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Gap Inc., Marriott International, Inc. Are ‘Open to All’

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Gap Inc. and Marriott International, Inc. announced they are signing the Open to All Business Pledge and urged other business leaders across the nation to add their voices and their businesses to declare that they are Open to All regardless of race, ethnicity, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, religion or disability. There are over 2,300 Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy, Athleta, and Intermix stores in the country, spanning all 50 states. Marriott International, Inc. encompasses a portfolio of more than 6,700 properties in 30 leading hotel brands spanning 130 countries and territories.

Marriott International Inc. and Gap Inc. join Yelp, Levi Strauss & Co., Lyft, as well as more than 1,500 small businesses and 200 nonprofits, in partnering with Open to All, the public education campaign focused on the longstanding principles that affirm when a business opens its doors to the public, it should be open to everyone on the same terms. To welcome all customers, Gap Inc. stores will also feature the Open to All window cling in select stores across America.

“Since our founding nearly 50 years ago, our company values have led the way we run our business. Together, our brands celebrate equality for all in our workplaces and communities globally. Not only does this foster inclusivity, creativity and contribute to a more just world, it also helps us be more competitive in the marketplace and better serve our customers. We’re proud to join the Open to All coalition and stand with other businesses to welcome all customers to our brands,” said Art Peck, president and chief executive officer at Gap Inc.

Gap Inc. will also post Open to All signs at its headquarter buildings in San Francisco, New York and Albuquerque, as well as at its distribution centers in California, Ohio, Tennessee and New York. The company has approximately 135,000 employees around the world.

“Gap Inc. and Marriott have demonstrated a deep commitment to diversity, inclusion, and equality,” said Calla Rongerude, campaign manager of Open to All. “In a time when many people of color, LGBT people, people of minority faiths, and many others still can’t be sure they won’t be discriminated against when they seek goods or services, it is more important than ever for businesses to affirm inclusive values.”

A new poll shows that most Americans support businesses like Gap Inc. and Marriott that are Open to All. The Harris Poll®, conducted in conjunction with Out & Equal Workplace Advocates, finds that 75% of Americans believe when a business opens their door to the public, they should be open to all and serve everyone on the same terms. The poll also found that a vast majority of Americans agree that businesses should not be allowed to deny services to people based on their race, ethnicity, or national origin (87%), sex (87%), sexual orientation (81%), gender identity (80%), religion (85%), or disability (88%).

Open to All is one of the most significant public education efforts to date that unites and galvanizes national leaders in business, civic engagement, and the non-profit sector to take a stand for shared American values of fairness and equality.

In addition to the over 1,500 business members, Open to All includes more than 200 nonprofit members spanning civil rights and racial justice organizations; lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) equality organizations; health and disability organizations; faith organizations; and more. Open to All members are committed to building awareness and understanding about the importance of nondiscrimination—and to defend the bedrock principle that when businesses open their doors to the public, they should be Open to All.

Open to All was originally launched in November 2017. Initially, the campaign was focused on strengthening support for nondiscrimination amid oral arguments in the Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission case before the U.S. Supreme Court. Open to All’s business engagement initiative represents a dramatic expansion of that effort, encouraging businesses large and small across the country to publicly and visibly declare that they support nondiscrimination and that they are open to all.

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Mighty Swell Takes on White Claw

Austin-based Mighty Swell is aiming to become a household name and the number three hard seltzer in the U.S. by 2021.

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White Claw fever has taken over the country, and as a result, it has become a victim of its own success with the popular hard seltzer brand confirming a nationwide shortage. Luckily, if you’re looking for an alternative to avoid the shortage or maybe you’d prefer to support a local business, look no further than your own backyard. Austin-based Mighty Swell serves up its own line of low calorie, low sugar hard seltzers, all of which are inspired by Austin’s vibe — the perfect balance between living an active lifestyle and relaxing in the sun.

“Mighty Swell Spiked Spritzers were born of a desire to create a premium tasting, ready-to-drink alcoholic beverage that fits consumers active lifestyles and thirst for flavor,” said John Beal, General Manager for Mighty Swell Spritzer Co. “The newest addition to our lineup embodies the spirit of the brand by offering a deliciously light effervescent taste with 5 percent ABV. We’re aiming to become a household name and the number three hard seltzer in the U.S. by 2021.”

