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2018 Gender Odyssey

June 21–24, 2018

Los Angeles, California

The New Normal: The Trans-Inclusive Workplace Pt. 2

Friday, June 22, 2018 at 9:30 AM–10:50 AM PDT
Workshop Description

The barriers to employment for trans people often stem from a lack of understanding of trans identities by employers. Many of the disparities that trans people face are rooted in economics and the lack of employment opportunities. This two-part workshop will examine the issues trans people face in the workplace.
In Part One we’ll examine existing data, review current trans cultural competency best practices, and discuss the future of trans-inclusive workplaces.
Part Two will focus on building inclusive workplaces and will be co-facilitated by Michaela Mendelsohn, out trans CEO of Pollo Corp West and founder of the California Trans Workplace Project. Michaela is working to take CTWP nationally and will discuss her experience transforming her restaurants into inclusive workplaces where trans people are thriving.

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Workshop Presenters

Drian Juarez
Presenter Bio

Drian Juarez is the program manager for Grindr’s Grindr for Equality program where she works to promote health, justice, and equality for the global LGBTQ community. She is also a consultant on Transgender issues in the workplace and assists in developing programs for communities endeavoring to help Transgender people get back to work. Juarez founded the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Transgender Economic Empowerment Project (TEEP) where she established cross-organizational/cross-functional teams to assist in the mission of developing substantive employment and business opportunities for the Los Angeles Transgender community.

Michaela Mendelsohn
Presenter Bio

Michaela Mendelsohn is a Transgender activist, public speaker, groundbreaker, and businesswoman with over 40 years of entrepreneurial leadership experience. Her courage, determination, life experiences and successes make her an expert speaker on a multitude of topics. Michaela is highly in demand as the "go-to person" for major LGBT media outlets for her in-depth perspective and "boots on the ground" approach to activism and is an active public speaker on LGBT issues with nearly 200 engagements since 2011.