Co-Founder, Out Caribe
Born in Kingston, Jamaica, Warren now lives in Toronto and is a keen researcher and storyteller. He received his M.A. in Intercultural & International Communication, and during his studies explored the use of visual ethnography to share the stories of people and places. His Master’s thesis, which focused on the stories of gay Jamaican men in Canada, was a recipient of the 2012 Public Ethnography Award funded by the Canada Research Chair in Innovative Learning and Public Ethnography. Combined with his love of travel, Warren uses his popular blog—“Journeying”—to share the stories of people and cultures and is excited about the opportunity for LGBT travel to contribute to positive social change. Warren is also the co-founder of Out Caribe, a news source for the LGBT Caribbean and a travel guide to the region’s gay friendly destinations.
Martín Diego Garcia
Director of Campaigns, Latino Victory Project
A proud Gaucho and California native, Martín dedicates a majority of his professional and personal capacity fighting for and with communities and causes near and dear to his heart. In January of 2015 he joined the Latino Victory Project, an ambitious, non-partisan effort to build Latino political power within the halls of government. Martín is focused on identifying, recruiting and supporting Latino candidates for public office who share Latino Victory’s vision and values. Prior to joining Latino Victory’s team, Martín consulted on numerous campaigns for LGBT candidates, candidates of color, independent expenditures, ballot initiatives and advocacy campaigns at The Campaign Workshop. He started his career with the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund & Institute’s political team, where he endorsed, supported and trained LGBT candidates running for office across the nation and at all levels of government. In his free time Martín tries to see as many theatre performances as possible and sings with the Washington, D.C.-based Congressional Chorus.
Senior Vice President, Westfield Corporation
Steve is a design leader of the Westfield Corporation Architecture Studio, and is responsible for the planning, interior architecture, place-making and ambiance for all U.S. Westfield shopping centers, airport projects and transit terminals. Since joining Westfield in 1994, he has been instrumental in the due diligence of all Westfield portfolio acquisitions, the planning and acquisition of [the?] World Trade Center in New York and U.S. Airport Group business development. Some of Steve’s recent notable projects include the Westfield Century City expansion, the expansion of the Tom Bradley Terminal and Terminal 1 at LAX, and the remodeling of terminals 2 and 5 at LAX and O’Hare , respectively. Steve is a member of LGREG, an LGBT networking group for commercial real estate professionals and has presented to the group on numerous occasions. Steve is a major supporter of APLA, Outfest, LACE (Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibits) and Rice University, from which he attained his Architectural degree.
Human Rights Officer at the United Nations High Commission for Human Rights (OHCHR)
Fabrice Houdart is a Human Rights Officer at the United Nations High Commission for Human Rights (OHCHR) in New York. Previously at the World Bank, he was the team leader for various initiatives aiming at costing the impact of discrimination against LGBTI people on economies.
Director of Global Initiatives, Out & Equal Workplace Advocates
Steve is Director of Global Initiatives at Out & Equal Workplace Advocates, where he leads their efforts to advance LGBT workplace equality globally. Prior to that, he served as founding Executive Director at Alturi, leading strategy, development and growth for the non-profit whose mission is to increase engagement and contributions by American donors to organizations working to improve the lives of LGBT people globally. In 2008, he founded OutThink Partners, a boutique communications, marketing and advocacy organization specializing in the LGBT market. A leader in international communications and marketing, Steve served as Director of Guest Experience at Atlantis Events, the world’s largest company specializing in all-gay vacations, and International Media Relations Manager at United Airlines. A graduate of the University of Chicago, Steve has lived and worked in Europe, Asia and Latin America and speaks Spanish, Portuguese and Japanese.
Adjunct Faculty, McCourt School of Public Policy, Georgetown University
Dr. Chloe Schwenke is a human rights and peacebuilding activist, development practitioner and academic with over three decades of international experience, nearly half of it while living in Africa and Asia. She has worked in a senior capacity with some of the leading American development organizations, and as an independent consultant on projects of USAID, the US State Department, the World Bank, and the Inter-American Development Bank. Her areas of expertise include human rights, LGBTI issues, international development ethics, gender equality & female empowerment, urbanization, and leadership ethics. She received her Ph.D. in public policy at the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland at College Park, where she was chosen as Alumnus of the Year for 2013. Also in 2013 she was a recipient of the National Center for Transgender Equality’s National Public Service Award. Chloe currently serves both as an adjunct faculty at the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University, and as an independent consultant. In prior employment, she served as vice president for global programs at Freedom House in Washington, D.C., and earlier still as an openly transgender senior political appointee for the Obama Administration at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).
President, Ipsos Strategy3
Oscar is President of Ipsos Strategy3, a leading brand strategy and marketing consultancy, where, in addition to leading the firm, he advises leading organizations—such as Jaguar, Land Rover, ADP, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation—on marketing strategy and consumer centricity. Prior to joining Strategy3, Oscar was a founding Partner and Head of Brand at Millward Brown Vermeer in New York, where he led client engagements for industries as diverse as travel, financial services, health care, and CPG. With over fifteen years of marketing experience, from both agency and client perspectives, Oscar began his career as a management consultant before joining the ad agency world. He has also led marketing for one of the world’s largest companies serving the LGBT community, Atlantis Events, where he helped establish the brand internationally. Oscar has served on the Board of Directors of the Horizons Foundation, a community-based foundation dedicated to the needs of the LGBT community in San Francisco. Oscar holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and two undergraduate degrees from Stanford University, in Economics and International Relations. He currently lives in New York City.