Whether drank right out of the can or served over ice or as a base for your favorite signature cocktail, each 12-ounce can contains 5 percent ABV (cold-brewed sugar alcohol), 110 calories and 4 grams of sugar. Mighty Swell offers individual flavors sold in 6-packs and a variety 12-pack that features all four flavors. Mighty Swell added Cherry Lime to its portfolio of flavors this summer, joining Watermelon Mint, Grapefruit and Peach.

  • Cherry Lime: Juicy red cherries with a hint of zesty lime. Instantly refreshing! Flavor notes: slightly sweet cherry, fresh squeezed lime, brightly effervescent
  • Grapefruit: Ruby red grapefruit with citrus zip and a crisp, fruity finish. Flavor notes: balance of sweet and tart, well-rounded, never bitter, orange-like juiciness
  • Peach: Fruit forward with light citrus and orange blossom. Flavor notes: fresh peach jam, hints of citrus, slightly floral
  • Watermelon Mint: Sweet, refreshing watermelon meets the coolness of mint. Flavor notes: crisp, bright mint, fruity juicy melon, balanced sweetness

All Mighty Swell products are gluten-free, use vegan-friendly ingredients and are proudly made in the USA. They utilize a clean ingredient deck and therefore do not contain high-fructose corn syrup, artificial flavors, added sugars, sodium benzoate or food dyes.

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Report: Workplace Diversity Improving, Pay Gap Continues Across Industries

Namely data shows that mid-market technology companies still struggle with pay equity across gender and ethnicity lines

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Workforce diversity has evolved over the past decade from being simply a buzzword to a progressive corporate pursuit. Today, companies are investing in diversity with entire teams and millions budgeted each year dedicated exclusively to building diversity and inclusion with diversity and pay equity metrics now standing alongside traditional performance indicators, such as revenues and budgets, in the boardroom.

While large-sized companies publicly publish their own diversity metrics annually to position themselves as leaders in “D&I” to attract new hires in a hyper-competitive job market, the effectiveness of these investments in mid-sized companies is unclear. While these modestly-sized businesses make up the bulk of the U.S. economy, employing nearly 50 million people, few studies have focused on this segment of the market.

A new report from Namely, a leading HR platform for mid-sized companies, sheds light on whether these investments are hitting the mark when it comes to diversity and inclusion across genders and ethnicities in mid-market workplaces. This year’s Workplace Diversity Report shows where mid-sized businesses are succeeding with diversity and equality, it also uncovers opportunities for improvement.

Key Findings

  • Ten percent of companies now offer employees gender identity options beyond “male” or “female”. Those companies now recognize over 25 unique gender identities; up from five terms from last year’s report.
  • The percentage of non-binary managers, 22 percent, does not vary significantly from the overall employee population (19 percent), suggesting there is not a career opportunity gap for workers who identify as non-binary.
  • White men make up 63 percent of all managers. Fewer women and non-majority employees occupy positions of authority, and are still subject to lower compensation than their male or majority peers.
  • Companies with the smallest pay gaps have more equal representation of women in the top salary tier. Nonprofit companies were the most equitable, while technology and healthcare companies were the least.
  • While men continue to make up the majority of employees in six out of the ten industries examined in the study, the most gender equal industries were financial services, media, professional services, real estate, and retail.
  • The report found a small improvement in workforce diversity at companies with c-level HR or diversity roles, however less than five percent of the most diverse companies had a diversity or c-level HR leader in place – showing that one person is not enough to ensure diversity at a company.

“On the ground, people leaders are making progress on closing the pay gap and moving in the right direction for both women and minorities. Everyone from c-level executives to entry-level employees realize we need to diversify our companies,” said Lorna Hagen, chief people officer, Namely. “HR teams now have more data than ever before to help make that a priority and a reality, but we still have a lot of work to do.”

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Rainbow Connections: February 2019

Here’s our rundown of networking events to check out in February. Highlights this month include StartOut’s Celebrating LGBTQ Women, Transgender & Non-Binary Business Leaders and the SXSW LGBTQIA+ Community Meetup.

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Networking events took a backseat to political activism in 2018, but its looking like 2019 will be the year that face-to-face networking returns … at least until the 2020 campaigns start to heat up. So, grab those business cards and join us for a little LGBTQ+ networking building next month.

Here’s our rundown of networking events to check out in February. Highlights this month include StartOut’s Celebrating LGBTQ Women, Transgender & Non-Binary Business Leaders and the SXSW LGBTQIA+ Community Meetup.

