Boston to attend Northeastern. At Northeastern she founded the Women in Finance program and has actively worked on building intersectional inclusivity within D’Amore McKim through her work with faculty and administrators. She graduated in 2019 with a BSBA (Finance, Accounting, and MIS). In her free time, Mary enjoys triathlon training, being outdoors, and spending time with her siblings and friends. Mary currently sits on the DMSB NextGen Alumni Council.
Ryan Lasker is a senior program associate at the National Science & Technology Medals Foundation, a D.C.-based non-profit organization that supports the creation of diverse, inclusive, and equitable STEM communities. Ryan graduated from The George Washington University with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accounting. A New Jersey native, he spends his free time listening to podcasts, exploring D.C.’s restaurant scene, and reading Harry Potter (for the first time).
Jingo Mante is an experienced product manager at HubSpot, overseeing the integrations experience and app marketplace strategy. Prior to that, she was a consultant at PwC where she advised companies across the nation on new product development and agile methodologies. Outside of the office, she is helping her fellow LGBTQ+ community and continuing her aspirations of being a Renaissance woman.
Braden Marstaller is the Brand Marketing Coordinator for Cogo Labs, where he manages company branding, social media platforms, and creates digital content. After graduating from Wheaton College (MA), Braden began his career in branding through managing social media and content creation for the Portland, Maine Bureau of Tourism. After work, Braden enjoys bushing up on Portuguese, running competitively, and finding the best cafe for an iced coffee (also competitively).
A member of the LGBT community, Braden seeks to continue to make Cogo a more progressive and inclusive work environment for everyone. This Pride Month, he created a blog series at Cogo titled “Out In Tech” where he and other employees shared their experience of being “out” at a tech company.
Tony is currently the Equity, Diversity + Inclusion Program Manager supporting TripAdvisor’s global ED+I efforts and employee resource groups. Through his work he is able to Prior to this role, he worked in higher education for 11 years, in Student Affairs and Residence Life at Bentley University. During his time at Bentley, he took the lead on multiple ED+I efforts including chairing the LGBTQ Campus steering committee and facilitating a number of trainings and workshops centering on topics of allyship, bias, and privilege. Outside of work Tony enjoys traveling and experiencing the world around him. He is a graduate of both the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a BA in Political Science and James Madison University with a Masters in Counseling Psychology.
Ramona Mirage marched her way up to Boston last year from New York City and has been making her mark on New England. When she’s not working her full time job as a social worker, she works as the head of Drag Queen Story Hour. She has produced readings in Massachusetts and Rhode Island for hundreds of families to enjoy! However, she still makes time to perform at more adult events to show her late night humor.
Originally from NYC, Kaden Mohamed moved to the Boston area in 2010 to attend Wellesley College. There he studied women’s and gender studies and education studies, and was able to explore his interests in social justice and anti-oppression work. This exploration helped him understand and become comfortable with his own gender identity as part of the trans community. Kaden works full-time at Keshet, a national organization that works for the full equality of all LGBTQ Jews and their families in Jewish life, and co-chairs the Steering Committee of the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition. He has participated in numerous panels, has been interviewed about trans issues and rights by the New York Times, WBUR, the Rainbow Times, The Boston Sunday Review, and TBF News, and was featured in Spirit magazine’s 2017 Young Trailblazers list for activists under 30.
Gladys Muñoz Romero
Gladys Muñoz Romero
Gladys Muñoz Romero (she/her/hers) is a multifaceted mujer. She was born in Lima, Peru and relocated to Miami, Florida. Acculturating to the U.S. ethos and experiencing social and health inequities led her to a career in public health. Driven by passion and equity for all, she has worked tirelessly to alleviate the suffering of others. She had the opportunity of working at a Community Health Center, where she supported Transgender and HIV/AIDS monolingual Spanish-speaker patients in case management and behavioral services. With a thirst for community development, she joined the Peace Corps in the Western Highlands of Guatemala from 2016 – 2018. A mujer of many hats, she mentored, coached, trained, and learned from others. Her primary work was dedicated to the implementation of the National Healthy Schools Strategy developed by the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Public Health to. She worked on improving the essential health and hygiene of primary school students and developed health-promotion educational strategies. She also collaborated with a nongovernmental organization, Water For People, in creating a greywater recycling project for school gardens. Devoted to inclusion and equity, she was nominated as the Coordinator of the Peace Corps Guatemala Diversity Club – created for LGBTQ+ Volunteers and Volunteers of Color. Earlier this year, she relocated permanently to Boston with her fiancée. She currently serves as the Program Coordinator at the Massachusetts General Hospital Transgender Health Program, where she oversees all of patient care/coordination services. She also runs the Program’s social media, follow us @MGHTransHealth.
