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CIA LGBT Networking Event A Success!

CIA LGBT Networking Event A Success!


As part of its efforts to continue to have a diverse and inclusive workforce, the Central Intelligence Agency launched an initiative last week in Florida begin relationship building with LGBT organizations across the country.
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Last Thursday, CIA officials held a networking event with the Metropolitan Business Association of Orlando, Central Florida’s LGBT Chamber of Commerce in the rotunda at Orlando City Hall.
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“This is the first time we’ve done a networking event of this type with any of the gay and lesbian chamber of commerces,” said Michael Barber, CIA LGBT Community Outreach and Liaison program manager and co-founder of the agency’s LGBT Employee Resource Group.
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The CIA, which had routinely denied security access, and consequently promotional opportunities, to LGBT employees, ended that practice in 1995. Today, the agency sends the partners of LGBT employees to LGBT-friendly foreign countries.
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While having a workforce that is reflective of our country’s diversity is important, Barber also pointed out that LGBT employees can play a very important role to national security interests.
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“We are pleased to partner with the Central Intelligence Agency to raise awareness for the importance of LGBT-inclusive workplaces,” said Jason Holstein, Corporate Development Director. “This was a successful first event and we look forward to building this relationship with them in 2013 and beyond.”
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The day before the event, the CIA held an event with the Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce. Several more trips like this are being planned for 2013 across the country.