This is an active post and is updated. It also features a curated list of events. For a complete list of upcoming events, check out our community calendar.

Austin LGBT Chamber February Luncheon

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The Rainbow Ribbon cutting for BizBox Powered by Office Depot at the Austin LGBT Chamber May Luncheon. Photo credit: Austin LGBT Chamber of Commerce / Facebook

The Austin LGBT Chamber of Commerce‘s luncheon will be at the El Chile Café y Cantina on TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2019 from 11 AM – 1 PM. In addition to the luncheon, there will also be a Rainbow Ribbon Cutting for new members of the Chamber.

Tickets are $20 for members, $25 for non-members and $30 for walk-up registration, space permitting. Advanced registration is highly recommended.

05feb11:00 AM1:00 PMFeaturedAustin LGBT Chamber February Luncheon11:00 AM - 1:00 PM El Chile Café Y CantinaCategories:NetworkingAges:All Ages

Celebrating LGBTQ Women, Transgender & Non-Binary Business Leaders

On THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2019, StartOut Austin and the eBay Foundation will host an evening featuring several female, transgender, and non-binary founders and business leaders from 6-8:30 PM at Galvanize.

A panel featuring Danielle Skidmore, former Austin City Council candidate and President at Danielle Skidmore Consulting, Kerry Rupp, Partner at True Wealth Ventures, and Angelica Erazo, Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator at Oracle. Led by Logan Wick, Founder & CEO of OutBranding Promos, the panel will feature an open, honest discussion about how they navigate being their authentic selves at work while leading companies.

07feb6:00 PM8:30 PMFeaturedCelebrating LGBTQ Women, Transgender & Non-Binary Business Leaders6:00 PM - 8:30 PM GalvanizeCategories:NetworkingAges:All Ages

Pride in Austin Networking Happy Hour

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Lucille Patio Lounge on Rainey Street. Photo courtesy Lucille Patio Lounge / Facebook

The last event Pride in Austin Happy Hour was back in October 2017, but it looks like Varela Properties is reviving the networking event. The next one is scheduled for WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2019 from 6:30-11 PM and will be held at Lucille Patio Lounge over on Rainey Street.

13feb6:30 PM11:00 PMPride in Austin Networking Happy Hour6:30 PM - 11:00 PM Lucille Patio LoungeCategories:NetworkingAges:21+

LGBT+ Happy Hour with the ‘Loo

The second Thursday of each month, Rain on 4th hosts its monthly happy hour for Waterloo Counseling Center. Stop by on THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2019 from 6-8 PM and find out more about the LGBT+ and HIV/AIDS-specialized counseling services the center offers Austin’s LGBT community. Plus, each month a portion of sales during happy hour is donated back to Waterloo.

14feb6:00 PM8:00 PMLGBT+ Happy Hour with the 'Loo6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Rain on 4thCategories:Fundraiser,LGBTQ+,NetworkingAges:21+

SXSW LGBTQIA+ Community Meetup

Attendees at the SXSW LGBTQIA+ Meetup
Attendees at the SXSW LGBTQIA+ Meetup at DropBox Austin in March 2017. Photo courtesy SXSW / Waldo Photos

The past couple years, SXSW has hosted a pre-festival community meetup for the LGBTQIA+ community here in Austin. It’s an excellent opportunity to find out more about queer content included in this year’s festival. If you haven’t already gotten yours already, the chance to get a discount on a badge. Plus, there is an opportunity to win a badge to this year’s festival.

This year’s event is held in partnership with the Austin LGBT Chamber of Commerce. It will replace the chamber’s monthly networking happy hour normally held on the third Thursday of the month. Join us TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2019 from 6-8 PM at the offices of DropBox Austin. The event is FREE with RSVP.

26feb6:00 PM8:00 PMFeaturedSXSW LGBTQIA+ Community MeetupAustin LBGT Chamber Networking Happy Hour6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Dropbox AustinCategories:NetworkingAges:All Ages

Stay tuned. We’ll be posting the details about our annual Big Gay Kickoff Party in partnership with the Austin LGBT Chamber of Commerce in the first week of February.

GOT EVENTS? Submit events online at www.therepubliq.com/calendar/submit. Please allow 2-3 business days to process your listing. Basic events listings are always FREE.

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