Date: Tuesday, 18 April 2017
Time: 02:00 PM to 03:00 PM
Fee: Free
Address: 400 E Pine St, Seattle, WA
Location: GSBA
Phone: 206-363-9188
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Does your organization or workplace embrace an inclusive environment? All employees benefit when people are able to express themselves without fear, or feeling as though they need to "hide" or suppress a very personal aspect of their identity.

This workshop will provide the tools and resources needed to cultivate a healthy and inclusive workplace and will feature a review of current research on the experience of growing up as a gender or sexual minority. Environment and early messages have significant influence over healthy development, as well as shaping how we interpret ourselves in the world. The intent of this discussion is to create a framework for designing a culture of inclusion within your organization. Gaining an understanding of the unique experiences and challenges of this community is a necessary first step toward change.

Who should attend?
Business leaders, organizational directors, and policy influencers. To promote in-depth discussion and questions, capacity is limited to 10-12 people.

1. Background and introductions
2. Candid overview of terms and concepts such as heteronormativity, sexual orientation, and gender.
3. Overview of social, legal, and political climate as it relates to LGBTQ individuals.
4. Review of research and existing literature.
5. Application to organizational dynamics and interpersonal exchanges.
6. Open discussion and Q&A.

Presenter: Jen O’Ryan, PhD

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About Jen O'Ryan

Dr. Jen O’Ryan completed her PhD in Human Behavior, focusing on the experience of gender and sexual minorities. She provides training and consulting services to organizations seeking to cultivate more inclusive environments for LGBTQ clients or employees.

Jen also offers guidance to parents and families on navigating a child’s coming out process, along with ways to develop a deeper connection with the LGBTQ kiddo or young adult in their life. Through years of research and advocacy, she brings an extensive background on the complexities that often come with conversations about orientation and gender.

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Event Sponsors benefit from prominent exposure to more than 15,000 businesses, individuals, and nonprofit organizations throughout the region. To learn about how GSBA can help you achieve your promotional goals, contact Amy Burdick at (206) 363-9188.

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