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Tuesday, April 24, 2012


The Telly Awards has named Anyone Can Be An Ally, by SunShower Learning,as a Silver winner in the 33rd Annual Telly Awards. The video training program was among nearly 11,000 entries from all 50 states and numerous countries.

Anyone Can Be An Ally– Speaking Up for an LGBT Inclusive Workplace ( was written and presented by Brian McNaught, considered the world’s leading corporate diversity consultant dealing with gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender issues in the workplace. The training program demonstrates how anyone can be an ally to create a respectful workpace that is inclusive of LGBT co-workersand customers.

The Telly Awards was founded in 1979, and is the premier award honoring outstanding TV commercials and programs, the finest video and film productions, and online commercials, video and films.  Winners represent the best work of the most respected advertising agencies, production companies, TV stations, and corporate video departments in the world. Less than 10% of entries are chosen as winners of the Silver Telly, their highest honor.
I knew we had a winner from the moment we started the project,” said Joel Lesko, owner and operator of SunShower Learning. “This award, and the terrific feedback we’ve received from our clients, affirms my expectations.”

The Ally training program has been used in corporations, universities and government settings. Deb Dagit, the Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion for a Fortune 100 company said, "In this short 14-minute video, Brian McNaught offers what we need to know, and what we need to say and do as allies - in a way that is compelling, informative and actionable. If you are looking for guidance about language choices, when to speak up, and how to foster inclusion as an authentic LGBT ally, this video (and a little courage and practice) is all you need to have the confidence and capability to make a difference."

SunShower Learning is the producer of many of the training industry’s most popular and widely used training programs in diversity and inclusion, including Ouch! That Stereotype Hurts, Ouch! Your Silence Hurts, and Inclusion Insights.

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