Transgender Inclusion: What it Means, Why it Matters, and What You Can Do
Silver Pearl 2
Competencies: Interpersonal (Behavioral), People (Technical) | Intended Audience: Beginner (Committing to I&D), Senior-Level (Elevating DEI), Intermediate (Fostering DEI)
Attendees will leave the session with a strong understanding of what it means to be transgender and what they can do to build a trans-inclusive workplace and world.
Session seating is first come, first served. Thank you for your cooperation.
Ben will share his story as an openly transgender man who came out at 15—one of the first to do so in his entire town. Despite being a rapidly-growing group of over 3 million individuals, trans, nonbinary, and gender-nonconforming people are very often left out of DEI efforts and conversations. After reviewing what it means to be transgender and all of the language that comes up in these conversations, we'll discuss issues facing the transgender community in the workforce and the world at large, why it matters to be proactive about your support, and what individuals and organizations can do to create a safe, supportive environment for all people. Ben will close out the session with a 100% judgment-free Q&A where attendees can ask any burning questions, talk through new strategies, and address any lingering misconceptions they may have had about the transgender community.
- Leave the session with a strong understanding of what it means to be transgender and empathy for the transgender community.
- Understand the importance of active allyship in all scenarios.
- Feel equipped to build supportive systems for all transgender employees.