The 2016 International LGBTQ Leaders Conference was the largest in its more than 30 year history. More than 500 participants attended, including 141 elected officials.
Check out the agenda, speakers, sponsors and photos from the 2016 conference.
thursday, december 8, 2016
|Pre-conference Workshop for Elected Officials|
2 - 4:30 p.m.
|Pre-Conference Session for Elected Officials: How State and Local Officials Can Push for Equality For Elected Officials Only|
Location: Columbia 1-2
Elected Official Leads:
With a rapidly changing political landscape, LGBTQ elected officials are uniquely positioned to defend our community’s progress. This closed-door session for elected officials is designed to be a strategy session to activate a national LGBTQ caucus to protect and drive forward equality, and to shield our communities from hateful, discriminatory policies in the wake of the 2016 elections. Advocates and peers will lead a conversation on the next steps that will inform how we move forward in light of the incoming administration.
|4:30 - 6 p.m.||Opening Plenary: Around The World in 90 Minutes|
Location: Columbia 9-10
The Obama Administration appointed six openly gay ambassadors and a Special Envoy for Human Rights of LGBTI Persons. This has been the clearest message that a President could send abroad. Our speakers will reflect on their contribution towards equality on the post and provide recommendations regarding how to maintain these advances during the next administration.
6 - 8 p.m.
|Opening Celebration: Toasting the Obama Administration's Historic Level of LGBTQ Appointees|
Location: Columbia Foyer
friday, december 9, 2016
|8 - 9 a.m.||Corporate Appreciation Breakfast|
|9 - 9:30 a.m.||Breakfast Briefing featuring Secretary of the Army Eric Fanning|
Sponsored by Union PacificLocation: Jefferson/Lincoln WestRemarks:
U.S. Rep. Ruben Gallego, Arizona District 7
Eric Fanning, Secretary of the U.S. Army
|9:30 - 10:30 a.m.||Fighting Injustice to Reach Equality: LGBTQ Officials Who Fire Up the Progressive Movement|
Sponsored by DOW Chemical CompanyLocation: Jefferson/Lincoln WestPanel:
Moderator: Jeff Krehely, Consultant, Victory Institute
U.S. Rep. David Cicilline, Rhode Island District 1
Sandra Moran, Member of Congress, Guatemala
U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan, Wisconsin District 2
U.S. Rep. Mark Takano, California District 41
Cathy Woolard, Atlanta Mayoral CandidateVictory’s mission has always been to increase open LGBTQ representation in all levels of government, and what we know to be true is that, the LGBTQ community intersects with all other communities, making us the rightful ambassadors for a large scope of issues including reproductive justice, criminal justice reform, and gun violence prevention. Victory has undertaken some groundbreaking research in these areas. Come find out what the voting records of openly LGBTQ elected officials on these issue areas reveal.
10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
|Powering Up: Energy Equality|
Sponsored by PG&ELocation: Columbia 1-2Remarks: U.S. Rep. Mark Takano, California District 41Panel:
Moderator: Jeff Riles, Director of Regulatory Affairs, Enel Green Power
State Sen. Ricardo Lara, California District 33
Kim Noble, Director of National Partnerships, Green for All
Melissa Lavinson, Senior Director, Federal Affairs, PG&EWith the looming threat of climate change, smart energy policies will become all the more critical in the coming years. The power sector is in a period of incredible innovation, with rooftop solar, a new push for plug-in electric vehicles, smart grid infrastructure, and new regulations to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions, creating fresh opportunities and challenges. Local officials are confronting a range of new policy issues, from incentives and rate structures for renewable energy to aggressive promotion of energy efficiency. This session will help participants understand how to set ambitious yet pragmatic energy policy goals and build coalitions to support them.
|Serving OUT, Proud and with Honor: How Pres. Obama Re-imagined an Inclusive Military|
Sponsored by Union PacificLocation: Columbia 3-4Remarks:
David Black, Director - Washington Affairs, Union PacificPanel:
Moderator: Matt Thorn, Executive Director, OutServe - SLDN
State Sen. Pat Spearman, Nevada District 1
Amanda Simpson, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Operational Energy
Sue Fulton, President of SPARTA and Chairperson, West Point Board of Visitors
Shane Bagwell, SPC, U.S. ArmyThe Obama administration made great strides towards equality over the last 8 years for our service men and women. During his administration, President Obama signed the DADT Repeal Act and became a champion for LGBTQ rights within military branches following the appointment of Eric Fanning as Secretary of the Army, where he became the highest-ranking gay Pentagon official in history. Led by Secretary of Defense, Ash Carter, the ban on transgender individuals serving openly in the military was also lifted. With the United States military being the largest employer in the world, the effect of military policies stretches beyond just those in uniform – they affect everyone, from soldiers to civilian personnel to family, friends, and loved ones. We will discuss how these policies have transformed our military and created an environment of inclusivity and honor within in the world's strongest military.
