Point of Pride

8:30 – 9:00 Registration, Networking and Continental Breakfast

9:10 – 10:00 Welcome

2023 State of LGBTQ+ Report - Presented by Michael Soto, Chief Advocacy Officer for ONE Community 

This presentation offers an in-depth assessment of the current state of affairs for LGBTQ+ people in Arizona and across the nation. Featuring existing policies, issue analysis, economic data, and action items, the presentation serves as a road map detailing where we are, where we need to go and how to get there to become a state and nation that celebrates, respects and protects us all equally.

10:00 - 10:10

Transition to your pre-assigned breakout session rooms

10:05 - 11:05

Breakout Session 1:

LGBTQ+ 101/201

Presented by Michael Soto

LGBTQ+ 101 & 201: Take a deep dive into the terminology needed to understand the distinction between sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression and the LGBTQ+ community as a whole. Learning how to understand and speak the language while creating a safe space for questions gives your team the confidence it needs to create the affirming workplace you desire.

11:05 – 11:15

Break & transition to your 2nd breakout session rooms

 11:15 – 12:15

Breakout Session 2:

UNITY Journey 

Presented by Janine Skinner, ONE Community Community Engagement Director

Embark on an empathy building exercise that takes you through the experience of coming out as LGBTQ+. Discussion and sharing throughout the exercise allows your team the time to process and bond together, as they prepare to take the next steps in their journey.

12:15 – 1:15

Catered Lunch 

1:15 – 2:30

Socially Responsible Business Advocacy Panel

Moderated by Michael Soto, ONE Community Chief Advocacy Officer 

Increasingly, businesses talk about the importance of practicing “social responsibility” – but what does that mean?  For the purposes of this panel, we mean actions that benefit society.  Socially responsible companies adopt policies that promote the well-being of society while working to lessen negative impacts on society. Our panelists will speak about how their organizations approach social responsibility and the intersection of good business practice and social change.


  • Mark Dompier, Head of Belonging, PetSmart

  • Robert Heidt, President & CEO, Glendale Chamber of Commerce

  • Jaime Aldama - Councilperson, City of Glendale

  • Michelle Boggs, Staff Vice President Talent Acquisition & Organization Development, Chief Diversity Officer, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona

  • Amanda Ventura Zink, Public Affairs, Waymo

2:30 - 2:40


2:40 – 3:15

2023 LGBTQ+ Marketing Survey 

Presented by Lauren Witte Girard, ONE Community Content Manager

3:15 - 3:30

Closing Remarks and Call to Action 




June 15, 2023 at 8:30am - 4:30pm


Midwestern University
19555 N 59th Ave AZ
Glendale, AZ 85308
United States
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Angela Hughey · · 480-355-0088


$120.00 USD · Purchase tickets