This is Derek Miller, Speaking on Business. Equality Utah is the state’s premier LGBTQ rights and advocacy organization. In the last four years, they have turned their attention towards diversity, equity and inclusion education, through their Business Equality Leader program. Public Outreach Director Olivia Jaramillo tells us more.

In 2019, Equality Utah with political, religious and community leaders, created our first-ever State hate crimes law. Although this law created more safety for many communities, including religious protections, we saw the need to expand from simply obtaining legal equality, to lived equality.

Business Equality Leader, our corporate education program, focuses on using our formula which has brought Utah to be considered one of the leading states in creating LGBTQ protections; finding common ground, and building on shared values.

We bring education and awareness to those individuals that feel they have little to no experience with the LGBTQ community, and create a path with them on how to become a new or even better ally. When we see someone outside our LGBTQ community, we don’t see a problem, we see the solution. Ultimately, all of our efforts combined is what makes Utah a better place to live and work.

Equality Utah’s Business Equality Leader is recognized by the Society for Human Resource Managers, and has certified over 25 business. And, was recently selected to certify law enforcement officials of the Salt Lake City Police Department, and Utah State Courts System. I’m Derek Miller with the Salt Lake Chamber, Speaking on Business.