REDUCING IMPLICIT AND EXPLICIT BIAS IN RECRUITMENT
A foundational element of building an inclusive and equitable organization is to ensure that the recruitment process free of implicit and explicit bias. This session aims to support the recruitment team in first identifying their own biases and provides a deepened understanding of how their own social identity can impact their decision-making. The session will conclude by discussing specific and tangible strategies, including developing inclusive role descriptions, skill-based interview approaches, understanding the value of diverse interview panels, and learning tools to encourage accountability and bias identification amongst the review team.
A vital element of creating meaningful and sustainable organizational shifts in equity, diversity and inclusion is ensuring that leaders are knowledgeable, engaged, and empowered to demonstrate inclusive approaches and behaviours in their roles. This session aims to guide leaders to understand what culturally responsive and inclusive leadership means, develop practical skillsets to enhance inclusive leadership competencies, and provide the language and confidence to facilitate conversations around equity, accessiblity, and inclusion.
CANADIAN 2SLGBTQ+ PRIDE HISTORY
When we think of Pride History, Canadians often think of the historical Pride Movements in the United States. However, Canada has its own pride history, which is not discussed as often but is essential for us to understand to take meaningful steps in our collective journey towards being active allies for the 2SLGBTQ+ community. In this talk, we will learn about the timeline of Pride History in Canada, including the tragedies, the successes, and the people who helped us get to where we are today. Additionally, it will provide insight into the timeline of human rights gains and progress for 2SLGBTQ+ Canadians while acknowledging and highlighting where work still needs to be done. It is my hope that this knowledge, awarness, and perspective generates increased engagement
HOW TO PROACTIVELY REMOVE BARRIERS AND CREATE ACCEPTANCE FOR GENDER TRANSITION IN THE WORKPLACE
Gender transition in the workplace is intimidating for both the individual and the company. For many organizations, this is an unfamiliar and uncomfortable terrain. For transitioning individuals, it can seem like an impossible mountain to climb with little guarantee of a positive outcome. Using two decades of corporate and leadership expertise, my lived gender transition experience in the corporate setting, a grounding in psychology and insights from working on trans-inclusion with various organizations, this session aims to empower companies with the perspective, knowledge and tools they need to begin removing systemic barriers for gender diverse individuals and illuminate a path that encourages an inclusive and authentic career for all employees.
KEYNOTE TALK - UNGUARDED AUTHENTICITY
The most valuable lesson that I uncovered through my gender transition was that my decades of personal struggle were never about being transgender, but rather, it had always been about being human. This epiphany helped me recognize a fundamental bond between us all: at our core, we share a need for self-actualization. We are all in a transition towards a more authentic version of ourselves. In this talk, I vulnerability share my family's story hoping that it helps humanize the transgender experience and leads to more acceptance and inclusion of gender-diverse employees. In addition, I hope that it inspires every person to seek their authentic selves with courage and vulnerability and celebrate those around them who are doing the same.
EQUITY, DIVERSITY, AND INCLUSION BASICS
Diversity, inclusion and equity in corporate settings represent both the most significant opportunity and the biggest challenge for many organizations. This session intends to inform participants of the significance of intersectionality, privilege, unconscious bias, in-group/out-group psychology and equity compared to equality, to name a few. Empowered with this knowledge, employees will leave the session better able to recognize, address and be an ally to remove systemic barriers for others in their corporate settings and communities.
LEADERSHIP AND GENDER TRANSITION
Leading your team through an employee's gender transition presents an incredible opportunity to build trust and camaraderie within your organization. However, the intersection of different personalities, beliefs and opinions can also create anxiety and apprehension for leaders at all levels. This session helps leaders build tangible skillsets to recognize and eliminate microaggressions, uncover and inform unconscious bias and establish comfort in leading with inclusive and affirming language.
Board & Leadership Teams
FACILITATING AN EMPLOYEE GENDER TRANSITION
Gender transition in the workplace can be intimidating, nerve-racking and full of uncertainty for the individual. Additionally, for most Human Resource Professionals, it is a very new process to facilitate and support. This session provides the knowledge, tools and language empowering Human Resource Professionals to be inclusive and supportive allies to transitioning employees while ensuring that the organization is compliant with current legislation and best practices.
Human Resources Professionals
GENDER DIVERSITY BASICS WORKSHOP
This session aims to empower organizations to create more inclusive teams and companies by establishing awareness and sensitivity to the diversity in gender identities and gender expressions. Using a combination of community resources, current research and lived experience, participants will begin to understand the challenges of the gender diverse community in corporate settings while also building vocabulary and skillsets to equip them to be impactful allies within their organization and community.