Inclusion and diversity are qualities that businesses strive for, yet where is the road map when it comes to a gender-transitioning employee? How do you respectfully engage with a customer or client when you can’t ascertain their gender? What does it mean to have a nonbinary gender? These are some of the questions in a quickly changing, gender-expanding society. Gender Diversity has successfully guided many workplaces through a landscape that is both new and sometimes intimidating. We’ll take a look at…
- Gender expansiveness in the 21st century
- Creating a transition plan for an employee
- Supporting co-workers through a new, and sometimes uncomfortable, experience
- Engagement with gender diverse customers and clients
- Creating gender-inclusive spaces
- Respectfully addressing the sometimes bumpy landscape of bathrooms, pronouns, name changes, co-worker conflicts, and other aspects of workplace engagement.
Please join presenter, and GSBA member, Aidan Key of Gender Diversity, during this interactive session where we will explore these topics and more.
Meet Aidan Key of Gender Diversity
Through hard work, strong leadership, and community organizing for over 25 years, Aidan Key has brought Seattle to the forefront of support for the trans community. The positive impact of programs he has founded for teens and children is unparalleled. As an educator, author, speaker, and organizer, Aidan’s work has helped countless families with trans children, professionals working with trans patients and clients, and trans adults. He wrote the chapter on trans youth in the landmark Trans Bodies, Trans Selves anthology (Oxford University Press). In 2001, building on the work of earlier transgender pioneers, Aidan founded the Gender Odyssey conference, a conference serving the needs of both families and professionals. Aidan has the largest network of support groups in the nation at Seattle Children’s Hospital for parents of transgender and gender non-conforming children. These groups are now an integral part of the new Gender Clinic at Seattle Children’s. To support the work of all these trailblazing trainings and support groups, he founded Gender Diversity: Education and Support Services and serves as the organization’s director. Aidan is a past GSBA scholar, GSBA Business and Humanitarian Awards: 2017 Community Leader of the Year, and has been a member since 2008.