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Outspoken West 2022

LGBTQ+ Rights & Representation at the Crossroads

Thursday June 02, 2022 | 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Amid harrowing domestic and international developments, the battle for US LGBTQ+ civil rights enters a new era of somber uncertainty. Within the United States, an increasingly fractious political climate underscores widening fissures over gender identity, religious freedom, and civil discourse across the nation. Moreover, thanks to a burgeoning wave of state-level, anti-transgender legislation and growing calls for “empowering parents” to improve the “quality of life” for children, legitimate questions arise over whether or not momentum gained by LGBTQ+ people over the past decade may be unceremoniously (if no less dramatically) undone.

This June, the Thomson Reuters Institute is proud to announce the return of our annual LGBTQ+ leadership conference as part of an ongoing global DEI spotlight series. Celebrating Pride Month in the Pacific Northwest, this annual summit convenes professional services sector LGBTQ+ constituents and allies for timely, impassioned, and practical exploration of key sociopolitical developments and professional development opportunities impacting the broader community.

Don’t miss this important opportunity to forge connections and facilitate change on both a personal and professional level.

Register today! Online registration now available.

Event Details

Bellevue, WA

$199 USD

For questions about this event, please call 1-800-308-1700, extension 1 or email us at

Why You Should Attend

  • As one of the world’s most ethical companies, Thomson Reuters considers this event an honor and moral obligation to connect passionate advocates for LGBTQ+ rights and representation with key power brokers and influencers across industries
  • Our program delivers actionable intelligence to effect meaningful change at a pivotal moment for the LGBTQ+ community
  • Attendees gain critical guidance to help expedite their own career trajectory and expand their professional network

Who Should Attend

  • LGBTQ+ professionals, allies, influencers, and power brokers from across industries
  • Diversity & inclusion professionals
  • Chief talent officers
  • Human resources leaders
  • DEI consultants

Chair(s) and Faculty

Chair(s) Faculty
Gillian Power
Senior Advisor, Unbiased Consulting
Beth Bloom
Employment Trial Lawyer, Bloom Employment Attorneys
Marsha Botzer
Founder, Ingersoll Gender Center, Principal, Botzer Consulting
Katie Carter
Chief Executive Officer, Pride Foundation
Jonathan Fitzgarrald
Managing Partner, Equinox Strategy Partners
Rabbi Allison Flash
Support Rabbi, Kol HaNeshamah
Monisha Harrell
Senior Deputy Mayor, City of Seattle
Zaher Lopez
Senior Counsel - Employment, Walgreens
Kirk Maag
Partner, Stoel Rives LLP
Lee Ann Martinson
Senior Vice President, Philanthropic Fiduciary Executive, Bank of America Private Bank
Krystal Marx
Executive Director, Seattle Pride
Rob Moore
Senior Consultant, Technology Consulting, Armanino LLP
Carlisle Pearson
Associate, Lane Powell PC
Nico Ikal Quintana
Lead Attorney, Lavender Rights Project
Douglas Raguso
Lieutenant, Seattle Police Department
Matthias Roberts
Author, Beyond Shame
Kimberly Scott
President & CEO, Washington Society of CPAs
Kinman Tong
Partner & Member, Inclusion & Diversity Advisory Board, Moss Adams LLP
Hussain Turk
Associate, Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP
Anthony Verona
Dean-Designate & Professor of Law, Seattle University School of Law
Julie Wilson-McNerney
Counsel, Perkins Coie LLP
Reverend Jermell Witherspoon
Executive Director/Senior Pastor, United Church of Christ, Faith Leader Engagement Coordinator, Lambert House

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Event agenda

(all times local)

Thursday June 02, 2022

8:00AM - 9:00AM PT Networking Breakfast
8:55AM - 9:00AM PT Opening Remarks
9:00AM - 10:00AM PT A Separate Peace: Legislation, Conflagration, & the Escalating US Culture Wars

