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The Privacy Advisor | The Global Privacy Summit Offers Brand New LGBT Networking Event Related reading: Notes from the IAPP Canada Managing Director, Sept. 23, 2022

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In the effort to provide all of our event attendees with chances to gather and connect with other privacy pros, we’ve got some favorite networking options from years past lined up for the IAPP Global Privacy Summit, as well as some brand new offerings, including Peer-to-Peer Roundtables, KnowledgeNet Chapter Meet-Ups and our first-ever LGBT Networking Happy Hour.

Set for March 4 at Number Nine, which is described as the newest offering “from the partnership that has given Washington, DC's gay community a history of substantial nightlife options for over two decades,” this GLBT Networking Happy Hour is part of the IAPP’s vision of giving its members diverse networking opportunities.

Christopher Wolf of Hogan Lovells, which is sponsoring refreshments at the event, said, “Just as affinity groups in law firms and corporations have fostered mutual support, collaboration and mentoring, my hope is that this new effort focused on LGBT privacy professionals will be equally beneficial."

“This is yet another great networking opportunity being offered by IAPP at the world’s largest privacy conference,” said NAI President and CEO Marc Groman, CIPP/US. “Everyone’s welcome. We’re expecting top CPOs, IAPP Board Members, high-ranking government officials as well as recent graduates and new privacy pros attending the Summit for the first time.”

Number Nine’s website describes it as “tremendously plush, comfortable and inviting … including extensive seating, sumptuous marble bars, hardwood floors, a fireplace and state-of-the-art sound and lighting.”

“It’s a great space just minutes from the Convention Center in DC’s hot Logan Circle neighborhood,” Groman said. “Bring an interest in privacy, your sense of humor and desire to meet new people."

“We are excited to connect members of all backgrounds,” IAPP Member Engagement Manager Katherine Gilchrest, CIPP/US, explained, adding, “We are always looking for new opportunities to bring members together to network, and what better place than at the reinvented Summit?”

Interested in attending? Please RSVP to Member Engagement Coordinator Marin Mathien at mmathien@privacyassociation.org by February 27.

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  • comment Nikki • Feb 17, 2015
    What does your sexual orientation have to do with professional networking opportunities at a conference? I thought the point of networking with other privacy professionals was to learn more about the profession and opportunities for growth. If you're going to double as Match.com, perhaps you should have a Privacy Singles networking event as well. Adding events based on your sexual orientation to a conference like this seems highly inappropriate.
  • comment Sam • Feb 17, 2015
    Sam Pfeifle, IAPP publications director, here. I think networking has lots of "points." Sometimes, people network for the reasons you outline below. Sometimes, people network to gather with a set of people who, for a number of reasons, share a common experience. It's why we have networking events geared toward women, toward young professionals, toward those seeking a job, etc. 
    
    In the case of the LGBT networking event, a number of members came forward suggesting the event, and we were happy to help facilitate. I'm sure you can imagine that, even in this relatively accepting day and age, non-hetero privacy professionals may have to deal with issues that are unique in some fashion. Having a place to talk about those shared experiences was something we were happy to provide. 
    
    Finally, your implication that LGBT folks would gather only for the purposes of finding a love interest is frankly offensive. First, I can assure you that many of those in attendance will be married or otherwise committed to a life partner, where that option is not available. Further, considering we have many documented cases of hetero couples meeting and then marrying as a result of our conferences, it would seem that lots of our networking events in fact double as privacy singles networking events. And what's wrong with that?
    
    The IAPP is a big tent. We welcome people of every possible shape and size and will do everything in our power to make those people feel welcome and confident that the privacy profession is a place where everyone can grow and thrive.
  • comment Debbie • Feb 25, 2015
    Hear, hear, Sam. Thank you.
  • comment Kristie • Mar 6, 2015
    Thank you for having the LGBT networking event.  I am so disappointed to have missed it, but appreciate that it was there.  I'll be sure to attend next year.  Thank you for your comments Sam Pfeifle!