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The Claremont Colleges to Host West Coast LGBTQA Career Conference

The Claremont Colleges are hosting the Third Annual OUT for Work LGBTQA College Student Career Conference, April 7-9, 2011. The keynote speaker will be Amanda Simpson, a senior technical advisor in the U.S. Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security, who is believed to be the country’s first openly transgender presidential appointee. The conference will be held on the Pomona College campus.

The conference will feature representatives from America’s top organizations sharing their coming out stories and how the decision to be out and open has impacted their careers. Well-known speakers will address transitioning in the workplace, being out on resumes, in interviews and being “out” in the workplace. Skill building workshops will include networking, resume writing and interviewing techniques.

Registration includes the PRIDE Career Fair, offering the opportunity to find an internship or job with employers leading the way for LGBT workplace equity. Among the employers attending are: Western Asset, the CIA, the U.S. State Department, American Airlines, Boeing, BP, Capital One, Chubb, Farmers Insurance, HSBC Bank, ING, KPMG, Lockheed Martin, Marriott, Merck, NASA, the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency, Nordstrom, Northrop Grumman, Out & Equal, Paxton Companies, PNC and Verizon.

To encourage students to attend, Out For Work will give away one new iPad 2 in a drawing during the conference. The student must attend to win.

The Third Annual Out for Work Conference will be held on the Pomona College campus. To register, visit www.outforwork.org/conferences. College student with questions should call the Pomona College Career Development Office at (909) 621-8144. All others should contact OUT for Work, (866) 571-LGBT.

The Claremont Colleges Queer Resource Center, located at Pomona College, is dedicated to providing education, advocacy, and support for the diverse lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, questioning, intersex and ally (LGBTQQIA) community at the Claremont Colleges. Studies have shown that 8-10% of college students identify as LGBTQ, while 16% of students have LGBTQ family members. The Colleges are committed to the equality and visibility of the LGBTQ community and allies on campus, and supporting that community.