An avid social-justice practitioner, intellectual, and creative thinker, Benjamin Perkins is currently the Vice President of Health Equity Strategies for the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. He has worked in the public health field for over seventeen years, first specializing in disease prevention and research education to communities vulnerable to HIV infection, where he held numerous leadership roles, from community advisory board chair, to founding director of a CDC-funded HIV-prevention and wellness center, to project director for an NIH-funded HIV-prevention feasibility study. In 2014, he shifted focus to health disparities and inequities in cardiovascular disease and stroke rates among communities of color and other underserved populations.
Benjamin received his Master of Divinity degree from Harvard Divinity School in 2000 and is an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and serves a wonderfully multicultural congregation in the Boston area. In addition to his education at Harvard Divinity School, Benjamin received his Master of Arts degree in clinical psychology from Antioch University in Los Angeles and his Bachelor of Arts in geography from the University of California at Los Angeles. His interests include fitness, reading theology, creative writing, and engaging in health equity/social justice work as spiritual practice.
Diana graduated from Northeastern’s College of Engineering in May 2018 and now works at Wayfair as a software engineer. During her time at Northeastern, she completed co-ops at Fenway Health, Zipcar, and TripAdvisor as well as a summer internship at NASA Ames Research Center. Diana was born in California and enjoys cats, video games, rock climbing, and complaining about the cold.
Bianca Robinson, MBA, is the Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at YW Boston. She is a trans rights advocate and lecturer with over 15 years experience in LGBTQ+ community organizing, educational programs, and HIV prevention research in the US and Canada. She is also the founder of the Massachusetts Trans Women Leadership; a group that aims to create space, build leadership, and celebrate trans women and girls.
Bianca earned a Master of Business Administration from Endicott College in Beverly, MA, and a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from Salem State University. She serves on the Board of Directors at Fenway Health, and the Alumni Council at Endicott College.
Sunny Rodrigues graduated with a Masters in Project management in December 2018. Prior to joining Northeastern as a student, Sunny worked with reputed tech organizations like Google, Facebook, Amazon, and Grofers in various roles focused on project management, customer success and community operations . After coming to Boston, He served the Northeastern Community through many leadership positions, He served the husky community through 12 roles on campus. After working as a project sales engineer for 4 months at a Tech Company in Boston, He is now working under Professor Kristen Lee as a Project Research Assistant. In his free time, Sunny enjoys Cooking, Photography, Travelling and Blogging. Sunny also helps more than 1000 Huskies through his WhatsApp channels called “The Bean-town Hubs.”
Alison Shea has a “day job” in Financial Services managing Global Strategic Learning Solutions at State Street.
For her “gay job” she serves as a co-chair of her company’s Global Pride Employee Resource Group and helped launch their Global Ally Program in 15 countries, including countries where being gay is illegal.
Outside of work, she and her wife are raising 3.25 children and one puppy.
Nicole has been in the health insurance industry for the last 6 years. She’s led various volunteer events, taking part in LGBTQ+ employee groups & activities. She believes in the opportunity for change and open-mindedness that our younger generations can have on our future. She is very optimistic of the young adult populations to come. Nicole values the optimism and change they bring and excited to be a part of the educational institutions that take part in these efforts.
She works for Harvard Pilgrim Health Care as Pharmacy Operations Coordinator. While maintaining her primary role, her passion serves in who she is. Believing that “work is not enough, one must work to serve as it fills a greater purpose each day.” She has crafted and motivated others to do their part in improving the wellbeing of others. Currently a grad student at Umass Boston pursuing a degree in the Global Inclusion & Social Development Program, she is excited that this will lead her towards her passion in diversity equity, and inclusion.
Working for non-profit organizations has enriched her experience personally and professionally. She’s taken an extensive role in employee engagement activities, leading Service Day projects, mentoring new hires, and most recently helping to highlight an organization that values inclusion, innovation, and collaboration. Her path to continue to grow has evolved by being given chances to take part in initiatives and opportunities.
She has climbed in her role during her time of hire starting as a sitting committee member of the Employee Resource Group “O.P.E.N.” (Out, Proud, Engaged, Network), working on activities that involve LGBTQ+ employees and allies. She served as Co-Chair in 2018, and at the start of 2019 started her new role as Chair. She’s helped organize HPHC’s participation in the Boston Pride parade, and this year served as one of two Boston Pride Parade Marshalls.
Throughout her career and experiences, she’s learned the power of asking “why? “and the outcomes that can come from one voice. She has also learned skills on how to self-advocate and advocate for others. In addition, learning how to rely on mentors, take initiative, and gain a greater role in the hopes of positive change. Nicole has experienced the joy, and impact of helping others and using her life experiences and background to amplify opportunities for others. Her passion is in government, public service, and sports.
Nicole participated as a panelist in last year’s REACH(OUT) Conference and is excited to return. She holds an AS in Respiratory Care, a BS degree in Paralegal Studies, and MS in Criminal Justice.
