PFLAG is the first and largest organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) people, their parents and families, and allies.
Build the Future
Liz Owen, PFLAG National
Workshop Block 1: Saturday, October 21 - 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
It’s important for a PFLAG chapter to get started, but once it’s there, how do people know about it? How can you be visible in your community? What’s the role of social media and websites in keeping people engaged and informed? What strategies are working for chapters? This roundtable discussion will give you a chance to ask questions, share information, and network with others who are focused on ensuring their chapters are being seen and heard. Bring your questions and expertise to the roundtable!
Liz Owen received her B.S. from the School of Speech at Northwestern University, where she majored in Theatre and Communications. Upon graduation, Liz served as the Managing Director of Chicago's Jeff Award-winning Lookingglass Theatre Company, then she returned to New York to complete her post-graduate work at New Actors Workshop, where her teachers included film and theatre director Mike Nichols and Second City founder Paul Sills. After graduation, she headed back to Chicago. There she helped co-found--and spent three years as the Executive Director of--FilmBureau, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting, promoting, and unifying the Chicago film community. She also served as the Chicago scout for Next Wave Films, the Independent Film Channel's finishing funds company. Upon relocating to Los Angeles from Chicago, she turned her attention full time to film production, eventually finding a creative home in film publicity at Paramount Pictures. After an extended family leave to stay home with her newborn twins, Liz left Paramount to instead work as an independent communications and PR consultant, working primarily with entertainment and nonprofit clients. One of those clients was the indie LGBTQ family film, TRU LOVED, for which she served as the publicist, from production all the way through the film's national release. She developed partnerships for the film with numerous national LGBTQ organizations; among them was PFLAG National. In 2011, Liz jumped on the opportunity to join the organization as Director of Communications.