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Out To Innovate™ 2010: An Inaugural Success

photo of Out to Innovate 2010On October 9, 2010 a new era in LGBT visibility commenced. Nearly 200 students, academic faculty, career professionals, and employers participated in the inaugural “Out to Innovate™ Summit”. Sponsored by the National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists (NOGLSTP) and hosted by the LGBT Community at the University of Southern California, Out to Innovate provided a day of education, diversity, mentoring, and career learning opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields.

Out to Innovate™ 2010 featured such notable openly gay speakers as Kei Koizumi, the Assistant Director for Federal Research and Development in The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (Obama Administration), and Dr. Dean Hamer, Chief of the Gene Structure and Regulation Program at The National Cancer Institute at NIH. Workshop topics included: Being Out in the STEM World: Panel Discussion and Open Forum; Leadership and Activism; Gender Identity and Expression in the STEM Workplace; Mentoring in the Classroom and Workplace; STEM Careers in Government; Careers in IT/Entertainment; Careers in Healthcare; STEM Careers in Government; Careers in Research and Engineering; and Being a Minority within a Minority.

photo Out to Innovate 210Workshop presenters ranged from out medical students, to post-doctoral fellows, to senior university faculty to accomplished professionals in industry. Summit sponsors included: Harvey Mudd College, California Institute of Technology, the USC Viterbi School of Engineering Center for Diversity, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science Careers, Raytheon, Boeing, Intuit, Genentech, Texas Instruments, Northrop Grumman, Battelle, and Dow Chemical among others.

Click on the following links for program book, photos, program highlight video, and keynote address video of the 2010 Out to Innovate™ Summit: