Diversity Reboot Summit

Partnering with Companies to Advance LGBTQIA+ Equality

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Partnering with Companies to Advance LGBTQIA+ Equality

While the overwhelming majority of America’s leading businesses have already started addressing workplace fairness for LGBTQIA+ employees, there is still so much to do to enact change. Join us for a panel discussion with Garden State Equality's Executive Director, Christian Fuscarino, and Community Manager, Kadja Manuel. Together, they will share ways that corporations can partner with nonprofits to promote change within their own organizations and in the larger community.

Meet The Speakers

Christian Fuscarino
Christian Fuscarino
Executive Director, Garden State Equality

Christian Fuscarino has deep roots in New Jersey, growing up in Belmar and spending much of his youth in and around Asbury Park. Fuscarino has been an activist and organizer in the LGBTQ community for over a decade. He credits his positive experiences in Asbury Park as helping influence him to become an activist. In 2016, PolitickerNJ named Christian the 2nd most influential advocate in New Jersey politics and later that year The Observer listed him on the Power List 100.

At GLSEN, Christian worked with high school Gay Straight Alliances (GSA) for several years. In 2007, Christian joined the Pride Connections Center of New Jersey as a program developer serving gay inner-city youth. That same year, he won a student Emmy award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for his End the Silence public service announcement. In 2008, Christian founded The Pride Network, a national leadership development non-profit.

In 2013, Christian joined Alan van Capelle, former Executive Director of Empire State Pride Agenda, by serving as his digital strategist at Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice. They focused on mobilizing Jews to advance social issues by speaking out against injustice and inequality. One of the organization’s greatest accomplishments was a campaign that resulted in California Governor Jerry Brown signing The Domestic Workers Bill of Rights.

Kadja Manuel
Kadja Manuel
Executive Assistant & Community Organizer at Garden State Equality
A United States Army veteran with over 8+ years of experience in a variety of HR positions and other management positions within Customer Service, Admin Support, and Operations/Training Facilitator and Public Affairs/Journalism within the United States Army. The diversity and volume of these experiences have made me fortunate by allowing me to accumulate equal parts hands-on and interpersonal skills that enable me to effectively engage and motivate, while competently and confidently managing my projects and teams. I firmly believe that I have the innovative thinking to contribute positively and continue to welcome opportunities to exhibit that drive and aptitude.