THIS WEEK EQUALITY WINSTON-SALEM hosts inaugural fundraising event for North Star LGBT Center

Meet IN GOOD COMPANY Keynote Speaker John Stotler

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We are pleased to welcome John Stotler to Winston-Salem this Thursday, November 13 for IN GOOD COMPANY–a fundraising event honoring organizations in Winston-Salem and surrounding communities that celebrate workplace nondiscrimination.

John Stotler has held a variety of technology roles in both the Technology and Operations Group and the business in over 13 years with Wells Fargo. He currently manages the Enterprise Talent Planning and Development Technology Group, which is responsible for the enterprise learning and talent management systems.

Stotler is the President of Wells Fargo’s PRIDE Team Member Network, which has more than 45 chapters and over 6,000 members. He has also previously served on both the TOG and Information Services Line of Business Diversity Councils. Stotler has been actively involved with the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community in the Charlotte, N.C., area for over a decade. He recently spent five years on the board of the LGBT Community Center, which is an organization that provides programming and events to support the LGBT community of the greater Charlotte metropolitan area, serving two years as board chair. Previously, he held board positions with OutCharlotte, Charlotte Pride and Carolina Celebration, all nonprofit organizations that support the LGBT community.

Prior to joining Wells Fargo, Stotler worked as an information technology consultant with financial and energy companies in Richmond, Va., and Charlotte. In his spare time, Stotler enjoys traveling and live music. He lives in Charlotte with his two dogs Mosby and Ginger.




This Thursday, November 13, 2014 Equality Winston-Salem will host IN GOOD COMPANY from 6-9pm at the Grand Pavilion Ballroom in the Twin City Quarter in downtown Winston-Salem. 

This year marks the 12th anniversary of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Corporate Equality Index (CEI). The Index measures the degree to which corporations across America embrace workplace diversity and demonstrate fair practices for LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) employees.

While HRC has recognized LGBT-friendly corporations at national and state galas, Winston-Salem has never properly acknowledged and celebrated local employees and corporate affiliates for their commendable workplace practices. Local organizations with scores ranging from 80-100 on the Index include Bank of America, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina, Food Lion, Kilpatrick Townsend, Pepsico, Suntrust, Wells Fargo, and Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice.

IN GOOD COMPANY is an event to honor and celebrate LGBT-friendly employers and their employees. Local LGBT-friendly small businesses, nonprofits and open and affirming faith communities will also be invited to the celebration. All proceeds from IN GOOD COMPANY will benefit North Star LGBT Community Center in Winston-Salem. The Center opened in September 2013 with a mission to enrich the lives of the LGBT community by providing a safe and accepting place for people of all ages and backgrounds. For more information on North Star, please visit

 There are many ways your organization can participate:

– Event/table sponsorships for corporations are available at the $500, $1000, $2,500 and $5,000 level (see RESERVE A TABLE tab for details)

– Event/table sponsorships for small businesses/nonprofits are available at the $250, $500, $1250 and $2500 level (see RESERVE A TABLE for details).

– Companies may purchase full or half tables seating a total of eight to ten employees/guests. Individual seats are $100/corporate guest and $50 for small business/nonprofit guest.

– Companies may sponsor tables for nonprofit or local community organizations (including local high school Gay Straight Alliance clubs).

– Encourage LGBT employees and allies to serve as corporate ambassadors for the event.

– Nominate an LGBT employee or ally who has demonstrated a commitment to diversity and inclusion within your organization to be recognized as an IN GOOD COMPANY inaugural award recipient.

We hope you will join us for this important inaugural event celebrating workplace diversity.

Thank you for supporting Equality Winston-Salem, North Star LGBT Community Center, IN GOOD COMPANY and a more inclusive community. Equality Winston-Salem is a temporary fund of The Winston-Salem Foundation. North Star LGBT Community Center is an independent 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. All donations are tax deductible.


Organizations/Businesses interested in becoming a sponsor, please download our Sponsorship form and mail to:

Equality Winston-Salem
PO Box 20482
Winston-Salem, NC 27120-0482

For more information on North Star, please visit

For more information about “In Good Company,” please contact Equality Winston-Salem: