Cream City Foundation: Business luncheon to focus on gay welcoming workplaces

CONTACT: Maria Cadenas 414.225.0244,

(Milwaukee, Wisconsin) – Equality=Business Growth, a business luncheon presented by the Cream City Foundation in collaboration with its QShare LGBT Business Network, will take place Thursday, October 28th at the Manpower Global Headquarters in Milwaukee. Presented by The Prudential Insurance Company of America, the event will focus on ways to create a welcoming workplace for all, including Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) employees.

“Culturally competent workplaces are the key for recruiting and retaining the best talent,” said Maria Cadenas, Executive Director of the Cream City Foundation. “Ensuring that gay and transgender employees feel welcomed and supported helps create a productive workforce and strengthens Milwaukee’s competitive edge in this global market.”

Cream City Foundation’s luncheon is part of its business initiative aimed at encouraging a culture of respect and acceptance for all workers, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.

“It’s the right thing to do,” said Stacey Herzing, President of the Board of the Cream City Foundation. “Business is a key component of any community’s success. A productive workforce not only helps a business grow, but it also nourishes our community by providing engaged volunteers and donors.”

The luncheon will feature David Alexander from the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. Mr. Alexander’s experience includes assisting corporate partners in effectively working with and engaging the LGBT community. He has worked with and presented to dozens of companies including McDonald’s, IBM, Office Depot, General Mills, Best Buy, Accenture, Shell Oil, Inc., and Wells Fargo. The event will also feature Robbin Burr, the Prudential Insurance Company of America’s Mid-America Region Diversity Relationship Manager, presenting on lessons and best practices from their diversity programs that target LGBT individuals.

Additional event sponsors include: Robert W. Baird, Ernst & Young, We Energies, Harley-Davidson Motor Company, PNC Bank, Manpower, and the Gay Straight Alliance of Marquette University. Media Sponsors include: Business Journal, Wisconsin Gazette, Citygal Magazine, Radio Milwaukee 88.9 FM, and WUWM 89.7 FM.

Corporate sponsorships are still available. For information or registration, please call the Cream City Foundation at 414.225.0244 or visit .

About Cream City Foundation

Cream City Foundation is a community foundation that serves as the leader in mobilizing philanthropic resources, fostering strategic collaboration, effecting positive change and the advancement of the quality, dignity, and health of LGBT people in Southeastern Wisconsin. Founded in 1982, Cream City Foundation provides services, education, and funds to strengthen the LGBT community. To learn more about Cream City Foundation and find out how to apply to the Cream City Scholar program please visit To arrange an interview, please call 414.225.0244