|Trans-forming the Electorate: A Path to Victory for Transgender Elected Officials|
Location: Columbia 9-10
Transgender candidates face unique barriers to public office – barriers that desperately need to be kicked down. Hear experts from around the world discuss how openly trans candidates can better their chances of succeeding in local, state, national and international elections.
12:15 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.
|A Seat at the Table: Why Representation Matters |
Sponsored by Coca-ColaLocation: Columbia 5-8Speakers:
Aisha C. Moodie-Mills, President & CEO, Gay & Lesbian Victory Institute
U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin, Wisconsin
Dr. Rachel Levine, Physician General, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
U.S. Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, New York District 18We are at a critical juncture in the LGBTQ movement. We know that nearly 75% of the states facing anti-LGBTQ legislation right now have only one or no LGBTQ elected officials at any level of government. And states with no LGBTQ elected officials have no laws protecting LGBTQ people from discrimination in housing or employment. Representation matters: hear LGBTQ leaders highlight how public service is an important path to improving all of our lives.
2 - 3:30 p.m.
|Renewing Our Water Infrastructure|
Sponsored by XylemLocation: Columbia 1-2Remarks: U.S. Rep. Jared Huffman, California District 2Panel:
Al Cho, VP for Strategy & Business Development, Xylem
Mayor Javier Gonzales, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Debra Shore, Commissioner, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater ChicagoCities around the country are confronting urban water challenges ranging from water quality, water scarcity, and water affordability. The Flint water crisis exposed the severity of these challenges, and the potential horror that awaits if they are not addressed. This session will help policymakers understand the basic challenges facing the governance of water systems and understand alternative approaches and trade-offs in solving them.
|Unlocking the Doors to Freedom: Criminal Justice Reform & the LGBTQ Movement|
Location: Columbia 3-4
Black and brown youth, including members of the LGBTQ community, are disproportionately represented in the criminal justice system. And it’s clear these same youths are routinely targeted by law enforcement and racially profiled. Despite lingering tough-on-crime rhetoric from many on the right, a growing bipartisan coalition gives advocates hope that sentencing reform, police accountability and alternatives to mass incarceration are on the horizon. How do our openly LGBTQ elected officials discuss these sensitive issues, and how can we encourage openly LGBTQ activists to heed this increasingly urgent call and run for office? Join us for this necessary and timely discussion.
|If You’re Reading This You Should Run For Office|
Location: Columbia 9-10
Are you an openly LGBTQ person considering running for office in 2017 or beyond? Do you believe that we need more LGBTQ voices at the decision-making table? Are you ready to learn how to build your platform, messages, and teams? Get a sneak peek into our critically acclaimed candidate & campaign training and learn from experts who work year around to elect openly LGBTQ candidates.
3:45 - 5 p.m.
|No Walls, Only Bridges: Immigration & the LGBTQ Movement|
Location: Columbia 5-8
LGBTQ activists are at the forefront of the movement for comprehensive immigration reform. Why? Because LGBTQ immigrants are disproportionately affected by a cruel system that tears apart families, places deportees in unlivable detention centers and deports millions of immigrants to countries with dismal human rights landscapes. This session will address the challenges and the possibilities that lie ahead for immigration reform, and how LGBTQ leaders can help.
|5 - 6 :30 p.m.||International Reception Invitation Only|
|7 p.m.||Late Night Out with Victory|
Location: Town & Number Nine
saturday, december 10, 2016
|8:30 - 10 a.m.||Networking Breakfast|
Location: Columbia Foyer
10 - 11:30 a.m.