Nick Struzenski is a consultant at Ernst & Young based in Boston. He is the Financial Services Office, dealing mostly with big banks and large asset managers. Nick is a recent graduate of Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA, where he studied International Business & Spanish and competed on the Men’s Division I Varsity Squash Team, captaining the team his senior year. While in school, Nick was also a tour guide, student interviewer and admissions volunteer. Outside of work, Nick is an avid golfer, squash player and skier. He also is passionate about music and travel.
Carissa Sweigart, Sr. Trade Marketing Manager-On Premise, Boston Beer Company
Carissa has been with the Boston Beer Company since 2005. She is a Certified Cicerone and Brewer who in 2008 brewed her Cranberry Wit beer that was produced and distributed nationally as part of Samuel Adams Longshot brewing competition. During her tenure she has won a number of awards within the Boston Beer sales organization including Rookie of the Year, Mountain Climber, and Innovation honors.
Carissa is responsible for development of trade specific strategy and tactics that support all brands under the Boston Beer Company umbrella, as well as bridge between sales and cross functional departments. Carissa is a member of Boston Beer Companies Diversity and Inclusion committee as well as the newly formed LGTBQ+ employees resource network.
In her spare time Carissa enjoys cheering on her New England Patriots and Boston Red Sox, exploring great craft beers and food from around the country. She is was born and raised in Cape Cod, MA and recently moved back from the Midwest to Plymouth MA. She is an avid fitness enthusiast and enjoys finding new ways to stay fit. She has been married to her wife Carrie for 13 years and they have a 4-year-old daughter named Gwendolyn and two wonderful Boxers named Red and Sox.
Nick Walcott ‘ 14 is an Experience Manager for the New England Financial Services (FSO) Audit Practice for Ernst & Young (EY) in Boston. In this role, Nick acts as a trusted business advisor to FSO Audit Management, strategically align auditors to clients, optimizing team composition and performance with a focus on client experience and engagement success. Nick is also a proud alumnus of the Accounting program and the Business Connections Learning Community. Following graduation, Nick began his career as an auditor at Deloitte & Touche LLP, with a focus on Life Science related companies. After gaining a wealth of experience through his over three years of audit, Nick made a career switch to a people-focused and operations-based role. Nick is excited to be a mentor for the UConn School of Business program and has been involved as a mentor since 2015.
Winson Wang is a Credit Management Associate in Corporate Banking and is based out of Boston. The Corporate Banking division specifically handles lending to larger companies and corporations that gross more than $500M in revenue. These companies are usually based in the US but have multinational operations. Through this position, Winson helps support and grow the corporate banking portfolio by examining the different risk factors of each borrower such as current financial performance, future expected financial performance, and any internal or external characteristics of the company or industry that may affect the borrower’s credit-worthiness.
In addition to supporting the corporate banking portfolio, Winson is strongly committed to furthering diversity and inclusion at the Bank and in the community. He currently serves as the Chair of the LGBTQ2+ Business Resource Group in Southern New England. In this capacity, Winson helps organize and coordinate several events and awareness activities that impact the LGBTQ2+ community including volunteer partnerships, community engagement opportunities, and Pride events across Southern New England.
Winson joined the Bank in 2015 as a Credit Management Analyst in Corporate Banking after graduating Magna Cum Laude from Boston University with a BA in International Relations and a minor in Business Administration.
Henry is currently a part-time software engineer and product manager in Google for Education. He graduated from Duke University in 2017 and has been deeply interested in the intersection of technology with education, race and sexual identity through projects such as crisis counselling, activism through online storytelling and growing nonprofits.
Reach(OUT) LGBTQA+ Career Conference is the recipient of a 2016 National Association of Colleges and Employers “Excellence in Diversity” Award and a Finalist for the 2019 Career Leadership Collective Innovation Showcase.
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GOLD Sponsor: $3,000+
- Opportunity to speak on behalf of organization during luncheon at main conference
- Reserved sponsor table provided in main lobby to display promotional items or materials
- An opportunity to host a diversity recruitment event following the conference
- Large company logo on conference materials, including web promotions and social media
- Major branding throughout conference venue
SILVER Sponsor: $1,500
- Opportunity to speak on behalf of organization at the pre-conference event
- Large company logo on conference materials, including web promotions and social media
- Reserved sponsor space provided to display promotional items or materials
- Major branding throughout conference venue
- Link to company on website
RAINBOW Sponsor: $500
- Small company logo on conference materials, including web promotions and social media
- Link to company on website
PARTNER of Reach(OUT)
- Company/Organization facilitates participation of guest speakers or panelists
- Company/Organization widely promotes/distributes registration materials
- Company/Organization provides materials, supplies, catering, or other necessary items
If you are interested in sponsoring Reach(OUT), please contact: Audrey Grace, Director, Diversity & Inclusion, at email@example.com.