Panelists to discuss challenges and triumphs of the LGBTQ community in the corporate world; All proceeds to benefit families of the Pulse Nightclub victims

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – June 22, 2016 –  On Wednesday, June 29, DoubleDutch, the global leading provider of the Live Engagement Platform, will host LGBTQ@WERK, a networking event and an open conversation around the challenges and triumphs of the LGBTQ community in the corporate world. In this interactive panel, leaders at Uber, Pandora, Tax Executives Institute and DoubleDutch, who are members from the LGBTQ community, will share their own experiences being out in the workplace, and provide actionable takeaways to help inspire the local community. All proceeds from the donation-based event will go to the Pulse Nightclub GoFundMe account.

“Being a force for kindness, good, inclusiveness and equality for opportunity has been a part of the culture and DNA of DoubleDutch since the company’s conception and launch in 2011,” said Lawrence Coburn, CEO DoubleDutch. “While our scale and reach is still relatively small, our muscle is growing and we hope to bring the community together during these trying times to connect, network, and inspire action.”

WHAT: LGBTQ@WERK Presented by DoubleDutch

An interactive panel and happy hour about the challenges and triumphs of the LGBTQ community in the corporate world.

  • Moderator: Lawrence Coburn, CEO & Co-Founder of DoubleDutch
  • Panelists:
    • Brian Bocchino, Head of LGBTQ group, UberPRIDE, and Senior Executive Recruiter, Uber
    • Colleen Finnegan, Senior Manager of Employee Experience and Marketing, Pandora
    • Roni Lee Height, President of Tax Executives Institute, SF Chapter
    • Aaron Lapierre, VP of Client Services, DoubleDutch

WHEN: Wednesday, June 29, 2016 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM (PDT)


COST: Free to attend. Suggested $10 donation with all proceeds going to the Pulse Nightclub GoFundMe. Those who wish to participate from afar may donate via EventBrite.


All registrants will be entered for a chance to win a pair of diamond stud earrings, donated by Brilliant Earth, the global leader in ethically sourced fine jewelry, offering engagement rings and fine jewelry handcrafted from recycled precious metals and set with beyond conflict free diamonds.

Full catering has been donated by Events Etc., an award-winning, full-service catering and event production company based in the Bay Area.

TO REGISTER: For more information and to register for the event, please visit:

Since DoubleDutch’s inception in 2011, it has consistently contributed to the LGBTQ community. It provided its event app solution pro bono to the Trevor Project, a national 24-hour, toll free confidential suicide hotline for gay and questioning youth, and worked closely with United States Tennis Association (USTA) to create an LGBTQ community app and walk with the group in the SF Pride Parade. Most recently, DoubleDutch took a stand to support its customers who elected to move their events out of North Carolina after the passing of PFPSA and also sponsored the Lesbians Who Tech event by powering an app for the organization and sending engineers to participate in and judge a hackathon. Additionally, DoubleDutch created PrideSquare to foster a community for its own LGBTQ employees to come together with their allies and discuss important topics to fight for equality in the workplace and beyond.

About DoubleDutch

DoubleDutch believes in the power of digitizing live engagement to supercharge business outcomes. The DoubleDutch Live Engagement Platform powers events, conferences, and trade shows for more than 1,700 customers including Forbes, Humana, LinkedIn, Novartis, Nationwide, SAP, UBM and Urban Land Institute. The company has been named one of Deloitte’s 500 fastest growing companies in North America, AlwaysOn OnMedia 100 Top Private Companies, and Forbes’ 10 Hot Companies to Work for in San Francisco. DoubleDutch is based in San Francisco with additional U.S. offices in Phoenix and Portland and a global presence in Amsterdam, London and Hong Kong.

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