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LGBTQ Inclusion in the Workplace


Understand the importance of LGBTQ inclusion, and institutional and individual actions that can be taken to promote LGBTQ inclusion.

While there have been some setbacks in LGBTQ inclusion over the last two years, our society is generally moving on the path toward increasing LGBTQ inclusion in the workspace (per Bostock). With increasing LGBTQ diversity in the generations entering the workforce, organizations of all sizes must be conversant in LGBTQ identity and ready to meet the unique challenges of their LGBTQ employees and colleagues to be a modern workforce that exemplifies best practice and to prevent liability. This topic will help individuals that are leaders and culture carriers to better understand the fundamentals of LGBTQ inclusion in the workspace, including understanding the meaning of the various identities comprised under the LGBTQ umbrella, the importance of LGBTQ inclusion, and institutional and individual actions that can be taken to promote LGBTQ inclusion. This material also will provide some insight on what organizations that are beyond basics should be thinking about to be truly inclusive of LGBTQ colleagues.



Elizabeth F. Schwartz

Elizabeth F. Schwartz

Elizabeth F. Schwartz, PA

  • Principal, Elizabeth F. Schwartz, P.A.
  • Attorney and activist for the LGBTQ+ community for over 25 years
  • Practice focuses on family formation (adoption, insemination, and surrogacy) and dissolution, and estate planning and administration and dissolution
  • Author of the book Before I Do: A Legal Guide to Marriage, Gay and Otherwise (The New Press, 2016)
  • Author of “LGBT Issues in Surrogacy” in the Handbook of Gestational Surrogacy, ed. E. Scott Sills (Cambridge University Press, 2016)
  • Served as counsel on victorious cases challenging Florida’s marriage ban brought by the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) on behalf of six same-sex couples and members of the Equality Florida Institute seeking the right to marry (Pareto v. Ruvin) and suing Florida for fair issuance of birth certificates to same-sex married couples (Chin)
  • Served as counsel in several cases that helped overturn Florida’s bigoted 1977 ban forbidding gays and lesbians from adopting children
  • Board certified by the Florida Bar in Adoption Law
  • Fellow of the Academy of Adoption & Assisted Reproduction Attorneys
  • University of Miami Law School 1997, University of Pennsylvania, 1993
  • Can be contacted at 305-674-9222 or [email protected]
Bendita Cynthia Malakia

Bendita Cynthia Malakia

Hogan Lovells US LLP

  • Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion at Hogan Lovells US LLP
  • Leads internal and external D&I engagement at Hogan Lovells including driving our global strategy and spearheading our D&I consultancy with our clients
  • Member of the crisis leadership team at the firm
  • On the editorial board of, and has a recurring D&I column in, Modern Lawyer, a legal innovation journal
  • Advisory board member for Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession (IILP)
  • Founding member of Social Impact Incubator of Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession (IILP)
  • Executive committee member of Network of Empowered Women Roundtable
  • Member of the Consortium for the Advancement of Women Lawyers
  • Board member of National LGBT Bar Association
  • Member of the D.C. Bar and the NY State Bar
  • Graduate, Harvard Law School; graduate, Barnard College
  • Can be contacted at 315-382-8978 or [email protected]

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