Get Involved

Out to Innovate™ is a biennial cross-generational career summit for LGBTQ+ people in STEM, a program established by National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals (NOGLSTP). The program is organized by NOGLSTP volunteers, who will be happy to have assistance at any level that you offer. Get in touch with the Out to Innovate™ committee to step up to the plate. Here are specific ways that you can help:

Spread the Word
Tell your colleagues about Out to Innovate™. Encourage students to attend. Like us on Facebook. Follow us on Twitter. Share our photos and videos from past events with your social network. Blog about NOGLSTP and Out to Innovate™. Feature us in your magazine and newspaper articles.

Corporate Participation
Out to Innovate™ is made possible through financial support from corporate sponsors, agency funding, ordinary people, and corporate and agency recruiters. You can help us secure the funds to put on a good conference in the following ways: Introduce us to your employer’s LGBTQ+ affinity group and diversity resources people. If you are a corporate representative, make a commitment to participate at Out to Innovate™ as a sponsor or an exhibitor at the event career expo. If you are an individual, make a modest donation to support student registration. If you are a principal investigator, make a commitment to fund your LGBTQ+ students to attend the event and present a poster of their research.

Give us workshop topic suggestions. Offer to be a workshop panelist. Identify local LGBTQ+ people in STEM who might be interested in participating as workshop panelists. Present a poster of your research or LGBTQ+ community activism.

Nominate an outstanding LGBTQ+ individual for the NOGLSTP Recognition Awards. Award categories are Scientist of the Year, Engineer of the Year, and Educator of the Year. The nominee does not have to be well-known, but does need to be “OUT”. Follow this link for more information about the NOGLSTP Recognition Awards.

Register to Attend
Join us for the most affirming career-oriented conference your will ever attend. Registration will open about 6 months before the next event.

Event Week
Volunteer to give us some of your time. We will need help assembling the conference materials, staffing the registration check-in, guiding/orienting guests, facilitating the poster session, and so on. When you register for the conference, there is a place on the registration for to indicate your interests in assisting us.

Host a Future Event
Make a proposal to NOGLSTP to host a future Out to Innovate™. We seek a campus partnership with an LGBTQ+-supportive diversity office having a significant STEM student population, in a welcoming geographic location that we have not yet been. For reference, Out to Innovate™ 2010 was at University of Southern California in Los Angeles CA; Out to Innovate™ 2012 was at Ohio State University in Columbus OH; Out to Innovate™ 2014 was at Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta GA; Out to Innovate™ 2017 was in the Boston MA area, and Out to Innovate™ 2019 will return to USC in Los Angeles CA.

Step Up
Volunteer to be on the organizing committee for the next Out to Innovate™.