Advancing LGBT diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts to create safer workplaces for LGBT employees!

The LGBT Network is holding our third annual LGBT Workplace Summit on Wednesday, October 25, 2023 from 8am to 2pm to convene and help businesses advance their LGBT diversity and inclusion efforts in the workplace to create safer spaces for LGBT employees. Registration is open, and Sponsorships and Journal Ad opportunities are available.

Keynote Speaker: Aoifa O'Donnell

Aoifa O’Donnell, is CEO & President of National EAP, Inc. overseeing the delivery of
nationwide Employee Assistance, Crisis Management and Leadership Development
Programs. As a business clinician, Aoifa is passionate about delivering top tier solutions that markedly improve the workplace of regional and national corporate clients and speaks frequently about employee psychological and behavioral health issues and its impact on the workplace.
She is a trained responder to workplace crises and coaches Human Resource departments on preventative and post incident strategies to manage behavior problems such as substance abuse, harassment, violence, bullying and suicide prevention.

Aoifa has been featured in publications such as TIME, Long Island Business News, Pulse, Newsday and HR Benefit News. Among other accolades, Aoifa has been honored with Long Island Business News’ Executive Circle Award, Top 40 under 40, the Human Services/EAP Award from the Caron Foundation and a finalist for the Athena Leadership Award, hosted by KPMG, Inc.

Meet The Panelists

Day of Program

8:00 am Registration and Breakfast

8:45 am Opening Program

Keynote Speaker: 

Aoifa O’Donnell, CEO & President, National EAP, Inc.

9:45 am to 10:45 am Breakout Sessions

Executive Panel: Managing LGBT DEIB

Everyone talks about top-down leadership when it comes to effective DEIB efforts.  This panel will feature decision-making executives from companies of varying sizes and scope sharing how they approach managing LGBT DEIB in their organizations.  Attendees will hear their successes and challenges with respect to awareness, language, vulnerability, and more.



Vernon Taylor SHRM-CP 
Director, People Operations
JFK International Air Terminal T4

Austin Stonitsch 
Executive VP, Chief HR Officer
Dime Community Bank

Ian Hlawati
Senior Vice President – Employment, Labor & Benefits & Executive Sponsor of Altice Together LGBT ERG
Altice USA



Robert Vitelli (he/him)
Chief Executive Officer
LGBT Network

Developing Your LGBT Talent Pipeline: Campus Recruitment, Internships, & Other Emerging Talent

Identifying LGBT talent is central to growing LGBT DEIB efforts.  This session features panelists who will share their experiences on expanding their LGBT talent pipelines through campus recruitment, internship programs, and other avenues to identify emerging talent.  Learn about appealing to LGBT college students, how to engage with college and university career offices, and leveraging internship programs.




Kimberly Joy Dixon 
Director of Employer Engagement & Diversity Recruitment
Stony Brook University

Dennis McCue (he/him)
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Manager
Bethpage Federal Credit Union

Rachel Laucella 
HR Recruitment Relationship Manager
Bethpage Federal Credit Union




Joanne Gianninoto 
Sr. Manager, Human Resources
Henry Schein, Inc.

11:00 am to 12:00 pm Breakout Sessions

Small Shop Efforts for LGBT DEIB

 Historically LGBT DEIB has been driven by large corporations, and smaller workplaces are always seeking ways to advance their LGBT DEIB without the resources of a big organization.  Learn from the professionals from smaller workplaces who are scaling LGBT DEIB efforts with tailored programming and hear how they are innovating with success in their small shops.





Patrick McCoy 
Location Manager & Licensed Funeral Director
Dignity Memorial

Crystal Gonzales (she/her)
Long Island Market Sales Manager, Licensed Funeral Director
Dignity Memorial

Jose Cuevas 
Senior Manager, Commercial
JFK International Air Terminal T4




Tracey McIntyre (she/her)
Director of Legal Talent
Rivkin Radler LLP

The Influence of Culture

From Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) to policy to employee engagement, culture defines the workplace.  Hear the perspectives of professionals leading LGBT DEIB as well as an employee perspective about the various LGBT DEIB efforts and how they have made an impact in the workplace by changing the culture around LGBT DEIB.  This session will cover topics including recruitment, supplier diversity, recognition, benefits, and more.




Ryan Beck 
Vice President Business Development
W Services

Janeen Houston (she/her)
Enterprise Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Manager

Christen Turner 




Steven Fleischer (he/him)
Executive Director HR – DEI, Talent Acquisition & PSEG LI

12:00 pm Lunch

12:45 pm Closing Plenary

Exploring Intersectionality: The Experiences of LGBT Employees of Color

As companies advance all of their DEIB efforts, being able to synthesize and integrate experiences becomes more important as workplaces look to intersectionality.  This panel features LGBT employees of color sharing their experiences to help attendees gain insights and direction in designing and implementing programs to expand DEIB programming





Craig Johnson (he/him)
VP, Diversity Equity Inclusion & Belonging BRG Program Manager, Human Resources
Webster PRIDE BRG Co-Chair . Webster Bank

Christel Colon, SPHR, SHRM-SCP (she/her)
HR Business Partner
Brookhaven National Laboratory

Geoffrey Au (he/him)
Manager, Global eCommerce Customer Engagement Platforms
Henry Schein, Inc.

Jose Cuevas
Senior Manager, Commercial
JFK International Air Terminal T4





Teshia Levy-Grant (she/her)
Diversity Equity Inclusion & Belonging (DEIB) Officer, Human Resources
Webster Bank


Registration is $85 per person before Monday, October 23; thereafter it is $100 in advance, and $125 at the door; Sponsors receive complimentary tickets. Please register in advance!

Price: $85.00

Thank You to Our Summit Sponsors

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