Recent events have seen the steady erosion of LGBTQ+ civil rights in the US public square. According to the HRC, 2021 was a watershed year for US anti-transgender legislation, as 13 of a record 147 state-level proposals successfully passed into law. Described by Arkansas state Rep. Mary Bentley (R) as social “abomination[s],” the transgender community found itself embroiled in a fiercely incandescent culture war with broad sociopolitical and legal implications. More recently, and in the shadow of a newly reconfigured US Supreme Court, the passage of Florida’s Parental Rights in Education bill—described by critics as the “Don’t Say Gay” bill—suggests an ominous turn in an era where “empower[ed] parents” and calls for improved “quality of life” threaten to derail social progress. This conversation offers earnest commentary on the state of US LGBTQ+ civil rights today. Do current developments augur hope or despair for current and future generations?


Beth Bloom, Employment Trial Lawyer, Bloom Employment Attorneys


Marsha Botzer, Founder, Ingersoll Gender Center & Principal, Botzer Consulting
Monisha Harrell, Senior Deputy Mayor, City of Seattle
Lieutenant Douglas Raguso, Lieutenant, Seattle Police Department
Anthony E. Varona, Dean-Designate & Professor of Law, Seattle University School of Law

10:00AM - 10:15AM PT Break
10:15AM - 11:15AM PT Moonlight: Cultivating Personal Brand & Business Development Skills in LGBTQ+ Professionals

Pan-industry research suggests that diversity and authenticity directly correlate with enhanced productivity, creativity, and overall profitability in modern business. Whether on a personal or professional level, acting with passion and confidence helps establish a tangible brand upon which key relationships and career development opportunities are forged. This presentation offers comprehensive guidance on building strategic clarity and assurance around the unique contours of LGBTQ+ identity. Participants are invited to share their own perspectives on successes (or setbacks) throughout the conversation.


Jonathan Fitzgarrald, Managing Partner, Equinox Strategy Partners


Zaher Lopez, Senior Counsel – Employment, Walgreens
Lee Ann Martinson, Senior Vice President, Philanthropic Fiduciary Executive, Bank of America Private Bank
Julie Wilson-McNerney, Counsel, Perkins Coie LLP

11:15AM - 11:30AM PT Break
11:30AM-12:30PM PT Othered Voices: (In)Visibility & Belonging within the LGBTQ Community

Pride Month and Gilbert Baker’s iconic rainbow flag are intended to celebrate the diverse, rich heritage of the LGBTQ+ nation and its myriad constituents. Each year, the support of numerous celebrities, corporate sponsors, and dedicated community partners offers a kinetic and ostensibly inclusive tableau of modern LGBTQ+ experience and identity politics. Yet in the eyes of a growing chorus of critics, for many LGBTQ+ people of color, Pride Month’s increasingly commercialized spectacle is a lost opportunity to shed light upon marginalized pockets of the queer collective still grappling with visibility and acceptance. This conversation offers an important inquiry into the racial, ethnic, and cultural limitations of LGBTQ+ communal pride. For all the good “mainstream” media and businesses have done to celebrate or recognize LGBTQ+ constituents, can more be done to incorporate “fringe” members of the community?


Gillian Power, Senior Advisor, Unbiased Consulting


Krystal Marx, Executive Director, Seattle Pride
Nico Ikal Quintana, Lead Attorney, Lavender Rights Project
Hussain Turk, Associate, Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP

12:30PM - 1:30PM PT Networking Luncheon
1:30PM - 2:30PM PT Parting Glances: Bolstering LGBTQ+ Retention in Professional Services Firms

A recent study by the Institute of Management Accountants and the California Society of CPAs found that only half of LGBTQ+ employees working in US accounting view the profession as equitable and inclusive. Even more alarming, less than 35% of respondents openly identifying as LGBTQ+ believe they receive equitable treatment or similar promotional and career development opportunities as that of their non-LGBTQ+-identifying peers. In the legal profession, a similar “bottleneck” exists as one advances toward law firm partnership. Indeed, according to American Bar Association surveys, LGBTQ+ lawyers constitute less than 2% of attorneys in a given firm, yet average an 11% annual attrition rate, and appear overrepresented as Non-equity (as opposed to Equity) partners in large and midsize organizations. Such conclusions underscore a crucial need for better support networks and LGBTQIA+ employee retention strategies across professional services firms. This breakout shares a timely take on best practices and operational strategies toward reversing this accelerating trend.