|Think Outside the Cubicle: Shaping the Sharing Economy |
Sponsored by ToyotaLocation: Columbia 1-2Panel:
Moderator: Daniel Penchina, Principal, Raben Group
State Rep. Evan Low, California State Assembly District 28
David Gallon, Sr. Dir. Of Strategic Insight & Innovation, Toyota Financial Services
Kristin Sharp, Executive Director, New America’s SHIFT: The Commission on Work, Workers and Technology
Dave Barmore, Senior Public Policy Associate, UberThe emergence of the sharing economy—think Uber, Air BnB and others—not only helps communities unlock new economic opportunities and services for their residents outside of the traditional workplace – but also raises important questions about governance, safety, accessibility, and equity. This session will help participants understand the potential value of fostering a shared economy and help them assess the trade-offs and issues it raises for elected officials.
|Making the Case: The Business Community and the Fight for LGBTQ Nondiscrimination Laws|
Co-sponsored by Workplace Equality IndexLocation: Columbia 3-4Panel:
Moderator: Katie Belanger, COO, Freedom for All Americans
Justin Nelson, CEO, National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce
John Roberts, Portfolio Manager, Workplace Equality Index
Scott Sapperstein, Assistant Vice-President Public Affairs, AT&TOur federal government and half of our states lack laws protecting LGBTQ Americans from discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodations. In 2015 and 2016, we witnessed an unprecedented attack on LGBTQ people with hundreds of bills introduced in more than 30 state legislatures each year. Businesses across the country are stepping up to make the case for fully inclusive nondiscrimination laws and to beat back anti-LGBTQ legislation. Join elected leaders, business representatives, and Freedom for All Americans to explore how businesses and LGBTQ elected officials can effectively partner to advance proactive legislation and defeat anti-LGBTQ attacks.
|Hashtag Winning: Mastering New Media as an Out Leader |
Sponsored by WalmartLocation: Columbia 9-10Panel:
Moderator: Sarah McBride, National Press Secretary, Human Rights Campaign
Rep. Angélica Lozano Correa, Colombian Chamber of Representatives
Roz Silva, Director of Digital Advocacy, Walmart
State Rep. Brian Sims, Pennsylvania House District 182
Tiffany Muller, Executive Director, End Citizens UnitedSocial media is constantly changing the way we do business, organize, and run for office. It has revolutionized how we mobilize our communities and provides a platform for savvy leaders to communicate directly with their audience and motivate them for action. Hear from openly LGBTQ leaders who have leveraged social media platforms to help them win elected office and advance the causes they believe in.
11:45a.m. - 2 p.m.
|Rationalizing the Irrational: Debriefing the 2016 Election|
Sponsored by ComcastLocation: Columbia 5-8
Moderator: Jonathan Capehart, Washington Post Opinion Writer, MSNBC Contributor
Jessica O'Connell, Executive Director, EMILY's List
Carlos Guillermo Smith, Florida State House District 49
Toni Atkins, State Senator, California
Igor Volsky, Deputy Director, CAP Action FundInternational Panel:
Sen. Claudia Lopez, Senator, Colombia
Alex Greenwich, Sydney Assembly Member, New South Wales Legislative Assembly, Australia
Nick Herbert, Member of Parliament, House of Commons, London, United Kingdom
Randy Boissonnault, LGBTQ2 Advisor, Canada's Prime MinisterDespite the recent presidential election, and the rollbacks that it suggests, 2016 was a pivotal year for progressive politics and the LGBTQ community made our voices heard loud and clear. Come hear political analysts discuss what 2016 meant for the LGBTQ community. Presenters will discuss 2016’s biggest political winners and losers.
2:15 - 3:45 p.m.
|LGBTQ Health Under a Trump Administration |
Sponsored by PfizerLocation: Columbia 1-2Panel:
Moderator: Laura Durso, Senior Director of LGBTQ Research & Communications Project, CAP
Brian Agnew, Senior Director US Policy, Pfizer
Greg Price, Goverment Relations, Aetna
Wayne Turner, Senior Attorney, National Health Law Program
Mark Sickles, House of Delegates Member, VirginiaDuring his campaign, Donald Trump promised to repeal the Affordable Care Act and to reform Medicaid. The shape of any reforms has yet to be determined, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t prepare. Access to reliable healthcare is one of the leading challenges facing the LGBTQ community and given the poor track record of support for the LGBTQ community of some members of the transition team, it is vital we contemplate and help shape what the future of healthcare might look like. Come hear LGBTQ healthcare experts discuss what the future of health care may look like under the Trump administration, and how communities can take action to protect LGBTQ health care access.
