Sometimes people do things that are ahead of their time…and so it has been with Ms Sheridan. When she began engaging in public outreach and speaking about the transgender community in 1991, few if any people were doing anything remotely similar. It’s taken a few decades for the world to catch up to her–and now, finally, society is figuring out that transgender inclusion is a good thing for the business community.
It is not often that organizations have the opportunity to work with someone who is considered to be a true thought leader and one of the absolute best in the world at what they do. Ms Sheridan is such a person, and praise from her clients provides ample testimony to the significance of her work.
Ms. Sheridan has worked with organizations of all sizes and in a wide variety of industries, helping them to become more transgender inclusive. Her consulting, training, and speaking services have provided lasting value and meaningful results for major corporations, government agencies, and organizations within industries such as technology, education, and healthcare. In the process, she has developed a strong reputation for quality work and excellent results.
Ms. Sheridan’s professional services originally centered around providing keynote speaking and presenting about the transgender phenomenon. Over time, however, her services have expanded to include transgender-focused consulting in key business areas such as policy review and creation; healthcare/insurance review and policy enhancement; cultural assessments (surveys, interviews, data analysis, etc.); and, of course, Transgender Awareness Training.
Through her various services, Ms Sheridan shares the information, tools, and resources that she has introduced in Fortune 100 companies (e.g., Pfizer, Marriott International, and H&M) and major government agencies, including the U.S. State Department and federal EEOC agencies in Washington, D.C.
Ms. Sheridan is the author of four groundbreaking books. Two of those books were national Lambda Literary Award finalists. Her last two books are focused on the specific topic of transgender in the workplace. They are pioneering works that have become important resources for people and organizations around the world. Her latest book, entitled Transgender In The Workplace: The Complete Guide To The New Diversity For Employers and Gender-Diverse Professionals, is on the desks and bookshelves of numerous HR and Diversity professionals in many countries.
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It is no secret that the world is changing, and social change often happens first in the workplace. As technology and communications mechanisms evolve, so does our understanding of the human condition and its remarkable variety.
One of the ways in which the public and private sectors are dealing with change is in the area of transgender inclusion. Thirty or forty years ago this subject would not have been on the radar for most organizations. Today, however, we are seeing transgender workplace inclusion become part of the larger Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) strategy for many highly successful businesses and agencies. In fact, and within the last couple of decades, transgender inclusion has become an expectation and a global business imperative.
But how and why does an organization become transgender inclusive? What is involved in such an initiative? What are the long-term benefits and advantages of transgender inclusion? What are the legal ramifications? What are the tangible business processes that, when implemented properly, lead to a transgender-inclusive workplace? All of these questions and more will be addressed in this program. The end result will be a more diverse, more equitable, more inclusive, and ultimately more successful organization.
Let’s ask the most relevant questions before going any further: why should your organization make an investment in transgender awareness training, and how can you justify the expense for doing so? There are a number of legitimate, financially viable business reasons for making this meaningful decision. Here are some of them:
1. Meeting global business expectations—Over the last couple of decades, transgender inclusion has become an expectancy and, in many cases, an imperative for the international business community. Every day, successful industry-leading companies around the world are realizing (and reaping the benefits) of a transgender-inclusive work environment. Providing quality transgender inclusion training is a way for your organization to proactively move toward accessing and experiencing those numerous advantages. This is a golden opportunity to ensure that your company is on the leading edge of workplace inclusion efforts.
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2. Improving recruitment and retention of top talent–It is no secret that talent is the currency and the top desirable commodity in today’s workplace. The war for the best business talent escalates on a daily basis. You know this to be true–and because this is so, companies that are transgender-inclusive significantly improve their chances of recruiting and retaining today’s most talented workers. Also, younger talent–especially Millenials and those in Gens Y and Z–tend to prefer to work for companies where their LGBTQ+ friends can be employed as well. Want to find, employ, and then keep the best talent? Want to be perceived and recognized as an employer of choice? Transgender inclusion is a way to help your company get there.
3. Creating a more inclusive workplace—By educating your employees about the experiences and realities of transgender persons, your organization can create a more open, welcoming, and respectful workplace climate for every employee, regardless of their gender identity. This typically leads to stronger productivity, better teamwork, and a more enhanced workplace culture.
4. Reducing workplace discrimination—It will probably come as no surprise that transgender persons can (and often do) face discrimination and harassment in the workplace. By providing transgender awareness training to upper and middle management as well as the rest of your employees, your company can directly reduce the likelihood of discriminatory incidents. In turn, this creates an affirming, productive environment in which everyone can function more effectively and do their best work. (Such training can also equip your organization with information, tools, and resources to help avoid potential discrimination lawsuits, thereby circumventing significant legal expenses.)
5. Enhancing employee morale and internal branding—Morale is an interesting aspect of the human condition: you can’t necessarily see it or touch it, but you can definitely recognize its presence–or its absence. Study after study demonstrates that when employees feel valued, respected, and supported, they are far more likely to be engaged and productive on the job. Enhanced internal branding is typically a byproduct of such a welcoming, respectful, and supportive work environment. By investing in transgender awareness training, your company can demonstrate its commitment to creating an inclusive and more equitable workplace for everyone. This will almost certainly improve employee morale and internal branding; foster a stronger sense of community among employees; and positively impact teamwork, productivity, and, ultimately, profitability.
6. Improving public relations and your industry standing—Organizations that are intentionally transgender-inclusive typically usually find that their public relations efforts are improved. Most people respond positively to inclusion efforts, and this is one way to help enhance your company’s image and perception in the public square. Also, you will be better able to meet the diversity and equity needs of your business. In addition, your organization’s standing as a diversity leader within your industry will be boosted.
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Through a series of twelve distinct monthly workshops offered over the course of a year, your organization’s people will:
• receive an introduction to the transgender/nonbinary phenomenon;
• learn about the significance of personal gender identification;
• be introduced to the powerful concept of Gender Authenticity as a tool for enhancing your workplace culture;
• explore transgender/nonbinary inclusion as part of a larger, overall diversity strategy;
• learn about how the presence of transgender and nonbinary workers has evolved over