Kimberly Scott, CAE, President & CEO, Washington Society of CPAs


Kirk B. Maag, Partner, Stoel Rives LLP
Rob Moore, Senior Consultant, Technology Consulting, Armanino LLP
Kinman Tong, CPA, Partner & Member, Inclusion & Diversity Advisory Board, Moss Adams LLP

2:30PM - 2:45PM PT Break
2:45PM - 3:45PM PT A Room of One’s Own: Managing LGBTQ+ Workplace Harassment & Discrimination

According to a new study from the Williams Institute at UCLA Law, 37.7% of survey respondents experienced at least some form of workplace harassment or discrimination based on their sexual orientation or gender identity. More distressing, an astounding 67.5% of survey participants also experienced derogatory jokes, slurs, or general commentary toward LGBTQ+ people from workplace peers, including nearly 33% reporting such reprehensible behavior within the last five years. Suffice it to say, for as much as Bostock v. Clayton County transformed workplace experience for many LGBTQ+ professionals, more can and should be done. This conversation offers important guidance on reporting and managing anti-LGBTQ+ workplace behavior in the current climate. As multiple generations continue to enter the workforce, and many employers embark upon hybrid or remote working models, how can individual employees and diversity or human resources professionals reinforce inclusive cultures across the enterprise?


Katie Carter, Chief Executive Officer, Pride Foundation


Zaher Lopez, Senior Counsel – Employment, Walgreens
Carlisle M. Pearson, Associate, Lane Powell

3:45PM - 4:00PM PT Break
4:00PM - 5:00PM PT Original Sin: Religiosity, Same-Sex Desire & Institutionalized Homophobia

Homosexuality and organized religion share a lengthy if often vexed past. From quiet disapproval to “sanctified” execution, varied and at times ambiguous cross-denominational attitudes toward same-sex desire and homosexuality underscore a profoundly rocky relationship for LGBTQ constituents with religious inclinations or beliefs. Indeed, in an era where synergies between religious fundamentalism and homophobia coalesce with salacious headlines of sexual abuse and the Catholic Church, outbreaks of antisemitism, and anti-LGBTQ violence in Africa and the Middle East, religion—or more precisely, religiosity as such—has come to occupy a special place in the eyes of a general public. This closing conversation takes an earnest look at the role of organized religion in informing policy and social norms around the world.


Hussain Turk, Associate, Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP


Rabbi Allison Flash, Support Rabbi, Kol HaNeshamah
Matthias Roberts, Author, Beyond Shame
Reverend Jermell Witherspoon, Executive Director/Senior Pastor, United Church of Christ; Faith Leader Engagement Coordinator, Lambert House

5:00PM - 6:00PM PT Networking Reception

Please join us for cocktails and canapés as we wrap up the day’s discussion.

The Hyatt Regency Bellevue

900 Bellevue Way NE
Bellevue, WA 98004

The Hyatt Regency Bellevue is an upscale, modern, and vibrant property located on Seattle’s Eastside. A part of The Bellevue Collection, the hotel is located in an economic and cultural hub of dynamic restaurants, shopping, and local entertainment options.

Interested parties may take advantage of our conference room block for the nights of June 1, 2022 through June 2, 2022 at a negotiated rate of $219.00/night plus taxes. Please click on the link below to secure your accommodations:

Online Reservations

Please be advised, all reservations must be secured by May 11, 2022.

Rooms are subject to availability.

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