Around Town: Federal Globe Happy Hour

Federal Globe logoPlease join Federal GLOBE for its monthly Networking Happy Hour on Thursday, December 1st, from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at Cobalt.

This event offers a great opportunity to network and socialize with other LGBT Federal employees.  Please help us spread the word; tell your colleagues or bring a friend.

Cobalt is conveniently located in Washington DC’s Dupont Circle neighborhood at the corner of 17th and R Streets, NW.

To connect with Federal GLOBE on Facebook, use thefollowing link to request membership on the Federal GLOBE group page:

On Campus

Event FlyerWiSE Holiday Event

Come join with fellow WiSE members to ring in the holidays with a presentation by Jennifer Tokar, Chief of the USPTO’s Enterprise Training Division, providing  insights on how to set goals which are inspiring and actionable by discussing what truly motivates and compels people to make meaningful change.  WISE members will receive tips and tools to set powerful intentions that stick and be encouraged to share with each other to increase accountability and learn how to best support one another!

The dialog will be follow by holiday ornament making in which WiSE members can record their goal for the holidays and 2017 to provide a visible reminder of that goal and efforts to achieve it over the coming weeks and months.

Networking and holiday refreshments too!

PTO BIG Holiday Soiree

The Holiday Season is upon us and PTO-BIG will be celebrating in style!!!  On December 16th,  Madison Auditorium South, we request your presence at PTO-BIG’s Holiday Soiree.  We will kick off this exciting evening dining, along with a bit of karaoke, hosted by  our very own Arthur “Maniac” McCloud!!  The evening will  continue  with the sweet sounds of reggae music, featuring the All –Star Carl Malcolm and Positive Vibrations Reggae Band!!!  The band starts at 6:00 pm.  Dining, Meet and Greet as well as  Karaoke starts at 4:30 pm!! It’s going to be epic!!! Get on the list!!! More info to follow!!!! YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS IT!!!

Friends and Family are welcome
MEMBERS $15.00; NON-MEMBERS $20.00
or a small donation will be fine!!!

Mock Interview Sessions

Want to brush up on your interview skills?  Looking for a career change?  Coming this January, PTO-BIG will be offering mock interview sessions with on-site feedback.  Send an email to BIG, if interested!!!!

Combined Federal Campaign (CFC)

Screen shot of the websiteCFC fund raising is in full force! If you’re undecided or considering which charities to give to, here’s a handy tool to search the thousands of organizations available.

Take advantage of the “More Search Options” button and filter your search terms to narrow down these charities to find the ones you’re looking for. I found by typing LGBT and narrowing it down to search only descriptions, I could get a pretty comprehensive list of both local and national organizations dedicated to Lesbian, Gay, Bi and Trans causes. The term “Gay” can also show those organizations that didn’t include the acronym in their writeup. Now, more than ever, is a good time to support the groups who support us.

Movember is here!

Read the press releaseStop Men Dying Too Young And Join The Movement For Men’s Health With The Movember Foundation.

Every Movember, we challenge men to grow a mustache or for both men and women to get active and move, and/or host an event, all of which spark conversations and raise vital funds and awareness for men’s health.
Men and women can sign up at to:

  • Grow or support the growth of a moustache
  • Move and be physically active for men’s health
  • Host an event
  • Donate

Funds raised go towards supporting innovative world-class men’s health programs supporting our key areas: prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and suicide prevention. To date, the Movember Foundation has helped fund more than 1,200 men’s health projects.
Prostate and Testicular Cancer:

  • We invest in research and health services that contribute to less men dying from prostate and testicular cancer and to improve the quality of life for those that live with the disease, both physically and mentally.

Mental Health and Suicide Prevention:

  • Mental health is an integral part of health. We invest in programs that help men and boys stay mentally healthy. In the US, we invest in health services that will focus on community-level prevention programs to improve mental health.

For more information, visit Movember Foundation USA

Interactive Discussion with National Inventors Hall of Fame Inductee Dr. Kristina M. Johnson

Dr. Kristina JohnsonThis Thursday, November 10th, 2016 from 4 to 6 PM at the Madison Auditorium.

Please consider joining NEW, WiSE and FEW for this exciting event on November 10th! Dr. Johnson is a National Hall of Fame inductee, she holds over 100 patents and has had just such an impressive career. She was the Dean of the Pratt School of Engineering at Duke University, the former Provost and Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs at Johns Hopkins University and also former Under Secretary of Energy at the Department of Energy under President Obama. This will be a wonderful opportunity to meet her and hear firsthand the challenges, opportunities and experiences she has had.

October 11 is National Coming Out Day

National Coming Out DayFrom the Human Rights Campaign:

“28 years ago, on the anniversary of the National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights, we first observed National Coming Out Day as a reminder that one of our most basic tools is the power of coming out. One out of every two Americans has someone close to them who is gay or lesbian. For transgender people, that number is only one in 10.

Coming out – whether it is as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or allied – STILL MATTERS. When people know someone who is LGBTQ, they are far more likely to support equality under the law. Beyond that, our stories can be powerful to each other.”

For More Information and Resources, go to