|Community, State, and National Perspectives on Engagement Strategies and Real Possibilities for LGBTQ Older Adults |
Sponsored by AARPLocation: Columbia 3-4Panel:
Moderator: Nii-Quartelai Quartey, Senior Advisor and National LGBTQ Liaison, AARP
Jeremiah Mora, Associate State Director of Community Outreach, AARP Colorado
Jim Meadows, Executive Director, No Age New Orleans
Angela Foreshaw, Manager of State Operations and Community Outreach, AARP Pennsylvania
Rob Schneider, Manager of Advocacy and Outreach, AARP Texas
Aaron Tax, Director of Federal Government Relations, SAGEAARP's state offices are finding innovative ways to reach the entire LGBTQ community across the country and in some unexpected places. Representatives from state offices in Colorado, Texas, and Pennsylvania will join partners from SAGE and No Age New Orleans to model possibilities for engagement where we live. This session is intended to illustrate how AARP is connecting to LGBTQ communities, how AARP is driving awareness related to key issues, and what AARP is doing to increase its organizational readiness to serve LGBTQ older adults.
|A View from the Front Lines: Why LGBTQ Leadership at the State and Local Levels Matters Now More than Ever |
Sponsored by State FarmLocation: Columbia 9-10Panel:
Moderator: Rebecca Cokley, Executive Director, National Council on Disability
Dr. Rachel Levine, Physician General, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Dylan Orr, Director, Office of Labor Standards, City of Seattle, Washington
Jeff Marootian, Assistant Secretary for Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation
Mira Patel, Former Senior Advisor to the Administration, U.S. Small Business Administration
Ashlee Davis, Senior Advisor, U.S. Department of AgricultureOpenly LGBTQ appointees have made a difference in the lives of LGBTQ Americans since the first appointment of an out person by President Bill Clinton and in each administration since. Over the next two years, advancing equality for the LGBTQ community will depend on activating and leveraging the influence of the hundreds of openly LGBTQ elected and appointed officials serving across the country. This session will begin with a presentation on key officials appointed to serve in the new administration, and what those appointments mean for LGBTQ Americans. Additionally, there will be a panel of state and local leaders who fight for equality around the country. Attendees will leave with a better understanding of the work Victory Institute is leading to foster more robust collaboration among LGBTQ elected and appointed officials in 2017 and beyond.
|6:00 - 8:30 p.m.||Closing Reception|
Co-sponsored by AltriaLocation: Living Room (1008 Vermont Ave. NW)
- Aaron Tax - Director of Federal Government Relations, SAGE
- Aisha C. Moodie-Mills - President & CEO, Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund & Institute
- Al Cho - VP for Strategy & Business Development, Xylem
- Alex Greenwich - Sydney Assembly Member, New South Wales Legislative Assembly, Austrailia
- Amanda Simpson - Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Operational Energy, U.S. Department of Defense
- Angela Foreshaw - Manager of State Operations and Community Outreach, AARP Pennsylvania
- Angélica Lozano Correa - Member, Chamber of Representatives, Colombia
- Arisha Hatch - Executive Director, Color of Change PAC
- Ashlee Davis - Senior Advisor, U.S. Department of Agriculture
- Ashley Diamond - Criminal Justice Reform Advocate
- Brian Agnew - Senior Director U.S. Policy, Pfizer
- Brian Sims - State Representative, Pennsylvania House District 182
- Cathy Woolard - 2017 Candidate for Atlanta Mayor, Former Atlanta City Council President
- Carlos Guillermo Smith - State Representative, Florida House District 49
- Claudia Lopez - Senator, Colombia
- Clarissa Martinez-de-Castro - Deputy Vice President, Office of Research, Advocacy, and Legislation, National Concil of La Raza
- Corey Johnson - New York City Council
- Courtney Snowden - Deputy Mayor for Greater Economic Opportunity, Washington, DC
- Cristina Jiménez - Executive Director, United We Dream
- Daniel Penchina - Principal, Raben Group
- Dave Barmore - Senior Public Policy Associate, Uber
- David Black - Director, Washington Affairs, Union Pacific
- David Cicilline - U.S. Representative, Rhode Island District 1
- David Gallon - Sr. Dir. of Strategic Insight & Innovation, Toyota Financial Services
- Debra Shore - Commissioner, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago
- Dylan Orr - Director, Office of Labor Standards, City of Seattle, Washington
- Daniel Penchina - Principal, Raben Group
- Eric Fanning - Secretary of the U.S. Army
- Evan Low - State Assembly Member, California Assembly District 28
- Geoff Kors - City Council Member, Palm Springs, California
- Greg Price - Government Relations, Aetna
- Hilary Rosen - Managing Director, SKDKnickerbocker
- Igor Volsky - Deputy Director, CAP Action Fund
- James Brewster - U.S. Ambassador to the Dominican Republic
- Jared Huffman - U.S. Representative, California District 2
- Javier Gonzales - Mayor of Santa Fe, New Mexico
- J.D. Schramm - Lecturer in Management Communications, Stanford Graduate School of Business
- Jeff Krehely - Consultant, Victory Institute
- Jeff Marootian - Assistant Secretary for Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation
- Jeff Riles - Director of Regulatory Affairs, Enel Green Power
- Jeremiah Mora - Associate State Director of Community Outreach, AARP Colorado
- Jessica O'Connell - Executive Director, EMILY's List
- Jim Meadows - Executive Director, No Age New Orleans
- Joe Fuld - Founder and President, The Campaign Workshop
- John Roberts - Portfolio Manager, Workplace Equality Index
- Jonathan Capehart - Washington Post Journalist, MSNBC contributor
- Jose Antonio Vargas - Founder and CEO, Define American
- Julian Castro - Secretary, Department of Housing and Urban Development
- Justin Nelson - CEO, National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce
- Kate Kendell - Executive Director, NCLR
- Katie Belanger - Chief Operations Officer, Freedom for All Americans
- Kelton Morgan - President and Founder, Campaign Services Group
- Kim Noble - Director of National Partnerships, Green for All
- Kristin Sharp - Executive Director, New America's SHIFT: The Commission on Work, Workers and Technology
- LaWana Mayfield - Charlotte City Councilwoman
- Lisa Middleton - Palm Springs Planning Commission Member, Organized Neighborhoods of Palm Springs Chairwoman
- Leslie Herod - Representative elect, Colorado State House, District 8
- Luisa Revilla - La Esperanza City Council Member, Peru
- Mark Pocan - U.S. Representative, Wisconsin District 2
- Mark Sickles - Delegate, Virginia House of Delegates
- Mark Takano - U.S. Representative, California District 41
- Matt Thorn - Executive Director, OutServe - SLDN
- Melissa Lavinson - Senior Director, Federal Policy, PG&E
- Michael Guest - Former U.S. Ambassador to Romania
- Mike Honda - U.S. Representative, California District 17
- Mira Patel - Former Senior Advisor to the Administration, U.S. Small Business Administration
- Nick Herbert - Member of Parliament, House of Commons, London, United Kingdom
- Nii-Quartelai Quartey - Senior Advisor and National LGBTQ Liaison, AARP
- Pat Spearman - State Senator, Nevada District 1
- Rachel Levine - Physician General, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
- Randy Berry - U.S. Special Envoy for the Human Rights of LGBTI Persons
- Randy Boissonnault - LGBTQ2 Advisor, Canada's Prime Minister
- Rea Carey - Executive Director, National LGBTQ Task Force
- Rebecca Cokley - Executive Director, National Council on Disability
- Renee Willette -Director of Strategic Initiatives, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission
- Ricardo Lara - State Senator, California District 33
- Robert Raben - Founder and President, The Raben Group
- Rob Schneider - Manager of Advocacy and Outreach, AARP Texas
- Roz Silva - Director of Digital Advocacy, Walmart
- Ruben Gallego - U.S. Representative, Arizona District 7
- Rufus Gifford - U.S. Ambassador to Denmark
- Sandra Moran - Member of Congress, Guatemala
- Sarah McBride - National Press Secretary, Human Rights Campaign
- Scott Sapperstein - Assistant Vice-President Public Affairs, AT&T
- Sean Patrick Maloney - U.S. Representative, New York District 18
- Shane Bagwell - SPC, U.S. Army
- Shane Ortega - Retired Combat Veteran, U.S. Army
- Sue Fulton - President of SPARTA and Chairperson, West Point Board of Visitors
- Tammy Baldwin - U.S. Senator, Wisconsin
- Ted Osius - U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam
- Terrance Laney - Deputy Director, Office of LGBTQ Affairs, Washington, DC
- Tiffany Muller - Executive Director, End Citizens United
- Todd Larson - Senior LGBTQ Coordinator, USAID
- Tom Perez - Secretary, Department of Labor
- Toni Atkins - State Senator, California District 39
- Urvashi Vaid - CEO of Vaid Group LLC, LPAC Founder and Board member