Participate in the first-ever academic survey DEDICATED TO THE STORY OF LGBTQ people in the Southern United States.

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Friday, November 18, 2016, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Center for Civil and Human Rights, 100 Ivan Allen Jr Blvd., Atlanta, Georgia

The Diversity in Business Forum kicks-off the LGBT Institute’s weekend-long symposium. The Diversity in Business Forum is held in conjunction with a number or businesses and organizations who are committed to a state and region that welcomes all people. The day will end with a reception for all Forum and Symposium attendees. A tentative schedule to highlight potential topics is included below.

12:45 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

  • Registration

1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

  • Welcome & Keynote

1:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.   

  • The Role of Businesses Leaders in Creating Social Change
    • The Rise of CEO Activism
    • Gaps in businesses LGBT capacity/future needs

2:15 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

  • How to Grow Diverse Customer Bases and Impactful Employee Resource Groups
    • Making the connection: academics/advocates/business

3:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.

  • Millennial Mindsets Become Mainstream: What to Expect and Consider in the Changing Social Landscape
    • Marketing in the LGBT and Ally Marketplace

3:45 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.  

  • Closing and Networking

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.  

  • Opening Reception for the LGBT Institute Symposium at the Georgia State University Archives (open to all forum and symposium attendees)
  • Address: Georgia State University Archives (Library South, 8th Floor, 100 Decatur St. SE, Atlanta, GA 30303
  • Parking ($7 fee): Available in G Deck located. See MAP


Individual registration is $95. This includes light hors d’oeuvres and refreshments at the Forum and access to the Symposium’s opening reception that evening. Individuals may also purchase a ticket to both the Forum and the Symposium, which provides access to the entire Symposium Weekend, and breakfast and lunch on the 19th and 20th. Businesses will also have the opportunity to sponsor the forum and get a package deal on tickets (see Group Registration). Tickets and sponsorships are non-refundable.


The LGBT Institute has partnered with Georgia State University to create one the largest surveys ever conducted of LGBT individuals in the South. This is a study of, by, and for Southern LGBT people, conducted with the help of many community organizations across the 14 Southern states. 

The goal of this research is to amplify the voice of LGBT Southerners and highlight the issues affecting our lives. The LGBT Institute Southern Survey 2017 touches on a broad range of topics, including education and employment, health and wellness, safety and crime, sexual and gender identity, and discrimination.

confirmed participants:

Delta Air Lines, The Coca Cola Company, AT&T, First Data, Georgia Prospers, LGBT Business and Public Affairs Expert Bob Witeck, and more to come...

Program Highlights:

  •  How does anti-LGBT legislation affect our bottom line?

  • What is the role of business leaders in creating social change?

  • How can businesses lead by example in an ever-changing social climate?

  • What are the most urgent needs of business in this space?

  • How do businesses position themselves within the growing “ally marketplace”?

Who Should Attend?

  • Chief Executives and Chairmen, Presidents, Vice-Presidents
  • Chief Operating Officers, Chief Marketing Officers, Chief Strategy Officers
  • Chief Diversity Officers, Chief Compliance Officers, Chief Social Responsibility Officers
  • ERG/BRG Leaders
  • Business Employees
  • Analysts and Consultants
  • Policymakers
  • Academics
  • LGBT Influencers
  • Lawyers
  • Change Management Leaders