Bernadette Smith

The Equality Institute

Bernadette Smith is founder and president of Equality Institute, and award-winning author of three books. In 2004, Bernadette started 14 Stories, an award winning wedding planning firm with an LGBTQ specialty. Several years later, she took this passion for equality and started the Gay Wedding Institute to share her expertise with her peers in the global wedding and travel industry. Her business naturally evolved as she received questions on LGBTQ concerns for the front desk, concierge and other front line staff. Given the politically-charged issues of today, Bernadette expanded her training offerings and now consults with retail, restaurant and other industries with front line employees. Bernadette and her colleagues have trained thousands of people from more than 20 countries on LGBTQ issues. Bernadette's expertise has been sought after by the Today Show, National Public Radio and the New York Times, among many others.

Presenting on the following days:

Monday, June 4 | 3:45 PM - 4:15 PM
Cisgender, Transgender & Gender Fluid: Welcome Environments in the Age of Diversity