Deena Fidas

S1-B Beyond Policies: Making Inclusion for LGBT Employees a Daily Reality

About Deena Fidas


Deena leads the corporate programs of the Workplace Equality Program, including the Corporate Equality Index survey and annual report. She also leads the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s published research on the experiences of LGBT workers nationwide, including the seminal Degrees of Equality study that found over half of LGBT workers remain closeted on the job. Fidas has consulted directly with dozens of Fortune 500 and other major businesses on the implementation of equitable policies and benefits for diverse employee populations.
Most recently Fidas expanded the work of the Corporate Equality Programs to include global LGBT workforce best practices. In this capacity, she has conducted trainings in the US and abroad on workforce diversity and best practices for inclusion before corporate and public sector audiences. Fidas has been featured in The Washington Post, Mexico’s Reforma, Pacifica Radio and she has been a quoted source for the Associated Press, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Fortune and other news outlets. Formerly working in political fundraising, she joined the Workplace Project in 2007. Fidas holds a master’s degree in sociology from American University in Washington, D.C.

University of St. Thomas - Minnesota Opus College of Business