Release: LGBT Chamber launches ‘LGBT Workplace Alliance’ to connect corporate employee groups

MILWAUKEE — In an effort to help support and grow LGBT and allied employee groups at private and public sector companies throughout the state, the Wisconsin LGBT Chamber of Commerce recently launched the LGBT Workplace Alliance.

“Helping LGBT and allied employee groups at area companies is key to our mission of building a more diverse business community and being able to attract and retain the best possible talent,” said Jason Rae, executive director of the Wisconsin LGBT Chamber. “Employee resource groups, business resource groups, and the like are all key components of how companies can support their existing LGBT and allied employees. Through the LGBT Workplace Alliance, we look forward to bringing all of these groups together to learn from one and help each other succeed.”

Members in the LGBT Workplace Alliance meet on a regular basis and share best practices on a variety of issues. Past topics at meetings have included transgender health benefits, engaging allies, how to use technology to grow their organization, and more. In addition, in June the Alliance held a Pride Month Kick-Off for members of all the partner organizations.

Those companies that are members of the LGBT Workplace Alliance include:

Associated Bank
Baird
BMO Harris Bank
EY – Milwaukee
GE Healthcare
Harley-Davidson Motor Company
Johnson Controls
Kohl’s
ManpowerGroup
MillerCoors
Northwestern Mutual
Quarles & Brady LLP
Rockwell Automation
UMB Fund Services

In addition, the Alliance is proud to have Cream City Foundation, Diverse & Resilient, AIDS Resource Center of WI, Fair Wisconsin and Milwaukee Pride as additional community partners in this effort.

The Alliance builds off of a previously all-volunteer group that started a few years ago called the Southeast Wisconsin LGBT Employee Resource Group Best Practice Group. Along with a new name and additional members, the organization is now fully managed and run by the Wisconsin LGBT Chamber of Commerce.

“I’m proud that so many great businesses in Wisconsin are a part of the LGBT Workplace Alliance,” said Ed Seaberg, a Rockwell Automation VP. “We know the importance of peer-to-peer sharing and know that by being a part of the Workplace Alliance all of our employee resource group will be even stronger.”

Membership in the LGBT Workplace Alliance is open to any LGBT and allied employee group at any private and public sector company that signs a Memorandum of Understanding with the LGBT Chamber. For more information on joining, businesses should contact Jason Rae at jason@wislgbtchamber.com.

“Through the LGBT Workplace Alliance, we know we’ll be able to build a more diverse business community across Wisconsin,” added Rae.

For more information, please visit http://www.wislgbtchamber.com/wpa.

The Wisconsin LGBT Chamber of Commerce is an organization of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and LGBT-allied businesses, corporations and professionals throughout the state of Wisconsin. It offers networking opportunities, business development efforts within the LGBT community and educational programming to its members. In 2015, the Wisconsin LGBT Chamber of Commerce received the 2015 Chamber of the Year Award from the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC). Learn more at www.WisLGBTChamber.com.

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